Lost In A Melody

Well this is all very nice and good, but is there gonna be a Diplo remix?

Jennifer Lopez tried to recreate the magic of her and Pitbull’s On The Floor with Dance Again and now Kelly Rowland has teamed up for another steamy round with Lil Wayne to try and follow up the success of her urban single Motivation. Ice is basically a clone copy, with sizzling lyrics and maddeningly slow beats, creating an undeniably erotic feel. This type of music isn’t really to my taste, but compared to her other cheesy dance tracks, I can definitely appreciate this track for what it is. Praying that there’s a sleazy Diplo remix again though.

What an unusual choice of song for a sugary sweet girl band to cover. Not 100% sure it works either, but there are some nice moments in there.

Maxine Ashley is going to be amazing. Here is a song released in the UK that she was featured on. Good, right? Above is a song that has leaked featuring Pharrell AND Lil Wayne. Good right? Her debut single is gonna be called Cookieman. GOOD, RIGHT?

As far as I can tell, this video is exploring Drake in the midst of an identity crisis that is no doubt closely associated with his sudden, meteoric rise to fame and subsequent thrusting into the spotlight and celebrity lifestyle.

In fact certain sequences seem to suggest that Drake is so vulnerable in this state, that the powerful force of Lil Wayne’s currently imprisoned spirit is able to come forward through a combination of possession and astral projection.

Further hints to this include Drake licking his lips like a stripper girl… at the stripper girl. I would hazard a guess that he is also undergoing a feeling of frustration with his gender identity and sexuality, which is perhaps also represented by the hazy and blurry feel used in the promo.

Or it could just be that fire, thugs, naked girls and moody special effects look quite cool. Maybe. I don’t really know.

I don’t know what everyone’s problem with this is?

I mean, sure, it overdoses on every single pop-punk cliché in the book and still doesn’t sound anywhere near as rock-y as, say, Rockstar 101, but its so perfectly laid back it makes a great, chilled out summer song.

It even shows off a more subdued version of Nicki Minaj (just before she became too much of a cartoon character). The soft vocals, drowned in auto-tune make the song frightfully melodic and unusual.

I really like it. A lot. I find it strange that critics have been so quick to slam Lil Wayne’s attempts to move into a different style of music on Rebirth. Its not actually THAT devastating.

Nicki Minaj - It’s Nightmare On Elm Street… And Guess Who’s Playing Freddy?!

I don’t usually do this, but I had so much fun (I’m a geek, I know) writing it, I just wanted to share. It’s a little profile on my current musical obsession, Nicki Minaj (who I’ve discussed here a few times already) for a Uni assignment :)

Nicki Minaj’s eagerly anticipated debut album has finally been given a tentative release date. In a press release from Cash Money Records, it is revealed that the newcomer’s disc will be on shelves by this autumn, with Minaj pledging to acquire longevity with her unique vocal style.

Earlier this year, Minaj exploded onto the music scene, before declaring that she plans to climb over every barrier she comes across to achieve worldwide success. And judging by her career plan so far, she’s going the right way about it.

This determination stems all the way back to Minaj’s childhood. Onika (as she was known then) grew up in Queens, New York, studying singing and acting at the LaGuardia High School in Manhattan (other notable alumni include Slick Rick, Kelis and even Liza Minelli). But the household she was a part of suffered constant abuse. One particular incident saw her alcoholic father try to murder her mother by setting the house on fire. “If I’m successful,” Minaj later stated, “I can change her life.” And so her path was set.

Throughout 2004, Minaj mostly sang background vocals and hooks for a variety of local rappers. She was “discovered” on MySpace and signed the Dirty Money label, where she caught the eye of Lil Wayne. The two swiftly hit the studio together to work on the first of Nicki’s mix tapes, and she’s never looked back.

Deciding she’d rather build up a respectable underground profile before tackling the charts, Minaj was featured on around 18 album tracks and 11 remix’s, each becoming more and more high profile (including an appearance on Up Out My Face from Mariah Carey’s recently cancelled remix album). After working with Robin Thicke on Sex Therapy, he described her as a “very special young lady” and further admitting that he thought she was “very smart… she’s going to have a very long career.”

Her first foray into the charts was with the smash hit, BedRock, a collaborative effort with her Young Money label mates. This includes Lil Wayne and rapper Drake who went on to claim Minaj as the “love” of his life. “We have the most interesting relationship,” he revealed in an interview with XXL magazine, “because it’s so multilayered… Nicki’s a very intriguing character.”

When Minaj appeared alongside legendary female rapper Eve in the video for Ludacris’ My Chick Bad, Eve fans reportedly called on the star to put the newcomer in her place, show her who’s boss. But Eve insisted that her busy schedule keeps her from focusing on the success of other mainstream female rappers. She even went on to praise Nicki, calling her “quirky.” Of the Freddy Krueger gloves that Minaj wears in the video, she said “Whatever you decide to do, especially in music, you gotta go hard and own it… and she did.”

And the praise from legends of hip-hop refuses to end there. It was recently revealed that even superstar Jay-Z is a fan. “It was like getting that stamp of approval from the most popular jock in high school,” Minaj said of her surprise, “… being a freshman in high school and thinking no one knows you exist.”

But it certainly looks like soon everyone will know the name Nicki Minaj. Current single Massive Attack (along with the outlandish, Hype Williams-directed video) has received an encouraging positive response, especially from MTV who complimented it and stated “We L-U-V [Nicki] because she’s a trendsetter and a strident, unique artist. But with great style comes great responsibility.”

She may have been kicked off of Rihanna’s The Last Girl on Earth tour (depending on who you believe), but Minaj has bigger plans in store. “I want to start a new lane,” she says, “that one day, ten years from now, girls will say, ‘I’m more of a Nicki Minaj type’.”

When a song is entirely based around a cheesy chat-up line (usually meant as a JOKE), you can tell its probably going to be a lot of fun. And then you’ll feel guilty afterwards. Remember that unclean feeling you felt after singing along to Pitbull songs in the clubs? Yeah, well, its back.

Its not so much a track as a teaser in all fairness. It purpose is it to pretty much advertise the Young Money team/concept/album (despite the fact that it was released last December). And it does its job well.

It sounds a little messy at times. The many different performers kind of blur into one big rap at one point, although this doesn’t necessarily mean the song ceases to be entertaining. It continues to bounce along, happy and unfazed.

Naturally Lil Wayne stands out, his vocals and lyrics as good as ever (Except the reference to Michael Jackson’s Bad. That’s just getting old now), but the real shining moment comes from the slightly goofy Nicki Minaj. Her style is wonderfully refreshing, with hints of Lil Mama in her Lip Gloss days. The video for her debut single Massive Attack shows just how crazy she is. Ke$ha and GaGa may have new competition (plus the song is out of this world!).

Anyway, despite the amount of ingredients jammed in, BedRock comes out looking and sounding fresh and sweet. But the less we say about the video, the better.