I’ve taken a long hiatus, but I’m starting the year off strong. I’ve been laying low and been kind of busy and there’s been alot to talk about and I’m gonna get into all of it. But for right now, I’ll share some of the stuff I’ve been listening to. Hopefully this playlist is full of people you’ve never heard of and you enjoy all of it the way i did. More content coming soon. If you don’t have Apple Music, I made the same playlist on Soundcloud so enjoy.
Lemme just start this off by saying, I’m pretty open about my distaste for Nicki Minaj as well as her fans. And while this post may come off as unbiased and maybe even “hating”, I can assure you I’m only speaking from an objective point of view (kinda lol). So let’s get started.
August 10th was the official release date of Nicki Minaj’s 4th studio album, QUEEN. The date of this release is significant because it came after several album pushbacks from the artist. Whenever there’s multiple pushbacks for a major project like this, you know theres some kind of drama between an artist and their team on either the rollout of the project or just the music in general, so I think that’s key. It’s also important to note that 2018 has been a busy year for Minaj. We’ve seen her on multiple big features such as “Motorsport”, “FEFE”, “Big Bank” and “The Light is Coming”. And with an album out, you can attribute that to her team wanting her to be in the public eye as much as possible. Especially because she had been relatively quiet since her last album, The Pinkprint.
So it sounds like Nicki is having a good year right? Wrong. With 185,121 total album equivalent units, 77,836 pure album sales and a streaming count of 128,699,810, Nicki’s fourth studio album nabs the No. 2 spot. Now for most artists, that would be a great first week number, but for a superstar like Nicki Minaj, that’s very unpleasing. Especially when rappers like Travis Scott sold over 500k first week that same week to solidify the number one spot. And this is where the shit show starts.
So where should we start? The random beef with her ex boyfriend and former business partner SAFAREE? Or the beef with DJ Self? How bout the one with Spotify? Or how about the sudden hate for Travis Scott? They all scream one thing, Nicki needs attention.
One thing I commend new artists on is the ability to turn any kind of negative attention into album sales, and I think this is what Nicki is trying to do; the only issue is ITS NOT WORKING. She just looks crazy. But I can’t be the only one who knows the real reason why she’s doing all this. Nicki knows just like we all know that her reign as the supreme ruler over Female Rap is over. With Cardi B selling 200k+ first week earlier this year, the first domino fell when it comes to the end of the Minaj era. Cardi’s had two Number 1’s this year, while Nicki’s singles cant even compete. Her twitter outbursts as well as her drug-like erratic behavior are just a cry for attention and it’s done nothing but turn people off to her. She seems bitter that she’s not being praised for everything she does anymore, and instead of being grateful and humble for her past success, she’s decided to play victim.
The best thing about music these days is the fact that you’re no longer limited to only hear the “popular songs” (by popular I mostly mean songs that get tons of radio play). There are tons of artists these days and plenty of platforms to hear whatever it is that you want to hear. While that in many ways is a blessing, it is also a curse because of the fact that many talented artists don’t get to shine as bright because the pool of artists is so big.
So today I’ve decided to give a shout out to a few of my favorite songs from artists who should be a lot more famous than they are.
I’ll start with the most recent single from my favorite R&B songstress, NAO. Her song “Another Lifetime” is just an example of the great voice along with the powerful songwriting ability combined the amazing production that all her songs possess which makes her a force to be reckoned with. And its only a matter of time before the world gets hip to it.
Another song people should know about is a little older, because it dropped last year but its never too late to listen to some fire music. “Nvm What I Was Saying” by Donte Jackson is a song that when I heard it, it reminded me of “Marvin’s Room” by Drake. A great song from a great artist that I know is flying under the radar.
And the last gem I’ll bestow upon the people will be in the form of a rap song. ATL native, Nick Grant is incredibly underrated, and I believe its because he’s a rapper who prefers to rap over boom-bap beats as opposed to the heavy bassed trap beats that are popular today. He’s a vintage style emcee who is trying to shine in this new generation of rap, and I admire him for valuing his craft. Here’s “Lincoln Apts.” off his latest LP “Dreamin Out Loud: