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Revisiting Republica’s March Release “Christiana Obey”

Posted by Shamir Lee on 12/13 at 02:49 PM

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Okay, so I’m a little late on this, but better late than never, right? 90s band Republica released a new track this past March called “Christiana Obey.” The song is a dark track that is reminiscent of their earlier sound. It’s hard to tell exactly what this song is about, but I interpret it as a message of a woman who possesses two personalities, good and evil. Christiana is the evil side. She must be tamed and forced to “obey” the good side’s behavior and actions. If my interpretation is correct, this is a very interesting song. It’s personally very relatable. It’s too bad it won’t receive more airplay. They retain their 90s sound, almost too much, which wouldn’t fit in with the only somewhat 80s/90s-inspired (but not half as creative) music of today.

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Mack Wilds: Actor Turned Singer

Posted by Jessica Gold on 12/11 at 05:07 PM

Mack Wilds, also know as Tristan Wilds is moving his way up the R&B music ladder. This triple-treat is now focusing his attention towards a singing and production career, although he has been in the spotlight for his acting skills since about 2005. Wilds began his acting career in the N’s drama mini-series, Miracle Boys and then appeared in the HBO Drama television series, The Wire in 2006. Wilds played a pre-teen student by the name of Michael Lee. A few years later, Wilds joined the cast of the CW drama series, 90210 as Dixon Wilson. The 24-year-old can also be seen in films such as: Red Tails, a film about the Tuskegee Airmen, The Secret Life of the Bees as Dakota Fanning’s love interest, and an independent film called Half Nelson.

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Iggy Azalea Releases New Club Banger “Leave It”

Posted by Jessica Gold on 12/09 at 05:08 PM

23-year-old Australian rapper, Iggy Azalea, just released a hot new jam produced by DJ Mustard, according to Global Grind. It’s called “Leave It,” and the bass on the track is crazy. It will definitely have your speakers bumping. It’s a pretty simple song but the flow of her bars and the hook make it very catchy.

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12 Songs for December

Posted by Shamir Lee on 12/05 at 04:18 PM

December isn’t only reserved for holiday tunes and festive melodies. You can listen to all types of music during this time. And quite frankly, I get tired of hearing all of the Christmas songs all over the radio. So instead of a typical holiday playlist, here’s a list of some songs I can’t get off my mind. A few of them fall under the holiday category, but overall they are in the pop realm. Here are 12 songs for the 12th month of the year.

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Flashback to 1991: “How Can I Ease the Pain”

Posted by Shamir Lee on 11/20 at 05:15 PM

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The 90s brought forth slow ‘jamz,’ sleek music videos, and a more subdued attitude compared to the prior decade. This attitude change did not only occur in the R&B world, but also in rock as well, with the death of hair metal and the bursting popularity of the mellow, somewhat depressing sounds of grunge. However, R&B and soul was where it was most apparent. Lisa Fischer’s 1991 hit, “How Can I Ease the Pain,” is very representative of this.

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Chris Brown Releases “X-Files” EP, Five New Songs Today

Posted by Jessica Gold on 11/19 at 05:44 PM

Chris Brown’s sixth studio album, X was set to release on Tuesday, November 19, after being pushed back from its original July 16 release date. However, his fans will have to wait until Tuesday, December 3 now. It has been about a year and a half since Brown released his last album Fortune which debuted #1 on the Billboard 200. Since the album has been delayed twice, Brown promised his fans via Twitter that he will release five new songs on November 19, TODAY. It has been released in the form of the EP X-Files.

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Future’s New Music “Real and True” Video is Quite Odd

Posted by Jessica Gold on 11/14 at 03:52 PM

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I’ve officially witnessed one of the weirdest music videos ever. And trust me, I’ve seen some pretty strange music videos such as Drake’s “Find Your Love” and Sage The Gemini’s “Gas Pedal.” But Future has surpassed these artists. His new single, “Real and True” featuring Miley Cyrus and Mr. Hudson is actually an OK song, but the music video left me feeling dazed and confused.

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Five Songs for November

Posted by Shamir Lee on 11/13 at 03:45 PM

November has brought on the stress, the dark moods, and the anxiety for the end of the semester and approaching school breaks that don’t seem to be coming quickly enough. I find myself listening to more music than usual to calm myself down and distract me from reality. There are five songs in particular that have been taking me into another world, where I almost forget about my true responsibilities. I would like to say that’s a good thing, but my grades and class attendance may say the opposite.

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Langston’s Hughes’ Black Nativity Turned Film Set to Premiere Nov. 27th

Posted by Jessica Gold on 11/07 at 05:50 PM

On Sunday, my TV just happened to be on while I was doing my homework, and the commercial for Black Nativity appeared across my screen. I automatically stopped doing my homework, and my eyes were glued to the TV because the film looks like it’s going to be really good.

Black Nativity stars: Jennifer Hudson, Jacob Latimore, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Tyrese Gibson, Mary J. Blige, Nas and many more. The screenplay for the original musical was written by the renowned Langston Hughes, but the 2013 film version was written and directed by Kasi Lemmons.

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Blacklisted Me releases new ‘dark pop’ material

Posted by Shamir Lee on 11/06 at 05:06 PM

Lexus Amanda, the one woman show behind Blacklisted Me, has recently released a new song, “Freak Like Me,” from her upcoming album. The album title and release date is yet to be revealed, but based on the official Facebook page, the material will possess a dark pop sound, notably different from Blacklisted Me’s past releases.

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Beiber’s New Single About Selena Gomez?

Posted by Jessica Gold on 11/03 at 08:27 PM

Justin Beiber released his new single, “Recovery,” last Monday as a part of MTV’s Music Mondays. According to mtv.com, Beiber sings “First, I’ll acknowledge/ All trust has been broken/ A successful recovery/ I pray for us at night.” “Grant me with a second chance/ Never thought I’d see your face again/ Learning life through trial and error/ Just tryna make it right.” He also sings about his “girl” giving him a second chance. But who is this girl he speaks of? Well, I think he’s referring to his old flame, Selena Gomez, but I could be wrong. It only makes sense that this song is an apology and plead for a fresh start with Gomez because she is the only woman he has publicly been in a relationship with.

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My Top 10 Horror Film Themes

Posted by Shamir Lee on 10/30 at 04:20 PM

So it’s about that time. Haunted houses, scary costumes, horror film countdowns, it’s the month of Halloween. October is all about the horror. While others may be excited to get candy or dress up in scantily clad outfits and drink until they can’t remember the night before, I’m excited to watch my favorite horror movies. Every weekend I curl up with a big bowl of popcorn and have a scary movie marathon. Sometimes it lasts longer than the month of October, and sometimes it starts before October even begins, six months before. The gore, the cheap scares, and the psychological twists never fail to entertain, well, most of the time. But what’s a good horror film without a great score? The music is what creates the eerie atmosphere. These are a few theme songs that I can’t forget. You might have to sleep with the lights on tonight.

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On Repeat: 3 Songs I Can’t Stop Listening To

Posted by Shamir Lee on 10/23 at 11:03 AM

I love it when I discover new songs. There are some songs that get played out in a day, but then there are others that never get old, and I think I found three new ones that fit into that category. I’ve had them on repeat daily, and they’ve been stuck in my head day and night. Usually, I want a song to get out of my head. In this case, I’m happy they’re stuck, and wouldn’t mind if they stayed forever.

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Jhene Aiko to Release New EP & Album

Posted by Jessica Gold on 10/17 at 04:46 PM

Hip-hop’s songstress, Jhene Aiko will be releasing a new EP called Sail Out on November 12th, and a highly awaited debut album, Souled Out in 2014. Aiko just released the tracklist and artwork for her EP which is comprised of seven songs. The EP includes “Bed Peace,”Aiko’s new single featuring Childish Gambino. However, the tracklist for Souled Out has not yet been released.

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The Music of “Gravity”

Posted by Shamir Lee on 10/16 at 11:56 AM

When a film relies on silence, how can it have such an amazing score as Gravity? The film was released in the US on October 4th to critical acclaim. Part of the reason for the positive reception was the music. In order to properly depict life in space, while also promoting the dramatic elements and intense moments, silence had to be incorporated in a way that was still audible. Expressing this silence through music was one of the film’s greatest achievements. Director Alfonso Cuaron stated “We knew we needed to express silence. We didn’t want the score to be descriptive, but psychological and emotional. We composed a score which is expressive of surroundings. Here the music is moving around you all the time.” In charge of this incredible task was British composer Steven Price.

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