Snoh with the warm feels

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.

New Banger by Steel Banglez

Steel Banglez just released his new heartfelt track “Your Lovin” which unites Danish singer MØ who most of you will probably know from her most popular track “Final Song” and British rapper/singer Yxng Bane, who’s been hitting us with quiet a few catchy tracks lately (my all time favorite still being his single “Rihanna“, suuuuch a tune). So fun fact: Steel Banglez actually made the beat to “Your Lovin” on a tour bus on Drake’s Summer ’16 tour in the US. I guess greatness inspires greatness.

The track has a lot more that speaks for it than its beat though. The duet is the perfect combination between MØ’s slightly suffering and Yxng’s dark voice, that really manage to express the lyrics about fighting for a fading relationship. Definitely not a super original topic but the execution is modern-day real. *clicks on repeat*

Watch the video below.

Why 2 Chainz, YG and Offset are just trying to make their momma’s PROUD

So the video for 2 Chainz’ single “PROUD” featuring YG and Offset, from his latest EP “The Play Don’t Care Who Makes It”, is hilarious, no question! The rappers’ mothers dressed up as their sons, lip-syncing their verses is probably the best thing I’ve seen in a long time. But besides being funny as hell, the 2 Chainz-directed video has a really strong message and underlying significance that most probably don’t really acknowledge. Each of the three artists has been going through their own struggles with money, drugs, the law…but they all have one thing in common – a Supermom, acting as mother and father figure at the same damn time.

2 Chainz, born Tauheed Epps, was arrested for the first time for posession of cocaine when he was only 15 years old. Since his father was in and out of prison, he was raised by his mother who went through the struggle of drug dealing and money issues with him. As he raps in the song “Me and momma used to trap out the same house, used to eat and go to sleep on the same couch, me and momma got busted at the same time, went to court and told judge the damn same lies”. 2 Chainz’ relationship with his father grew closer over the years but he passed away in 2012.

YG, born Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson, equally gave his mother a hard time. While his father was in jail, his mother took over and tried to support him in any way she could. However, this didn’t prevent him from getting arrested as well. Luckily, his sentence for residential burglery got shortened from 2 years to only 3 months, which allowed him to keep focusing on his music and finally getting signed to Def Jam Records. YG first openly showed his appreciation for his mother on his song “Sorry Momma” from his first album “My Krazy Life” where he apologizes for the hard times he has put her through. In his verse on “PROUD” he raps “‘Cause I know you wanna see me come home proper, soon as I get right I said I gotcha then I gotcha”.

Offset, born Kiari Kendrell Cephus was raised by his aunt (Quavo’s mom) and his mother, together with his cousins Quavious Keyate Marshall aka Quavo and Kirshnik Khari Ball aka Takeoff. Yeah I know right? Pretty complex names. Also pretty complex family situation! Took me a while to figure it out to be honest. But returning to the point I’m trying to make here. Offset’s and Takeoffs father’s left when they were still young and Quavo’s father passed away when he was only four years old. So clearly another Supermom situation! Also Offset isn’t just trying to make his momma proud he is also trying to make his grandmomma proud!! She suffered a premature death due to cancer and so Offset went and raised $500,000 for the American Cancer Society. Yeah I’m sure she’s hella PROUD!

But now, knowing these little background stories, watch the video! And if you’ve seen it already, watch it again! I think you’ll appreciate it even more now.