For Thought: When Is It Ever Okay To Use The ‘N’ Word?

Never. Why are we still using that word to begin with? I don’t care who you are, black, white, red or purple, can we just stop throwing the ‘ni**as’ word around already. Geez!  I’m not ranting, just addressing an issue that’s been a long time coming, upon glimpsing news about Gwyneth Paltrow calling her friends, Beyonce & Jay-Z, the same controversial word. I guess Mrs. … Continue reading For Thought: When Is It Ever Okay To Use The ‘N’ Word?

Music Review: Rihanna’s “Talk That Talk”

Rihanna

Release date: November 21, 2011

Label: Roc Nation/Island Def Jam

Purchase: Amazon

I discontinued my interest in anything that had to do with Rihanna since her dark transformation from a “Good Girl Gone Bad.” Let’s just say that I’m not buying the ‘this is really me now’ bit she’s blabbering about. Now and then she does release a song that sounds like an okay track and I can give her that much credit, but her music is still far from ground breaking. However, the pop star never ceases to entertain with her  antics; whether it’s gyrating on girls at a carnival, or grinding on stage in tasteless outfits. With all that foolishness aside, I would like to divert my attention to Ri-Ri’s latest effort, “Talk That Talk.”

Rihanna’s 6th album takes sex to another level. It’s true she’s always performed sexually suggestive songs before, but “Talk That Talk” is the raunchiest of them all. Each track is either coded or bare; it’s a matter of how well enough the listener can interpret the lyrics. There’s plenty of dance numbers, mellow r&b/pop balancers and a few island inspired to fill the mainstream airwaves. Too bad there’s hardly anything of great substance. Allow me to take you through Rihanna’s newest effort and highlight the highs and lows manifested in each track. Continue reading “Music Review: Rihanna’s “Talk That Talk””

For Thought: What’s all the fuss about?

 

I’ve been hearing a lot regarding Beyonce’s decision to fire her manager, who happens to be her father Mathew Knowles. After the news came out about daddy Knowles’ getting fired, I thought it would end there but apparently some people just couldn’t leave it alone. Recently speculations began to spread surrounding the “real” reason why he was let go. Many are claiming that Mr. Knowles was ripping off his superstar daughter, and now he’s filing a lawsuit against Beyonce’s new management (which happens to be her husband’s own Roc Nation) citing that they convinced his daughter to fire him on the basis of false accusations.  Continue reading “For Thought: What’s all the fuss about?”

Auto-Tune 2: Will The Real Singers Please Stand Up

Gone are the days when singers were freely and passionately singing without the help of “pitch correction”, yes, I am referring to the infamous auto-tune. This is a continuation of my previous post, “what do you think about auto-tune?” Why the continuation you wonder? it’s because i’m truly annoyed with this audio processor that is plaguing the music industry.

Too many artists are utilizing auto-tune into their music: Ke$ha, T-Pain, The Black Eyed Peas, Akon, Kanye West, Jason Derulo, Rihanna, Lil Wayne, and quite a few others. I found it rather ironic that Jay-Z released a single titled “DOA (Death of Auto-tune)”, but still used the device on another track, and on the same album (ain’t that funny).

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