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Ra Ra Riot – New Album “Beta Love”


First full length album coming from Ra Ra Riot since the release of The Orchard about 2.5 years ago, and the departure of their cellist. This album sounds pretty damn good, although it’s definitely a change from their earlier, organized rock type of sound to a more of synthpop. It’s actually kinda interesting to listen to, and some of the songs just kind of blend in with others because unfortunately, the synths don’t distinguish every single song from one another. A couple solid ones on this album though, that comes out January 22nd, especially “Dance With Me”, the first song on the album. Definitely an upbeat song, with a damn catchy chorus. Give it a listen here and you can just go through the playlist (note, the playlist may be taken down soon, and if it is, I will replace it).


A.$.A.P. Rocky Ft. Florence Welch – “I Come Apart”

A$AP Rocky’s debut album, Long.Live.A$AP, dropped yesterday after numerous leaks from it as January 15th approached. A$AP has always been quite the interesting artist to me, because I usually don’t listen to rap, but I freakin’ love A$AP’s tracks. There’s been a few that have been out of his style, like his collab with Lana Del Rey, but this collab with Florence Welch from the fantastic Florence + The Machine, is definitely different from all his other tracks, only because they are two completely different artists. The meaning of this one is far different, essentially discussing the unraveling of a relationship at its seams and the repercussions that follow when trying to assemble the pieces back together While his fans of the harder tracks might not like this one, one has to appreciate his efforts to expand as an artist, really setting himself apart from the other ‘hard’ rappers.

A$AP is doing his best at a little bit of chill track, but this track soars as high as Florence’s superb vocals. I really do dig this one, not only because of Florence’s god-like singing, but it’s cool listening to the contrast between A$AP’s deep, rugged voice and Florence’s, setting the stage for a damn chill track that sends shivers down your spine from Florence’s voice, produces head-bobs to A$AP’s rapping, and a great appreciation of the track’s greatness.

LYRICS:

ASAP Rocky:
I thought you said you’d never leave
I think back as I took a puff
Know what happens every time you leave?
Always come back, cause you wanna f*ck
Always come back, cause you wanna fuss
Holding back, ain’t no turning back when you fall in love
Whatever happens anytime you speak
Always fall flat cause you on the rush
Uh, so you can take it slow
Separate the highs from the low
Separate the evens from the odds
Like something pull me back together when I come apart

Florence Welch:
I come apart, and you keep it together
I come apart, and I can’t stand the pressure
In all your grace and fire for me, that I cannot compare
I come apart, this can’t last forever
Can’t last forever
Can’t last forever

ASAP Rocky:
I woke up today, I felt a little less pressure for me
And I mad you say I, may you even learn the lesson for me
If you find the way to fight the pain,
If you fly away, you rest assure

Florence Welch:
I come apart, and you keep it together
I come apart, and I can’t stand the pressure
In all your grace and fire for me, that I cannot compare
I come apart, this can’t last forever
Can’t last forever

You’re the eye, but I’m tearing all the time
Always there to catch me, but I’m never coming down
Reconstructing all the pieces I left in my way
I guess you know, in control
Chaos I create
I come apart

ASAP Rocky
You made a bet with me, now you’re in debt with me
Made my bed, lied in it, then you slept with me
It’s ruthless, she the closest thing next to me
The truth is, that she blew it and you left with me
Especially hard to express to me
European attitude but born in West Philly
She just have a smokin’ ‘gina, where the Wet Willies?
I come apart, I’m in her heart on the left titty

Florence Welch:
I come apart, and you keep it together
I come apart, and I can’t stand the ṗressure
In all your grace and fire for me, that I cannot compare
I come apart, this can’t last forever
Can’t last forever
Can’t last forever
Can’t last forever
I come apart


STRFKR-“Say To You”

So new Starfucker track, “Say To You” just out, the third single on the upcoming album Miracle Mile and so far this album looks to shape up real nicely. This track is a bit more on the chill side and pretty relaxing to kick back and give a listen. Compare it to some of their other songs like “Born”, “Rawnald Gregory Erickson The Second”, or “Biggie Smalls” and you’ll hear a noticeable difference, a lot quieter, but kind of endearing in a strange way. Fairly simple meaning too I guess, just a little love song. Give it listen and see what you make of it:

LYRICS:

In the night when I come
crawling home
I want to say to you
curse the daylight when I come
crawling home
I want to say to you
Sleep, set me free
In a dream
I am born
apathetic, finally
I’m not sure anymore
We just take what we need
If I was stronger
I would play the fool
I would say to you
Mock the day, when
I come crawling home
I would say to you

ALSO, they’re coming to the Seattle on February 26th, so if that interests you, go for it.

http://stgpresents.org/neptune/calendar/eventdetail/485/-/strfkr


Snoop Lion is Damn Awesome – “Here Comes the King”

Here is a picture of Snoop Dogg:

Here is a picture of Snoop Lion:

See a difference? Looks like the same guy right? Actually not though. Snoop Dogg is the man that provides the gangsta, melodic g-funk style to the world that is the anthem for stoner-tumblrs all around.  Snoop Lion is the new man making that reggae, dub type of sound that is the anthem for stoner-tumblrs all around. Basically same person with a new revitalized outlook on life when he was rechristened Snoop Lion by a Rastafarian priest in Jamaica. Gonna be honest, I thought he was whack as hell when he decided to change his name and frankly, I thought it sounded stupid as hell. But just started listening to some of his new ish…damn this dude knew what was doing. I never really thought there was a difference in chill music, but you can definitely hear from Dogg to Lion.

Introducing “Here Comes the King”, produced by Major Lazer, off the expected album “Reincarnated” that should come out early 2013. Holy damn. You know those songs that you listen to for about 20 seconds and you just KNOW that it’s going to be awesome? Yup. This track right here. Blending a bit of the chill, slow reggae, with a sliver of dubstep, some female harmonizing, and the rap and you end up getting a super chill, head-bobbing banger. While not quite leaning in any specific direction, the song touches upon all the bases of its beat and doesn’t emphasize on anything specific, making for a well-rounded track. Angela Hunte, featured on the track is perfect for the chorus. The meaning of those lyrics? I’m surprised there isn’t one swear word, but it sounds a lot like everything Snoop is saying is a response to the haters who think his new stuff is whack. I don’t even know what to say about the track really, I’m just so taken aback by how good Snoop Lion is sounding. I thought the name change was stupid but on the real, just think about it. The man, behind all that weed, knows what he’s doing. Going from a pretty damn good rapper, like a top Dogg and taking up a higher calling into a Lion? Snoop Lion beats Snoop Lion. He doesn’t have much out yet, but keep an eye out, the King is coming.

LYRICS:
[Intro : Angela Hunte]
Show no fear, we made it clear
That the warrios are commign and we no play

[Hook : Angela Hunte]
We at war with the army of haters
And when we kill em we just smoke ’em like papers
Somebody get me my crown cuz I’m feeling it now
You might be a lord; but here comes the king x2

[Verse 1: Snoop Lion]
Here I come a steppin inna the dance
Here I come a steppin inna the dance
Posted up the wall here inna mi stance
Posted up the wall here inna mi stance
We never fail, we only shine with brilliance
One king one faith one religion
And if you hear me come and join the revolution
One king one faith one religion
And if you hear me come and join the revolution

We at war with the army of haters
And when we kill em we just smoke em like papers
Somebody get me my crown cuz I’m feeling it now
You might be a lord; but here comes the king
You might be a lord; but here comes the king

[Verse 2: Snoop Lion]
They gonna love me
Call me black chutney
All gold chrome with the diamonds in the back
Lil homies in the front dont know how to act
We comin deep and you never see us smiling
10 million strong and it will rumble when we are riding
Two shots up for my africans
Been around the world and back again
Feel so good gotta let me in
Power to the people let em kiss the ring
Bow – here comes the king

[Hook: Angela Hunte]
We at war with the army of haters
And when we kill em we just smoke em like papers
Somebody get me my crown cuz I’m feeling it now
You might be a lord; but here comes the king
You might be a lord; but here comes the king

[Verse 3: Snoop Lion]
They know me in japan and pakistan
Ganja makes me lord of all the land
Im royalty no need for me to wear a crowm
Born a rebel then I became a man
I heard a voice, he said that I would understand
One king one faith one religion
And if you love me come and join the revolution
One king one faith one religion
And if you love me come and join the revolution

[Hook : Angela Hunte]
We at war with the army of haters
And when we kill em we just smoke em like papers
Somebody get me my crown cuz I’m feeling it now
You might be a lord; but here comes the king x2


Eyes on the Other Seattle Rapper – SOL’s “Old Him”

Yes, we all understand Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ greatness at this point (if you haven’t, you need to listen to The Heist right now). Not to undermine that awesome album in anyway, but it’d be nice to shine a little light on our other Seattle stud who is away right now. Sol’s world tour led him to India and when he was there, due to some food poisoning from KFC, he wrote “Old Him” on a night train, got it recorded in India and produced in Seattle, all while he was sick. If that’s not some damn hard work, I don’t know what is. This track comes off different than most of Sol’s tracks of late. This one is very very chill and smooth as shit.

I like a whole bunch of Sol’s music, but this track is probably my favorite as of now. The lyrics and message behind this song are so damn strong. You can almost feel like there is a difference in the way Sol operates himself now and off of his blog, he says a bit about how India has changed him, saying

“India is one of those places that will undoubtedly change your life. The man I was before I landed in Delhi and the man I am now, after having spent two months traveling around the country, are strangers in many ways.”

Meaning of the song essentially wants to put across his humbled experience and the things that he noticed while he was there, but it’s better to just read the lyrics yourself and make what you want out of it. Mad respect to Sol though, for going through this change and being humbled by the experience of travel. Come home soon Sol, we need to see you.

LYRICS:

8,000 miles from home
Still I hold it down for my folk
Surrounded by nothing but brown skin
Nothing but love, from the village to the township

My heart feels weak enough to give up
Sometimes tears flow quicker than the river
Smiles get thinner
Mouths don’t get dinner
And somehow we build houses even bigger.
Back home, my homie bought a Cadillac,
Out here, that’s cash enough to bring the dead back.

My belly’s empty, and not because it’s Ramadan,
I simply lost my appetite seeing children starve.
That’s what’s really hard, not your silly bars.
Not your grill, not your car, not the pills you pop.
Marvin said it, you better know what’s goin’ on and
Life’s a question; answer when the song ends
Answer when the world ends
Dance until the Earth spins
If the music stops, we’ll get planted in the dirt quick

Word is they talkin’ ’bout us.
They say we almost famous
Guess I forgot about it when I bought this plane ticket

More humble than he’s ever been
Sun up on his golden skin
Feelin’ something like a fugitive,
Something like a fugitive,
Runnin’ from the old him.
Represent enlightenment forever young, learning from the light within.
Yeah, something like a fugitive, something like a fugitive
Runnin’ from the old him.

I never dreamed to be a rap star
I never saved up for a fast car
But I did act selfish a bit
Buy stupid shit, and waste the tools that I had.
Sold out shows, money in the bank,
But my ego not sold, at least I don’t think.

But who am I to say? You tell me, ever change?
And if I have a pray it’s for the better, in Jesus’ name.
All lil’ Krishna everything, smokin’ hash on the back waters, King Fisher drank.
Thinkin’ bigger thoughts than you ever think,
And if you seen what I seen
Then you God damn better change.

Donated thousands for the earthquake,
Still, I felt helpless in a higher place.
Searching for a purpose when I’m buying drinks,
Buying clothes, seein’ people die is gettin’ kinda old.

More humble than he’s ever been
Sun up on his golden skin
Feelin’ something like a fugitive,
Something like a fugitive,
Runnin’ from the old him.
Represent enlightenment, forever young, learning from the light within.
Yeah, something like a fugitive, something like a fugitive
Runnin’ from the old him.

Read up on Sol’s experience in his own words:
http://www.solsays.com/


West Coast Represent! HAIM’s “Don’t Save Me”

These three sisters, Danielle, Alana and Este Haim out of Los Angeles make up the nifty lil band that goes by their last name. And woo buddy do they sound gooood. Rocking a little bit of everything, sounding like some kind of nu-folk blended with some 90’s R& B, they bear a lot of resemblance to the former girl band, Those Dancing Days, but a bit different in the sense that the sounds of their songs change it up quite a bit. Releasing their EP “Forever” back in February, they’ve picked up quite some steam and are started to get pretty popular. I mean they got a Vevo and all…but in actuality, they have ties to artists like Julian Casablancas, Ke$ha, Florence + The Machine and some more, so it probably won’t be long until they’ll be established their own name in the music culture.

I want to give focus especially to their infectiously catchy pop tune “Don’t Save Me” and a fitting video for the song and its lyrics. Talking about not being saved and going up hard against some boys in B-ball? Pretty cool stuff. But the song is damn good. The chorus just croons and begs to be sung along with. I mean it’s just fun to say “Baby, don’t save me now” and dragging out the ‘now’. I’m glad they’re from the West Coast and bringing in another upbeat, catchy tune with this one. The thing that sets this song apart from their other ones is it seems to be the only fast paced one they have so far, but it’s damn cool and a perfect summer jam to look forward to being able to sing along with. Yo, ain’t no shame in singing along with girls. Keep an eye out for Haim. They’re gonna be something good.


Theophilus London +Solange Knowles + Devonte Hynes = “Flying Overseas”

Enlisting the help of Devonte Hynes and sister of former Destiny’s Child member Beyonce, Solange Knowles,  Theophilus London dropped a gorgeous jam nearly two years ago. However, I have only stumbled upon but as soon as I heard it I knew I had to share right away. Now I thought that the RAC remix of “Why Even Try”  was my favorite track by Mr. London, but this song blows it away.

In an interview London reveals that “This song is about a kid from Brooklyn having dreams of jetting off to an exotic land with a loved one. I want to inspire kids to travel. Traveling inspires my music the most. It has inspired the entire album I just finished writing.” The song is so chill, the sound definitely fits with the song’s meaning. Theophilus’s laid back raps eases the listener as the beat begins to make for a relaxing sound, but when Solange Knowles comes in, oh dear the song takes it up to a whole new level. Solange has a keen sense of melody and her voice during the chorus uplifts the sound right into the clouds, taking the listener to the same destination described by Theophilus.

Absolutely guaranteed to make you smile. You’ll be putting this song on repeat just to listen to the beckoning of the chorus to “Come fly with me / I’ll give you all”

Lyrics

Mr. Taxi Man 
It’s been along time, I’ll be back again 
The birds and the bees be attracting ’em 
The pretty little flowers on the racks a’blend 
Fulfilled with meaning, let’s sip the Riesling 
I’m thinking about white to match the season 
Let’s visit the gardens, the river the parks 
I’ll bring it to your eyes, delivered hearts 

Do you remember me 
Do you remember me 
Ms. Hilary 
Do you remember me 

I’m going overseas 
Come fly with me, I’ll give you all 
I’m going overseas 
Come fly with me, I’ll give you all 

When I’m overseas your love just come over me 
Attacking me viciously in a sweet way that’s loving to me 
Gifts and diamond rings,a car, that’s nothing to me 
You send a picture, a mail package, that’s something to me 
Have a cup of my tea 
All the suckers should leave 
Baby, I’m no sucker I’m free 
Age is numbers to me 
You send a picture, I send a picture that’s comforting me 
A star gets lonely at night 
Only if moments are bright 
We just can’t get enough of us 
This is our night 
The moon is saying something to us 
At all times bright 
Her eyes said it all, lips are the softest 
Let’s go in the wind and get driven by the forces 
Let’s lay in the wind and get driven by the forces 

Do you remember me 
Do you remember me 
Ms. Hilary 
Do you remember me 

I’m going overseas 
Come fly with me, I’ll give you all 
I’m going overseas 
Come fly with me, I’ll give you all 

I ache for you, this heart of mine 
Don’t be afraid to crack a smile my dear 
Ohh she said to me what a tragedy 
Live happily in life throughout the years 

I ache for you, this heart of mine 
Don’t be afraid to crack a smile my dear 
Ohh she said to me what a tragedy 
Live happily in life throughout the years