If you’ve heard a catchy song that goes “Sennnnd me your location lets riiiiiide the vibration,” then you’ve heard of Khalid. Khalid is an 18 year old singer from El Paso, Texas who has blessed us with a different take on R&B and an eclectic voice to go along with it.
His first album, “American Teen” dropped back in early March of this year. Don’t let the title fool you though, the lyrics aren’t that innocent.
Khalid’s music style is like a mix of R&B, Pop, Indie, Soul, and honestly a lot of other genres I know I’m leaving out. His voice sounds like about six different artists, but there’s still something so distinctly different about it at the same time. Khalid’s music style is exactly what R&B in 2017 should be; its vibey as hell and catchy as hell, with just enough bass and lyrics with some substance. It’s quality, like someone actually spent some time on it.
Khalid has a cool stage presence as well and if you still aren’t interested, then maybe you could at least indulge in the fact that he sounds better live than on his recordings.
Check some of his songs I think are pretty listen-worthy below, or listen to the whole album on Youtube.
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I came across one of the dopest cyphers I’ve ever seen. A production of 843DopeTV in South Carolina. This cypher featured one of the best rappers I know, Marcus Blackk Boi Greene, aka Bishop Drippa from the largest rap group in Charleston SC, the Juice Gang (Bang! Bang!) Other artists featured on the cypher are Aasen B, Corrupt C, and Lucky Lucciano. Some of the lyrics may be a bit racy, but look at the style of each artist as they grace the mic. Their raw, uncut and organic. The third artist, Blackk Boi, is truly a lyricist. He has a particular way with word articulation, an easy flow, and his use of words and word play are very smooth.
Marcus “Blackk Boi” Greene
Inland Skate Shop, where the Cypher took place.
Inland Skate Shop just doesn’t offer freestyles and cyphers for your entertainment. They also have skate gear, boards and anything you may need pertaining to that skate board life. It’s just an added bonus that you and I got to watch a cypher, that was put together very well I may add. I loved it and I’m not a heavy rap head. I can respect two cultures coming together to make it do what it do. The culture of skate boarding and rapp through the concept of a cypher, combined with a production team and what seemed like great chemistry was an experience to remember and something good.
Does this look familiar to you? reminds you of the CDs your homeboy or homegirl would burn for you back in highschool when you wanted to cop that new Jay, Biggie, or Nas?….well your pretty close. Our music genius Kanye West is serving us the throwback vibe with his new album, apparently hes done with commercial everything!
Last night, during his performance at the Governor’s Ball, he addressed a few things regarding his upcoming album, “Yeezus” during a brief break in his set, including his decision to release his project without an album cover. He revealed:
“This is usually the part of the show when I start complaining about sh-t…justifying sh-t but you know how it is. I’m just happy to be making music. And happy to be able to perform and sh-t for y’all. You know with this album, we ain’t drop no single for radio. We ain’t got no big NBA campaign or nothing like that. Sh-t, we ain’t even got no cover. We just made some real music. And you know like, back when I use to make albums and sh-t like a couple of years ago, we would go away and work on our album for like five months or something ,and then we’d always have to hold the album until August or September, till the perfect moment and sh-t. Because it will mean that, ‘I think you’re going to sell more because you get more audience and ratings and sh-t,’ but honestly at this point when I listen to radio, that ain’t where I wanna be no more.”
Honestly at this point, I could give a f-ck about selling a million records as long as I can put out an album for the summer that y’all can rock to all motherf-cking summer[…] At this point, I don’t really give a f-ck about outside opinions, all I give a f-ck about is my clique, clique, ain’t nobody fresher than my motherf-cking clique, clique, clique. As I look around they don’t do it like my clique. And all these b-tches mad they want the d–k.
In case you missed it, this is how the Yeezus album will be packaged when it hits stores on June 18.
It is thought that when Lady Gaga made her appearance as a mentor on the show on Wednesday night, the producers of the show were forced to block out the images with two big red stars.
According to Musicrooms.net, the shop that Lady Gaga got the boots from “fuses the overt sexuality of rubber, vinyl and plastic textiles and striking body-conscious silhouettes with modern tailoring and artisan techniques to form a collection that is both beautiful and provocative”. I personally think they should have known what they were getting into when the gave her this oppurtunity, always expect the unexpected with miss gaga herself….and I love her for this.