While part of me hates this video for it's sexploitation and vulgarity, another part accepts it. Coming from a girl who was brought up on the 504 boyz, Cash Money, Ludacris and the Ying Yang Twins, the concepts of twerking and stripping on camera don't necessarily excite me as a video that's profound in terms of plot and/or creativity. Sure, Rihanna recruited some of the best dancers in the business for this video and even gave us a sample of her skills; but overall, like the song, the video is basic, boring, and down right cliche'.
To the other bloggers out there looking for some crazy adjective (aside from 'awesome' and 'epic') please stop now. There is nothing special to report about this music video (#WTFU). It's just Rih Rih, popping her booty (in or out of water), wearing something skimpy/provocative, and rubbing her crotch - her last 3-4 videos in a nutshell. And to the Rihanna fans (#WTFU), this should be a sign to send some fan mail to your girl and let her know that her ideas are wack, her songs are wack, and her videos are wack! She's too damn pretty, and has too much talent to continue to give us the same mediocre, overused, hypersexualized crap.
Now, don't get me wrong...I like turning up just like the next person. I consider it a perfect means of escapism from the real world. And I, too, enjoy the strip club (I went to Stadium for my 21st b-day). But don't think, for one second, that I'm not going to sit around and let an artist, who I had a crush on at one point, sit there and deliver the same hyped up sex-fantasy she was giving me in 2011 and expect me to pay good money for it. <
Maybe it's time for Rih Rih to take a year-long break, develop her creativity, and give me something new. Cause I'm so tired of it boo! I really am. Check out the video below and share your thoughts.
Team Breezy it’s time to rejoice again, as Chris Brown has officially set a new release date for his upcoming album, X. If you can remember X was originally suppose to drop back in July, but due to some behind the sense issues the project was pushed back to TBA status. But that’s neither here nor there because X will be hitting retail stores November 19th. X, which features singles “Fine China” and “Don’t Think They Know” is the follow up to Fortune, which didn’t do so well…
Chris has already revealed that we should expect to hear collaborations from Kelly Rowland, Wiz Khalifa, Rihanna, Brandy, and Kendrick Lamar. X will also feature production from Pharrell, Polow Da Don, Timbaland, Danja, Diplo, and Drumma Boy.
Not to long ago Chris spoke with Rolling Stone on the sound of X, which he says, "I tried to stay away from the Euro beats, and not go totally pop," Brown notes. "Instead, I wanted to take the Quincy Jones approach. The record pays homage to the Stevie Wonders, the Michael Jacksons, the Sam Cookes: I wanted to put that classic essence of R&B and soul with the new age of music now. There's a lot of live instruments, and a lot less Auto-Tune. I really wanted to demonstrate my vocal ability, creating the vibe of me singing along with a band."
This is really great news to hear! I really want Chris to win this era. I think him leaving behind the typical euro beat sound is a step in the right direction. At the end of the day Chris has the prefect voice for pop music, which would explain why he is so easily compared to Michael who also had the voice for that genre. I can’t wait to hear this album because the description of the sound he is explaining is exactly what I want to hear from him.
It's been a busy couple of days on the Blog, primarily featuring new interviews thanks to Kanye West(who's as engaging as ever) and Drake(who talked to everybody today, huh?). But let's get to the music, shall we? I just want to spotlight a couple artistic new music videos in this space, leading off with Drizzy's surprise action-packed, guns ablazing, kidnap rescue short film for "Hold On, We're Going Home". He celebrates the release of Nothing Was The Same today by giving us a collective, "wait, what?" moment, but there's no denying that this video was entertaining.
The other couple big music video releases today were courtesy of A$AP Rocky, who makes a cameo in "Hold On" oh btw, for his "Fashion Killa", which sees Rihanna as his love interest, as directed by #Virgil Abloh# (I felt the hashtags were a nice touch.) Plus, Miley Mania continues as she stars in "23" with Juicy J & Wiz Khalifa for Mike Will's new video, where she dons of the jersey of the G.O.A.T. (and sparks cringes from Bulls fans everywhere). ICYMI, watch above, below, and hit all the categories for even more new music and interviews.
Well this isn’t too much of a surprise. Today Chris Brown took to his Twitter to announce that his new album X might be his last album. As you know Chris Brown, who was once considered the boy-next-door, was involved in a tragic event with pop star Rihanna back in 2009. The event that took place has had long lasting ramifications on Chris’s career since. From being blacklisted by radio, MTV, VH1, and some music retail stores Chris career and sells to a huge blow. Chris Brown quickly became the modern Ike Turner to mainstream media. Where Rihanna on the other hand, had a new interest from the media into her personal life then ever before. As Rihanna’s star rose to new heights, Chris fell further then ever before. Since 2009 Chris Brown’s career has taken many setbacks due to some not so good decisions made on his part.
Personally I love Chris Brown and the many times I’ve been around him he was nothing but humble and genuinely sweet. Plus he is one of few stars who truly understands the concept that “you wouldn’t be where you are without the support of your fans.” It’s a shame that he’s come to this “possible” decision to call it quits. Yes the incident between him and Rihanna happened years ago, but that’s irrelevant. Stars such as Whitney Houston and Ike Turner prove that no matter what you do people will still talk even when you’re no longer here to defend yourself. They only thing Chris can do from here is to continue to conduct himself in a more mature manner, and accept that this stain on his career will always be there regardless. I think after this album a break would be great for Chris. Personally he should have taken one after the release of F.A.M.E. then came back around this time. Chris is extremely talented and I want nothing more then to see him win.
Although he’s recent material has been somewhat decent (excluding “Fine China” and “Don’t Think They Know”), I have faith that he can pull a monster hit if he moves past the generic dance-styled songs with thick auto-tune he’s put out in the past. Chris just needs to live his life and find new inspiration for his music. The last time he experimented with his sound was when he recorded and released F.A.M.E., “Trumpet Light,” and "Turn Up The Music” off Fortune. His new album X is set to arrive on August 26.