Honorable mentions from mainstream music this week are 21 Savage’s I AM> I WAS and The-Dream’s three-sided Ménage à Trois. The-Dream’s album is centered around physical intimacy, while 21’s album is more personal in the aspect that the rappers speaks on experiences that inspired his growth in certain area in life, while choosing to remain true in other areas— necessarily so.Both albums are pretty diverse in sound, 21’s album being more so trap and The-Dream’s RnB.
This week mainstream received a very transparent single for Kodak Black, two new albums from southern rapper, Gucci Mane and East Coast Legend, Ice Cube along with a number of visuals, most notably Sean Paul’s Naked Truth featuring Jhené Aiko, and Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” which caused a massive upheaval with its “Mean Girls” movie concept.
Kelly, former Destiny’s Child member turned solo artist, is finally back with new music and the wait was definitely worth while. Kelly’s new self-titled single is a celebration of her life to date that showcases her beautiful tone. It is unclear if the single will remain a standalone or not, but rumor has it, she and former group mate, Beyoncé have a joint album in the works. Whatever the case may be, I am here for it.