Category Archives: Hip Hop

Macklemore Cuts Ties with Ryan Lewis and Releases New Single 

After a few days of anticipation on social media Macklemore has released a new song “Glorious” featuring Skylar Grey.

With the song release Macklemore also unveiled that he will be releasing a new album, and in doing so broke the news that he is parting ways with the producer that he gained so much popularity with, Ryan Lewis.

The two are in good terms, with Macklemore citing that they mutually decided that they were both in need of some “creative space”.

It will be interesting to see what differences the next album will have without the influences of Ryan Lewis. This new song sounds similar to the general sound and pattern that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis has had in the past.

Macklemore states that Ryan Lewis will have some annoumwnts soon, and it will be cool to see what kind of projects he works on after spending nearly a decade working with Macklemore.

 

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B.o.B Brings Back Old Style in New Track “Big Kids” (feat. CeeLo Green & Usher)

 

B.o.B first gained mainstream popularity with his hit singles Nothing on You and Airplanes. Both these songs had pop superstars featured on the track, with Bruno Mars being featured on Nothing on You, and Hayley Williams (of Paramore) on Airplanes. On his next album, “Strange Clouds” he continued this trend of collaborating with pop superstars by featuring Taylor Swift on his track Both of Us.

B.o.B is back to this trend of collaborating with pop superstars, as he his a track “Big Kids” on his newly released album “Ether” features the smooth vocals of CeeLo Green and Usher. 

The track is very peaceful and definitely closes the album on a good note. It brings back 2010 B.o.B nostalgia and is a good song to start the summer of 2017.

 

‘The Life of Pablo’ Falls Short

Last week, Kanye West released his album The Life of Pablo on streaming services.

After listening to it, I came to the conclusion that Kanye has a different tone in every album.

Graduation was upbeat and optimistic.

In My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Kanye had a sense of confusion and trying to figure life out, with tracks such as Dark Fantasy, Runaway, and Lost in the World.

More recently, Watch The Throne and Yeezus took a more of a negative tone, and The Life of Pablo has really embraced that negativity.

Along with this negative tone, The Life of Pablo also seems to have a sense of anger as well, which is something Kanye has showed on songs in the past, but not to this level on a full album.

After listening through the album, I realized that nearly all the songs have a negative tone, both the beat and the lyrics. There are no upbeat songs, which was something I’d come to enjoy from Kanye in the past.

Overall, I would not recommend The Life of Pablo because the beats and lyrical content. This album has more anger, and negativity than any album Kanye has previously produced. There are some beats and songs that are okay, but none that I would recommend based on the caliber of music Kanye has been able to produce in the past.