The Game “Ain’t No Doubt About It” Featuring Pharrell and Timberlake

Ahhhh…. it’s like it’s the early 2000’s all over again in this pimpin’ video full of yachts and models, Pharrell is even in it!

Perfect Summer Rap. The Game, you have my attention again.

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Hugo

Hugo’s hit it big as of late with the genius (kinda) cover of “99 Problems” by his label boss, Jay-Z. The track is full of rich Southern grit, an authentic feeling for the content of the song. Hugo has a strong voice that is distinct and only loosens the song up for a bit of fun. The track is just the first of a great album Hugo released in May, Old Time Religion.

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2NE1- “I Am The Best”

Korean pop has brought about a few killer acts, those that could translate into an international phenomenon, given the right debut. 2NE1, along with Big Bang, are among  the most plausible for an international breakthrough, and their new song “I Am The Best” are possible of contributing to that. The song is the ideal dance pop song, which is the most powerful of current trends, see Rihanna, David Guetta, Black Eyed Peas, etc. Well 2NE1 just made a just-as-addictive tune, and the lyrics don’t even need to be in English.

The song sounds like if the girl group took a Black Eyed Peas songs but removed all the cheese and attempts at will.i.am to show off and prove he’s a good producer. It’s to the point pop. No filler. It deserves to be at the top of charts will be in Asia without doubt. The girls have big plans with multiple albums in different languages out this year, including an English album. “I Am The Best” is the beginning of a good year for the girls.

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Beyonce 4 Album Review

Beyonce is one of the most illusive acts with such massive fame in our culture today. What do we know about the singer? We know her husband, Jay-Z. We know she’s been around for 15 years and ruled over Destiny’s Child in that time. We know she’s an advocate of girl power, (see “Single Ladies,” “Run This World (Girls)” and the majority of B’Day). Other than that not much is known for sure. Beyonce has avoided the media’s glare more than any of her contemporaries, Britney, Christina, and Rihanna have all had invasions of privacy. Their personalities are also more known in the public sphere, Beyonce has remained silent, other than her music, killer voice, and flawless dancing.

This is Beyonce’s 4th album, the singer has 2 identities that were clearly shown on I Am… Sasha Fierce; the love-hungry balladeer, and the dance diva. Just look at her past works: “Crazy in Love” is a Dance Diva, so is the majority of B’Day and half of I Am… Then there’s the balladeer, the lover of love, the girl singing sweet R&B on the second half of her debut Dangerously in Love, and in full force for much of her new album, 4.

Beyonce is a married women, has financial freedom, and is on the verge of 30. So what does one sing about when in such a blissful state? It’s hard to be a sexual as Britney, who is in a relationship but not labelled as married, can’t be insane like Lady Gaga belting about “Government Hookers,” but who wants to hear about domestic bliss? It’s a tricky subject to tackle while holding onto the public’s attention. is moderately successful at tackling this predicament. Beyonce sounds comfortable, not yearning or attempting to prove herself, that’s already been well accomplished. She can now relax, reflect on life, on her love, and on what she wants to listen to.

4 is an album that shows her growth and maturity, a women deeply in love, a women confident in her voice and ability to not follow trends, and a women who knows where she came from, with clear references to Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Prince, while still seeing new inspirations with Diplo, Empire of the Sun, and Frank Ocean. So that is the idea of the album, the theme and way it should be regarded. 

has the right concept, but sometimes falls flat and may have Beyonce lose some listeners in the process. The album does have it’s misses, “I Was Here” is a boring Celine Dion meets Ryan Tedder snooze with Beyonce aging herself with such a lyrical subject. “Rather Die Young” is a little too polished in 90’s R&B to seem like a reference, but instead a B-Side to an actual song. The rest of the song’s have their advantages and little flaws at times. “Party” can be dull even with Kanye and Andre for instance, but is still a smooth, chill, summer track.

Highlights include “1+1,” a genius Prince ode that will go down as one of Beyonce’s best. “I Miss You” truly has a sense of loneliness that is full of authenticity. The run of “Love On Top,” “Countdown,” and “End of Time” is brilliant, with clear nods to Michael, Whitney, a BoyzIIMen sample, and a Diplo production. So for every snoozer, there is something completely unexpected and clever. Beyonce has made the step into legend category now, she’s stopped trying to prove herself and now must rely on her vocal gifts and ability to reflect her personality and self on her records with sincerity. is a step in the right direction for Beyonce to continue to release classic albums for years to come.

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Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling & Dharohar Project

This EP was recorded last summer, originally last July, but I just recently discovered it and am so glad I did. The album is a completely satisfying foray into folk songs of not just the UK (Mumford & Sons) but also Indian culture and sounds, which is where the Dharohar Project comes in, a local Indian musical group.

The album examines the music of each artist and incorporates new sounds, allowing for an even more rich and diverse sound then Mumford & Sons tend to have. The album is a beautiful collection of 4 songs that should not be dismissed. The EP is a rare find; not one bad song, multi-cultural, and completely entrancing. The only issue you’ll have is wanting more and more songs like these.

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Ryan Leslie-“Glory”

Ryan Leslie is coming back HARD. His hype single, “Joan of Arc” was a smooth track that grabbed my attention. Now here comes “Glory”, the first single. Leslie is discussing himself in the song, not love or sex, but his own career. The lyrics flow in a slow r&b/rap bragging about “how he loves his story” and “gets his glory”. The song has rich production that includes some real instruments by the sound of it, and leaves lots of space for Leslie’s lyrics to shine.

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Beyonce-“Girls (Who The Run This World)”

Beyonce has come back with “Girls (Who Run This World).”

The first single from her 4th album, which is to include production from sleigh bells, Diplo, Symbolic One, Frank Ocean, etc, heavily samples “Pon De Floor” by Major Lazer. Diplo produced this and sampled himself… an unusual occurrence but Diplo is that good and that crazy.

I’ve yet to decide how I feel about the song, but I do like it more than some of the other popstar songs released lately. “Girls” is directing Beyonce in a different direction musically while still keeping her lyrical themes constant. “Single Ladies” and “Diva” are both familiar in terms of content. It’s that military drum and sonic squiggles and urgency that breathe new life to this new Beyonce project.  The song isn’t as catchy or immediately satisfying as other songs of hers, but it is an adequate introduction to Beyonce’s newest project.

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