Doja Cat’s 2014 release, titled Purrr! was a subtle introduction to who Doja is…but not at her full potential. The five tracks are softer with a more dreamy R&B flare. But on her latest debut album Amala (her birthname), we hear the real Doja. Flooded with a suave blend of R&B and hip-hop backbeats, this album is nothing but straight fire. Not only are her rhythm’s catchy, but her lyrics are next level genius and even comedic at times. Songs like “Wine Pon You”, “Wild Beach”, and “Morning Light” are softer with more of a Kehlani feel to them. While “Candy” “Down Low” “Juicy” and “Tia Tamera” are hip-hop infused with massive hip-hop beats and wild lyrics. Doja recently dropped the video for her single “Juicy” but this time Tyga lends a hand on a quick verse. Check out the fruity video below:
In a recent interview with ENFNTS Terribles, the 23-year-old shed light on her debut album and the concepts behind it. “The album isn’t so much of a conceptual piece. It’s more of a compilation and I think it shows more of my versatility as an artist. The thing about the album is that I’ve written so many songs on that album that are from years and years ago. And there are some songs on it that were totally new, so the album consists of three phases in my life.”
Doja’s unique rhythm is unmatched and so advanced for someone new-ish to the industry. With over 2,000,000 monthly listeners, this California native is bound to catapult into major success going forward with her music career. Not only does Amala prove her diversity but her unique artistry as well. Doja refuses to put female entertainers in a box – she does whatever she wants, whenever she wants to.
Discography: Debut album; Trapsoul released Oct. 1 2015
If you’ve seen Kylie Jenner’s quick Snapchat vids of her lip-syncing lately, it’s probably to a Bryson Tiller song. I looked him up and fell in love. Hot damn, Tiller can SING.
He has perfected R&B with subtle rap and hip-hop elements making Trapsoul the perfect soundtrack to your love life. Each song is just as sultry as the next; keeping a mellow vibe. “So gimme all of you in exchange for me, just give me all of you in exchange for me, for me,” Tiller croons on “Exchange.” He blends poetic melodies with explicit rap content in a way that makes you appreciate rap as musical art. The swearing is subtle and adds a slight edge to his music.
Standout track, “Don’t” starts out with a spooky intro, then the bass kicks in as Tiller sweetly sings, “Don’t, don’t play with her don’t be dishonest.” The song talks about sweeping a girl off her feet and taking her away from the man who doesn’t treat her right. Ummmmm… yes please? Whether you’re enjoying a chill wine night at home or out on a fun date night, Bryson Tiller is the perfect sound.
Chris Brown’s album, X was released last year and further showed off his musical skill into the dance world, starting with the heavy track “X”. This song builds into something crazyyyyyy good. Brown sings low, “If you’re only as good as the company you keep, then imma blame you for what they say about me.” Quiet and calm verses tell a story of a broken relationship and the release comes during the chorus as Brown yells, “I swear to God I’m moving on, I ain’t go back no more.” With a hard hip-hop beat underlined with some dance/electro sounds-Brown has himself another banger. The beauty of the verses serve as the perfect contrast to the emotional and angry chorus. “X” is what music with meaning sounds like.
Key Materials: Destroyed soft knit cotton construction
Shoe Situation: Adidas
“IV. Sweatpants” comes off Gambino’s album titled, Because the Internet (2013). Clever jabs, arrogance, and swag are the main themes of this song. “I’m winnin’, yeah, yeah, I’m winnin’, rich kid, a**hole, paint me as a villain.” Gambino doesn’t care what you think about him, his upbringing, or anything he does for that matter. “Sweatpants” is the classic hip-hop song too thick and gnarly to not get addicted to. The music video features Gambino looking somewhat fed up with today’s society-stuck in the same routine everyday, walking into the same diner filled with the same people that were there before; “I got more tail than that PetCo, you faker than some Sweet’N Low, Yeah, you got some silverware, but really are you eating though?” This is Gambino’s attempt to break the mold and “do you”.