Very few pop artists can master the art of both upbeat dance bops and melancholy, beautifully written ballads. At the young age of 20, Lorde has justified the praise and acclaim she has received over the course of the past four years.
On her sophomore album Melodrama, the New Zealand native flawlessly expresses the emotions accompanying existentialism, love, loss, and growing up.
A contender for a future radio single is the Frank Dukes-produced “Homemade Dynamite,” which is lyrically about two young people meeting at a party and instantly feeling “explosions” within.
Overall, the production and lyrical quality of Melodrama surpasses that of her debut album Pure Heroine. Lorde’s transition from a naive, know-it-all teen to a self-questioning young adult demonstrates her growth throughout her off-grid hiatus.
41-year-old DJ Khaled is a producer, hype-man, Snapchat influencer, and father to seven-month-old Asahd, who was named to be the executive producer of Khaled’s upcoming tenth compilation, Grateful.
The upcoming 23-track project contains an all-star line up, and the most recent collaboration from Grateful is Rihanna & Bryson Tiller’s “Wild Thoughts.”
On “Wild Thoughts,” Rihanna delivers two sexed-up, dancehall style verses over a latin-influenced instrumental, which heavily samples Carlos Santana’s “Maria Maria.”
The bridge is sung by Bryson Tiller, who rap-sings just well enough to make up for his recent lackluster sophomore album.
Is this the song of the summer? Check it out below and decide for yourself.
Perhaps the most mysterious act in music right now is pop-EDM trio Terror Jr. Terror Jr consists of producer Felix Snow, David Singer-Vine (former half of EDM duo, The Cataracs), and an anonymous vocalist who goes by the name of “Lisa Terror.”
The group’s internet popularity is largely fueled by fan theories insisting that the anonymous vocalist is Kylie Jenner.
Whether or not there is any truth to the fan theories, Terror Jr’s new album, Bop City 2: TerroRising is full of catchy dance anthems. Albeit not necessarily groundbreaking or lyrically insightful, Bop City 2′s 13 tracks are very chill, danceable, and summer friendly.
The new album consists of sexually charged themes, as well as lyrics about love, heartbreak, and substance abuse.
One of the most notable tracks on Bop City 2 is “Dead Girl Walking,” which is sung from the narrative of a mistress caught in the middle of an affair.
Are the Kylie Jenner rumors true? Take a listen and decide for yourself.
In an era of mumble rap and lazy rhymes, trap O.G. 2 Chainz is still delivering the hard, aggressive bars he rose to fame with.
On his fourth major-label release, Pretty Girls Like Trap music, the 39-year-old shows that he hasn’t come this far just give up.
On “Realize,” he claims the throne as the “king of the trap,” and also slams today’s style of mainstream hip hop, saying “man, fuck all that humble shit. Mumbling, man, fuck all that mumble shit.”
On Nicki Minaj’s verse, she addresses her beef with Remy Ma, reminding her that she’s “been winning eight years consistently.” Minaj also seemingly calls Ma out on having her “Shether” diss track ghost written, saying “Papoose wrote a Ether record, but I broke Aretha record.”
With a long list of co-producers and collaborators, Pretty Girls Like Trap music can be considered as 2 Chainz’s version of Dr. Dre’s 2001. It is his best album thus far, and after 20 years in the game, Mr. Chainz shows no sign of slowing down.