Eminem-Kamikaze (the bomb that came out of nowhere)

Now listening to this new album, Kamikaze, it is reminiscent of the old Eminem but I also believe it’s still the mature Eminem, but he’s gone back to his roots. Even looking at the cover of the album you can tell that he’s paying homage to the Beastie Boys first album License to Ill, and Eminem has stated that the Beastie Boys were one of his earliest influences.

Surprise! What a major surprise we have here. I’m going through my day without a care in the world, going about my business and then all of a sudden I see news and Facebook posts about these new songs from Eminem’s NEW album, an album that no one knew was coming. It honestly came like a thief in the night…no promoting, no ads, and apparently no noise whatsoever….out of the blue KABOOM! Em hit us with a bomb, but definitely in a good way. I’ve listened to the album and you can’t help but compare it to Eminem’s previous album, Revival, that came out last December. I love Em but I’m not afraid to say as an Eminem that that album was not his greatest. I tried to like a few of those songs, but none of those songs on the Revival album I could really appreciate. I believe as an Eminem fan that I put Em on this pedestal, and I believe other Eminem fans feel the same way. We just expect better from Em, and as one of the YouTube channels that I follow said, “Revival was basically corny pop sh*t.” Now I like pop music don’t get me wrong but when putting it in the same league as Eminem it’s just not right. Now listening to this new album, Kamikaze, it is reminiscent of the old Eminem but I also believe it’s still the mature Eminem, but he’s gone back to his roots. Even looking at the cover of the album you can tell that he’s paying homage to the Beastie Boys first album License to Ill, and Eminem has stated that the Beastie Boys were one of his earliest influences. To me Revival had too many pop artists features. Ok, I love Ed Sheeran and I like Beyoncé but he don’t need them on their albums. I wholeheartedly understand that artists need to step out of the norm and experiment with different types of artists, but his last album just didn’t hit the mark. When I look at the track list to Kamikaze versus Revival you can see that there aren’t a lot of features at all. There are a couple like Joyner Lucas and Royce da 5’9, but they’re hip hop artists which is the difference. To me that’s a reflection of the old Eminem as well. When he first came out he didn’t have too many artists featured in his song except for maybe Dr. Dre, Obie Trice, D12 but again ALL HIP HOP ARTISTS. Bottom line is that Eminem did it right this time and the fact that he dropped this album with no notice, no promotions, NOTHING, and yet people are still talking about that takes talent. That’s why Em is considered the GOAT!

The Best of 2018 so far: Drake

I don’t care what anyone says but I will say that this year Drake has been on top of his game with his songs and music videos. His three big songs/music videos has been “God’s Plan,” “Nice for What,” and “I’m Upset.” The first two are downloaded on my phone amd listen to them on a regular basis and I just heard “I’m Upset” and watched the music video today. Each song and video holds something special. I love “God’s Plan” because the song is fire but the video is just heart warming. Drake gives away almost a million dollars to regular people of Miami…cars, stacks of cash, a scholarship, shopping sprees. Drake just outdid himself and then after that video he comes out with “Nice for What” paying homage to successful women and the song isn’t bad either. It basically sends out a message to regular women and young girls like myself that you can be anything that you want to be. Then his latest, possibly greatest video if you’re an old school Degrassi fan, the tv show where Drake came to fame. The music video for “I’m Upset” brings people my age a twinge of nostalgia because it’s all about a REUNION! Yes, Drake decides to bring all of his old castmates back together for a 10 year “high school reunion” which was the premise of the music video. Drake is definitely doing his thing….giving to charity, representing women, and nostalgia. What more can you ask for?

Women empowerment in music

For years music has always has had a way of highlighting social issues in society. Nothing has changed and music remains the same. Of course music evolves but it’s function as a platform for social and political issues remains relevant. So far this year there have been two songs that have spoken to the #metoo movement. Drake’s “Nice for What” and Maroon 5’s song “Girls Like You.” Not only are these songs appreciating women but they’re straight head bangers. To fully appreciate both of these songs though you really have to view the music video first. Both videos are full of women who are doing great things in the entertainment industry and beyond. Both videos incorporate women like Issa Rae, Tracee Ellis Ross, Tiffany Haddish, Ellen Degeneres, Camilla Caballo, Aly Raisman. Interesting thing about Aly Raisman’s (Olympic gold medalist) cameo in Maroon 5’s video is that she’s wearing a shirt that says, “Always Speak Your Truth.” She was standing up for the #metoo movement having spoken up about her sexual assault experience while being a U.S. Olympic gold medalist. Both videos and songs are extremely powerful, and we honestly just need more music that is empowering. Not just empowering for women but for everybody.

Art & Politics: Do the two mix?

My emphatic answer is YES! For me art and politics go hand in hand. Art is a platform in which politics can stand and be understood. In an earlier post I wrote about the rise and fall of my beloved Eminem after his freestyle about Trump at the BET Awards.  Em is still getting backlash from that. People are saying that Eminem needs to stay out of politics and stick with music and these comments are not just said about Eminem but also about other celebrities who decide to use their voice and status to bring light to certain issues that otherwise wouldn’t be heard. People who make these commenta are quite frankly ignorant. For one, Trump isn’t the first president that Em went ham on. Does no one remember his deliberate attack against former president George W. Bush in his song “Mosh”? In my opinion music has always been political. I can think of many artists/musicians who have written songs with a political message. I think of rap groups like N.W.A and Public Enemy and artists like Pink and there are so many others. I just don’t understand people who think that celebrities shouldn’t use their platform that they have to make a difference. I believe any form of art can be political you just have to know how to use your voice.

Eminem’s rise and fall

Everyone is familiar with Eminem’s controversial freestyle rant about Donald Trump at the BET Hip Hop Awards a couple of months ago. His biggest fans were by his side all the way, appreciating his lyrical genius and his nerve to be so controverisal, although long time fans like myself know that Eminem has no problem with controversy and throwing every celebrity under the bus. Then of course there’s the other end of the spectrum filled with people who are more than likely Trump supporters who were outraged and making comments that summed up to this is Eminem’s desperate attempt to make himself relevant again. I’m not here to talk about Eminem’s freestyle about Trump. I want to shine a light on Eminem’s career and his (successful?) comeback. I’ve been an Eminem fan ever since I was a little girl. I’m a HUGE fan. His music was always so raw and real and mind blowing. A lot of his lyrics made you laugh or drop your mouth open because you couldn’t believe he just said that. He’s also probably been one of the most controversial rappers of our time. Gay and women rights groups have come up against Eminem in the past for promoting hate speech and still through it all I and everyone of his fans have supported him and his music because we feel like we know what he’s about. Now it’s 2017 and Eminem has a new album called “Revival” coming out in about a week. If I’m not mistaken this is his first album in a couple of years and I hate to be one of those fans, but judging by the songs that I have heard already I want the old Eminem back. I always said that true fans should support Eminem because even if the Slim Shady persona is dead Eminem has matured so we can’t expect the craziness like when Em first started out. I ask this though, to be a true fan do you have to like every song? I don’t think so. I think as fans we should demand quality from our favorite artists. We don’t have to kiss their butts. If we don’t like the direction an artist is going or the music he or she is putting out then we have the right to our opinion and I have to say that I am not feeling Eminem right now as much as it pains me to say that. I don’t like his new song with Beyoncé even though I fully understand the message of the song. I just can’t get into it and that’s alright. Hopefully, there are some songs on this new album that I can get into.

The music score

For most of us music plays a major part of our lives. I know for me music flows through my veins, but music plays an important part of a film’s success. Music can make or break a movie. Don’t believe me? I was looking at a documentary of the making of Halloween (1978). Halloween is an iconic horror movie and one of my all time favorite horror movies. Michael Myers creeps me out. In the documentary the director was saying how he showed the original cut of the movie to someone before the music was added and her final opinion was that it wasn’t scary. Later, once the music was added it became the scariest movie she had ever seen. I found that amazing although I already knew the kind of effect that music can play on a movie. Also, take the two movie trailers forbthe upcoming film Black Panther. People have commented on the music choices alone for both of those trailers. The music makes you hype, ready to see that movie. Music is such a marketing tool. Music is power.

I’m a scanner

Hi, all! I feel like it’s been so long since I’ve contributed something to my blog. I wanted to write something today. As you know I’m a creative person. I love anything having to do with the arts (obviously….) But anywho I’m one of those people who’s never satisfied with doing one thing and sticking with it. I have so many things that I want to learn and do! I mean the world is so big and you’ll never learn everything that the world has to offer, but I always get excited about the possibilities. Like right now there are so many instruments that I would love to have and learn to play. Right now I want to learn how to play the guitar and the violin. I also want to get back into the tenor sax. I played that for 8th grade jazz band and haven’t played it since but I would love to pick that back up. I already have a clarinet but honestly I would love to get a newer one. The one I have I’ve had it since the 6th grade, so it’s time for an upgrade but not just instruments…I would love to learn photography but quickly realized that photography equipment can be expensive but someday I will get that equipment. I downloaded a bunch of photography books on my Kindle. I think I just get excited about new ways to express myself. Art is such a wonderful way to express myself. I already do that with writing, but I want to broaden my scope and dabble in so much more. Interestingly, though, they actually have a name for people like me. It’s called being a scanner, and it’s an interesting concept. Below I’ve attached an article that explains it in more detail.

http://www.getmotivation.com/motivationblog/2017/04/barbara-sher-scanner/