After last year’s release of Beyoncé’s Lemonade record, her marriage to JAY-Z was the main topic in the realm of entertainment media. On JAY-Z’s 13th studio album 4:44, he responds to the media, as well as Bey’s cheating allegations.
The album’s title track is a direct response to Lemonade, on which he admits to previously being unfaithful to Beyoncé and implies that the stress he caused her led her to give birth to stillborns.
On the opening track, “Kill JAY-Z,” he seemingly breaks his silence on his fallout with longtime collaborator Kanye West.
He refers to himself in the second person and says “You gave him 20 million without blinkin’, he gave you 20 minutes on stage, fuck was he thinkin’?” alluding to Yeezy’s widely publicized meltdown during his Saint Pablo Tour last year.
While JAY-Z’s marriage to Beyoncé and his fallout with the West family seem to be the main points of discussion among the fans, JAY-Z also speaks on poverty, racial inequality, and his desire to elevate inner city communities. His mother, Gloria Carter, also comes out as a lesbian on the track, “Smile.”
4:44 is currently only available for streaming on Tidal and Apple Music, but you can check out the video for “The Story of OJ” below.
On what is perhaps the most anticipated music comeback of the year, Kesha makes a triumphant return.
Her new single, “Praying,” is the lead from her upcoming third studio album, Rainbow. It is a stripped, piano ballad completely written by Kesha herself, with additional production handled by Ben Abraham and longtime Macklemore-collaborator, Ryan Lewis.
“Praying” is an open letter to her rapist and former producer Dr. Luke.
It is her best single thus far, and its lack of heavy production or auto-tuned vocals fully demonstrate Kesha’s writing and vocal abilities.
While Rainbow won’t be available until August 11, Kesha will be releasing a new song from the album every week until then.
Check out the stunning Jonas Åkerlund-directed visual for “Praying” below!
A year following the summer when Gnash’s hit single “I Hate U, I Love U” was nearly inescapable, Singer/songwriter Marc E. Bassy is keeping up the new summer tradition of sappy white boy bops.
On “Plot Twist,” Bassy sings about falling in love with a girl whom he only intended to casually hook up with.
The song features rapper Kyle, who is still riding off of the success of his Lil Yachty assisted summer single, “iSpy.” On “Plot Twist’s” second verse, he demonstrates his singing ability, which has a bit of a Mario-meets-Khalid feel to it.
“Plot Twist” is a fun, bouncy summer anthem, perfect for car rides or for bumping poolside.
Lord help the mister who comes between the HAIM sisters, because they may just write a phenomenal album about him.
On the trio’s second album, Something to Tell You, Danielle, Este, and Alana come through with 11 white girl anthems. Their music is more than just traditional pop, as each of their songs are completely written by the sisters themselves.
It’s clear that HAIM doesn’t make music with the intent of achieving mainstream success, but they do so for the purpose of catharsis and release, making their music authentic and relatable.
The album’s best track is “Walking Away,” which is lyrically about making the choice to leave a one-sided relationship.
Something to Tell You is currently available for purchase and streaming on all digital outlets. Check out “Walking Away” below!