Today would have been the 43rd birthday of the best pleasantly plump rapper in the history of the musical genre…The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls, or Christopher Wallace as his mama named him. So in honor of yet another musical great who was taken too soon I post my absolute 2 favorite Biggie songs ever.
I have a confession to make. Sometimes, when the weather is nice, I like to hop in my car, roll the windows down, put on some really ratchet ass music, turn the volume up way loud and just bop down the road for a spell. It is like a form of meditation for me.
I think my preferred ratchet tune to bop to this summer is going to be producer Jamie xx‘s new song ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’. Mr. xx puts together some inventive sampling (from The Persuasions soulful 1972 ditty ‘Good Times‘ to be exact), a beat that just makes you want to move something/anything, and some seriously crude and profane lyrics from quirky rapper Young Thug and a snazzy hook by dancehall artist Popcaan. It’s gonna be a good time alright.
Metric is back with their first new studio song since the Synthetica album in 2012. Emily Haines is still in fine voice and the song is a totally “Metric sounding” song which is a good thing no matter how you slice it even if it has not completely grabbed me after my initial few listens. I mean, it’s no ‘Grow Up And Go Away’ or ‘Black Sheep’ but it is just really good to have new Metric music after so long of an absence.
It is a bit of a shock to find out that the guy singing this song is just 25 years old. But Leon Bridges is indeed a youngster with an old soul and an obvious appreciation for the classic soul. It is easy to see (from his fashion choices) and hear how much he is influenced by Sam Cooke and other great soul singers of the 60s.
British chanteuse Estelle is the voice of the character of Garnet on the wonderfully subversive animated show STEVEN UNIVERSE and with the latest episode of the show (that had a huge reveal that can be spoiled HERE for those interested) she performed this delightfully airy little love song that is darn good on its own but is even more enjoyable if you know the storyline from the show it references.
I don’t dislike Nickelback; I also don’t like them all that much either. For me, Nickelback was just a generic rock band that put out generic rock music that fit perfectly as background noise of teen dramas, car commercials and rom-coms and as a result garnered very little thought from me one way fr the other. So the band’s new song, “She Keeps Me Up”, is a surprise to me because it is the first Nickelback song I can honestly say I enjoy. It is a funk/pop/rock hybrid that sounds more like a song Maroon 5 or Fall Out Boy would make that actually gives the band a sense of personality for the first time in their existence. It also tickles me to no end that this new sound is making Nickelback’s diehard fans and haters both go apoplectic in their overblown reactions.
You ever just hear a song that seems to emit nothing but good vibes? That is what I get every time I listen to Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear’s ‘Silent Movies’. It just brings a smile to my face. And the fact that this duo is made up of a guy from Kansas City and his mother, who both started individual musical careers before coming together to make beautiful noise, just makes it all the more heartwarming.