My Top 5 Massive Attack Jamz

massiveMassive Attack is fucking fantastic! The legendary musical pioneers have an infectious sound that is equally poetic, and gorgeous. I’m working on a few posts for the blog that are MA themed, so stay tuned. In the meantime let’s get to these jamz!

5. Safe From Harm- The opening beat is seductive and raw. And the vocals? Lawd!!!! The vocals were soulful and sophisticated. Love this!

4. Paradise Circus- A sinfully delicious jam that will intoxicate all who hear it.

3. Dissolved Girl- Lush. Layered. Inviting. And beautifully dark.

2. Saturday Come Slow- The intro has an acoustic guitar with the prettiest tone. It’s such a somber and tender song.

1. Mezzanine- I would love to bathe myself in the notes of this song. Fucking hell, it’s everything! 3D and Daddy G are the owners of the sexiest voices in music. Those mofo’s will pull you in and won’t let go. This song owns me, seriously.

If you’re a fan please share your fav jamz by the band.

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Listening Party: Janet Jackson

JanIcon. Trailblazer. Legend. This Listening Party features the music of my QUEEN, Janet Jackson! I’ve been a fan of hers my ENTIRE life. I remember rocking a hoop earring with a key just like she did when I was younger. And I always tried to copy all the dance moves in her videos. I’ve been blessed to see her several times in concert, and she always puts on one hell of a show. Janet deserves to be celebrated and revered because she is fucking amazing!!!

1. If

2. No Sleep

3. You

4. Nasty

5. Warmth

6. So Excited

7. Trust A Try

8. Rhythm Nation

9. Velvet Rope

10. Rock With U

11. Control

     12. This Time

     13. Feedback

     14. What About

     15. Any Time Any Place

     16. All Nite (Don’t Stop)

     17. I Get Lonely

     18. My Baby

     19. Show Me

     20. All For You

     21. Escapade

     22. That’s The Way Love Goes

23. Rope Burn

24. Again

25. The Pleasure Principle 

26. Feedback

27. Black Cat

28. Strawberry Bounce

29. Come On Get Up

30. Go Deep

31. Miss You Much

32. This Body

33. Son Of A Gun…

34. Got Till It’s Gone

35. That’s The Way Love Goes

36. Come Back To Me

37. The Body That Loves You

38. China Love

39. Because Of Love

40. Would You Mind

41. When I Think Of You

42. What Have You Done For Me Lately

43. I Want You

     44. You Ain’t Right

     45. When We Oooo 

46. Scream (with Michael)

47. Someone To Call My Lover

48. Let’s Wait A While

49. Alright

50. Sexhibition 

51. Better Days

52. You Want This

Any Janet fans out there?! What are some of your fav jamz?

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5 Albums I’m Loving

Music has been rocking my world so hardcore as of late. 2018 has definitely been a year filled with dope new music. I just wanted to share the 5 albums that I’m obsessed with.

AM5. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino by Arctic Monkeys- I swear this album has psychotherapeutic powers, because I’m over here feeling all kinds of relaxed. Tranquility… has only been three days and I’m overdosing on it! I’m really digging the piano driven, chilled out jamz. All the tracks are drowning in seventies inspired dopeness, and I’m over here shook! Released May 11, 2018

Oceans 4. The Banished Heart by Oceans of Slumber- I’d been waiting patiently for this album, and since the release I’ve been playing it endlessly. OoS are incredibly talented and have created a modern day metal masterpiece. Each track is powerful, emotive, and unrelenting. Released March 2, 2018

apc3. Eat The Elephant by A Perfect Circle- I didn’t think we music fans would ever be blessed with another APC album, but dreams do come true, homies. Lol. From start to finish the listener is taken on a beautiful journey, that leaves you wanting more. The album is a bit different than what I expected. There’s ton of piano laced tracks, but I’m not complaining. Lyrically, musically, Eat The Elephant is damn near perfect. Released April 20, 2018

janelle 2. Dirty Computer by Janelle Monae- This album is bursting apart with technicolor. There are pop, alternative r&b, and hip-hop elements, and they’re giving me life! Each song is better than the one that came before it. I’m losing myself in its epicness! “Take A Byte” should be jammed to at a ridiculously high volume. Trust me! Released April 27, 2018

tess 1. Sonder by TesseracT- I discovered this progressive metal band on a YouTube reaction channel. I was instantly addicted to their sound. I needed this band’s music… because I’d been in a difficult season of depression. And they came and slayed my ass in the best way imaginable. Tess is an incredible fucking band! Sonder is an excellent mix of shadow and light. There are tunes that makes me want to throw up them horns, and then there’s songs that make me close my eyes, and just drift, ya dig? Released April 20, 2018

What albums are rocking your world?

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Current Reads #37

Hi, homies! I’m here to share the books that I’m currently reading. Let’s get started!

it endsIt Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover- According to some of the BookTubers I watch, this novel is best experienced without knowing too much. This is a romance with something extra I’m assuming. We’ll see how it goes.

letters Letters To The Moon: Poems by J.R. Rogue- Ms. Rogue’s poetry has the power to set souls on fire. The woman is deep as hell, y’all. I’ve loved every poetry collection of hers that I’ve read. This collection includes custom poems that she created for others. How cool is that? 🙂

d-cityD-City Underworld: Zontae’s Revenge by Annitia L. Jackson- When I heard there was an author writing cleverly-written urban/paranormal fiction, well, let’s just say I lost it! I love seeing women of color write outside the box that others put them-us (proud writer over here), in. This novel features a family running the underworld. Sounds hella good!

Please share with a sista what you guys are reading. I would love to know!

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Album Spotlight: Kelis Kaleidoscope

kelisHey, homies! For this edition of Album Spotlight, I’ll be shining a light on Kelis’ otherworldly debut album, Kaleidoscope. This album is trailblazing because not only were we introduced to a genre defying artist, but music fans also got their first tastes of The Neptunes sound which peppered each track.

Kelis’ sound is experimental, catchy, and just plain cool as hell. She was the first sista to do something really unique with music in the late nineties. Kelis wasn’t just a traditional R&B singer by any means. Kaleidoscope was released on December 7, 1999. The cover proudly displayed Kelis’ multicolored, natural curls, and a body covered in abstract colors and symbols.

Here are my top 5 jamz from the album.

5. Roller Rink- Ooh, this song jamz so hard! It’s a percussion-soaked, up-tempo monster with a nostalgic vibe. A feel- good song that makes you want to move your ass!

4. Caught Out There- A song for all the ladies who get mistreated by their significant others. A straight up banger! The chorus is legendary!

3. Get Along With You- Smooth. Eclectic. Evocative. Somber.

2. Mars- Danceable. Polished. Dope as hell.

1. Suspended- This song is deep, textured, and mesmerizing. Another one of those jamz that must be enjoyed in the dark.

Kaleidscope gets 5 out of 5 stars!

 

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Current Reads #36

Hi! Welcome to another edition of Current Reads! Last month was a pretty mediocre reading month, so I’m hoping that May will deliver me from the land of the reading slump. Lol. Let’s get started!

PrettyPretty Girls by Karin Slaughter- Usually a sista doesn’t like to read two books of the same genre, at the same time- I’m still reading Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes. However, I had to make an exception because the synopsis of this novel had me pulling out my debit card with a quickness!

“In this electrifying new stand-alone thriller, New York Times bestselling author Karin Slaughter—’one of the best crime novelists in America’ (The Washington Post)—delivers a chilling jolt of suspense. With a missing girl in the news, Claire Scott can’t help but be reminded of her sister, who disappeared twenty years ago in a mystery that was never solved. But when Claire begins to learn the truth about her sister, nothing will ever be the same.”

I’m so shook over this! Lol.

milk Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur- I won a copy of this poetry collection, and was so excited to receive it in the mail. I found several quotes from this poet on Pinterest and fell in love with her words. So far I’m digging Milk and Honey.

That’s it! I would love to know what my homies are currently reading. Let me know down in the comments.

Cheers, homies!

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Current Reads #35

Here’s the first Current Reads post for the new month, and I’m hyped! Yeah, April sucked, but I have a feeling that May will be a bossome reading month. Let’s get started!

IvieDearest Ivie by J.R. Ward- The Black Dagger Brotherhood series used to rule my universe. I couldn’t get enough of these books. Sadly, things have definitely change. I started feeling a disconnect from the series awhile back, which has completely shattered my heart. Dearest Ivie is a novella set in the world of the BDB, which I’m here for. Here’s the synopsis.

“The last place Ivie expects to be approached by a devastatingly handsome male is in a crowded, smoky cigar bar rarely frequented by vampires—yet here he stands. Silas is flirtatious, gallant, and, above all, mysterious. Ivie is anything but. A nurse at the healer’s clinic and the daughter of a biker, Ivie is accustomed to speaking her mind. So she does. Since aristocrats rarely pick up females of her class, Ivie asks Silas just what kind of game he thinks he’s playing. Despite her guarded exterior, Ivie surrenders to the fierce desire she feels for Silas. And yet, just as their courtship is heating up, he reveals that it cannot last, for he is bound to return to the Old Country. Their bond only deepens as they make the most of their precious time together. But when she learns the truth, Ivie must find a saving grace—before all is lost. . . .”

I’m hoping this is a winner.

human Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes- Ms. Haynes writes incredible psychological thrillers. I bought this book awhile back, and can’t wait to dive in. Here’s the synopsis.

“Annabel, a police analyst, is shocked when she discovers her neighbor’s decomposing body in the house next door. And she’s appalled to think that no one noticed her absence. Back at work, she sets out on her own to investigate, and finds that such cases are frighteningly common in her hometown.”

Thanks so much for checking out my post. Until next time…

Cheers, homies! Happy Reading!

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Finished Reads: April 2018 Wrap-Up

books 2 Ooh, y’all… April was a pretty uneventful reading month for your gurl. I was disappointed by some reads. Others I didn’t even finish because they were covered in mediocre sauce. Sigh. I didn’t even put out hardly any Current Reads posts this month. I think I just did one. There are three or four books that I didn’t include in the CR posts, but only because I was feeling blah. Hopefully, May will be a much better month in all areas. 🙂

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi- I found it difficult to get into this one. I thought the book was good, but wasn’t blown away by it. The latter half of the novel was so dope though. 3 Stars

Soft In the Middle by Shelby Eileen- Poetry collections can be hit or miss. I loved this collection and can’t wait to read more from this author. 5 Stars

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones- In life not every situation fits inside of a perfect little box. With this novel the gray areas were abundant, for realz. There was so many powerful scenes and emotions within the pages. You could feel everything that the characters felt. Loved this. 4.5 Stars

The Real by Kate Stewart- I liked the story. Enjoyed the angle of domestic violence from an unlikely source. 3 Stars

That’s it! Yeah, told you April wasn’t the best reading month.

Cheers, homies!

 

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Writing Playlist #22

lights I enjoyed last week’s playlist so much that I decided to make a part 2. This playlist has a bit of trip-hop, alternative r&b, neo-soul, and a taste of electronica. I’m participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this month, and will be jammin’ to this playlist as I work on my little project.

1. Insecure- Jasmine Sullivan & Bryson Tiller

2. Radio Silence- James Blake

3. All To You- Sabrina Claudio

4. Midnight- Lianne La Havas

5. Trophy- Crosses

6. Man Next Door- Massive Attack

7. Pigment- H.E.R.

8. Call Out My Name- The Weeknd

9. Sober- Mahalia

10. Distanced- The Black Queen

11. Onanon- Kelela

12. 27 Hours- Banks

13. Excess- Tricky

14. Beautiful Little Fools- Jorja Smith

15. Lucky You- Deftones

16. Home- Zero 7

17. Heal You- Sinead Harnett

18. Darkness- Darren Hayes

19. LA- Dawn Richard

20. Far Cry- Jack Garrratt

21. It Could Be Sweet- Portishead

22. The Darkest Star- Depeche Mode

Cheers, homies!

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Current Reads #34

Can you believe it’s April?! This year is flying by! It’s Current Reads time and I’m excited to share these books with you.

CrimsonCrimson Bird by L.B. Keen- This book combines Interracial and Paranormal romance, which I’m all about. Here’s a little sumthin’ sumthin’ from the synopsis.

“Bird, a Damphir bought once she completed training, lives her life with the Wellings Noble family never completely accepted, and never fully rejected. Living a half existence, thinking that every Damphir is living the same existence as she. She endures, and takes each day one by one. Finding herself the prize at a card game, Bird is dragged into a world far more decadent world then she ever thought possible. Desired for her looks, she will be offered a chance of freedom, for a small price…she must seduce the First Prince and dash his heart against the cold stones of the palace.”

Doesn’t this sound bossome?!

childrenChildren of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi- Lawd!!!!! This novel has been heavily hyped, and I heard that it lives up to it.

“Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.  But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.”

I’m hardcore excited for this!!!!

That’s it! Thanks for checking out my post. Let me know what you’re currently reading.

Cheers, homies!

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