‘1/2 Past Five’ by Jor

Bars Bars Bars.

Beats Beats Beats.

Dare I say Jor’s bars have a Mac style to them? No doubt Jor has his own sound, but I can hear it in the slightest on his debut album, Light Soul which kind of makes sense considering Big Jerm was the producer of the album.

My favorite aspect of the album is the lyricism and the beats. Straightforward but solid and down to earth. Real recognizing real with this album.

Peep it on all major streaming platforms 🤙🏼

– zimmertime

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‘Monkey Around’ by JACK SWING

Jack Swing released their latest single ‘Monkey Around’ along with a music video on December 31st 2018:

Immediately starting off with heavy bass and low-pitched lyrics, the edgy song gets off to a fast start.

The pace picks up with the chorus showcasing some funky guitar rifts during and after.

Then interestingly enough, the beat turns into a slow paced segment leaving the listener curious to where the song will be heading, only for it to get back to Monkeyin’ Around 🤘🏼

Check out the intriguing video above and check out more of Jack Swing on all streaming platforms.

– zimmertime

‘Train of Thought’ by Brittney Chantele & Treble NLS

Brittney Chantele & Treble NLS dish out the thoughts that quite often all of us are going through. Our minds can run a million miles a minute, and our thoughts tend to never be silent. Yet, this song is all about letting that train pass, so that there can be clarity and serenity within our thoughts.

The two remind listeners that life is a balance, and it would be foolish to ignore our thoughts completely. It’s essential to hone in on the thoughts that help us grow, and let the ones that drag us down stay on the train that passes us by.

Check out the video and song at the link below:

https://youtu.be/qecQtFBp-9A

– zimmertime

The Sun’s Tirade- Isaiah Rashad

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Hi again boys and girls. Unfortunately, due to my hectic schedule, you won’t be seeing me post all that often anymore but I’m still gunna try and give you the goods as much as I can.  One album I can not pass up sharing is Isaiah Rashad’s new album “The Sun’s Tirade.” Rashad is signed to TDE and is probably the most underrated on the roster, simply because he hasn’t put out all that much music.  But when he does, the music is fantastic.  His “Cilvia Demo” was one of the better projects to come out in 2014 and this new album is certainly worth the long wait it has been since then.  Rashad has a unique voice and raps over these laid back beats to create a unique style that is so easy to listen and vibe to.  I’m currently listening through for the first time and I’m loving it.  “Wat’s Wrong” featuring Kendrick is unsurprisingly a stand out track as well as “Tity and Dolla.”  Whether you’re a fan of Rashad or looking to get into a new artist or looking to throw on some music to chill to on this gorgeous day, “The Sun’s Tirade” should be you’re go to.

G Baby

Pusha T- M.P.A.

I don’t know exactly how long this video will stay up on YouTube but just get Spotify already. There’s a free version and it’s damn near 2016.

Anyway, Pusha T dropped a new album today that is very good. The production level on these beats are phenomenal. This is very evident in the song I chose to post, “M.P.A.” Produced by J Cole and Kanye West, this beat is awesome. A classic Kanye beat that brings me back to his MBDTF days. Carried by the piano with the guitar accenting it in such a way, this beat is pure musical ecstasy. When the tracklist came out for the album, entitled “King Push- Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude,” this song is listed as featuring A$AP Rocky, Kanye West, and The-Dream, so the hype was unreal. Unfortunately, The-Dream only has a small intro and A$AP and Kanye both lend their voices for the chorus. Nonetheless, this song is still most dope. Check out the entire 10 song album in stores and online now!

 

G Baby

What I’ve Been Listening to Lately

Ever wonder what it’s like to be me? I’m sure you probably have. I’m young, fun, and handsome. And, I listen to great music. There has been a lot of great releases recently so I figured I’d create a playlist with some of the songs I have been listening to a lot lately. Due to the nature of mixtapes not being on Spotify, some of my jams did not make the cut, but this list should still do the trick. Some of these songs are a little older, but the majority came out this year. A couple standouts include:

Kendrick Lamar- Black Friday

I love this song. Kendrick goes into beast mode and rips it like not many guys can do.

G-Eazy (ft Bebe Rexha)- Me, Myself, and I

This one really gets me feeling myself. The beat just runs through me and the hook is one of the best ones of the year. It puts a smile on my face every time.

The Roots (ft John Legend)- The Fire

I’ve heard this song before but never really appreciated it as much as I do now. When I heard it in the movie “Creed” last week, I immediately added it to my iPod. The beat is fire, the hook is fire, the song is (literally) fire. If this song doesn’t get you psyched for that upcoming exam, that last set at the gym, or whatever challenge you have in front of you, not much can.

 

G Baby

Everything Will Be Ok- G-Eazy (ft Kehlani)

One thing I learned early on in school was to attract the reader’s attention with the opening sentence or two. So, person reading this, I want you to know that this is one of the darkest, deepest songs I have ever heard. Do I have your attention? Good.

G-Eazy’s new album “When It’s Dark Out” dropped yesterday and I’ve been listening to is non stop since then. It is a tremendous album, G-Eazy’s second one, that shows a lot of growth from the Bay area rapper. He touches on many topics, from how he handles fame to trying to find himself to straight braggadocio “I’m the man” bars. Whether you need a banger at a party or you just want to chill out after a long day at work, this album has ton of great songs for all occasions. But my favorite song is “Everything Will Be Ok.” If you’ve read a lot of my other posts, you’ll realize I truly love music with meaning and raw emotion. And you will be hard pressed to find a song with more meaning and emotion than this one. The song digs deep into G-Eazy’s mind as he spills his thoughts about his life, family, and a traumatic incident from his childhood that seriously blew my mind as I listened to it. Sometimes, we put these guys on a pedestal and forget they’re human. Songs like this put that into perspective and make you realize how hard some people have had to work to overcome so many different things. The last verse will give you the feels unlike many other songs can and if it doesn’t, you might not be human.

You can check out the rest of the album on Spotify, iTunes, and stores everywhere.

 

G Baby

JB is Trying to Become the Next JT, And I Don’t Hate it One Bit

For those of you that live under a rock you may not have heard, but Biebz just released his newest album today, and it is very very good. I listened all the way through and was surprised how well it flowed from top to bottom. All the hits are on there; “Sorry”, “What do You Mean”, “I’ll Show You” and “Where Are U Now” but there are so many others that are just as good. For example, the song “We Are” with Nas is such a different track than what were used to hearing from him. Also if you’re getting Nas to do a song with you, you have to be doing something pretty much everything right. One of the greatest ever.

The album is great and I don’t need to tell you to listen because you’ll do that on your own because it’s Justin Bieber and because white girls. This blog is about where young JB is headed in his career, and I think it’s going in the direction of the one and only Justin Timberlake….

First of all, I’m not saying that Justin Bieber is or will ever be as good as Justin Timberlake, cause frankly I don’t know if that’s possible. I’m just pointing out a few similarities between the two that I think make these two closer than most will realize. Let’s just take it one step at a time….

JT’s Childhood

Both of these guys got extremely early starts to their performing careers. Justin Timberlake started in the Mickey Mouse Club in 1993 when he was 12 with other no names Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling and JC Chasez (100% had to look up the spelling there). Speaking of Justin and Britney….

Hilarious to see Britney and Timberlake as kids doing a duet on stage, not even knowing what was going to happen next.

This might actually be the greatest picture in all time. Where the hell do you get a denim cowboy hat? Who told them they should actually wear this out in public? RIP the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Also RIP hot Britney (yea she got kinda hot again but it just wasn’t the same)

Bieber’s Childhood

On to Bieber’s emergence…..He was pretty much the same age when Usher first caught a glimpse of his viral YouTube videos where he just belts A Cappella versions of pop hits like “So Sick” by Ne-Yo

That video was uploaded in 2007, when he was 13. You can see the raw talent he has and the presence he makes in the room with his powerful voice. It was pretty obvious to everyone around these two that they were special.

Timberlake’s Early Career

We all know Timberlake started his career with the ever so popular N’Sync, who formed in 1996 but didn’t release their self-titled first album until 1998. That’s when they really rose to superstar status, especially Timberlake as he was known as the front man of the group. They had tons of success over the next 4 years until they went into a hiatus in 2002 and JT went on to start his eventually very successful solo career. N’Sync was nothing without Timberlake, but you could argue he wouldn’t be anybody without them either….

Bieber’s Early Career

Bieber started his career with his hit single “One Time” in 2009 (still before his balls dropped) and it opened at number 12. It was all over the radio and everyone’s first reaction was, “This girl’s voice is incredible” and they were right…at least about the incredible voice part. JB rattled off numerous hits after that and wound up being one of the most popular people on the planet at the age of 18. Then everyone kinda started to hate him….and you can see why

Timberlake’s Career Since

Since his solo career started Justin has done OK for himself. And by OK I mean out of his 4 studio albums he’s made the worst that any of them have done is platinum. Yes you read that right. As in the other three went 2x, 3x, and 4x platinum. Ho hum. Just another day in the office I guess. Oh, and who does he go home to every day after he’s done at the office…

Ok so he has a couple things going for him…no big deal. He also produces his music and if you forgot he’s actually a pretty solid actor. Friends with Benefits is laugh out loud funny and I thought he was an awesome Sean Parker in The Social Network. Acting is why JB will never be Timberlake. But he can still come close…

Bieber’s Modern Career

This album is hopefully the start of something that’s here to stay. And aside from similar career paths, I actually think this new album has a Timberlake feel to it with the lyrics and production style. Love Yourself is an absolute jam

We’ll see if this continues for Bieber and if he can keep it going for another three albums like Timberlake has. Time will tell. But for now, Timberlake is King of the Castle.

My Post Road-Trip Radio Superlatives

I recently embarked on a journey of epic proportions spanning many miles of this great land.  Over the past week, I drove from Pittsburgh to Columbus, Ohio to Charleston, South Carolina and back to Pittsburgh.  It was quite the journey and made for some good times.  But when you have to use GPS the entire time and you drive a 2002 Honda Civic, this means you can’t connect your radio adapter aux cord to heat things up.  Instead, I had to rely on the radio for much of my trip (not the whole time though, I’m not crazy. I have J. Cole’s classic “2014 Forest Hills Drive” on CD).

I’m not a big radio guy. I like listening to my music that I know I like and tend to avoid the poppy corny radio singles that are so popular now.  But over the years, I’ve grown to appreciate this type of music more by taking it for what it is. There are actually a lot of good, catchy songs on the radio. While I will not put nearly any of them on my iPod, I didn’t mind listening to them while driving around for over 1000 miles.  I came up with the idea to make a superlative list/playlist of my radio experience while driving back home yesterday and hearing the fantastic Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” for the 30th time. Now, I did listen to some local Hip-hop/R&B stations but I’m going to keep this list to just the Hits stations I listened to. Here goes.

Could Not Get Enough: Calvin Harris- How Deep Is Your Love

This song is the bomb. Before I met fellow writers Teej and Chewb, I never really listened to this kind of music before. But when you hang out with those two as much as I have, you don’t really have a choice. Gotta say, I’m glad because there are some really dope tunes flowing from this genre and “How Deep is Your Love” is my favorite. Every time this came on, I started dancing, singing along, and just became overall a happier person.

Did Not Play Enough: Macklemore- Downtown

When I first heard this song, I wasn’t sure if I loved it or hated it. I’m sure now: I LOVE it. The beat is hella dope and it’s a hilarious and fun concept behind the song. Unfortunately, this song only played about 3-4 times the entire trip. I feel like I should have heard it more for how amazing it is. This is a call out to all radio stations! Play this song more!!!

WTF Moment: Psy- Gangnam Style

This song came on at one point on the trip and I legitimately started laughing out loud. I forgot how popular this song was a few years ago. Well, I of course jammed out to it for a while and enjoyed every second. This dude has the most viewed video in YouTube history and I have no idea what he is saying in over half of the song. Good for him.

Coolest Beat: Levels- Nick Jonas

I was immediately captivated by this beat. I think its awesome. The way it breaks down, builds up, and then drops into that guitar riff/a cappella “up-up-up up-up-up up-up-up” has me groovin.  Never thought I’d say this, but I liked this song by Nick Jonas.

King and Queen of the Radio: The Weeknd and Taylor Swift

These two artists have the airwaves on lock. Each artist has multiple songs in circulation on the radio. The fact that T Swift still has five songs getting radio play, when her album dropped over a year ago, is very impressive.  As I mentioned before, I heard “Wildest Dreams” an astounding amount of times. So much that I actually know pretty much every word to the whole song. As for The Weeknd, no other male artist was even near him. He’s got at least three huge songs running the radio, especially “The Hills” which I heard and sang along to well over 15 times.

Most Played Song: Elle King- Ex’s and Oh’s

I don’t think it was possible to go more than 30 minutes without hearing this song. Seriously, it played A LOT. But it’s a good song so I didn’t mind all that much. And I learned an amazing fact about Elle King. She’s Rob Schneider’s daughter! WTF? It’s true though, she didn’t take his last name so she could make it on her own. Job well done, Elle.

Honorable Mentions: Taylor Swift- Wildest Dreams, Shawn Mendes- Stitches, Drake- Hotline Bling

These songs played a shit-ton as well.

Throwback of the Trip: Lady Gaga- Telephone

This song came on more than once. In fact, I remember hearing it at least 4 times. I have no idea why it was being played so much but I’m not complaining. A classic hit from Lady Gaga and Beyonce. The people will love this one.

Catchiest Song: Justin Beiber- What Do You Mean

This song is a jam.  The Beibs may be a douchebag in need of maturing but his music has matured a great deal since his “Baby” days. He is a certified R&B superstar now and makes good music that men and women of all ages (not just 13-16 year old girls) can enjoy. This song played a lot but it felt like I still needed it more.

Best Song: Adele- Hello

This is a no-brainer. This is hands down the best song out there right now. Period. Adele’s voice is one of the most amazing things to bless this Earth in recent history. Her range is incredible and this song just gives me goosebumps from how beautiful it is. My words are falling short of describing how I feel about this song. Just know it is fantastic and deserves as many plays as possible.

Those are the superlatives for the trip. I’ve created a playlist with those songs and some more that were very prominent throughout the trip. Enjoy the tunes of today’s radio (minus T Swift cuz Spotify 😦 ).

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Angels – Chance The Rapper (feat Saba)

So Chance the Acid Rapper debuted his new song “Angels” last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and killed the game. This song is backed by some funky, unique, chancy sounds that work perfectly with Chance’s off the books delivery.

If you play this at your next pregame/party someone is going to walk up to you and shake your hand out of respect. It’s always a good feeling when an artist like this continues to churn out radical, out of this world (literally) songs… Keep it up Chance!