With a new name, new sound and new EP, Dummie steps up with ‘Cafe Bleu’

Dummie, famously known as Dumbfoundead, released his latest EP and 10th solo project, “Cafe Bleu” Friday. In his interview with Complex, Dummie said "Café Bleu” is an imaginary neighborhood spot where everyone is free to come hang out. Nobody needs to know your name or your history and you can figure out your next moves in life without judgment,” Dummie said. The first song on the album, “Cafe Bleu Theme” set the tone for his new sound. Dummie changed his style and experimented with a new concept — a chill coffee house vibe — while still sticking to a 90’s hip-hop feel. The album and song title are ironic because Cafe Bleu is a real bar in Koreatown, Los Angeles, but in the song, Cafe Bleu is coined as an imaginary place. At first, I didn’t think the new sound fit him at all. I only continued listening to it to absorb the song and to understand what the rest of the album would sound like, but after listening to it a couple more times, I came to appreciate the song and his new sound due to how well the song set up the rest of the album. His title

By | 2018-11-07T22:33:43-07:00 Nov 7, 2018 | 10:33 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Music, Reviews|Tags: , , , |

Metro Boomin’s ‘Not All Heroes Wear Capes’ is the debut we’ve all been waiting for

After spending the majority of 2016 and 2017 riding high on the top of the Billboard charts, hip-hop producer Leland Tyler Wayne, known by his stage name Metro Boomin, had a relatively quiet 2018, after supposedly retiring earlier in April. Barely seven months later, he’s dropped his debut solo studio album “Heroes Don’t Wear Capes,” a project that defies expectations from an artist who only continues to raise the bar. Production mastermind for mega-hits such as “Bad and Boujee” by Migos, “Jumpman” by Drake and Future and “Congratulations” by Post-Malone, among many more, young Boomin has commanded a significant influence over the modern popular hip-hop scene in only a few years. He’s never once lent his voice to a track, but hip-hop fans and casuals everywhere know his name. You’ll hear it chanted by crowds at shows where he never once makes an appearance, said on the radio by an artist likely not even on the track, praised everywhere by music critics and artists alike. For a producer, trying to release a coherent solo project that truly represents your voice when you don’t have a singular vocalist to rely on creates a complex challenge to overcome. The literal voice on

By | 2018-11-06T23:50:50-07:00 Nov 6, 2018 | 11:50 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Music, Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Takeoff soars above expectations on his solo debut

When Atlanta trio Migos blew up in the mainstream in late 2016 with the massive success of their number 1 single, “Bad and Boujee” the internet was ablaze with memes making fun of the exclusion of member Kirshnik Khari Ball, also known as Takeoff, from the track. People making the same “Takeoff, more like Leftoff” joke were shut down when the trio’s second studio album, “Culture,” dropped in January 2017, featuring verses and hooks from Takeoff so strong you’d swear he was the leader of the group. Migos’ popularity has only further skyrocketed them into the stratosphere of living legends, but Takeoff’s place in the group has constantly remained under fire, especially on social media. Quavo and Offset, with their respective abilities to crafty catchy hooks, have both spent the last two years featuring on other popular artist’s tracks, successfully establishing their public identities outside of Migos. Less than a month after Quavo’s bloated hour-long debut “Quavo Huncho,” Takeoff released “The Last Rocket,” a concise 35 minutes of well-executed ideas that make a solid argument for his ability to stand as an artist entirely in his own league. The album has no feature performances outside of Quavo on “She Gon

By | 2018-11-05T21:00:15-07:00 Nov 5, 2018 | 9:00 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Music, Reviews|Tags: , , , , , |

Jeremiah and Ty Dolla $ign drop album full of A-list songs

This past Friday, new school R&B singers Ty Dolla $ign and Jeremih dropped one of the best collab albums of 2018 underlining old school sounds. With features from Chris Brown, French Montana  and Wiz Khalifa, the two singers took their time in creating their newest album, “MIH-TY.” Ty Dolla $ign is known for his features and catchy hooks while Jeremih is known for one hit wonders and “MIH-TY” was the perfect comeback for Jeremih because he’s been off the grid until recently. Each of the 11 songs on the album have a sampled baseline from tracks such as “Risin’ to the Top,” by Keni Burt. The first half of the album is more soulful while the other half is more trap-soul and with only two features, the two singers mastered the entire album. The first song on the album, “The Light” is the most popular song on the album and came out before the full album released, garnering 5.8 million views on YouTube. For late night vibes or when you’re just cruising down the freeway late at night passing the colorful buildings in downtown Los Angeles, “Goin Thru Some Thangs” provides a calmness to the mind, body and soul. This

By | 2018-10-30T21:58:47-07:00 Oct 30, 2018 | 9:58 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Music, Reviews|Tags: , , , , , |

‘Mono’ uncovers the singular sound of RM

RM, the South Korean rapper and leader of Korean group BTS released his second solo project, “Mono” on Monday. Unlike his previous mixtape “RM,” “Mono” gives listeners a more revealing, softer and raw version of himself. RM or, Kim Namjoon, surprised fans when he tweeted a handwritten tracklist and release date for his self-proclaimed playlist on Oct. 20 which initially had fans scratching their heads — why a playlist versus a mixtape? The evidence is found directly in the sound and atmosphere of the album: “Mono” is a carefully curated set of songs handpicked by RM himself. In the traditional sense, playlists are created to give something special and personalized to a person in a display of affection or love. This perfectly translates in “Mono.” The playlist opens with “Tokyo,” an all-English song that begins with a sorrowful piano later accompanied by RM’s smooth, baritone vocals. “Do I miss myself, do I miss your face/ I don’t know, I don’t know.” Throughout the entirety of the song, RM speaks of the loneliness he feels not being with the person he wants to be with, and how he “can’t sleep” without being with them. Isolation isn’t a new theme that RM

By | 2018-10-22T22:55:51-07:00 Oct 22, 2018 | 10:55 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Music, Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |
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