Director- Ace Drewman
Check out Geordyn's debut music video to her first record, Wanderluv. She brings vulnerability to the forefront all while looking oh so magical. The interesting thing about love, is you can love many people completely and fully but in very different ways. Romantic love is delicate and full of passion and fire. We all need that sturdy, unwavering and unfazed platonic love from our friends, families and lovers. Both are special and to be treasured. For all the heartbreakers, lovers of love, and ones healing, you're worth it and this song is for you!
Director- Ace Drewman
Her name is Geordyn but people call her Geo. She's a special friend I got to shoot in the studio and like most of us, Geordyn is very sensitive to her craft. We shot in complete darkness while she recorded to allow intimacy to flow through her sound and mind. There's an atmospheric vibe going on in these photos that I'm loving. Satellite Flight feels. It's like she's in her own world. Get into her new singles WanderLuv and Bandetta available on all streaming platforms!
Shot & Styled by me
Many people are wondering if House of Balloons Abel is back, but My Dear Melancholy, proves his darkened drugged sound has made its return. With all 6 tracks of his album debuting on Billboard's Hot 100, it's clear his X'O fans have been anticipating this version of The Weeknd way too long. The album talks about heartbreak, drugs and going back to his old ways. The whole thing can easily be on repeat without noticing, but Privilege and Try Me brings the album to another level. I don't think Abel ever truly left the slow-burning, electronic music production, but it's hard to tell if he's back for good; since he meshes some of his newer sound with the old. Wasted Times is another favorite produced by Skrillex and Frank Duke, but it's not the older Weeknd we're used to. I'm not expecting a House of Balloons part 2... although that would be unspeakable greatness.. but X'O fans should prepare themselves for what's next. And something will be next, or else there wouldn't be a comma after the title, right? Hopefully. But if it's anything like My Dear Melancholy, then I'm ready.
Watch the short video "He Was Never There" that features the behind the scenes recordings.
Kelela's first studio album is here, and it's nothing less than amazing. As a fairly newer artist, Kelela has made a pretty good name for herself. But, as a black woman, the journey still comes with daily struggles of her trying to prove herself in the music industry. Take Me Apart was a project Kelela finally did the way she wanted. Her previous works 'Cut For Me' and 'Hallucinogen' were actually done with the pressure of people saying she would be irrelevant if she did not release anything soon. Kelela's fan base isn't that large but the devotion and intimacy she has on that group is incredible. In an interview with Billboard, Kelela notes that as a black woman she's often challenged on her visions and if other people --typically white men-- will accept what she's doing. Sometimes the solutions aren't always there, but getting to be around some of your black friends who are artists and say, “That shit’s crazy, right? Are you experiencing this? Is it just me? Am I crazy?” helps so much and keeps you sane. Being able to at least resonate with someone going through the same thing does a lot. Take Me Apart is Kelela being vulnerable in a world that isn't nice to her. It's her pushing back against white men in the industry who tells her how something should or shouldn't be done, or what she can and can't do. Take Me Apart is a lot more intimate and warm, but Kelela is also taking her time with perfecting her craft. What's not to love about that?
Earlier in May, Raf premiered on Frank Ocean's 'Blonded' radio featuring A$AP Rocky, Playboi Carti, Frank Ocean, Quavo, and Lil Uzi. A$AP Mob recently shared an edited version of the music video for their single. Unlike the original, it doesn't include Frank or Uzi's verses, but Rocky, Playboi Carti, and Quavo are seen modeling many different outfits from the Raf Simons archive in the vhs themed video.
Princess Nokia, also known as Wavy Spice, or simply Destiny is paving the way through hip hop with her music and spirit. The independent rapper from Spanish Harlem and Lower east side of New York, made her debut with her latest project 1992. Princess Nokia reveals a uniquely free spirited aspect of hip hop. Touching on subjects like her afro indigenous spirituality, feminism, gender, race, and urbanism, it's hard to ignore her complexity. What drew me and many other young people to Princess Nokia was her spiritual wealth. I became interested in her thoughts on self awareness and spiritual solitude before listening to her music. She stresses the importance of reclusiveness, because this will shape you into the person you're meant to be. After receiving positive affirmations from speaking at Brown University, Princess Nokia will use her Smart Girl Club platform for “spiritual wellness, divine healing, educational magic and Afro indigenous identity." Destiny's music is organic, bold, and unapologetic. She is able to express her wisdom and give people confidence throughout everything she speaks.
.Scott Mescudi released his long awaited album PPDS six months ago and by default, the blogs quickly jumped to their reviews and thoughts on it. Personally, I was just surprised at some of the responses and ratings PPDS was given. I don't see how you can give a true review on an album so quickly without letting really it marinate, or experiencing the album. Most of what I saw was very technical, such the album being dragged out and empty. Empty? People are weird. I loved it, but I didn't want to give my opinion on the album so soon, because I wanted to listen to it in my car, while I cooked, while I was upset, or happy about something. It just had to be the right time. So here I am, inspired to write something today because of Kid Cudi. I haven't been too inspired by much lately, nor have I been feeling centered. Trying to keep myself balanced can be a task sometimes. But I remember when I tripped on acid, the words "Just breathe" stayed in my head and got me through those 12 hours, so I try to resonate that with my life now. Breathe and you will be fine. PPDS is moving and provides a feeling of reassurance. Rose Golden has been my theme song and gives me a transcendent experience. I cried to it when i felt low, and every single time the song is over I feel like I have so much power. Maybe Cudi isn't as direct with his wording in the album like he was with Man On The Moon, but people just need to listen, he's still giving the same message, it's just not being spoon fed. Kid Cudi is sharing his feelings the way he wants to and still wants us to be the commander of our own lives. Plus, very few artists can get Andre 3000 on a track but to get two? C'mon.
Watch Scott's Ted Talk's speech below for some inspiration
Travis Scott finally dropped his Goosebumps music video this week. Think of snakes, dogs, strange yet entertaining animation, and Travis emerging as a burning skeleton throughout the video. He'll draw you into his world with his hazy and trippy visuals. Kendrick also made an appearance in the exclusive video, which you can watch now at Apple Music. And if you missed out on his Jimmy Kimmel live performance, check it out below!
Shot by Terry Richardson, a newly changed Gucci takes on the cover of the March issue for
CR Men's book. Unexpectedly interviewed by Marilyn Manson, Gucci talks with Manson about his first ever upcoming tour, and how he always felt he could be a rockstar, because of his free spirit, and unconstructed recording and performance style. The magazine's editor in chief Carine Roitfield even felt a new vibe from him; "I wanted to focus on strong personalities — renowned men we admire for their talent, confidence, and unique flair...[Gucci] emerged from prison last year a changed man in every way: his body, his mindset, his music."
Solange just released her third album, A Seat at the Table, where she gives us an empowering yet soft spoken message about black survival, independence, self love, sadness and healing. I love how direct and simply put this album is. When she tells you to stop doing something like in one of my favorite songs "Don't touch my hair", that is exactly what she means. Her hair, pride, and soul isn't to be played with, simply because it belongs to her and her own happiness. I think many of us can relate to this message not only as black people, but as people period. We just don't need to conform to anyone's standards, and the music video directed by her husband Alan Ferguson, represents that very well. It's like you can understand the visuals in the video while it's on mute. "A seat at the Table" isn't an album that needs much analyzation, you just have to sit and listen.
SONGS ON REPEAT
After the Storm- Kali Uchis ft Tyler the Creator and Bootsy Collins
Tame Impala- Let it Happen (soulwax remix)
7-11- Chris Travis