The Queen Returns

Though some (including Nicki herself) would say that she never really left, it has been 3+ years since we last had a Nicki Minaj album. A lot has happened in Nicki’s personal life in that time, and after such a hiatus expectations were high (especially due to the rise of another female rapper in Minaj’s “absence”).

Now the question that everyone’s wondering is of course, did she meet the expectations with her new album entitled Queen. And while that might depend on who you ask, the short answer in my opinion is yes!

Nicki starts the album off with a sultry opener reflecting on what’s happened in the time between her last album and now. Then teams up with Eminem (and Labrinth) for a song that while not quite Roman’s Revenge is still a great addition to her discography. The album also has notable appearances by Lil Wayne (no surprise there), Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Swae Lee, Future, and a surprise collaboration with Foxy Brown.

Queen has something for everyone, if you want to cry reflecting on past relationships you can. If you wanna talk your sh*t to some haters you can do that too. And if you just wanna get on the dance floor and show off, there are some club ready hits as well.

Overall I give Queen 4/5 stars.

Top 5 Songs (for now):

Barbie Dreams
Chun Swae (ft. Swae Lee)
LLC
Good Form
Hard White

Honorable Mention:

Sir (ft. Future)

 

Give it a listen for yourself here:

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Apple
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Relationship Songs to Jam Out To

Just some “current” songs for this winter season that I’ve had on heavy repeat

 

Knew Better Part Two

Overall Feel:

Fun. Starts off slow, but builds into a fun/braggy song. Know your worth!

Favorite lyrics:

Used to get to me mentally
I don’t fuck with your energy
If you knew better, you would do better
But you don’t know shit, so I’ll do better

So baby, this is what your soulmate look like
I look good, right?

 

Into You Remix

Overall Feel:

Also fun. Again starts slow, and builds. Sultry, lovey/dovey type feel. Very come hither!

Favorite Lyrics:

Hit me up when you’re feeling blue
And I tell how I’m feeling too, so you know
I just want to get into you
Right here in the living room
Let’s go

So baby, come light me up and maybe I’ll let you on it
A little bit dangerous, but baby, that’s how I want it
A little less conversation, and a little more touch my body
Cause I’m so into you, into you, into you
Got everyone watchin’ us, so baby, let’s keep it secret
A little bit scandalous, but baby, don’t let them see it
A little less conversation and a little more touch my body
Cause I’m so into you, into you, into you

 

Coldest Winter

Original is by Kanye West. But fell in love with the Pentatonix cover.

Overall Feel:

Sad subject matter, but the song itself is very fun. Starts slow, picks up speed, and slows it back down for the end.

Favorite Lyrics:

Memories made in the coldest winter
Goodbye my friend, will I ever love again?
Memories made in the coldest winter

Goodbye, my friend, I won’t ever love again
Memories made in the coldest winter

 

What Lovers Do

Overall Feel:

Classic pop song. Feels good, upbeat.

Favorite Lyrics:

Aren’t we too grown for games?
Aren’t we too grown to play around?
Young enough to chase
But old enough to know better
Are we too grown for changin’?
Are we too grown to mess around?
Ooh and I can’t wait forever baby
Both of us should know better

Let’s Talk About Lemonade

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When Beyoncé surprise released her self-titled album back in 2013 the world did indeed stop, and many wondered how and if she could top herself. Well since then Beyoncé fans and the world have seen the surprise release of Formation, followed by (another) Superbowl performance, and the Formation World Tour announcement (the tour is set to start this week). Finally culminating in the release of her latest album Lemonade. While her self-titled 2013 album let us inside the bedrooms, limousines, and kitchens the Carters’ occupied (and gave us some anthems that made us think, shout out to Pretty Hurts), Lemonade let’s us see inside of her marriage in a different way. Here we get to see the struggles, the good and the bad. Here the Beyoncé characterized as aloof, shows us that she is anything but. Addressing her relationships with her husband, her father, black womanhood, and so much more. I invite even the staunchest non-Beyoncé fan to give this album (and the visual film that comes along with it) a try.

– “I was served lemons but I made lemonade”

http://smarturl.it/LEMONADEitunes

http://smarturl.it/LEMONADEcd

http://lemonade.tidal.com/