Music Monday: Solange

Music Monday: Solange

Solange  released her third studio album, A Seat at the Table (2016) last month and it features songs like ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ and ‘Cranes In The Sky’. Honestly, I haven’t really listened to any songs by Solange in the past and I’d only recognise her as being Beyonce’s older sister. ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ is a mix between funk music and electronic and it definitely grew on me the more times I listened to it. This songs accurately reflects how important Black people express themselves through their hair and how we should celebrate how unique it and ignore any negative comments/ideas about our hair. The first line says ‘Don’t touch my hair, When it’s the feelings I wear’, its weird beacuse I can relate to people in the past literally coming up to me, uninvited and touching my hair like it’s some sort of magical artefact. LOL. I like how she notices that our hair is a way of self-expression whether we use weaver or go natural. I particularly like the pre-hook where she says They don’t understand, What it means to me, Where we chose to go, Where we’ve been to know’ because it truthfully talks about how sometimes Black people’s hair is said to be undesirable compared to European hair and how other people might not understand why we like to take care of hair so much. Check out this great song below:

SOLANGE – Don’t Touch My Hair

‘Cranes In The Sky’ is the lead single of her album and it was actually written in 2008. The song talks about the pains of being an African-American woman and how Solange tried to deal with these problems through drinking, sex etc. The first verse says ‘I tried to drink it away, I tried to put one in the air, I tried to dance it away, I tried to change it with my hair‘, Solange is literally trying to push those negative thoughts and feelings away from her and she feels as if the rejection she has faced, over the years, are hanging over head like cranes in sky.  I really like the music video for this song, it reflects how beautiful and delicate her voice and this song is. There are some great scenery in the music video and the harmonies when she says Away is so beautiful. Fun fact: the music video for this song was shot in nine different cities. Please listen to this song below:

SOLANGE – Cranes In The Sky

I hope you like this weeks special on Solange and please tell me whether you’d like to see more artist specials from me!

Omone 😀

Music Monday: 16/05/16

Music Monday: 16/05/16

This weeks songs are:

1) Beyoncé- Mine ft. Drake

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Beyoncé (2013) was overall a great album and one of my favourite songs from that album is Mine featuring one of the worlds best rappers, Drake. Beyoncé talks about motherhood, relationships and marriage but also reassures her lover that he is forever her’s no matter what the tabloids and newspapers say about their relationship. Drake’s verse is centred around the fact that her still has feelings for this girl so he’s “running back” to her because there’s no one that can compare to her. Check out this song:

Beyoncé – Mine ft. Drake

2) David Guetta – Lovers on the Sun

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Lovers on the Sun is a country rock/house track in David Guetta’s sixth studio album, Listen (2014) featuring the vocals of the American singer Sam Martin. This song was inspired by western films and features similar progressive chord patterns as Daft Punk’s song, ‘Get Luck’. Lovers of the sun reached no.1 in the UK Singles chart in 2014 but reached no.3 in the US Dance Club songs. I really like the great vocals in this song and the awesome mix between country and EDM. Check out this song in the link below:

David Guetta – Lovers On The Sun

3) Tinie Tempah- Till I’m Gone ft. Wiz Khalifah

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Till I’m gone is a hip-hop track by the British Rapper, Tinie Tempah, released in May 2011. This song is the second single released in the United States by Tinie Tempah after Written In The Stars. The American rapper Wiz Khalifa features in this track and the whole song is about a guy that leaves his girlfriend to become a rapper, which is his life long dream, but he tells her that he will return to her one day. Check out this song in the link below:

Tinie Tempah – Till I’m Gone ft. Wiz Khalifa

Tell me if you like the songs I’ve chosen for this week and comment songs that you’d like me to put in next weeks music Monday!