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It Is Still Cardi B’s Year

Haters tried to write her off as a one hit wonder following the success of her debut single ‘Bodak Yellow’ last year, but numbers don’t lie and looking at the Billboard charts right now, Cardi B is definitely here to stay.

Unless you were living under a rock last year, there’s no way you missed the pandemonium that was Belcalis Almanzar aka Cardi B. She started as an Instagram celebrity posting videos where she dished out advice and jokes while she was a stripper, upgraded to television and made a flashy and unforgettable two season appearance on Love and Hip Hop: New York  and now reigns on the rap charts. All the while, posting on social media, specifically on Instagram, and taking everyone with her on this journey.

To me, that’s the unique key to her success. Yes, the audiences she performs to a growing, the quality of weaves she rocks are more luxurious and she is working on collaborations with artists and brands that she hadn’t been exposed to before. But Cardi appears to really be that ‘regular degular shmegular’ girl from the Bronx.

Although winter was creeping in, she kept the charts hot with back to back releases in December 2017.  She released her next hit ‘Bartier Cardi’  which features rapper 21 Savage. That coincided with her collaboration with Ozuna, a Puerto Rican reggageton artist, called ‘La Modelo’ where we hear a softer side of Cardi and she sings in Spanish. But it didn’t stop there. She was also featured in the Migos’ song ‘Motorsport’ where in my opinion, she had the best verse (I’m the trap Selena/Dame más gasoline…skrrt).

These songs closed out the year for her perfectly, marking her one of the most talked about and successful musical acts of 2017. Confirming this, Billboard Music announced the other day that Cardi is ‘the third artist in history with her first 3 songs simultaneously inside the top 10 of the Hot 100′. Only a few days into 2018 and Cardi has hit another milestone.

Without taking a break, just 4 days into January and we’re already blessed probably the best of her collabos.  Bruno Mars released a remix to his song ‘Finesse‘ featuring Cardi B. The song and video speaks to the old school head in me. The video pays hommage to In Living Color, a comedy sketch show that ran in the early ’90s that all your faves were on. Bruno Mars even Tweeted that the video was dedicated to his favourite TV show. The song took me back to LL Cool J’s ‘Round The Way Girl’ and Bobby Brown’s ‘Every Step I Take’, very New Jack Swing. I can’t stop playing this song and video.

It’s inspiring and fun to watch Cardi’s climb and growth. From her new line of shoes with Steve Madden to her recent engagement to fellow rapper Offset from the Migos, she dazzles us and keeps it all the way 100.

 

I’m Here For AubRih

Once Rihanna announced that she was dropping the video for ‘Work’ on Monday Feb. 22nd, I had a feeling that my day would officially be a write-off. My afternoon was spent watching the video fifty-eleven times and imagining all my new outfits for summer 2016.

This isn’t going to be a think piece on how incredible Rihanna is, how incredible she is as an artist who has now surpassed Michael Jackson (RIP) for most #1 songs or a breakdown on her outfit choices. There are so many blog posts out there detailing all of that.

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What I’m here for, is the chemistry between her and Drake. As hard as it is to see my boo, Aubrey Drake Graham, blush over RiRi, I have to admit that if I have to lose him I’m more than cool with seeing him gush over Rihanna. I’d gush over her too if she looked my way. Let’s be serious.

Let’s go back to 2010. Rihanna releases “What’s My Name” and we get the first glimpse of AubRih and their cute behaviour with each other. If you remember, it was only a year before this that Chris Brown had attacked her. So we’re all rooting for her to be happy and free from Chris. Hence seeing her in the arms of Drake fulfills a fairy tale for us that they’re a real couple.

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Then the following year, Drake releases ‘I’ll Take Care Of You” off his album Take Care and we get to see these two again. As usual, Drake’s lyrics are emotional and it appears as if these two are singing to each other.

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And a year later, 2012, Drake and Chris Brown get into a fight in a New York club. Most likely about Rihanna. So for a while now there’s a build up of a story in the media about Drake and Rihanna There’s been pictures of them together, specifically in Europe in 2014, that have quietly kept the rumor mill going.

Fast forward to 2016 and the year is already shaping up to be the year of music super madness. Drake has an album coming out in April 2016 and Rihanna has finally released her eighth album, Anti, after a long wait. The anticipation for the first video ‘Work’ was high after snippets and pics came out while she filmed it in Toronto (bam bam!!) on Feb 5th.

I was ready for the fashion greatness, the on-point makeup, the isolated whining, the Toronto dancehall party vibe and the overall reggae flex. The pictures and video teasers that came out last week had me hyped. I was so happy to see that the video was shot in my city at The Real Jerk, by our own Director X (pictured below) who is a legend. It was great to see Toronto get shine and our unique culture get global attention.

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Often our connection with Caribbean culture goes over folks head but it feels like Rihanna has always seen it and used it. Her first song ‘Pon De Replay’ came out 11 years ago and was also shot here by Director X.

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Back to ‘Work’. What I wasn’t ready for was the new level of intense chemistry between Drake and Rihanna in not just one, but two videos. The first one is captivating and the second one is mesmerizing as we see Drake and Rihanna continue to smile and blush at each other. Now they’ve got us deeply enthralled into their soap opera.

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Whatever it is they have going on between them, it makes for great music videos, tabloid headlines and blog content (clearly). I’m here for it and can’t wait to see if Drake will have her featured on his album and what that video will look like.

Adele Is Back To Put You Deep Into Your Feelings

Following right up on that sneaky ad during X Factor last week, Adele has returned after almost 5 years with a new song and video, ‘Hello’. She also announced that her next album, 25, will be released Nov. 20th. This will be the multi Grammy award winner’s third album and keeping with the previously titled albums, corresponds with her age.

Adele’s bombastic voice caught my attention from her first single ‘Chasing Pavements’ off her debut album, 19. It was the way she, at such a young age, could sing soulfully about heart ache as if her heart had lived a thousand lives. Along with a long lineage of UK female singers who poetically sing about love and loss (Amy Winehouse, Sade, Duffy) Adele is a force that is powerful and vulnerable all at once.

And the video is cinematically as captivating as her voice. Directed by Quebec film maker Xavier Dolan, the video was shot in the countryside outside Montreal. The video was released today, Fri Oct 23rd and it has already 8 millions views on YouTube as of 7pm ET.

Side note, this is the second video directed by a Canadian that has premiered this week and has lit up the Internets. Lest we forget the glory that was ‘Hotline Bling’ by Drake that was directed by Toronto’s own Little X. That video came out on a day that saw Canada take over all Twitter time lines with news on our federal election, Toronto Blue Jays defeating the Kansas City Royals and Drake delivering again all types of goodness to live on forever in .gifs and memes (Mon Oct 19th).

Honourable mention goes out Adele’s makeup and nail game. Her glam squad has stepped their game up with each video and album. She’s always rocked the thick eyeliner and long nails, but there’s a more polished and high fashion look to her style now.

Wondering, are you anything like me and excited to hear her new album?

 

New Music From Adele

If this is true, I’m already deep in my feelings. During the show XFactor in the UK, a snippet of what could possibly be a new single from Adele aired during commercial breaks.

No confirmation from her team but the internet is all a buzz. Adele’s last two albums were incredible and scored multiple accolades. She’s been out of the scene lately and gave birth to a son a few years ago. Which makes the words to this new song almost as if they are talking to us, her audience.

I can’t wait to hear from the songstress and this song reminds me of the track ‘Someone Like You’ off her last album 21.

 

 

Quadron – The Hardest Thing

We haven’t seen the band Quadron in a while. Not since their last album Avalanche.

So this new track, The Hardest Thing, is embraced with much excitement. The song is smooth and thick with emotion. With lead singer Coco’s melodic voice, this track is repeat worthy and has me anticipating another album. Enjoy!