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.
Someway, somehow the internet has been graced with new music from TDE’s empress, SZA. While SZA has publicly spoken on a complete project, she has yet to reveal any specifics. What I was able to gather about her upcoming project, an EP supposedly entitled, Honesty, is that it will consist of 5 tracks, 4 of which I was lucky enough to hear (smiles). BUT, because I am a SZA “stan”, I am choosing to share only one of the 5 tracks, the original version of “Love Galore”, which still features Travis Scott. The track list for Honesty is as followed:
Love Galore (Original) feat. Travis Scott
Back Together feat. Mark Ronson & Keith Parker
Die for You (Weeknd RMX)
There is no rumored release date, only speculation that the project may be one of a couple TDE projects to drop later this year.
Ariana Grande's controversial song, "God is a Woman", has an empowering visual to accompany its message.
Summer releases still remain thick as the summer fizzes out. Last week's mainstream notable mentions are as followed: Travis Scott's ASTROWORLD, Mac Miller's Swimming, H.E.R.'s I Used to Know Her: The Prelude, YG's Stay Dangerous and Iggy Azalea's Survive the Summer, all released on the 3rd. Travis Scott has been receiving the most buzz, but the others projects are definitely worth a listen too-- in fact I feel as though Mac Miller's album is the best of the bunch; however, each release has its own highlights. ASTROWOLD, which is centered around drugs and the realizations that happen while on them has awesome production, while Stay Dangerous which is rooted in rebellion, gang violence and misogynistic sex appeal has quality-dense features and really holds true to traditional west coast sound. Iggy's EP is another brag on herself. It's super sassy, cocky, and upbeat for the ladies who like to turn up and "feel" themselves. H.E.R.'s is the most diverse and rich in topics of discussion, ranging from social awareness to heartbreak. She also opens the album up with an unexpected performance on her track "Lost Souls". Mac Miller's Swimming has exquisite writing and musicality. On the album he discussed the different stages of depression and the vices used to cope with them as a part of a spiritual awakening, one that encourages him to own is truths without shame. I give Mac Miller's Swimming and H.E.R.'s I Used to Know Her 4 out of 4 flames and rest mentioned 3. Ella Mai also released her second single from her not yet released album and no rumored dates to my knowledge. The single continues the "head over heels" theme of her smash hit "Boo'd Up". Finally, we were blessed with two dope visuals, Wale's "Black Bonnie" and Drake's "In My Feelings". All in all, a great week for mainstream music.