JUKEBOX VOL. 11
[+] MARCO PAVÉ – “CAKE”
Marco Pavé recently dropped a brand new music video (directed by GB Shannon) for his track “Cake.” The video itself is dope, combining black and white with color, well choreographed dance sequences, Marco rhyming and a story that moves along between the cuts- but the song’s solid beat and rhymes are definitely the backbone.
[+] MAJOR LAZER AND BAD ROYALE – “MY NUMBER”
I’m really excited about this track which os a collaboration between 2 of my favorite electronic music producer teams Major Lazer and Bad Royale. It samples a classic reggae song “54-46 That’s My Number” (sometimes written as “54-46 Was My Number”) by Toots And Maytals and combines a modern dance music touch to make this dope Moombathon track “My Number.” It’s a great track to nod your head to and burn one up no matter what weather.
[+] BLACKBEAR – “FLIRT RIGHT BACK”
Blackbear categorizes his sounds in the “vibe” genre, and rightly so. He dropped the deluxe version of his EP Cashmere Noose in early November, but “Flirt Right Back” is still a jam, and despite the risqué lyrics, I find it strangely empowering as well. My favorite line is “I got that Henny in me / I could do Hennything.” If only we had that confidence all the time.
[+] PETER DOHERTY – “HELL TO PAY AT THE GATES OF HEAVEN”
Libertine Peter Doherty brings us “Hell to Pay at the Gates of Heaven” on his most recent release Hamburg Demonstrations, a return to form for the poet and Babyshambles frontman. The track is a powerful ode to those who lost their lives in the Paris attacks at the Bataclan last November – including Nick Alexander, a merchandise manager for Doherty as well as several other top-tier artists. Having lived in Paris and experienced the solitude and mourning that engulfed the city for months afterwards, I have no doubt that Doherty captured this emotion perfectly. It is hopeful in it’s sorrow, with vocals that overflow with a sense of urgency in it’s message – “come on, boys, choose your weapon – J-45 or AK-47?” As the re-opener of the Bataclan venue on the anniversary of the attacks, Doherty’s connection with Paris and it’s people is an undeniable strong one and, according to reports, resonated deeply when the time came to perform this track. “Hell to Pay” is not only in remembrance of a night where innocent lives were lost and sacred ground of music-lovers was violated, but in honor of those who still strive to overcome the tragedies of this current political climate.
[+] CHILDISH GAMBINO- “BABY BOY”
My pick of the week is “Baby Boy” off of Childish Gambino’s new album Awaken, My Love!. It’s a sharp turn from his past work, trading rap for funk. “Baby boy” is a groovy number with dreamy, psychedelic tones that will surely make you rethink the creative abilities of Childish Gambino.
[+] PRINCESS NOKIA- “BRUJAS”
The Nuyorican princess gets spooky in an enlightening sense with her new single “Brujas. ” She doesn’t hold back when spittin’ rhymes about her ethnic pride and telling the haters to back off. She knows she’s on the rise and the song proves it. This song will get you just as motivationally hyped.