Today I got a little beautiful gem for you. Snoh Aalegra just released her new single “I Want You Around” that features one of my favourite artists Leven Kali on the background vocals by the way (read my blog post about him here). And I don’t just want you to listen to the song, I want you to watch the video while listening to it for the first time. I feel like a lot of music videos nowadays fail to fulfil their purpose which is to enhance the song and emphasise its deeper meaning. For me, a great music video is like art. It’s more than just about telling a story, it’s colours, lights, setting, interaction between characters, camera angles, filters and little details that underline metaphors and references.
Now, if you’re thinking that you’ve never heard of Snoh Aalegra before, I can almost definitely tell you that you have because I’m pretty sure you’ve heard Drake’s single “Do Not Disturb” from his More Life album where he sampled Snoh Aalegra’s single “Time“. The original is a very beautiful and deeply emotional song about her father passing away that Drake took out of context in kind of a rude way to be honest. But anyways…Snoh Aalegra is a very special artist, she has this timeless grace and beauty almost like she’s time travelled to the future from another time. I had the chance to see her perform live at a small club, last time I was in Los Angeles and she definitely wowed me.
Enjoy this short little romantic movie. Also, shout out to Snoh for reminding us of the greatness of Stevie Wonder’s “Innervisions” album.
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!