REVIEW: Teyana Taylor – K.T.S.E

With so much hype for Kanye’s album, his joint project with Cudi, Pusha bodying Drake, and the new Nas, it seemed like social media forgot about Teyana Taylor.

So did the First Lady of G.O.O.D Music deliver, or can we skip this?

K.T.S.E. (Keep That Same Energy) is Teyana Taylor’s second studio album. “No Manners”, describes her heavy infatuation with an unnamed lover. Although she has a man, she doesn’t plan to sit still or let others control her. The track is likely dedicated to her husband Iman Shupert.

On “Gonna Love Me”, Teyana sings over a soulful Delfonics sample about getting through the troubles in a relationship, and finding love in the struggle.

“Hurry” features Kanye West vocally. The track is very sexual as Teyana asks to “take your hands and grab” her “fatty.” She even moans to end a verse displaying her sexual emotion.

Teyana sings about being willing to have a three way with her husband, Iman Shumpert, and another woman in “3Way.” She says she is willing to let another woman into her bed because she knows it turns her husband on, and that they don’t have feelings for these girls, they simply use them to explore their sexuality. The track also features Ty Dolla $ign.

WTP is the final track on Taylor’s sophomore album, K.T.S.E. The track is in the style of the music of the Harlem Ballroom scene. The music is accompanied by a forms of dancing and runway walks, the most popular being ‘voguing’ which is an interpretive dance based on runway walks and model photo shoot poses.

Overall, it’s better than what I thought it would be. Kanye really comes through with the production on this album, and shows why he is one of the best. Teyana showed why she is signed to G.O.O.D Music.

 

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STREAM: Teyana Taylor – K.T.S.E

It’s been a wild few weeks in music with a bunch of huge albums coming out. Most of them of course have been part of the onslaught from the G.O.O.D. Music camp.

Since the end of May, Pusha T, Kanye West, Ye and Cudi and Nas have all releases albums produced by label head Kanye West. The last of the pack is Teyana Taylor. Stream her album K.T.S.E. which stands for Keep That Same Energy, below.

 

Kanye West Reveals Tracklist For Nas’ New Album

In case you forgot, Nas is releasing a new album on Friday, June 15th which will be produced entirely by Kanye West.

Tonight, Kanye took to his favourite social media service, Twitter to unveil the tracklist for the project, the title of which is still unclear. Of course, it features seven songs only. Whether there will be any guest appearances on the album remains to be seen.

 

 

 

REVIEW: Kanye West & Kid Cudi – Kids See Ghosts

After dropping ye and acting as the executive producer on Pusha T’s Daytona, Kanye West has teamed up with Kid Cudi for their joint album Kids See Ghosts.

Kid Cudi and Kanye West have had a rocky relationship over the years. First, Cudi was Ye’s apprentice: Ye signed Cudi to G.O.O.D Music in 2008. But later after Kid Cudi left the label, their friendship ended.

 In late 2016, Kid Cudi declared both Drake and Kanye for having “30 people write songs for them”, and continuing to insist that they’re “top 5”. It was a jab that Ye didn’t take lightly at first, but eventually reconciled with.

 Now with the past behind them, their latest album, Kids See Ghosts, showcases how bizarre and mesmerising they can be together.

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It’s an eerie and otherworldly listening experience. Ye and Cudi push their chemistry and artistry to the next level. Ye’s instrumentals are experimental and really set the mood and soundscape for this album. Cudi’s voice is a true instrument, as he delivers however he sees fit- rapping, singing, humming, chanting, you name it.

“4th Dimension” is the door to this sound they’ve created. With a recurring Louis Prima sample as part of the backdrop, Ye and Cudi are relentless on this opener.

Kids See Ghosts is haunting and dark. The instrumental plays like the soundtrack to a march through a ghost town. It’s brief, but Ye and Cudi are effective until the end. Cudi’s background humming hovers and floats, as he reflects on the “stars” he “left behind”.

Cudi raps through gritted teeth on this one; it’s one of many unique deliveries he flexes on here. “Feel the Love” is a standout moment too. Over piano chords and some strings, Cudi’s voice stirs us to “keep movin’ forward”. It’s this ability to take his personal struggles and make that makes Cudi appealing to listen to. He takes elements of his personal struggles and makes them feel like universal mantras.

This album’s conclusion is airy though. The old Kanye is seemingly “reborn”, reminding us how potent he can be as a voice for the unheard.

Together, Kanye West and Kid Cudi have managed to craft a close-knit sound for their joint-venture. It’s an experience that’s best enjoyed as a complete body of work from start to finish.

 

 

Stream Kanye West & Kid Cudi’s Joint Album “Kids See Ghosts”

Rumours of Kanye West and Kid Cudi doing a collaboration project surfaced in August of last year when they were pictured together and the release date was the 31st of December but nothing ended up coming. Then in April while on one of his Twitter sprees, Kanye revealed that it was official.

The album was debuted live in Northen California last night (June 8) during a listening party. The artwork for Kanye and Cudi’s debut joint album was deigned by acclaimed Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.

 

Kanye West New Interview With Big Boy – “I Made A Completely New Album After TMZ”

 

Kanye talked to Real 92.3’s Big Boy about Ye and why he chose that name, the significance of 7 songs, re-doing the album after his infamous TMZ interview and much more. Check out the full conversation below.

Stream Kanye West’s New Album ‘Ye

Kanye West is back. The GOOD Music boss has released his new album. To mark the occasion, he flew out a number of people for his album listening party in Wyoming.

Stream the 7 track album it below.

Apart from Nicki, some of the other guests which can be heard throughout the album are as follows: Ty Dolla Sign & Valee on ‘All Mine’, Jeremih, Ty Dolla Sign & Young Thug on ‘Would’nt Leave’, Charlie Wilson & Kid Cudi on ‘No Mistakes’, John Legend, 070 Shake & Kid Cudi on ‘Ghost Town’ and DeJ Loaf & Ty Dolla Sign on ‘Violent Crimes’. None of them, however, are listed as featured artists.

For rest of the producer and writer credits, take a look at the list we compiled below.

1. I Thought About Killing You
Producer: Kanye West & Mike Dean
Writer/Composer: Mike Dean, Francis Farewell Starlite, Benny Blanco & Kanye West

2. Yikes
Producer: Kanye West & Mike Dean
Writer/Composer: Ayub Ogada, James Mbarack Achieng, Mike Dean & Kanye West

3. All Mine
Producer: Francis & The Lights, Kanye West & Mike Dean
Writer/Composer: Mike Dean, Francis Farewell Starlite & Kanye West

4. Wouldn’t Leave
Producer: Kanye West & Mike Dean
Writer/Composer: Reverend W.A. Donaldson, Mike Dean & Kanye West

5. No Mistakes
Producer: Che Pope, Kanye West & Mike Dean
Writer/Composer: Slick Rick, Mike Dean, Edwin Hawkins, Che Pope & Kanye West

6. Ghost Town
Producer: Francis & The Lights, Benny Blanco, Kanye West & Mike Dean
Writer/Composer: Trade Martin, Mike Dean & Kanye West

7. Violent Crimes (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
Producer: Kanye West
Writer/Composer: DeJ Loaf, Ty Dolla $ign, Nicki Minaj & Kanye West