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Inspired by thrill-seeking nights out, the Miami rapper Fraga charms your ears with style, flow, and charisma in his new upbeat single ‘ON US’. Influence from Drake, Puffy and Mase in ‘97 is present on the track mix. Follow @zaddycoolseason for what’s next in store from the self-proclaimed “Prettyboy”.
Vintage Glamour is beautiful. The glamour shot photography of that era has no competition. The glamour shot changed Hollywood and the public’s view of the “celebrity”. The history of the glamour shot originated with printed 2 1/2 x 4″ cartes-de-visites during the American Civil War. By the 1930s, the glamour shot was perfected by celebrity publicity campaigns.
Vintage Hollywood has been a big staple in American culture, images of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn are common but classic black stars like Dorothy Dandridge and Ethel Waters are rarely seen.
Vintage Black glamour needs to be celebrated. The women of the classic era paved a way for modern Black Hollywood. They displayed their beauty and talent when black representation was non-existent.
Barry Jenkins, director of Moonlight, and DJ Candlestick chopped and screwed Grizzly Bear’s 2009 and 2017 albums, Veckatimest and Painted Ruins. The album Purple Veckatimest/Painted ruins (CHOPNOTSLOP) features 23 remixed tracks combining different worlds.
The chopped and screwed sound, made popular by DJ Screw, originated in Houston, Texas 30 years ago. With this style, portions of songs are skipped/chopped while the tempo is screwed/slowed down.
Barry Jenkins seems like a die-hard Grizzly Bear fan. Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste appreciated the love. Listen below:
R&B isn’t dead. Marco Mckinnis is a 17-year-old Virginia native. His voice is 1997’s Love Jones in vocal form. He premiered “My Own”, a track inspired by a past relationship, with Saint Heron in early 2016. Make room for more soulful sounds, his first project is currently being made. ‘How I Feel’, is his first single, it is available on all streaming platforms.
Also, listen to the track below: Nothing by Rex Orange County ft. Marco Mckinnis
The indie music scene is full of talented female artists, here are some of my recent favorites.
Sophia will be headlining the A3C Music Festival and Conference in Atlanta, GA. “BYOB”, from her project ‘Love So: The New Classic,’ was released earlier this year on Valentine’s Day.
Savannah Cristina teams up with Twelve’len on “Soulja”, Track 3 from her recent EP Mango Season.
Iconika plays the game and flips the script in “Hit It”. The artist FKA Phlo Finister defies genres in her recent project Indecent Exposure.
“Chant for Mama” is an apology composed by Gaby Duran’s Vocals Only. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, we get the good and bad from our parents.
Daniel Caesar is a Canadian Soul/R&B singer and songwriter. He is known for his slow ballad “Get You” featuring Kali Uchis. Before releasing his debut studio album Freudian last month, Caesar released Pilgrim’s Paradise – a seven-song EP featuring my favorite track “Death & Taxes”. No matter what we go through in life we can’t avoid death and taxes. Daniel’s music has heavy religious context due to growing up Seventh Day Adventist. Within the song, Caesar accepts his sins and questions his faith. He’s not sure of what’s real but he’s sure that he will have to pay taxes until he dies. Bummer.
Ever heard the high-pitched “Yes” in the background of your favorite songs? Producers Matthew Burnett and Jordan Evans used a faint sample throughout the track. The sample comes from Reverend W.A. Donaldson’s 1959 Baptizing Scene. It is a cut from the compilation “Southern Folk Heritage Series: Sounds Of The South”, compiled and recorded by Alan Lomax, a Texan ethnomusicologist. The compilation caught every facet of life and music in the South that was never heard before in the 1950s. An actual baptizing was recorded at an Alabama baptizing pool. The sample has also been used by artists like Jay-Z, Bryson Tiller, Travis $cott, and Lil Wayne. The sampled screams and sounds of people catching the holy spirit are ironic. While Daniel questions his faith in his song, people celebrate theirs in the background.
Kelis Rogers is a singer, songwriter, chef, and muse from Harlem, NY. The “first girl to scream on a track” stepped onto the music scene when her raspy vocals touched the hook of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Got Your Money. As a singer, she explores R&B, Hip Hop, Soul, and EDM. As a chef who graduated from the Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, she published “My Life on a Plate: Recipes From Around the World” and debuted her sauce line ‘Bounty & Full’. As a muse, she sets trends, influenced Pharrell’s style, and steps out the box. Kelis is severely and unfairly underrated; the cons of being ahead of her time. She is a trendsetter who develops style and music before it becomes trendy. She is not afraid to be different or authentic. With each album and endeavor, she reinvents herself and her musical approach. She continues to be Kelis while setting trends that will surface in the mainstream several years later.
Check out her mini style series below:
Jhené Aiko released Trip, a surprise 22-track album on September 22nd. It features her daughter, Namiko Love, Kurupt, Mali Music, Brandy, Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd, and Big Sean.
Stream the album here.
A short film with the shared name was also released. Within the short, the character Penny finds love in a stranger and embarks on a road trip. She tries to fill a void with love and drugs after the recent death of her brother. The short is based on a true story and is an ode to Aiko’s brother, Miyagi, who passed away 5 years ago after battling cancer.
Directors Jhené Aiko & Tracy Oliver