First, let’s start off with me saying I do not care for Young Thug… one bit. I am honestly surprised he’s come this far. That being said, I do not dislike him here. I actually understand his ass. Ross has always had a distinguishable voice and it’s the reason I listen to him. This song goes hard and one of my favorites from the beginning. I MISS THIS WALE! Where the hell has this one been hiding? I love Wale, he will forever be the underdog and it sucks because he has such talent. His voice is amazing rapping, talking, singing etc. I will always be a Wale fan and I loved how he just let it flow here. Ross’ new album so far (still listening to it) is pretty damn solid. I haven’t skipped a song so that’s a good thing. He freaking called out Birdman!!! Ahhhhhh that shit was so good. Anyway, here’s this song lol.
P.S. I hope when you watch this video you see that Wingstop is the ad on the video! Well played Rick, well played.
I hadn’t had a chance to check out Taylor’s project because I didn’t know when he was going to drop it and I can’t stop listening to it now. I’m sure the comparisons of Chance and him are buzzing but he does have a different take on how things are and it’s fresh. Like riding your bike and hearing dope music coming from someone’s house and you just want to listen. This is how I feel while listening to Taylor. Big props to him as well for being true to himself. Takes courage these days to face a world full of judgmental ass people.
It’s no secret I’m pretty much obsessed with Christian and his music. He dropped this single yesterday and has his album up for pre-sale including all sorts of goods. I’ve pre-ordered his vinyl (I own every single one even the a duplicate of Pllajë because he released a special version that is numbered. It’s that serious). Anyway, this album “Whatever Makes U Happy”, will be out April 28th. Below is the tracklist:
-Love Ain’t Enough
-Where Do U Go
Not sure how the hell I missed this one but this song is life. Low key Nelly came out to play and just dropped this out of thin air and delivered. She takes us to church with the organ in a subtle way. She gives me a Jessie Ware laid back feel in this one. Kind of excited for what this album will sound like. ‘The Ride’ is due out March of this year.
Don’t sell me no pipe dreams
I wanna live with you through everything
Don’t sell me no pipe dreams
I wanna live in a kaleidoscope
Don’t sell me no pipe dreams
Wanna be the one to spin the wheel
If you’ve been under a rock and haven’t jammed to any music by 6lack, stay there. When his music first dropped I was hooked. This song is my favorite, just because I empathize with the man, and know all about dishonesty and unfaithfulness. All of his songs are amazing from beginning to end. He’s only 24 but exudes so much pain and I can sit here and find myself or any situation within each. “Free 6lack” came out in November but ‘PRBLMS’ came out in June of last year. ‘Free 6lack’ comes from wanting to be free from past relationships and also his relationship with his old record company where he was stuck for about 6 years. He follows a heavily monochromatic way (amazing) and with this album, it proves to the world he’s here to make a mark.
Would you please dig up the strength to show you really even care
I know I said I’m psychic, but tell me what’s on your mind…
Really hope you find your relationship goals
My next gonna wonder why a nigga so cold
Cause I found out that everything that glitters ain’t gold…
I’ve been so loyal, baby
What about you?
That line: “Cause I found out that everything that glitters ain’t gold”
Best line ever. Not only because it is true, but because it is so close to Robert Frost’s poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay” which happens to be one of my favorite poems.
But anyway, do yourself the favor and listen to his album if you don’t already have it on repeat on any device you have.
Here is his soundcloud where you can stream his album.
Say it isn’t fucking so! We are graced with Ms. Alina Baraz once again. Yesssss BUT if you haven’t been under a rock and know Khalid, this makes this so much better. Alina had an EP with Galimatias names ‘Urban Flora’ a few moons ago and it’s still in heavy rotation for me. Alina just has that voice and Khalid just put music out and bam. He’s from Texas by the way, hails from El Paso. This song is amazing! Take a listen and fall in love.
Alina will be touring so if you’re interested, check her out on social media.
This song will always be amazing and so will this video. I’m still in love with this man’s voice and his creativity. If you’ve never heard Russ’ music, check him out. He has something for everyone but this is my absolute favorite song.
She’s fallin’ in love now, losin’ control now
Fightin’ the truth, tryin’ to hide
But I think it’s alright, girl
J. Cole drops a new track titled High for Hours. He discusses politics, on his trip to the White House and talking with Obama, to touching base on abusive cycles. This song was not featured on his album just like the first two songs before ‘4 Your Eyez Only’. Maybe he dropped it because it’s MLK Day. No idea, but this song bangs.
So The xx dropped their new album ‘I See You’ today and I’ve already listened to it a few times. ‘Brave for You’ is my song at the moment. It’s a classic xx song filled with nostalgia and that beautiful haunting guitar solo(s) I love so much. Madley will forever hold a soft spot in my heart because her voice is amazing, yet so simple. This song, for me, is hauntingly accurate. It’s just one of those songs. The words just make me melt:
In all I know
In all I’ve done
I take you along
Though you’re not here
I can feel you there
I take you along
And when I’m scared
I imagine you’re there
Telling me to be brave
Just… yesssss. If I sit here and reallly nit pick this song, it could be a softer, more laid back version of Bruno Mars’ ‘Grenade’ song the way she says she’ll do anything for this man:
Either way, I prefer this one, I’m not the biggest Bruno fan, but his newest album is probably his best ever. Shit is smooooooth.
Anyhow, there’s a new direction on this album with most of the songs being worked into a Jamie xx sound somewhat along the lines of ‘In Colour’ and I am not mad at that at all. I love the addition of heavier drums and more experimental instruments and sounds. They are one of my favorite bands and their music speaks volumes even if they don’t have extreme high notes or boisterous voices. Check out the new album on Spotify or anywhere you can find it.
Ed Sheeran has come out of hiatus! Rejoice! I will say it took me longer than most to fall in love with this ginger. He dropped two songs ‘Castle on the Hill’ and this track titled ‘Shape of You’, this track is my favorite out of the two. It’s playful, it’s upbeat and most of all, it’s an ode to the body of the one you love. Bodies come in all shapes and sizes and to me, this is a body positive song because it’s not describing a perfect body, it’s describing the fluidity of the shape the person owns. He’s so smart for that. I’m more of the let it bleed Ed Sheeran songs where your heart just swells but I absolutely love this song. Can’t wait to hear the rest of the album.
So my boy was working his ass off in 2016 and keeping a low profile and just being low key experiencing life and its many diversities. 2017 is looking promising to Buck, he’s got new music, videos on the way, and just a whole different fusion of sound going on. This one is ‘Company’ featuring another H-Town figure, Fat Tony. After listening to a few edits of this song, this is the final cut and I feel like a proud mother LOL. This is a song that if you’re sober, drunk or high, you can get down with. It has that drunken adult vibe, not that kiddie “let’s black the fuck out to Lil Jon’s music” vibe but an adult “I know where the fuck I’m at” vibe. Kind of like a chill, but so alive feel. I’ve listened to it 3 times already on top of the like 500 others between rough drafts, acapellas and instrumentals. Give it a listen and show him some love on social media. His info is below.
This is and will remain my favorite song off of this album. Just the mellow electro textures on this song make it such a good sappy one. When the trumpet comes in, it’s just… bliss. I will never get tired of this song, it’s an instant classic for those who really listen to the lyrics and the communication between instruments, including Healy’s voice. ‘Somebody Else’ is another favorite of mine but ‘I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware’ is my favorite song to sleep to. This was in fact a great album by The 1975. Can’t wait to see what they come out with next.
And if I believe you,
Would that make it stop if I told you I need you?
Is that what you want?
And I’m broken and bleeding, and begging for help.
And I’m asking you Jesus, show yourself.
…If I’m lost then how can I find myself?
Then how can I find myself?
As usual, I’ve neglected the shit out of my blog. I’m busy, super fucking busy but I still jam out and find new people or people I like to listen to. So for like the half reader I have, here is something new. Well, not new but I love this song so much. It’s soooo mainstream and so pop but I just love Shawn Mendes. My nieces are obsessed with this song and I am too. Plus, the video has a strong message that’s good to see.
For this piece, I’ve written a few times on Buck here. Buckamore is an artist who hails from Houston and I can’t classify him as a certain artist because he makes so much music in all genres. He’s a good friend of mine who let’s me put my creativity to work at times for cover art or any other format he needs. Take a listen to ATMP3 on his take on Bieber’s song. “Heartbreak Hotels” is the title of his next EP and will be coming soon. If you want to hear more, you can hear, add, contact him in all the platforms below:
James Curtis also known as: Peso James, Weak Ass James or you can call him Stiff Papi. James first came into my life in February of 2015. We first locked eyes at Warehouse Live where I was sippin’ on some Malibu with Pineapple Juice, my ‘I don’t want to get fucked up and enjoy the music go to drink’. He got on stage, took a mic, and started rapping. He introduced himself to us as Weak Ass James and gave us his IG handle of said so name. I listened to his first song and then went and added him. There’s nothing weak about James… at all. The songs he performed had dope beats, the rapping was great and his one feature was lovely. One of the reasons I love attending concerts is to discover new acts, new music, and dope, down to earth people. I’d never heard of him when he jumped on stage and like every person there who may not have known him, I was curious and ready to hear what he had to offer. There were no boos, and the crowd seemed to like what they heard. He didn’t have a massive stage with 500 people on it. It was just him, the spotlight and a mic. Pretty bad ass if you ask me. James had a concert not too long ago in which I purchased tickets but didn’t get to attend. The bottom line is this dude is awesome. His tone is original, clean and his take on his craft is unique. Take a listen to any of his songs on his SoundCloud and if you happen to catch him in concert, go support.
Yesterday, he dropped his new single ‘Good Decisions’ which you can stream above. His album “Till Death Do Us Part” will be released on October 10th. If you like what you hear, follow James on social media.