Grammys 2017 Review

Kinfolk the Grammys came on tonight. Did y’all watch? I did, and I am here to give you my two cents.

Adele opened the show with “Hello”, and they didn’t f*ck up her sound this year. She gave a solid performance. 

James Cordon’s opening was cheesy. I would have much rather him done a Carpool Karaoke with an artist he hasn’t featured, but anything is better than James Todd AKA LL Cool J(he had a run)

The best performance of the night goes to Beyoncé the image below pretty much sums it up way better than I ever could:


I just have one questions for anyone who hates on Beyoncé for no GOOD reason, who hurt you? I just wanna know!?! I won’t argue with deaf and blind people, it’s morally wrong. She was the highlight for me. I’m sure many disagree, but I own this domain, so you’ll deal!

Bruno Mars performed “That’s What I Like” which is my jam and gave us a good ole Jodeci-esque harmony at the end!  Bruno also channeled Prince perfectly performing “Let’s Go Crazy” in tribute to The Purple One. Morris Day and The Time was just happy to be on the stage. The Grammys got it right with this tribute. Unfortunately they didn’t do so well with The Bee Gees tribute. I love Tori Kelly and and Demi Levato, but was there no one else available for this tribute and are these two going to be out go-to performers for all tributes going forward? The Bee Gees deserved BETTER!

The other best performance of the night goes to Chance The Rapper. He gave a rousing performance featuring Tamala Mann, who decided to channel Ursula from The Little Mermaid for Black History Month and Kirk Franklin. It’s amazing to see this young man’s rise to stardom as an independent artist. I am looking forward to see what he does next. 

As I said previously they didn’t f*ck up Adele’s sound at the open, but she didn’t fare so well when she was performing her tribute to George Michael. It was so bad she had to stop and start over. I don’t blame her for starting over. Let’s be clear, only artists of a certain caliber can get away with that and she is one of them! 

That’s about all I have for The Grammys, it honestly wasn’t that spectacular of a show. It did have highlights and some lowlights(the sound man needs to be fired) Because I love music I will continue to watch and wade through the muck to see the good!

Full List of Grammy Winners can be found HERE

Whut say you!?! 

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[Review]Awaken, My Love!-Childish Gambino

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Kinfolk! I know it’s been a long time and I shouldn’t have left you, y’all know the rest. Many things have transpired and my lap top is shitty(anyone have the plug on the new Mac Book Pro) At any rate I am back to review some new music. Y’all know I love to register my opinion on music, entertainment,reality television, and all things in between. This time is no different, so let’s get into it! Continue reading

[Review]Hard II Love-Usher 


Kinfolk Urrrrrrrrsher Raymond dropped his new album Hard II Love. While Usher may be Hard II Love, this album is Hard To Listen II! The first single, No Limit, should have been my first indication that we were headed for trouble! Was the single catchy? Yes. Was it up-to-par for Usher? Nope! Then there was the talk of a remix with Master P, as if Young Thug was not enough of an assault to our ears and sensibilities. All of this to together let me know this album was doomed. Continue reading

[Review] The Definition Of…Fantasia


American Idol Winner Fantasia Barrino has released her 5th studio album, “The Defintion Of…” The album has 11 tracks with appearances from Stacy Barthe, Aloe Blacc, and Tye Tribett. The album was executive produced by veteran A&R/record producer Ron Fair

The album is not like any album I have heard from Fantasia. She has been quoted saying she fought hard for artistic freedom with this album. It’s clear her fight paid off because this album is touching several genres of music, from R&B to Country. This strategy is very smart because it appeals to audiences that maybe would not listen to a Fantaia album. I could see her performing songs from this album on The BET Awards, The Country Music Awards, and The Grammy’s. Continue reading

[Review] More Issues Than Vogue-K. Michelle

  

K. Michelle’s new album, More Issues Than Vogue(MITV), dropped a few weeks ago and not without it’s fair share of “issues”. First she had an on air spat with Breakfast Club host Angela Yee and then  she has reportedly been banned from all Radio One platforms because she failed to appear at an event sponsored by Radio One without a good legitimate excuse. Kathy Hughes plays no games! These are prime examples of how K’s antic overshadow her amazing talents, MITV is actually a very good album but the goodness is being missed due to unnecessary drama. Just sing K, and cut the bullshit drama!

MITV has 12 tracks which is a good round number, y’all know how I feel about too many tracks. The album features Jason Derulo,Trina, and Yo Gotti. K doesn’t stray far from her normal formula but she does experiment with Pop on Make The Bed and Country on If It Ain’t Love. She doesn’t completely abandon her core fan base, but she is able to show growth. 

MITV has several tracks that I enjoyed. Mindful produced by T-Pain is uptempo and has a very catchy hook. K even displays her rap skills. Got Em Like samples Outkast’s SpottieOttieDopaliscious so I instantly fell in love with this song you can’t go wrong with an Outkast/Organized Noize sample. Nightstand is K’s ode to her vibrator the line the, “Can I get back the fucks I gave you?” pulled me right, another instant favorite of mine.

 K sings her heart on All I Got, she sings about being content with memories from past experiences/relationships . K really shines on this one. On Time she sings of a getting out a relationship right on time. The lyric, “Two things you can’t get back are words and time,” is the GOTDAMN truth. This song is my favorite from the album based on lyrics and vocal performance. Rich features my fav Trina  and K’s hometown buddy Yo Gotti. The hook is catchy and anything with Trina on it I am HERE for! This one is sure to be a summer time anthem.

More Issues Than Vogue is a solid album, I give K. Michelle a hard time but I have always said that K. Michelle could go really far if she could just get out of her own way. This album shows growth without completely straying from what has worked on previous albums. Let’s hope K can work out her differences with Radio One, it would be a shame for his album to not be played on the radio. Good thing she has social media because she is definitely going to need it!

Whut say you?

[REVIEW] Charlene-Tweet

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Kinfolk it’s been a long time I shouldn’t left ya, but I had a lot of sh*t going on! But rest assured I am back. While I was MIA a lot of albums dropped so I need to catch up. Charlene Keys AKA Tweet dropped her fourth studio album titled Charlene. This after a six year hiatus and after listening to the album it’s safe to say that during those six years she went through some ups and downs. It’s refreshing to hear new music from her as I was first introduced to Tweet on her debut album, Southern Hummingbird, which is classic.

Charlene has 13 tracks and 3 interludes, I am going to let Tweet slide with all these tracks because it’s been 6 years, so I am HERE for it! We can make an exception to my 10-12 track rule if the music is quality, and that happens to be the case with this album. Of the 13 tracks and 3 interludes I enjoyed all of them. Won’t Hurt Me, which was the lead single was lukewarm, but Ms. Keys came back with the follow-up single Magic, which I absolutely love. Tweet smooth and sultry vocals on this song brings listeners right back to Southern Hummingbird era Tweet. Priceless hypnotized me as soon as it came on, I was instantly in love with it, she sings of being rich in love and not material things. Interlude: All I See Is You, is one of those interludes that I should have been a full song, the piano and  Tweet’s voice are comforting. Missy Elliott and Tweet reunite on Somebody Else Will, it is not Oops, but it is good to hear them together on this mid-tempo track. Addicted is my favorite, from the opening guitar interlude I was HERE for this slow tempo track. Tweet’s voice, the beat, the guitar, and the bongos create beautiful music.

Neva Shoulda Left Ya, isn’t my favorite track, but the feeling of regret after the realization of a mistake is conveyed with this song. The Hardest Thing is a very uplifting song about letting go of things that hold us back. The lyrics of this song are touching and thought provoking, I love it. Got Whatcha Want is the quintessential F*ck Boy/Girl song, Tweet sings of falling for the lies, trash, and garbage of a F*ck Boy. We have all been there and can completely relate, I loved this song. Interlude: Will You Be Here was just ok for me, it was fine as an interlude. I Didn’t Know is that song you play when you are completely done with a relationship and you have come to realization that you’ll be fine without the F*ck Boy/Girl bullshit! The lyric “I never did you wrong, but it’s over…” pretty much sums it up. This is another one of my favorites.

Dadada…..Struggle picks up right after you told that F*ck Boy/Girl that it’s over, but there is that inner struggle where one part of you wants nothing to do with them, but then the other part of you can’t fully let go. This one right her almost took me completely the f*ck out! Wow Tweet GOTDAMMIT!  I Was Created For This is an inspirational song, on which she sings about realizing God gave her the gift of song to share with the world. We all need to use the gifts God has given us, and stop letting them go to waste, I love the message of this song. Outro: I Surrender is the perfect way to close out the album Tweet surrenders to the Lord.

The six year wait was well worth it! Charlene is a testament to Tweet’s professional, personal, and emotional growth. The lyrical content of this album is out of this world. Tweet’s angelic voice, the instrumentation, and production of this album make this album truly an amazing comeback. Charlene is most definitely worth a listen, and after you listen, I am sure you will listen again. Lovers of the lyrics will fall completely in love with this album.

Whut say you?

 

 

[Review] The Life of Pablo-Kanye West

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Kanye West dropped his new album titled, The Life of Pablo(TLOP), exclusively on Tidal. Only after causing ruckus on Twitter with another one of his infamous rants(for publicity i’m sure). This time it was aimed at Wiz Khalifa, Amber Rose, and their son Bash. He later recanted his Twitter rant, he and Wiz squashed their beef. Amber Rose and Kim Kardashian are now Instagram besties*yawns and stretches* I guess all is well in Hollyweird. TLOP has 18 tracks, and y’all already know how I feel about albums with that many tracks, it’s too damn many! However, I expect nothing less from House Motha Kanye, he is all about the dramatics of it all. If nothing else I look forward to amazing production and the samples.

In recent years Kanye has been more famous for his antics and terrible fashions. I was hoping and praying that he would get back to the music with this new album, and he did just that with TLOP.  The album opens with, Ultralight Beam featuring The Dream, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin, and Chance The Rapper. I knew as soon as I heard viral clip of a little girl praising the Lord little girl praising the Lord we were in for a treat. Between the choir and Kelly Price, this has to be one of my favorites on the album. Chance The Rapper also shines on this track. Famous features Rihanna and Swizz Beatz, and also includes one of the most inflammatory lines of the whole album:

“I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, why? I made that bitch famous, I made that bitch famous…”

I can’t say I disagree with him on this, he didn’t completely make her, but you can’t deny that her star power sky rocketed after the whole VMA’s debacle. The Nina Simone sample makes this another one of my favorite tracks on the album. Feedback  gives me a flash back to the College Dropout album. Highlights is an uptempo that I enjoyed, and I need every bad b*tch up in Equinox, I need to know right now if you a freak or not? This song reminds me of “Good Life” Kanye.

The I Love Kanye freestyle is one of my favorite freestyles from the album, it reminds me  of Kanye before he went cray cray. Some of the other freestyles could have been left off. Christopher Maurice Brown shows us why we fell in love with him on Waves. This song is another one of my favorite tracks on the album the production is awesome. FML reminds me of “808 and Heartbreak” Kanye. I like the song because West reflects on some of his erratic behavior. The Weeknd’s voice normally wears me thin, but it fits on this song. On Real Friends I feel like Kanye hit the nail on the head regarding the current mindset of 30 somethings. The take home point of the song is, as we grow older the amount of people who are true friends decreases significantly. I really like this song because it speaks directly to me.

Wolves didn’t grab me, but I don’t hate it. 30 hours borrows J. Cole’s Note To Self format. West reflects on his rise to stardom and some of the pitfalls along way. This is song doubles as West’s thank you’s. No Parties In LA features Kendrick Lamar, and he makes me love the song. Facts & Fade I could have done without.

The Life of Pablo is everything that I was seeking and more. This album offers glimpses of Kanye West past. While it’s not a complete return to the “Old Kanye” he skillfully mixes in “New Kanye” with “Old Kanye”. The guest appearances, the production, and subject matter are all good on TLOP. While there are some missteps the album is solid. I would really be interested to see how this translates to the stage. TLOP is definitely worth a listen if you’re a Kanye West fan or not.

Whut say you?

 

[Review] Sex, Love, & Pain II-Tank

  
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Tank released his new album Sex, Love & Pain II, the week before last. I know, I know, I’m late with my review. Better late than never. The album has tracks which is an awesome number unlikeChristopher  Maurice Brown with 18 damn tracks(no interludes) 10 is a nice round number, not too many and doesn’t  leave you wanting more. 

Now I’ll be the first to say that I have a love/hate relationship with Tank, he is hit or miss with me. It’s either all good or all bad when it comes to Tank with me. I have similar feelings about Anthony Hamilton. That is not to take anything away from Tank as a singer/songwriter. He has an amazing voice and his pen game is insane. That being said let’s get to this new album. I have to be honest didn’t really see it for SLP I, but SLP II resonated with me. After text messages from several friends saying the album was fire, I figured what the hell? Let me give it a go!

SLP II doesn’t stray too far from Tank’s normal formula, but it does get off track when he attempts to appeal to the younger generation on tracks like She Was The Sh*t, which features Rich Homie Quan. I love Rich Homie Quan, Lord knows I do! But no! #BDAY which features Chris Brown, Siya, and Sage Gemini sounds like it could have been track 19 on Chris Brown’s last album. I don’t hate it, but it comes across like that older uncle who tries to fit in with his younger nephews.

Tank gets it back on track with tracks like You Don’t Know featuring Wale and samples the Patti LaBelle classic If Only You Knew. I love this song, could have done without Wale, but hey he has to eat too. On  So Cold he sings about a relationship he messed up, and I like it. Tank even enlists Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman help on Already In Love, these two mesh well on this one. On Him Her Them he basically tells his girl that she won’t find a love like his, I enjoyed it. I also enjoyed SLP2, which was a nice opening for the album.

Sans a few missteps SLP II is a cohesive album and doesn’t stray from Tank’s formula. It is a solid R&B album, and if you’re a lover of R&B music, then you’ll surely enjoy it! As always form your own opinion about the music as well in general. The album is definitely worth a listen.

Whut say you?

[Review] Royalty-Chris Brown

 
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Christopher Maurice Brown’s new album Royalty dropped on Friday. This after he went on a Twitter rant about Meek Mill’s piss(pun intended) poor decisions and how the justice system is corrupt. While I agree the system is corrupt, I’m not sure Meek Mill and his protein shakes was the correct example to use when juxtaposing the corrupt justice system and the African American experience. But hey I am always HERE for a Christopher rant, they’re entertaining. 

Let’s talk about this cover art, while I love little Royalty, I am wondering what Breezy’s team was thinking or not thinking by putting a picture of an innocent child on an album that is highly sexual, vulgar, and misogynistic. But hey Chris and Co. have never had great decision making skills. The album has 18 tracks which is far too many, 12 is a good round number. I’ll just cut to the chase and tell you which tracks I enjoyed. 

Make Love is a slow song you can pretty much figure out the subject manner of the song. This is classic CB, it’s one of the less vulgur tracks. Liquor is of course an instant favorite of mine and incites an ole nasty hip roll in me. Who’s Gonna(Nobody) samples Keith Sweat’s classic Nobody. The basic sentiment of the song is Nobody is gonna f*ck you like CB, we get it! I like the song and it is  essential for your smashing playlist. 

On Discover Breezy is in his feelings about Karreuche after he discovered he loved her, I enjoyed it and got a good laugh at the same time. Joni Mitchell never lied! Little Bit is a mid-tempo that has an infectious hook, I like it. Proof finds CB in his feelings again most likely about Ms. Tran I enjoyed it. U Did It features Navaydius Wilburn AKA Future Hendrix so y’all already know I am HERE for it! It’s a typical Future trap ratchet track. I love it! 

Royalty is what I expected from Chris Brown he gave us a little R&B and a little Pop. I gravitate more towards CB’s R&B esque songs. The pop songs sometimes grate my nerves, but I understand that CB needs that cross over appeal to remain relevant when Justin Bieber is out here stealing whole routines and styles. 

Royalty needed to have the fat trimmed, some songs could have definitely been left off. 18 songs is way too damn many songs for an album. 7 out of 18 is about 40%, so I guess that’s good. Then albums has moments, but I found myself skipping around. The album is worth a listen. But as I always say form your own opinion about music and in general. I’m just giving you my two cents.

Whut say you?
 

[Review] Code Red-Monica 

  
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Now y’all know I love me some Monica Brown. Her new album,Code Red, dropped on Friday after months and months of waiting. After waiting all this time I was expecting something in the vein of Still Standing, but that’s not exactly what I got with this album. 

The first single Just Right For Me featuring Lil’ Wayne was just luke warm for me, but I didn’t let that deter me. I try to listen to albums with an open mind. Upon first listening to Code Red, I had a blank stare wondering what had I just listened to? Was that it? *blank stare* Not one to make a hasty assessment I went back and listened again and I was able to find a few songs that resonated with me. Before I get into which songs I liked let me say Monica and Timbaland as much as I love and respect the both of them, I didn’t care much for the songs Timbaland psedo sang on with Mo. Now that we’ve got that out of the way let’s get to what I liked from the album.

Just Right For Me again is just luke warm for me, but I do like it. Call My Name is an updated version of Destiny Child’s Say My Name with Monica’s touch. I love this song because it’s vintage Monica, I love the harmonies and the beat. Definitely repeat worthy.

I Know, is a ballad and when I first listened to it I wasn’t a fan, but after I turned up the volume and got into Monica vocals and lyrics I determined that it’s a beautiful ballad.  Deep is a favorite of mine it’s again the Monica I have grown accustomed to, and gives me “Still Standing” Monica I really like this song. 

Alone In Your Heart is probably my favorite song off the album. Again this is vintage Monica. This one is repeat worthy and Monica talks her shit in a way only she can. This song is so ATL and I love it! The rest of the songs are fillers and honestly could have been left on the cutting room floor for other better songs. 

After waiting and waiting for this album I was underwhelmed. I was expecting something different and more cohesive. The album is kind of all over the place with the exception of the songs I named previously. I will never say anything disparaging about Monica but this album as whole didn’t connect with me. I am a die hard Monica fan so I can always find something redeeming about her albums even if I don’t like all of them as a whole. For the next album I need Monica and whatever team worked on Still Standing to reconvine because that whole album was amazing, this one not so much. 

Whut say you?