Every Friday comes with the satisfaction of leaving your place of work, school, obligation, and/or hostile takeover, and leaves us with hope that there is less responsibility for us to deal with (never the case). People do different things with their weekends. Every Friday I will be posting a playlist for certain situations or themes so everyone is accommodated and jamming appropriately. Since this is the first week we're going to keep it simple, we will be covering the nuanced notion of 'Turning Up'.
Express Yourself- Diplo feat. Nicky Da B Pop That- French Montana feat. Rick Ross, Drake, Lil Wayne
These songs are brazen with only the intent to drag everyone by the hair (that they got done the previous day) and act up. The beat attacks with very little relief. 'Pop That' uses repetition to spellbind the listener so they will never forget the song. The song has to do some heavy lifting for the guest rappers, although they settle right in with the sporadic nature of the song. 'Express Yourself' is texturally denser than 'Pop That' where Diplo works Nicky's voice into the song to make it a complementing instrument.
Throwing It Back
Thong Song- SISQO
Rock The Party- Benzino
Some old songs are able to resonate for years. Both songs have an infectious melody and a straight forward message about the simpler things in life. SISQO ably croons and belts in the proper spots about admiring the ladies. For a song being infamous for being innately silly it is a demonstration of how technically proficient SISQO is as a singer and how he could've had a long lasting R'n'B career. 'Rock The Party' doesn't show it's age until Benzino starts to drop his verses: They aren't bad, but it pales in comparison to the beat that doesn't sound like it was made 12 years ago. The song isn't as such a showcase for Benzino as 'The Thong Song' was for SISQO, but it did redeem him a little bit.
Swimming Pools- Kendrick Lamar
All of the Lights- Kanye West
For the people that enjoy a little depth with their dance songs or enjoy deciphering deeper messages in songs. 'All of the Lights' has a lush hypnotic beat to match the name of the song. It is packed with various elements including a cello section and various uncredited vocals from high profile personalities. The latter matches the overall flashy celebrity life commentary the song commits to. 'Swimming Pools' is a club banger about the troubles of excessive drinking. Need I say more, Kendrick is just infinitely brilliant.
Problem- Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea
There are pop, Top 40's songs that aren't the worst! These are for both the people who likes the linear and uncomplicated sound pop songs provide, and the indie folks who can't deny it's merits. Ariana Grande keeps her tendency to over-sing under control while providing a prominent presence in her song 'Problem'. It contains a charming sax loop and some nice trumpet play throughout the song. Iggy stays in her lane and isn't too intrusive although she borders on eye roll level with the last few lines and her ad libs. 'XO' exudes confidence from the start by having the audacity to include a snippet from the 1986 Challenger launch. It captures the best aspect of Beyonce as an artist: Being celebratory in the most earnest way possible.
The Club Can't Handle You
BBD- Azealia Banks
Ain't Got No Dough- Eve feat. Missy Elliot
It's the songs with strong proclamations of how bad you are and damn it where's everyone notepad so they can take notes of your badass-ery. 'BBD' (Bad B*tches Do It) is a very straight forward typical club banger we've heard a billion times without the vocals. Banks has the special ability to dominate a song and make her own when she uses her voice in dynamic ways. Here she lowers it a register to give a cool reserved performance that still radiates power. 'Ain't Got No Dough' is a song that empowers you to feel that you have more money and resources than these raggedy dudes out here and that you can have fun by your damn self. Eve spits fire on the verses so you can feel the sting, and Missy follows up with the assist on the chorus to make the song as catchy and listenable as it could ever dream of being.