Bad Boy Mase has spent the past six months patiently working himself back into the game, from the pulpit to the mic, one remix verse and surprise appearance at a time. Next week, Mase is scheduled to make a big return next week with a feature on G.O.O.D. Music’s much anticipated all-star comp, Cruel Summer. And before then, he’s warming up with a quick verse on Miguel‘s slinky showstopper, “Adorn,” off of his Kaleidoscope Dreams: Water Preview.
Mase uses his opening verse to spoil his object of his adoration with vacations to all the “places Mrs. Obama went” and “gifts that are prominent.” Because “every bad girl need ‘em a good guy,” he raps, flow back in familiar form. He sounds comfortable alongside a tender Miguel, and this team-up lends a helpful relevance to a rapper long looking for a welcome back and a nice name check for the young R&B artist well on the come-up.
Summer’s on its way out, y’all, and despite the fact that it’s been an amazing one, the time has come to switch gears and start preparing for the colder months. If you’re anything like me, you’ve been secretly daydreaming of pumpkin spice lattes and outerwear weather for the last few weeks — afraid to tell your friends though, because they’ll accuse you of wishing summer away. But beyond the autumn staples we love to ingest and layer on, there are also some more important priorities to consider, like who will be keeping you warm during those nights when the crisp fall air zips into your open bedroom window. Burr. No Gucci Mane.
With that in mind, there are a few things you need to know now that it’s nearly Cuffin’ Season. Officially kicking off on September 22nd, the primary goal during Cuffin’ Season is to find yourself a consistent relationship or hookup partner to last you through the winter months when, let’s face it, you’re more than likely gonna be stuck indoors most nights. All the late-night partying and random flings that summertime afforded you will quickly become less appealing when words like “wind chill factor” once again start becoming part of our daily lexicon, so now’s the time to take a good look around and determine which potential love-interests are out there to settle down with before they get scooped up. You don’t want to find yourself bored, horny, and needing some companionship in the house all winter long, do you?
To bring you up to speed, we’re currently in Cuffin’ pre-season, mourning the impending loss of our most savage summer nights and kissing all that skin we’ve been feasting our eyes on goodbye. No more muscle Ts or spaghetti strap dresses; we’re all about that scarf and hoodie life now. Time is of the essence to lock-in a good candidate to cuff this year, and like the good folks at ToySldrs.com said when they unleashed this year’s Cuffin’ Season calendar, “You don’t wing excellence.”
Lil’ Kim has been working non-stop to reclaim her throne. Kim performed at Webster Hall for the Opening Ceremony’s 10th anniversary party for New York Fashion Week. Kim’s new material is few and far between, but the Queen Bee easily rocks the crowd with no new album, just classic hits. Kim’s stage presence is undeniable. The energy from the audience matched hers as she performed “Crush On You” among other Kim favorites. When she does a show she doesn’t take herself too seriously. She danced across the stage and got up close and personal with her fans. Just like the “Return of the Queen” show in the Bronx, Kim knows how to get everyone amped. Her flow is as raw as it was when she reigned in the 90s. Those of us that want Kim to win (we certainly do!), are patiently waiting for an album that will match her iconic status.
Carly Rae Jepsen wanted her beau to call her, maybe, on her last hit song. The infectious tune shot up the Billboard charts with the help of a Justin Bieber co-sign. Her latest single isn’t as catchy as “Call Me Maybe,” but it does give the retro 80s pop feel. Jogging suits, scrunchy hair ties and head bands immediately come to mind when this tune plays from the speakers. And in all her uncertainty of wanting a boy to maybe call her, she’s quite sure she doesn’t want to miss a kiss. “This Kiss” is the second single from her forthcoming debut Kiss. “Call Me Maybe” may have been the longest No.1 hit of the year, but the verdict is still out on if CRJ is the fad of the moment or if her music has what it takes to take it to the long haul. Is “This Kiss” a good follow-up to her debut single? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.
Mumford & Sons have been hard at work road since they broke big a few years ago, cutting out only long enough to record a new album to take back out on tour. The time, though, has paid off, and their already impressive live show now appears to be epic. The new video for “I Will Wait,” a song very much about all that time spent away, is cut together with footage shot during a recent show at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and it really shows off what the You Oughta Know artists past have got what they hit the stage. There of lots of panning shots over an enthused audience and close-ups of the hard working band, and the video as a whole takes a scale and grandeur that reaches for that of the Martin Scorsese’s classic The Band doc The Last Waltz. As it should. These guys are really something.
Babel hits shelves September 25th. Until then, we “Will Wait”!
For those of you who listened to “Try” and worried that P!nk may be going soft, fear not! This next snippet from The Truth About Love suggests quite the opposite, with a title even more suggestive than “Blow Me (One More Kiss)” and a bracing beat to match. In this preview clip, P!nk leads a “you’re not my little friend” that breaks free into yowled wooo-woooo’s and “wham bam thank you ma’am”‘s, and makes the provocative claim that: “I’m gonna let you know the truth,” she sings, “I’m a slut like you.” Let’s get this Truth About Love party stated, then, shall we?
It’s hard to say, with just this 45-second snippet, what exactly”Slut Like You” is about or who it’s for — a warning for an old flame’s new “friend”? An empowered promise to keep pace with a less than loyal lover? — but we are sure it’ll be a topic of conversation when it drops in full with Truth About Love next week. P!nk is ever strong-willed woman, and this song will sound plenty at home on our party mixes, but reclaiming of the once negative term “slut” seems likely to be thrown into the conversation around the use of “bitch” in music that’s currently at a rollingboil. Is her embracing of the once negative term empowering? Or is she doing herself and other women a disservice?
And if we are lucky, P!nk will share her thinking behind this proactive new track when she lays it all down during her VH1 Storytellers session, set to air November 12th.
President Obama makes no qualms about his nodding head to hip-hop music. It started out with the safe choice, Jay-Z, that played in his iPod earbuds; and eventually Nas and Lil Waynecrept into his diverse music collection. It comes as no shocker that he’d heard through the grapevine of Nicki Minaj‘s verse on Dedication 4‘s “Mercy” where the Barb proclaimed she was a Republican voting for Mitt Romney. When the president was asked by Orlando’s 95.3 radio station about the topic he coolly explained that everything a rapper raps isn’t literal. Exactly, O. Read more…
Taylor Swift‘s ability to write a tear jerking, gut wrenching song cannot be denied. Usually the 22-year-old tugs at your heart with breakup anthems of love that has faded into nonexistence. This time she’s taken on cancer with the debut of “Ronan” at the Stand Up for Cancer telethon. Taylor co-wrote “Ronan” with Maya Thompson, the mother of Ronan who died of cancer at the age of four. “Come on baby with me, we’re gonna fly away from here/You were my best four years,” she sings. Read more…
Though they kept things mostly local for the Olympics Closing Ceremonies, London called in a roster of big shots from worldwide for the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremonies over the weekend. Coldplay and Rihanna celebrated the end of the 11 day competition with a large scale show that included a host of hits and a surprise appearance and brand new verse from Jay-Z.
Coldplay anchored the evening with a parade of peacocks and fish, followed by a parade of their own hits like “Clocks,” “Viva La Vida” and “The Scientist.” A newly shorn and orange cap draped Rihanna then sailed into the arena on a boat for their “Princess of China.” She returned again later in the show, this time on a swing set above the stage, to perform her own “We Found Love” with Coldplay acting as her backing band. Afterwards, Jay joined the gang for “Run This Town” and a remix of Coldplay’s “Paradise,” during which he dropped a new and never before heard verse. Read more…
Whether she’s kicking you out the door or letting you back in, P!nk is ever inspiring with her strength. Every bit the kiss-off the title suggests, the first single off her soon to be released The Truth About Love, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” is the opposite of forgiving. “Eyes on fire,” burning from all the time, “she thinks she’s “finally had enough” and that she maybe “thinks to much.” And so “no more battles for me,” she begs, ending things. “Blow me one last kiss.”
Meanwhile, this second The Truth About Love single takes the opposite approach to the maybe too challenging relationship by forgiving. Instead of walking out the door, she’s going to “Try.” “Sometimes I think it’s better to never ask why,” she submits, because sometimes “we fall in love so easy, even when it’s not right.” So instead of blowing one last kiss, she keeps trying. “Just because it burns doesn’t mean you’re going to die, you gotta get up and try,” she sings on the ballad’s chorus, determined as ever. Sometimes it takes as much strength to forgive as it does to kiss-off.