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.

 

REVIEW: The Carters – Everything Is Love

Jay-Z and Beyonce are keeping up a family tradition, dropping a surprise album before anyone knew it was coming.

Rumours have long swirled about the creation of a collaborative Bey and Jay album. Last November, Jay told The New York Times that a project with Bey started coming together as they worked on 4:44 and Lemonade. “We were using our art almost like a therapy session,” he said at the time. “And we started making music together.” He explained that, because Bey’s music was progressing more quickly, Lemonade ended up coming out as opposed to the joint album that [they] were working on.

Jay disses the Grammys on “APESHIT,” rapping, “Tell the Grammys fuck that 0 for 8 shit.” (Jay was the most nominated artist at the 2018 ceremony, but was completely shut out.) He also confirms the rumour that he turned down a Super Bowl Halftime Show offer: “I said no to the Super Bowl/You need me, I don’t need you/Every night we in the end zone/Tell the NFL we in stadiums too.

Queen Bey calls out Spotify on the track “NICE.” She raps, “If I gave…two fucks about streaming numbers woulda put Lemonade up on Spotify. Fuck you,” referencing the fact that her 2016 album has never been available on the streaming platform. Jay refers to Meek Mill’s recent release from prison on “FRIENDS,” and on “HEARD ABOUT US,” Beyoncé sings the iconic line from Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy”: “If you don’t know, now you know, n*gga.”

The album seems to function as the last instalment in a sort of marriage trilogy that began with Beyonce’s, “Lemonade” and her widely discussed stories of infidelity, continued with Jay’s tales of remorse on his “4:44” last year. Apparently, the story reaches a happy ending with “Everything Is Love.”

 

 

REVIEW: Nas – NASIR

When the legendary lyricism of Nas is combined with the legendary production of Kanye West, two things are bound to happen: the fans are going to go crazy for the hype, and everyone is going to be waiting for the release. This is why instead of a an ordinary release, Nasir, the latest album from Nas, got it’s debut in the form of a listening party in Queensbridge Park on June 14th, with Mass Appeal’s YouTube Channel handling the livstream of the album’s debut. The album cover art was also revealed online, with the cover displaying a black & white image of five black boys standing against a brick wall with their hands up.

After listening to the production on the album, it’s easy to tell that a lot of love for his craft came from Kanye on this album, with Kanye being in rare form with strong production that is reminiscent of his older style while still being some of the best instrumentals released by him recently. Whether it’s the Slick Rick sample used “Cops” or the laid back smoothness of “Adam & Eve” and “Bonjour”, each instrumental on the album showcases Kanye’s talent as a producer, while also complimenting the style of flow of Nas perfectly.

Nas’ lyrical content, ability to tell a vivid story with his lyrics, and classic flow are in rare form as well. As one of hip hop’s most prolific storytellers, each track is filled Nas’ signature style hard hitting bars that come together to paint a picture while delivering his message. While there are not many guest features on the album, appearances from 070 Shake, Kanye West, and The- Dream are welcome and excellent additions to the album.

Fans who have been hyped for this album will be happy to know that this album is everything we have expected plus more.

 

XXXTentacion Shot In Miami

Controversial rapper XXXTentacion was shot in Miami by an unnamed gunman. The 20-year-old rapper was shopping for motorcycles in Miami when someone ran up to his car and shot him. According to witnesses, there were multiple shots fired.

As of now, TMZ is reporting that, based on account of witnesses, he has “no pulse” and appears “lifeless.” He has been rushed to the hospital but his condition is unknown at this point. The rapper is currently awaiting trial for domestic violence against his pregnant girlfriend.

UPDATED XXXTentacion has been pronounced dead

R.I.P