So for today’s *Artist to Watch* I want to introduce you to Pink Sweat$. Originally a songwriter from Philadelphia, this guy has now decided to start his own singing career. And I am glad he did! His songwriting story is interesting because he even wrote for Country artists “Florida Georgia Line” which honestly I hadn’t even heard of before. But I think that says a lot about his open-mindedness and his general love for music and meaningful lyrics. Why stick to just one genre when there is great stories to be told in all different types of music?
When reading Pink Sweat$’s interview with Billboard there were a few things he said that made me smile. Talking about the origin of his artist name “Pink Sweat$”, he explained that the name originated from him wearing his pink sweatpants to the studio all the time. The fact that the inspiration behind his love for pink was sparked by Cam’ron just shows that he’s not just a talented singer and songwriter but also a really cool guy.
Another thing I like about Pink Sweat$ is his critical view on the disrespect for women in the music industry especially in rap music and his emphasis on meaningful lyrics that move people and inspire them in a way that makes them want to share the music with others. Essentially he’s taking his talent for writing songs in order to spread more love in this world and I think that is a really beautiful thing.
Having lived in Philadelphia, New York and L.A. and having been strong enough to fight a rare disease that could’ve costed him his life, it seems that he’s found an inner balance that he is now able to channel through his own music. His first EP “Volume 1” consists of six songs that each are special in their own way. I personally am glad that he has decided to sing his own songs because his voice is way too powerful to remain hidden from our ears.
Now if you only ever just listen to one of his songs I want you to listen to “Honesty”. This 3:11 track has touched my soul right when I first listened to it. What makes it so special is that I think everyone can find something in it that they can relate to. The song is about making yourself vulnerable with someone else and revealing parts of yourself that you might prefer to keep to yourself. It is about the type of surrender that is required in order to open up to real profound love. I love it so much because it is encouraging depth and emotions in a time where most people hide behind their masks and protect themselves to the point where they deny their own soul.
Pink Sweat$’s mission is to touch people with his music and he really does have a gift in doing that. I’ve been listening to this EP over and over and I’m excited to know that Volume 2 is in fact already finished and on the way.
YES! YES! YES! One of my favourite artists Elujay just released his new EP “Adojio”. To give you a quick overview, he’s from Oakland, California, only 22 years old and draws his inspiration from soul legends like D’Angelo (he’s perfected that high pitched cry as you can hear on the track “Soulvision”).
If you’ve been listening to my SOUL GLITTER playlist you already know the second track from the EP called “Starchild” and I personally love the first song on this project titled “Spaceship”. As you probably know by now I have an especially close connection with the universe and so this song just speaks directly to my soul. “Come ride in my spaceship, I can show you different planets, all this time left alone, we can throw out our phones, open up our consciousness”, he sings. Towards the end of the song you can hear Ebro (radio host known from the Breakfast Club, also from Oakland) talking about Elujay on Apple radio station Beats 1 praising him for his soul sound. And I mean Ebro knows what’s up! Pretty confident and cool of Elujay to include that on his EP.
Another song I want to highlight is “Blu” because it’s just one of those songs where you can’t help but approvingly nod your head because you feel can feel it. And if you’re wondering now what I mean by “it”, then go listen to the song right now and you’ll know. Then, there’s more universey sound on “Soulvision”, you know talking about watching the stars and stuff and to finish it up, beautiful soulful electric guitar sound on “Champagne Galore”.
And now I just want to take this moment to thank Elujay for blessing us with his music and reminding us that future soul exists. Oh, well that reminds me, if you like this EP then I know you’ll enjoy my FUTURE SOUL playlist as well. Happy listening and happy first of February.
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!