Happy Monday everyone. We’re live and back with new Quickies. I’m a Ravens fan through and through. However, I’ve got to give props to Steelers great Mel Blount, who wore number 47 throughout his career. He was a badass–so much so that the NFL had to make a rule change. This rule, often known as the Mel Blount rule, was made to ensure that defensive backs could only make contact with receivers for the first five yards after the line of scrimmage. It was enacted in its current form during Blount’s career in the late 1970s, possibly because he was one of the most physical defensive backs of the era. Let’s get into this edition of Quickies.
Dantes – “Insatiable”
Produced by !llmind, the Mac Grant-directed visual for Dantes’ “Insatiable” finds the singer/saxophonist painting a picture of life, love and family. Seemingly a look into the life of a familial matriarch, the family she left behind and the house she once lived in, the soulful song finds Dantes speaking on a variety of topics. I enjoyed this one because it’s melancholy but also beautiful. It’s one of those songs that has a lot to say and manages to do so in a short amount of time. Watch the visuals and let the music take you on a ride through life and love.
Lujza – “Do You Wanna Know”
The third single from Lujza’s upcoming Caught Up album, “DYWK” speaks on the dissolution of a relationship. Specifically, it speaks on, per Lujza herself, the point “when you are discovering things about yourself that are ugly nd…lead to the realization that you are with the wrong person.” Sonically, the song reminds me of a mix between Sade and Amy Winehouse in a way. There’s a need for growth that she’s talking about here. I also like the production here, as it’s airy like a Winehouse song but also has a bit of a darkness to it.
Yasmina – “here you go again”
Blending Jhene Aiko and Erykah Badu-esque energies and sounds, this song finds the New York teenager showing a maturity way beyond her years. She’s not taking any more BS from her partner/ex-to-be, realizing that she doesn’t deserve to be treated the way that she was. This is also a part two of sorts to her “don’t deserve this” song.
King I Divine – “Reflections“
I’m usually the type who’ll pass on solely instrumental tracks (mainly because there are so many outlets who focus on them). However, this just-under-two-minute song from New Yorker King I Divine grabbed me. I think it’s because it’s a chill lo-fi song that doesn’t exactly sound like a lot of lo-fi beats these days. Yes, there’s a piano melody but you can hear the heart behind this one–not just the knock of the drums. It feels like summer, for sure.
Zera – “Impress Me”
Another song about toxicity in love and relationships, “Impress Me” is one of those “make love to me one more time” songs. It’s somewhat in the same vein of Trey Songz’ “Last Time”–except it’s more about the carnal desire than the love within the relationship. It’s a bittersweet song, but one that also allows for a great deal of growth from the people involved. I love Zera’s vocals here as well, so if you’re looking for R&B with a sad feel, this one’s another one for you.
D’So Nyce – “Mo’ Pimpin”
I like this one because it sounds like something you’d hear a Spitta, a KRIT or a Wiz Khalifa hop on. It’s southern fried but features some up north lyricism. I like that this one also pays homage to Do or Die’s “Po Pimp.” That’s what garnered this one extra attention from me, mainly because you don’t really see enough people giving a slew of flowers to vintage Chicago hip-hop unless it Ye, Lupe or Common. For me, that 1990s-2000s Chicago rap hits different, especially in 2022. It’s, like some of the other rap from that same era in other locations, rather prophetic in more ways than one. “Mo Pimpin” is due out on DSPs soon, but the visuals have been released (below).
Akira Gautama – “westside”
The way I was sold on this one was as follows. It was introduced to me as “an epic phonk rap beat with lots of energy and drive…[that can be] a gym rap bump to keep you hyper-focused.” I agree because the song is full of energy, but it’s also got bars to match. Simply put, if you’re on your grind and need something uptempo to keep you pushing, you should check this one out. It’s also one of those tracks that shows where Gautama (born Nathan Scott) has been as an artist and where he’s going as a now-31-year-old multihyphenated artist.
Roy Dean – “The Coldest”
Another song with a brave and interesting hook, “The Coldest” likens itself to “the White Walkers scene from Game of Thrones.” I see the comparison here because the beat is like something you’d hear Griselda on. However, it’s also got a lot (like, a lot) of wittiness along with it. Dean also produced the beat for this one as well, so he’s showcasing several hats here.
Juice Bruns and Tiny Anthem – “Someday”
I like “Someday” because it’s one of those lyrically-sound tracks that’s also about getting your inner peace. Tiny Anthem played all the instruments here and created a mood that’s dreamy and airy, then darker and more combative before giving way to the more dreamy energies. This is one of a few collaborations that’ve been released recently between Tiny and Juice.
Metri Christ – “Doors” (featuring Andre Harrell, RawwThoughts and LOFILEONE)
“Doors” is like a mix between Ye on his most spiritual and Lecrae if there were more four-letter words in Lecrae’s rap vocabulary, with a bit of GKMC Kendrick. I like this one because it’s spiritual and speaks on religion in a way that doesn’t exclude anyone. We need more of that.
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