Posts Tagged ‘5reasons’

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with Maroon 5. On the one hand, they cite folks like Stevie and Prince as their influences. On the other, they do them absolutely no justice, often trotting out work that’s so derivative yet bastardized, it sounds like Stevie as performed by the house band on Dancing With the Stars.

On the one hand, I can’t stand Adam Levine. He irritates the royal shit out of me, despite the fact that I could never be bothered to learn more about him than that he sings in that shitty band that’s somehow got multiple entries on my iPod. On the other, they’ve somehow managed to get multiple entries on my iPod.

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Antwan “Big Boi” Patton, the bassier, smoother, more soulful half of Atlanta Hip-Hop giants OutKast, is set to release his first solo album, Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty on July 6. While he’s released a solo album (“Speakerboxxx”) under the group’s name, this will be his first studio release under his own name. He may not have Andre 3000 this time, but he’s brought a bunch of friends along for his debut release on Def Jam, where he’s been reunited with former mentor and label head L.A. Reid. 

I should be excited. Problem is, I’m a little concerned. Here are 5 reasons why:

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KelisFleshToneKelis Rogers-Jones, the baddest chick to come out of a musical era that didn’t particularly value badness, is back. From her beginnings working exclusively with the Neptunes to her stellar later work with Raphael Saadiq and Dallas Austin, Kelis has been one of the bravest, most consistently genre-defying artists of the past decade. And now she’s set to return on July 6 with Flesh Tone, her first release on Will.i.am’s eponymous record label.

I should be excited. Problem is, I’m not. Here are 5 reasons why: 

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Dwele (Andwele Gardner, if you nasty) is one of the most influential voices in Hip-Hop today — an especially notable accomplishment, considering he’s a Neo-Soul singer. And I say this not just because he’s one of my favorite artists. From Common to Kanye to Foxy, when you want a great voice on a Hip-Hop track, Dwele has become that artist you hope is available. Why? He’s part of a growing crop of Soul artists with styles firmly rooted in Hip-Hop. Yes, he’s absolutely brilliant on Quiet Storm cuts with folks like Boney James(!!), but he’s at his best on the songs that hint at his past as an MC. Luckily, that’s 80% of his catalog. I expect nothing less of his latest offering, W.ants W.orld W.omen, slated for a June release. 

I’m excited. You should be too. Here are 5 reasons why: 

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Following the the brilliant Metropolis Suite I of IV: The Chase EP, Janelle Monáe is set to return this Tuesday with The ArchAndroid, intended as Suites II and III of her Metropolis saga.

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