Oh my! I wrote about why H.E.R. (which actually stands for Having Everything Revealed) is the future of RnB a while back and having seen her live on stage I truly feel like she will become so big! She’s such a naturally talented, beautiful soul who is using her gift to have a real impact on the world by spreading love through art. That being said, she just released her new EP “I Used To Know Her: The Prelude” which is nothing short of amazing and features a song with Bryson Tiller, a collaboration I had been anticipating ever since I heard her first song.
So the whole EP is great but there are two songs on it that I would like to emphasize because they are not just great they are way above average and literally on another level of musical and poetical brilliance.
The first one is “Lost Souls” which pays hommage to Ms. Lauryn Hill’s “Lost Ones” and basically directly addresses Trump. Her rap part sounds almost more like Lauryn Hill than Lauryn Hill herself and I mean this as a great compliment and the lyrics are amazingly bold and clear “A lost soul can’t lead the people” she sings. AMEN!
Listening to her lyrics it’s so hard to believe that she is only 21 years old;
“But the public ain’t the enemy it’s the inner me so what you gonna leave with your legacy? It’s like we don’t believe in longevity, I was overseas and seems that we the only people with dreams of material things”
The other song that I would like you to listen to, especially my female readers because I know every single one of you will be able to appreciate this song…A LOT, is titled “Against Me”. In this song H.E.R. tells us all what we need to hear basically every single day “To my women with the utmost respect, intellect, we often forget and neglect intuition can see through illusive intent, listen to it, just listen” and this is just the beginning of the realest poem you will ever hear!! Truss me!
So now go listen to it and have your mind blown. You’re very welcome!
Listen up! The two Nigerian-American sisters Ivana and Jessica Nwokike, who originally started out covering songs on Youtube, officially known as “VanJess” just released their debut album “Silk Canvas” and it is just as soulful, soothing and beautiful as I expected it to be. Also I really love the meaning behind the album name, Silk representing the smoothness of their voices and the Canvas signifying new beginnings and starting over fresh. This is also crazily in line with the longest lunar eclipse of the century taking place tonight…coincidence? I don’t think so!
The song formula of this album is a good bass base, a chill tone of voice and deep metaphorical lyricism. The album starts off slow and calm with songs like “My Love” and “Control Me” and then moves on to more upbeat tracks like “Touch The Floor” and energetically uplifting ones like “Through Enough” and “‘Til Morning”.
I would also like to mention the brilliance of choice of features on this project; Masego, GoldLink, Berhana (which I have featured on here before), Leikeli47 and Little Simz! Whut? *sparkles*
My personal favorites are “Filters” and “Best Believe” and if you’ve been listening to my Spotify playlists (find me “chainless11”) you should already know the songs “Addicted” and “Easy”. Regardless, just listen to the whole thing yourself, enjoy and Happy Lunar Eclipse everyone!
This Friday we’ve been blessed with not only 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 really good new projects. All of them are a bit different in genre and therefore I’d suggest listening to them in different scenarios and settings. Here we go:
If you enjoy some alone time, taking long walks in nature or just chilling at home with a good book by candle light, I suggest:
Hive Mind by The Internet
If you enjoy the finer things in life, like to travel and are very focused on your shit at the same time, I suggest:
Any Minute Now by D-Block Europe & Yxng Bane
If you are sensitive & emotional and like watching sunsets from the pier by the ocean, I suggest:
Boy in Jeans by Ryan Beatty
If you like to spend time with your friends, taking trips to the beach, driving around with your bikes, I suggest:
Head In the Clouds by 88Rising
My favorite songs from these albums plus some more fresh releases (like Chance The Rapper’s “I Might Need Security”) you can now find on my Freshnesss playlist (updated weekly, every New Music Friday) Enjoy!