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: 29/08/16

Music Monday: 29/08/16

This weeks songs are:

1) The Smiths – This Night Has Opened My Eyes

I think that this is one of the most underrated songs by the Smiths which appears on their compilation album, Hatful of Hollow (1984). I really love this song mostly because of the guitar riff and the bass beacuse they’re soo good and, like most songs by The Smiths, it’s a little bit depressing. In this song, Morrissey criticises Christianity and believes that people are misleading themselves by following Jesus. Even though I have opposing views on the meaning of this song, check out this great song below:

The Smiths – This Night Has Opened My Eyes

2) TLC – Kick Your Game 

Kick Your Game was released by the R&B/Hip-Hop group, TLC and this is the third track  on their second debut album, CrazySexyCool (1994). TLC are the best-selling American girl group and their one of my favourite girl groups of all time. I really like this song and my favourite part is when Left Eye is alternating between being the man and being herself while rapping. Lisa “Left Eye” describes how she first met her then boyfriend, Andre Rison. This whole song states the fact that even though she knows he wants to take her home, if he can’t catch her attention then she’s not going home with him. Check out this cool song below:

TLC – Kick Your Game

3) Lemar – If There’s Any Justice

Lemar is an English R&B and If There’s Any Justice is the first single from his second album, Time To Grow (2004). This song peaked at no.3 on the UKs singles chart between 2004-2005. The lyrics of this song is so sweet to me because it is about a girl that he has fallen in love with but she already has a man. He states that if he had met her first, they would have been together instead of her and that other guy. Check out this song below:

Lemar – If There’s Any Justice

I hope you especially enjoy this weeks music choices and please comment on what you think about these songs!

Omone 😀

An interview with DC rapper, Earl

An interview with DC rapper, Earl

Earlier on this week, I got the amazing opportunity to interview of one DC’s best rappers, Earl. His music contains positive messages with no profanity to appeal to a wide range of audiences. He aims to spread the love of God to each individual on earth through his music and he believes that God has called him to become a musician for a special purpose. Here is me interviewing Earl:

Me: “Why and when did you decide to pursue a music career and spread God’s word through your music?”

Earl: “So basically, I tried to fit into many different moulds that just weren’t me and I was trying to fit into moulds of what other people thought I should be and then I started to kinda dabble into music and I felt a sense of draw into the fulfilment and this creative freedom, if you will, and I began to realise that there were actually messages that were semi unintentional in my music that God was blessing me with and in November 9th 2014 he revealed tome that this was actually my passion, purpose and call.”

Me: “Was there something, like a job, you were doing before you started making music?”

Earl: “Sure, I was actually a tattoo artist for 11 years, so everything kinda in the art industry but nothing fit me the way that music did and that’s by God’s grace. Music was what I was created to do and through him I wanna give him the glory to that.”

Me: “So is there a particular message that you want to give to people who listen to your music? When they hear your music, what sort of thoughts do you want them to have in their minds?”

Earl: “Sure, well each song has a different subject matter and a different tempo, so it will have different messages but all in all I want my music to reflect Christ first and foremost and I’m being called to break down this barrier of what is called ‘church music’ and I want people to hear a Christ like perspective of all subject matters and not be limited and put into a box of just church and christian radio or just church people to be my audience. I want to reach all people, speaking on all subject matters that would be better described as ‘life music’, so I really want to bring a message of Christ first, inspiration and hope but also talk about the subject matters that are touchy and put them into things like dance music and all kinds of different things”

Me: “That’s great, I see where you’re coming from, you’re trying to put your music into different genres and not the stereotypical christian music and christian radio show…”

Earl: “Correct”

Me: “… you want [your songs] to be in dance music, rock music, reggae music, so all people can get the chance to listen to it in different genres that they’re most interested in. So, is there any musical instruments that you like playing or anything else you have a passion for musically other than singing?

Earl: “The lyrics part of it and the basis of subject matter is where my main draw is but I’m also learning the keyboard, beat pads and drumlines as well so, I’m getting into more and more things which is exciting and fun for me.”

Me ” It nice to hear that! So, do you have any musicians that you look up to in life, aside from God of course, who inspires you to carry on doing music?”

Earl: ” Sure, yeah actually, going back to earlier years I was inspired by Phil Collins, Timex Social Club, Earth, Wind and Fire umm.. Bad Company and getting into more modern music, I love like Ellie Goulding’s music, I like that whole feel, I actually like… this is kind of odd but Carrie Underwood because she sends a message in his music as well, there are so many artists, Bruno Mars, that it’s really hard to say a specific person, I’m not trying to mimic anyone but it’s very inspiring to just absorb the art community and other artists, I think that it’s beautiful”

Me: ” Is there a musician today that you would like to collab with or write a song with?”

Earl: ” There’s several, once again Ellie Goulding, I’ve always loved her and her music. I would love to do something with Bruno Mars and Adele, man there’s so many, that would only be naming a few and obviously Phil Collins, if I ever got the chance to do that, that would be amazing because the roots of that would be really really cool.”

Me: ” Do you have a favourite genre of music that you like to listen in your down time, when you just want to chill?”

Earl: ” Umm… I don’t, just like how I write my music out of emotion and my experiences or things that maybe other people experience, with music it’s whatever the mood is. I don’t limit myself to a specific genre, but that’s what’s beautiful about music because there’s a wide range that you can tune into, with whatever I feel that day and time, that’s what I want my albums to convey, I don’t want a theme to my album, I want a theme to every song so that an audience doesn’t just listen to it and go ” It’s a down day”, I want there to be a case for everyday and that’s the same way I absorb music myself.”

Me: ” What would you like to accomplish in 5 or 10 years?”

Earl: ” Ummm.. well, God is first and foremost in all this and to him be the glory and praise, I want to glorify him and through that I just want to be honest in my music, I want to give a sense of honesty and I want to stay true to myself and I never want to minimise my God to maximise my success, so over the next 5 to 10 years of course I hope that I become successful in this and this becomes my full-time career and I’m able to reach millions of people but also I trust God’s timing and I trust that he’ll have me where I need to be and I just have to stay focused and continue to enjoy it and it’s my passion and there’s a purpose in my call behind it, I trust that it will always be there because God never changes his mind. He’s made it very clear that this is what I’m suppose to do and I’ll continue to do it and never give up.”

Me: ” That’s amazing, do you get nervous performing in public, in front of people or is it exciting?”

Earl: ” No, actually by God’s grace alone, I feel most comfortable, I feel completely comfortable with that and I know that’s not my doing and I know that it’s God’s hand and he gives me comfort, I love it.”

Me: ” Have you made any embarrassing mistakes or had technical issues on stage?”

Earl: ” No, not yet, I’m sure it will happen but you know the cool thing is that I’m so imperfect but God uses imperfect people for his perfect plan, so when something like that happens you just kinda go with it. It adds character to the moment and depth in the experience. Initially, you want everything to go perfectly, in the sense like a wedding day, but really when stuff like that happens it makes you more humble. People look at you like a regular guy and no matter how big a name becomes, people need to connect with that. I’m just a regular guy too, no greater than any person who listens to my music. I want people to connect with that. We’ll just laugh at it and carry on!”

Me: ” Have you always had a special relationship with God, have you always trusted him or was it later onto your teenage years that you looked for direction from God?”

Earl: ” Well, my mum had always gone to church. I didn’t become saved until 2000, not to say that I’m perfect now, I’m still far from perfect it’s not funny. I really was holding onto to so many things and so many fears and trying to figure out who I was, until November 9th 2014 when God revealed many things to my, amongst that my passion and purpose and call was music. I really didn’t feel alive until that day to be completely honest with people, I don’t share that in a sense of being proud of making mistakes but I share that in a sense to be humble because if I can learn from those things and help someone not go through the same experience and help them grow by my mistakes and learning from them. I don’t want people to visualise me as “Err, he’s a guy that loves God so everything’s perfect” It’s not but my God is perfect and I trust him in all things. When he revealed this to me, there’s no stopping God. Me talking to you today is not something I’ve done but it’s something that God’s aligned and I’m so thankful for that. November 9th 2014, that’s when God completely changed my life and took my fears and my burdens away. He revealed who I am and what I’m suppose to do, I now get up for a purpose. Not to say my life was terrible, I don’t want you to hear me wrong. I want to extend his kingdom and I want to reach people who might have never stepped foot in a church.”

Me: ” Last question, what’s your favourite song that you’ve written?”

Earl: “It’s actually a song that I haven’t released yet called “I will stand”, it is actually the first song that I wrote after my revelation and the reason why it’s my favourite song and it’s not even released yet is because its literally at that point in my life where I was like not only did God give me salvation and he does so many things for me but he also goes above and beyond. People need to hear that time and time again. That song is basically saying that I will stand for his grace and glory and I’ll do this for him and him alone . That song was a pivotal moment in my life, a milestone that can never be changed and I will always give him the glory through my passion and purpose in music. That song will forever mean the most to me. With this song, God brought me to life and that song has a special place in my heart.”

Me: “Thank you, Earl, it’s been a pleasure interviewing you!”

Earl: ” To God be all the glory for this opportunity. Thank you so much for allowing me to  share my music with you, I’ll never forget the moment you took time out of your day to interview me.”

Check out Earl’s latest song below:

 

Music Monday: 09/05/16

Music Monday: 09/05/16

This weeks song are:

1) Sub Focus – Turn Back Time

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Turn Back Time Music Video
Turn Back Time is an electro house track by the British producer, Sub Focus. This song features the uncredited vocals of Yolanda Quartey, who was part of the British country/soul band Phantom Limb. Released in December 2013, this song was his sixth single in his second studio album, Torus (2013). This song is a fan favourite whenever he is performing live and it reached no.10 in the UK Singles Chart. I have loved this song since the first time I heard it because it has an awesome build up and the drop is great! The narrator talks about how music makes her feel young again, when she was free. Check out this song in the link below:

Sub Focus – Turn Back Time

2) August Alsina – No Love ft. Nicki Minaj

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No Love is the fifth single in August Alsina’s debut album, Testimony (2014). In this song, August talks about not wanting to be in a serious relationship with anyone and he only wants to “Kick it” with this girl. August blames himself for the reason he can’t be loved and tells this girl “so don’t come looking for love” because he doesn’t have any love to give. I really like the music video for this song because the relationship between Nicki and August is so cute and she challenges his beliefs that he has to be the bad boy instead of showing his more intimate side of himself. Check out this song in the link below:

August Alsina – No Love ft. Nicki Minaj

3) Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You

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Music Sounds Better With You is the only song by the French Band, Stardust. This song was recorded in Paris, where one half on the French Group Daft Punk was based and this song is referred to as the best selling house music genre track worldwide. After the release of this track, the trio resumed their solo careers and never made a track together again. AllMusic gave this track 4.5 stars out of 5, calling it “One of the most irresistable, sublime dance singles of the decade”. Check out this song in the link below:

Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You

Comment what you think about the songs I’ve chosen this week and what songs I should do for next week 🙂