Sunday, 18 February 2018

[DISCUSSION] Is Spice Innovative?

This Article may contain a bit of... raunch. But I want to discuss a topic that has been kind of looming in my mind.

Spice is sitting atop the Dancehall world. Many as of lately have been revering her as the queen of Dancehall and she literally dominates the female space of the genre.

About a month ago, she released a single called 'Duffle Bag'. The song was completely different from her norm, offering a trap beat instead of a dancehall one as well as a different style of flow on top of accent in some parts.

But is this departure innovative? The trap scene is crowded by music like this... self-declamatory, bragging about riches type of things with women twerking in the background. But its not that common to rap on a trap beat in a half-Patois half-twang, particularly a female. Literally at the 1:30 mark, you can hear the full on Patois.

Even her previous effort, a remix of Desiigner's 'Panda' had more
  By twangin, I mean when a native Patois speaker forgoes the Patois to speak in a more complete sounding English. It can sound somewhat English or American but sometimes without the authenticity. On the 'Panda Remix', Spice did catch some flak for the apparent 'Twang'.

The main difference between both flows is that in 'Duffle Bag' she sounded more American at certain points while in 'Panda Remix', she sounded more indistinctly English? Does it work?

For me, not really. I would have preferred a whole Patois on both but on that same token, Spice is trying to break through into other markets and not all people can understand her native patois. And her Patois flows bring everything and in my opinion save 'Duffle Bag'.

This effort is a price example:

The whole effort sounds try-hard. I will give her this though... She does bring lyricism hard out here!

And I appreciate her trying to branch out but her best efforts to me will always be the Dancehall ones such as, 'Jim Screechie', 'Needle Eye', 'Indicator' ect...


Monday, 29 January 2018

[DISCUSSION] Is Tinashe the next Ciara?

No shade tonight... Just real bitter tea...

Tinashe has honestly become my favorite R&B/pop/ what ever you wanna call it last year, but why is she not poppin' like she could be?

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

[NEW MUSIC] Let's talk about Dua Lipa!

I hear her all over the radio. She has one of the most recognizable and unique voices I've heard in a while and she gives one thing I love... AESTHETIC!!!

Monday, 1 January 2018

[OPEN THREAD] Happy New Years Ya'll!!!

2017 was a very, very strange year... I ended up not getting a single personal goal accomplished and just being along for the ride. On that same note, it was one hell of a ride that has introduced me to good people, good food and a world of different cultures.

So how will 2018 be different? It won't... I probably still won't even get ten percent of my personal goals accomplished. I probably will become more of a alcoholic. And I probably will continue this dark and abusive love-hate relationship with food... It's totally worth it.

I will state this much though: Expect a few album reviews this year, more vocal profiles, more information packed articles and more open forum posts!

As always, the rules for the open forum:

  • Try not to get too perverted- this site needs to basically be "safe for work". 
  • If somebody starts a rather controversial subject, try keeping it civil when dealing with it. If things get out of hand please flag the conversation. 
  • It would be nice if it stuck to music, but it's not a requirement! Pop culture is extremely relevant to this blog so bring it!. 
  • No nasty comments aimed at other users.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Does Mariah Carey Artificilaly Create her Studio Vocals?

Post by: Diva Devotee
The Elusive Chanteuse was a great album, regardless of the bleak sales. But something about some of the tunes on the LP always got my Spidey senses tingling. It was definitely Mariah Carey but the voice had a Splenda quality to it in parts, if ya get what I mean.

Mariah's voice is of course subject to change and has done so with each release- there's an article or video in that. So I reconciled this unease with an adapted technique, namely shedding weight and taking a more nasal attack, to hit the higher notes.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

When the Rasp is Right! Kelly Clarskson @ AMAs 2017

Post by: Diva Devotee
Kelly Clarkson has got raspy as hell lately, but I love It.

Why the love for her edge, and not Ms. Aguilera's? Quite simply, Christina sounds strained AF, losing volume, fullness and support when attacking her notes. All poor choices that could end up with the voice cracking. It makes watching her sing live anxiety inducing. And i have enough reasons to be anxious without Xtina adding to them.

Pink Slays Erryone @ 2017 American Music Awards

Post by: Diva Devotee
Pink is awesome.

Long time fan, almost everything the Diva has released has got a hand waving in the air 'yaaaaas!'. However, Beautiful Trauma's lead single, What About Us, surprisingly failed to land with me. Empowering lyrics, rousing vocals and a building production, it should have been a win, hyping me up for the new album. The opposite in fact happened- I could not care less about the upcoming era.