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REVIEW OF RUNNING TO THE SUN

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At first listen, I thought it was OK. So, I took a break, said a prayer, meditated, did yoga, talked to my higher self then gave it another listen because I really really wanted to like this EP because I’ve liked other singles such as Borders (which was featured on Season 1, Episode 5 of Insecure).

Note: Didn’t I tell you guys Insecure has the best music ever? The last few music reviews have been connected to Insecure

I guess this is a good time to introduce you to St. Beauty because you guys are probably middle-aged and it’s my responsibility to keep you abreast of millennial trends, you’re welcome. St. Beauty is a group composed of singers Alexe Belle and Isis Valentino who met while working at a boutique (because all talent is hidden in retail) then formed a group (obviously). I am fairly certain they are on Janelle Monae’s label but don’t quote me.

Anyway, I would describe this EP as fun and teeny-bopperish. If Urban Outfitters could produce an album, it would sound like this.

Obviously, I like Borders (I downloaded it after it premiered on Insecure). Caught and Tides are OK. I love Stone Mountain. Colors, Not Discuss It, and Lucid Dreams are… meh. Most importantly, they are super cute, have beautiful voices (like teenage angels), and I would like to come back as a combination of them in my next life. And, do you see their hair? Not relevant… Basically, I am saying I am happy I downloaded it on Spotify… because, it’s a fee I already pay for. But you guys know how fickle I am, the more I listen to it, the more I may like it… or not. Anyway, read my previous music review: Good For You.

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GOOD FOR YOU

Music is one of the tools I use to prevent myself from slipping into middleagedhood (not a word). You know, that stage where you start complaining about music not being what it used to be. Thanks to Tiny Desk, I keep a pretty nice rotation of new (but old by the time I find out about it) music. Last week, Amine showed up in my queue.

Amine is Ethiopian, was born and raised in Portland, and built his rap skills by dissing rival high schools. Are rival high schools really a thing? Then again, I didn’t go to a real high school so I don’t know how these things work. In 2014, he released his first mixtape, was broke, blah, blah, blah, and here we are (or something like that).

At first listen, I clutched my pearls. Like most rap, it’s vulgar but then I remembered that I came from the “back that azz up” era and started enjoying it. My favorite songs are: Veggies, Caroline, Spice Girl, and Heebiejeebies. I like: Sundays, Turf, Blinds, Dakota, Slide, and Beach Boy. I detest: Yellow, Hero, STFU, Wedding Crashers, and Money.

The thing I love most is the random ad-libs from Charlie Wilson throughout the album. It’s quite the treat and actually works but what do I know? Read and share my previous post: Naturalversary. Subscribe, like, and follow me @pinkgumbeaux.

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AWAKEN, MY LOVE!

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Last Friday, Childish Gambino released his third studio album: “Awaken, My Love!”

It’s Donald Glover’s eye-popping soul riot. And like everything he’s touched in 2016, his third Childish Gambino album is a slow-burning triumph. The robust hip-hop of previous records is parked and in its place arrives sweltering soul and mussed-up funk. Opener “Me and Your Mama” is a deep, exultant opus that makes plain Glover’s ambition, the exquisite “Redbone” sees him access a register (and vibe) that Prince would approve, while “California”—a sort of breezy calypso jam with a judicious use of wood whistle—captures the effervescent and completely intoxicating spirit of a very special record. Source: iTunes

I would best describe this album as what would happen if The Wiz, George Clinton and Sly and the Family Stone got high and had a baby. I have two favorite songs:

 

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That’s it. I have both his previous albums but favor “Because the Internet” the most. I even liked every song that did not include Jaden Smith on his last EP. Obviously, this album is much different. And to be quite honest, I’m not really a fan of psychedelic soul and funk. If a song of those genres came on the radio, I wouldn’t turn it off but I don’t actively seek it and it’s not on any of my playlists. Husband asked me if this was Frank Ocean all over again and I told him not really. I think Childish Gambino had a vision and executed it; whereas, Frank Ocean’s album sounds like when you have a final exam in the morning but start studying 3 hours prior. I am going to keep listening to it, maybe it will grow on me. After all, I did spend $9.99 plus tax. Now, I don’t have lunch money.

Anyway…

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MALIBU


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It was Friday night, Husband had already fallen asleep (because he’s not about that life), and I was up flipping through the channels. I landed on Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg’s new show and thought “perfect,” this will surely put me to sleep. Although the show is cute let’s fast forward to the end of the show where Snoop introduced some guy who won some contest. I was about to turn it off but heard the beat. Turns out, it was Anderson Paak performing “Come Down.” The performance was only for 3 seconds so I had to visit my home girl Google.

 

See what I mean? By Monday, I was listening to snippets of his album on iTunes. Frank Ocean burned me so I have to listen to albums before downloading it. I picked out my favorite songs but determined it made more sense to download the entire album. iTunes Review:

Rapper/singer Anderson .Paak’s third album—and first since his star turn on Dr. Dre’s Compton—is a warm, wide-angle look at the sweep of his life. A former church drummer trained in gospel music, Paak is as expressive a singer as he is a rapper, sliding effortlessly between the reportorial grit of hip-hop (“Come Down”) and the emotional catharsis of soul and R&B (“The Season/Carry Me”), live-instrument grooves and studio production—a blend that puts him in league with other roots-conscious artists like Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar.

I should start listening to the radio again. This album came out in January which means his first single was probably released this time last year. He looks like what would happen if Lenny Kravitz and Bilal could have a baby. I find it difficult to describe what kind of artist he is but can say his music is a perfect blend of soul, rhythm and blues, hip hop and jazz. I could definitely hear the influence of gospel.
So far, my favorite songs are “The Bird,” “Put Me Thru,” “Am I Wrong,” “Parking Lot,” and “Come Down.” Check out this live performance:

 

I’m definitely late but am glad to add him to my list of favorite artists. After all, I needed someone to fill Frank Ocean’s spot. Anyway, are you listening to Anderson Paak? If so, what do you think of him? What’s your favorite song?

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A SEAT AT THE TABLE 


Within one week, I saw Beyonce and bought Solange’s new album, what a good way to end September. October, how will you compete (considering my birthday is the 12th) but enough about me and more about this album then back to me.

I think it was last Monday or Tuesday when Solange tweeted about her new album which would be released on Friday. Like the impatient person I am, I attempted to listen to it as soon as I woke up but it wasn’t available until a couple of hours later. Note: After Frank Ocean’s album, I vowed to listen to albums before purchasing. After listening, I felt confident that I would not want my money back or delete the album to increase space on my phone *stares at Frank Ocean*

Per iTunes:

A confessional autobiography and meditation on being black in America, this album finds Solange searching for answers within a set of achingly lovely funk tunes. She finds intensity behind the patient groves of “Weary,” expresses rage through restraint in “Mad,” and draws strength from the naked vulnerability of “Where Do We Go.” The spirit of Prince hovers throughout, especially over “Junie,” a glimmer of merriment in a exquisite portrait of sadness.

Excellent. So, I haven’t read any reviews (besides the one from iTunes) but have seen people posting about it on social media. No one has mentioned the little nuggets of wisdom we received from Master P throughout the album. I was honestly cracking up because it seems hella random but; then again, it may be the hometown connection which brings me to the only song I don’t like: “Mad” featuring Lil Wayne. I honestly don’t want to hear his voice and don’t care what’s in his cup (he referenced it in his verse).

My favorite: “Don’t Touch My Hair” featuring Sampha. I knew I would love this song before even listening to it because I’m such a fan of him and his features (although he lacks commitment when it comes to his own album. My second favorite: “Cranes in the Sky.” If you didn’t notice, I’ve linked the videos for both. You’re welcome.

Overall, I like the album (even Husband likes it). This is an album that I just let play and although I don’t like Lil Wayne in “Mad,” I don’t skip it. I just roll my eyes really hard. So, who else has deleted Frank Ocean for Solange? Who else has listened to “A Seat at the Table?” What do you think?

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