It’s Britney, Bitch!!

Anyone who knows me from school days knows that music was, is and always will be my life!! From going to as many live concerts as possible (Check out my review section) to religiously checking I had my trusty cassette player with me.

Growing up in London as black teenager, I was often judged for listening to pop music such as NSYNC, Backstreet Boys and Britney to name a few yet my room was plastered with HipHop and Dancehall legends. I was the embodiment of Eclectic and didn’t give a damn.

Developing into a woman I encountered and survived many a bad relationship and Britney was always one of the strongest glues that put me back together. There is seriously nothing like listening to ‘Stronger’ with a chilled glass on Hennessey and coke in both hands.

I even worked ridiculous overtime so me and 3 friends (Shout out to Jennifer, Krystal and Christy) could go and see her live, a frickin dream come true a thousand times over.

So when I heard Britney was doing the BMA’s 2016 I honestly wanted to sit down and take a minute to calm myself and remember the road is tough but I will make it.

We all remember Britney in 2007, hell I even referenced it when I was in my last semester of university trying to make word counts and find the right bibliography style. This young woman has come so far I feel like we were by her side the whole way.

This picture is somewhat freeing if not completely intriguing as we see a beauty of the modern world literally shave off the reigns of the media and celebrity norms.

If any woman, anywhere in the world can’t relate this this need to liberate and be one’s self then my dear, the wave will soon reach. I’m not condoning or praising Britney’s spontaneous balding sesh but as many people have yet to understand celebrities are people and sometimes they crash and burn just like us, but they too can shine again.

So this is for you Britney, thank you for showing us your crazy and getting back to the star you always were….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snoop Dogg/Snoop Lion – Concert review

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Concert Review

Artist: Snoop Dogg/ Snoop Lion

Date: Thursday 5th June 2014

Location: 02 Academy Brixton

Concert Review

I usually love concerts at Brixton academy because there is a lot of space and an AMAZING decline towards the stage so you can see better the further away you are. This was not the case tonight! Once I was scanned in, I was met by a crowd of people that stretched as far as the eye could see. It was good for the artist of course as he could see the amount of support. Little moi had to retreat to a corner with my notepad and make do with what I could!!

Support Act

I came in during Wretch 32′s set,  wish I could have seen more but from what I could get he is a great UK artist as you can see that he;s truly grateful for the chance he has been given in music. He performed his first UK number ‘Don’t Go’ later recalling that he wrote the hit while living in Tottenham before he was famous and never imagined it would have made it this far. The Grime and UK Rapper raised in East London has worked his was up from underground to the mainstream, holding onto the respect he deserves. He closed his set with ‘Traktor’ in which he featured a Drum and Bass mix for good measure :D

Main Act

Just after 10pm, the DJ started playing songs to get us in the mood for Mr Doggy Dogg himself and the vibe so was nice in there it didn’t take long. Fans young and old, hardcore or newbies spanning across all races in random clouds of ‘wacky baccy,’ it was clear to see Snoop had the love. Greeting with an image representing his new found Rastafarian preference, he tall, lean presence soon graced us to the beat of ‘Here comes the King’ taken from his latest album ‘Reincarnated’. Over the past few years Snoop has got his touch with his spiritual side and found comfort and understand as a Rasta. Documented in a short film by the same name, we see Snoop Lion as he has been renamed, venture deep into the Jamaican hills seeking acceptance into the faith and embracing the culture.

On a whole I was intrigued to see how this new found religious aura would fit with the Gangster we all know and love and to my surprise it works well. Of course I can’t say the depth of the changes but from the outset, he is still true to himself as a musician yet never forgets to spread the knowledge of Rastafari. Even though he has received criticism since becoming a Rastafarian, I’m happy to see Snoop mature as a person and try to promote positivity in such a violent world but it would be sad to see him take advantage due to his inhaling preferences.

Before long we were taken on a musical journey back in time where Snoop made sure we were given all sides of the artist. With tracks like ‘The Next Episode’, ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’, ‘P.I.M.P’ , ‘Signs’ and ‘California Girls’ he catered to the mainstream audience and gave the hardcore fans songs like ‘Mary Jane’ , Gin And Juice’ , ’2 Of Amerika’s Most Wanted’, ‘ Who Am I’ and ‘Murder Was the Case’.

With a career spanning back to the 1990′s Snoop Dogg is a veteran in the entire HipHop world. Born Calvin Broadus Jnr, he has a love for American Football (he also coaches Little League teams now) but as many others growing up in Long Beach at that time, the call of the streets was louder. After brushes with the law in his teens years, Snoop and his close friends formed the group ’213′ and began to make history. Other 213 members were his cousin the late Nate Dogg and rapper Warren G.

Affliations with the Crips gang and close ties with rappers such as Dr Dre and the Late Tupac Shakur, Snoop kept his love for music out there, connecting with the reality of street life as well as his love for women and marijuana. The past 20 years have seen Mr Doggy Dogg go from strength to strength with numerous collaborations yet still trying to battle through encounters with the law. Snoop was famously banned from entering the UK following an incident at Heathrow Airport from 2006 until 2010. Matters were resolved and in 2011 Snoop Dogg played a concert in celebration at Brixton Academy (WHICH I WAS AT!!)

Fast forward to tonight, the concert was full of positive energy and good vibes as we began to see the ‘reincarnation’ of Snoop Dogg as he progressed into Snoop Lion. He closed the show with his happy go lucky anthem ‘Young, Wild and Free’ before reminding us ‘to smoke weed’, as you do!!( Each to their own!)

It will not be a quick change as he has 20 years of archives to bring with him. The man we saw tonight, with his neat dreads and smooth dance moves, whether you refer to him as the Dog or the Lion, Snoop is still the man!!!

I would be shocked if you didn’t know at least 1 of these songs but here is your homework!

Enjoy xoxo

Wretch 32 feat Josh Kumra – Don’t Go

Snoop Dogg – Who Am I (What’s My Name)

Snoop Dogg feat Pharrell – Drop It Like It’s Hot

Dr Dre feat Snoop Dogg, Nat Dogg and others – The Next Episode

Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa feat Bruno Mars – Young, Wild and Free

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snoop Dogg/Snoop Lion – Concert review was originally published on The Many Words Of Aic3la

Schoolboy Q feat T.D.E Artists – Concert Review

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Concert Review

Artist: Schoolboy Q

Date: Thursday 29th May 2014

Location: Electric Brixton, London

Concert Review

I arrived at the Electric Brixton after 9 o clock just as the T.D.E (Top Dawg Entertainment) artist Isaiah Rashad finished so I can’t comment on his performance but judging by the aura from the crowd, he warmed the stage up indeed!! It was almost as hype as when the main act came on!! ALMOST!!

The venue itself was a bit overcrowded in my opinion. I previously saw 2 Chainz at the same venue and even though a packed audience is what artists want, the experience at Electric Brixton was a bit too close for comfort….

The main man Mr Q came on stage just after 10 o’clock fulfilling the anticipation on the sold out crowd. I have only jumped onto the Schoolboy bandwagon in the past few months but was pleased to see he had an array of fans singing along to his archives. He himself is a very creative and energetic rapper. Not too in your face but knows what his strengths are and that’s what he did tonight.

Following his previous UK appearance supporting Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q vocalised his gratitude for our support enabling to headline his own worldwide tour. YOUR WELCOME!!

Born within a military base in Germany and raised in L.A, California following his parents separation, real name Qunicy Hanley was heavily influenced by the gang lifestyle around him. Even though he had good grades and a passion for American Football, the street lifestyle soon took a hold and he dabbled in drug dealing and so forth. Picking up an an undisclosed charge at 21, Schoolboy Q was driven by the freedom of rap,continued perfecting his craft until he felt comfortable enough to leave the hood life and be a rapper.

Early on in his career, Q had some controversial beef with rapper 40 glocc which inevitably gained him fans in the hip hop world. His rise to fame increased over the years as he released various mixtapes and albums including ‘Setbacks’ leading up to 2012. In that year he came out with ‘Habits and Contradictions’ which featured artist such as A$AP Rocky and Currensy amongst others. At present he has one to the most critically acclaimed albums titled ‘Oxymoron’ which delves into his personal musical style as well as featuring various other hip hop artists.

The whole vibe of the concert was very edgy as he dropped songs such as ‘There He Go’ and other classics before mixing it up with recent hits such as ‘Collard Greens’ and ‘Gangsta’. In his trademark white Tee and fisherman hat, Schoolboy Q sure knows how to put on show. In case we zoned out for a second he quickly reminded us that we were not at an opera and we should ‘TURN UP’ a.k.a GO CRAZY!!

The show drew to a close when he threw down ‘Man Of The Year’,’ Oxymoron’ and ‘ Break The Bank’, the beat bouncing was immense and you could tell he was genuinely grateful for the energy in the venue. Whether you are a hardcore T.D.E Follower or a you have just joined in with crew, you will not be disappointed!

He may have started off as support act in the past but Schoolboy Q can definitely hold his own! :D

HOMEWORK!!

xoxo

Isaiah Rashad – I Shot You Down

Schoolboy Q – Man Of The Year

Schoolboy Q feat Kendrick Lamar – Collard Greens

Schoolboy Q – There He Go

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schoolboy Q feat T.D.E Artists – Concert Review was originally published on The Many Words Of Aic3la

Nelly – Concert Review

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Concert Review

Artist: Nelly

Date: Thursday 8th May 2014

Location: The Forum, Kentish Town

Concert Review

Has been a while since i been to The Forum and in true THROWBACK THURSDAY style i went to see an artist who i have been wanting to see live for around 10 years!! The ‘Hot in Here’ man himself Nelly performed a one-off show and yes i was in there losing my voice with everyone else.

We had to wait a while for Nelly to come on but we were well entertained with DJ Swerve keeping the groove in the house. The venue was full by showtime came around and as the location boasts, the crowd was full of an eclectic mix of people.

Bursting onto the scene in 2000, Texas born, Missouri raised Nelly put his hometown of St Louis on the rap – map which had been dominated by the West, East and South coasts. With his unique rhyming slang, vocabulary and his boys firmly at his side, Cornell Hayes Jnr (aka Nelly) was ready to take on the world. After forming a HipHop ‘St Lunatics’ crew in high school, Nelly had a taster of the rapper lifestyle and after a slight setback (no record deal) he decided to go solo.

Over the past decade Nelly has gone from strength to strength, had an on/off relationship with R&B Ashanti, started a clothing line and starred in various advertising campaigns. He also set up an organisation to educate society about bore marrow diseases and the lack of donors, inspired by his sister’s plight with leukaemia, sadly she passed away in 2005. Not letting anything take away from his dream, he made sure that he gives back to the community in more ways than one.

The infamous plaster, Nelly wore on his cheek in the early part of his career was an ode to his younger brother and fellow St Lunatics Member ‘City Spud’ who was serving a lengthy jail sentence at the time.

In true Nelly style, he compacted years of material into an amazing set that definitely made up for his absence on our shores. Kicking things off with ‘Party People’, we were taken into a hype as he ran through hits such as ‘E.I’, ‘Country Grammar’, ‘Shake Ya Tailfeather’. I had an amazing sing along with some people I met to ‘Hey Porscha’, didn’t realise I was still so hardcore!! (doing my 15yr old self proud!) He included some other material which included ‘I’m so Faded’ and ‘Move that Body’ which kept the crowd in the zone with a fresh vibe.

As the show went on Nelly thanked us for sticking by him all this time and that we should to continue to support new music and gave advice to new artists to keep trying to reach their dreams. A highlight of the show was the crowd integration, Nelly pulled 3 ladies onto the stage and after various conversations, proceeded to serenade each one to his classics ‘Body On Me’, All In My Head’ and ‘Dilemma’. The looks on their faces were priceless as Nelly twirled and grinded with them….. (not jealous at all!!) Either way he was a good artist for doing that, some artists just expect you dance for/on them but he actually took the time out to do something different and unique.

The closing hits were somewhat sentimental as he wanted to show his gratitude as well as get the party started. The infamous ‘Hot in Here’ tore the house down and as Nelly took off his top SADLY many others felt the need to follow suit. I’m all for liberation but please, keep it civilised!! That song had us all jumping and singing along like it came out yesterday, timeless!!! On a more sombre note he spoke about his fight to get where he is now and closed the show with ‘Just A Dream’.

I know I’m biased as I am already a fan but this was an excellent show of MidWest’s finest, he made sure he came in top form to deliver the goods and as the saying goes: BETTER LATE THAN NEVER!!!! ❤

HOMEWORK TIIIIMMMEEEEE!!!

XOXO

Musicalize presents Eve and Lil Kim – Concert Review

Eve and Lil Kim

Artist: Eve and Lil Kim feat guests

Date: Friday 22nd November 2013

Location: Indig02

Concert Review

I arrived to the venue just before the main support act graced the stage. Radio 1xtra’s Ace and Vis made sure the crowd were warmed up ready to get the part started.

Krept and Konan are a UK hiphop act from South London making their mark on the music scene. They did a very well received set and no doubt these MOBO award winners will continue to grow and develop in the industry. I’ll include a link to one of their hits below to educate ya 😀

So onto the main acts…..

Firstly i must say that this is up there with one of the greatest concerts of my life, (and i have been to looooads!) not only because it was 2 of my favorite artists but for me it was amazing to see the support of 2 female rappers who have been in an out of the limelight for years, still carry the torch strong as ever.

First out, was Ruff Ryder’s first lady E-V-E, rocking an all black outfit complete with thigh high boots and a white chinchilla scarf (i think…) she exploded onto the stage with ‘Ruff Ryder’s Anthem.’ The crowd went absolutely loco and it was full steam ahead from there. With a bit of crowd interaction, Eve dropped some old classics including ‘Rock You’, ‘Rich Girl’ and the award winning ‘Blow Ya Mind’ as well as some new tracks from her upcoming album, Lip lock, definetly worth checking out when it’s released!

Eve a.k.a Eve Jeffers burst onto a male dominated hip hop scene in 1999 after a entering the scene as a vocalist with various hits and collaborations as well as a brief signing with Dr Dre’s aftermath Records. She found her feet with Ruff Ryders and became the woman we all know and love. With albums ‘Let there be Eve…. Ruff Ryder’s First Lady’ and Scorpion, Eve gave a female edge to a gritty genre where women where often degraded and put down, she wasn’t having any of that! And we love her for it!

Closing her set she invited a few lucky ladies up on stage and instructed us all to raise a hand as we all proceeded to ‘Shake our Tambourines’ . I couldn’t have imagined a better show from her as she kept it real as well as showed us how far she has come as an artist.

And to my delight…. THE NIGHT WASN’T OVER YET!!

After an interlude with Ace and Vis, we limbered up nicely to be graced with royalty herself, the infamous Lil Kim a.k.a Queen B. Once the theatrical curtains dropped, the stage was set with to Royal Guards, stood to attention (THE WHOLE SET!!) as she created a london-esque vibe on stage.

The live band in the background then began to play her hit ‘Whoa’ and then out of nowhere, dressed in her own ‘Royal Guard Uniform’ Lil Kim burst into action to our delight. She is definitely true to her name in stature but WOW she is nothing small!! With each song she interacted with us, enjoying every moment. It is very rare that you see a rapper actually enjoy their set and sing along to the music instead of just perform. I mean we do pay to see them but they are people too!

Kimberly Jones, a Brooklyn native, began her career on the streets of New York where she rapped to escape her reality and eventually her talents led her into the path of infamous rapper Notorious B.I.G. A controversial relationship with the rapper exposed her to a new lifestyle and she eventually joined his crew Junior M.A.F.I.A and her notoriety grew from there. Her 1st solo album ‘Hardcore’ broke all kinda of rules with an explicit cover and full of sexually charged lyrics that blew the heads of audiences worldwide, it was the beginning of the Queen B we know now.

Inspired by Diana Ross early on in her career, Lil Kim has never failed to wow us with some showstopping outfits that will go down in Hip Hop history. Her most famous Lilac ‘one boob dress complete with nipple cover flower’ was recently worn by Miley Cyrus for Halloween showing that her image is timeless, however daring!

She took us way back to the beginning with hits like ‘Drugs’, ‘Magic Stick’ ‘Crush on You’, ‘How Many Licks’ which threw the crowd into a frenzy. She was still the fierce woman who all knew and loved and we could genuinely feel the love she brought to the stage. Another side that was coming through was her vocal ability as a singer, as well as ‘Lady Marmelade’ she gave us covers of Rihanna’s classic ‘Man Down’ and in homage to her hometown Alicia Key’s ‘New York’. Now we knew she could hold a tune but her singing is coming along nicely.

Mid Set she brought out a new Artist by the name of ‘Tiffany Foxx’ (every bit as Foxxy as her name!) Wwo performed a few tracks with Queen B. She recently signed to Lil Kim’s IRS label so expect to hear more from Ms Foxx soon.

Probably my fave part of the set was when she did her Dancehall inspired song ‘Lighters Up’ and made us all do a verse accapella along with her. Needless to say there were some painful silences but she was determined to teach it to us and 3rd time round we all got it and she continued with the track, lit up by lighters and mobile phone lights.

After thanking everyone for coming out, including D – her hairstylist and The CEO Girls her dancers, straight outta London! she closed the show with ‘All About The Benjamins’.

Overall both women made my dreams come true and did themselves justice tonight. In a time where Us artists are touring the UK more it is so good to see old school hip hop still remember us and come over.

As always peeps here are some classics to enjoy!

xoxo

Eve – Tambourine

Lil Kim – Lighters Up

Krept & Konan – Don’t Waste my Time