Reviewed: Ed Sheeran Releases Two New Tracks

As early as January, when David Bowie passed away, many of us were sceptical about the path 2016 would take. It unfortunately took the lives of many more famous stars. As we wish our farewell’s to 2016, we can only hope that 2017 will be a better year. Thankfully, there’s hope for 2017, here’s why…

On Friday, beloved UK pop icon Ed Sheeran released two brand new tracks, his first songs since 2015.

In a video titled ‘Hello 2017…’, he promised that new music would soon be delivered to our ears. His promise came with the release of “Shape of You” and “Castle On The Hill”. The singles are a part of his upcoming album, Divide.

In Sheeran’s new track “Shape of You”, co-written with Johnny McDaid and Steve Mac, he sings over the top of a Marimba percussion about a promising romance. It’s an easy listening track with a slow melody which builds up to the chorus. Ed sings tongue in cheek lyrics which are amusing to listen too and it’s hard to comprehend whether it’s a real scenario or not. The track was originally written for Rhianna, among the lyrics include “I’m in love with the shape of you, which give the track a seductive feel. However Ed later decided that it didn’t sound like something she’d end up singing and made it one of his own. You can listen to the song below.

The second, “Castle on the Hill” is far more upbeat and dramatic than the first, with a similar vibe to Coldplay. You could picture this song being played in front of thousands at Wembley Stadium. Sheeran chose to release this track in a contrast to “Shape of You”, reflecting his album image, Divide.  Castle on the Hill begins with the lyrics “when i was six years old i broke my leg” and was  written to reflect his childhood in Suffolk which appeared rather troublesome  “driving 90” and “running from the law”. You can listen to the song below.

In keeping with his previous albums of mathematical symbols ‘X’ and ‘+’, the artwork for “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill” combine to create a divide.

Back in December 2015, the singer announced that he’d be taking a break “to travel the world and see everything I missed”. His adventures took him all around the world to see and do things he simply hadn’t had time to experience. His 2011 debut album + gathered sales of of 2,126,781, while his 2014 follow up reached sales of 2,898,433.

Sheeran will release him new album, ‘Divide’ later this year. He’s back and ready to dominate the music industry like never before. So, brace yourself for more content coming your way.

Both tracks are available to listen on iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music. You can also find both of his lyric videos on Youtube.

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Album Review: Craig David ‘Following my Intuition’

Cast your mind back to August, where Craig David left us on the edge of our seats waiting desperately for his new album and big comeback. The wait is finally over! The star has finally released ‘Following My Intuition’. The latest album from the singer/rapper includes popular hits ‘When the Baseline Drops’ and ‘Ain’t Giving Up’. The album also includes collaborations with the likes of Big Narstie, Sigala and even Kaytranada!

‘Following my intuition’ is David’s first album in 6 years and the first since ‘Signed Sealed Delivered’ was released back in 2010 entering the UK Albums Charts at number 13. Although ‘Signed Sealed Delivered sold over 30,000 copies, the response was not what David had hoped for. The exacerbation began for the musician when comedian Leigh Francis began his hit comedy show ‘Bo’ Selecta!’ which more or less singled him out and his career took a swerve.

Whilst the album is heavily centred around the Garage/EDM genre, there are also instances where the star breaks away from his conventional style and opts for a style of ambience.

The first track on the new album is ‘Ain’t Giving Up’. Craig mixes his refreshing vocals with Sigala’supbeat piano chords which forms a track that is both unique and gets you in the party spirit. Distinctive in sound and hybrid’s genres of garage and tropical house, it’s presumably a love song surrounding emotions of distress but with a fast beat to get you in the mood to dance.

Also showcased on the album is David’s rapping talents with tongue twister lyrics on his track ‘16’ such as “spit a 16, a sick quick 16, I been doing this since I was 16”. This track was a sampler from Jack Jack Ü’s anthem ‘Where Are Ü Now’ which features Craig’s viral mashup ‘Fill me in’. Another favourite that really stands out amongst the album is ‘GOT IT GOOD’. This collaboration between Craig and Kaytranada, heavily relies on Craig’s distinctive voice and the backing of a drum beat. The song was released in May as part of Kaytranada’s debut album.

Whilst the album is heavily centred around the Garage/EDM genre, there are also instances where the star breaks away from his conventional style and opts for a style of ambience. ‘All we needed’ is a more relaxed track amongst the album reliant on the mellifluous voice of David and the instrumental sound of a piano beat. Some other more well-known tracks on the album include ‘When the Baseline Drops’, ‘One More Time’, ‘Nothing Like This’, ‘GOT IT GOOD’ and ‘All We Needed’.

This album is a perfect intermix of David’s traditional garage sound, R&B and club anthems. The Southampton beloved artist has formed an album that celebrates authentic British sound. Craig celebrates his comeback with tracks that boast about his prosperity as an artist and success that has led him to the peak of his career.

This album clearly shows off his variety of talent with tracks that are emotional and soulful to bass drops that’ll have you dancing all night long. Securing headlining positions across the UK and announcing his first UK tour in 15 years, it’s looking pretty hopeful for Craig…

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Bestival 2016 – Was it the ‘best of all’?

As the festival season come’s to a close, it was time to partake in the biggest and best of them all. It’s safe to say that Bestival carry’s with it high expectations having received an award last year as the Best UK Major Festival.

On Friday 9th September, the team arrived feeling electrified by the atmosphere. Wandering late at night across the sight, there was a yearning buzz to the place as festival goers awaited on headliners such as Jess Glynne who took to the stage on Friday night. Immediately on arrival the LMS team were immersed in quirky entertainment in line with the futuristic theme. Heading towards the main stage we were enticed by a carnival which had a real gothic theme to it. The males of the group wore top hats, waistcoats and heavily applied makeup consisting of contrasting black and white colours. The forefront of the carnival came from those playing steel panned drums who stood out from the crowd with their glow in the dark drumheads. The sheer scale and preparation that organisers had undergone to animate the festival was spectacular. As you scanned the area, it was full of ginormous lakes, waterfalls, bridges, high flying flags and forest DJ’s! The evening saw the likes of Major Lazor with a set of carnival dancehall and Diplo certainly didn’t waste time rolling his way across the crowd in an inflatable ball!

After a heavy downfall over Friday night, Saturday immersed as a swampy mayhem! By mid-morning it settled down and it was time for us to leave our tents and to enjoy what Saturday had to offer…

At around 5 o’clock, headliner Craig David took to the stage. The crowd braved the mud to see the Southampton hero perform his old-school beats. He is a favourite of LMS, known for his humble personality and his proud local upbringing. He once said “you can take the boy out of Southampton, but you can’t take the Southampton out of a boy”. To our delight, the sun arose almost instantly after hours of rain and shone brightly on the stage. It was almost like Craig had some godlike ability or perhaps it was just a coincidence? What made the performance so exceptional was his voice. At moments Craig cut the music solely relying on lyrics and it was superb! The LMS team witnessed some astounding covers including ‘feed em to the lions’, Justin Bieber and our personal favourite DR Dre ‘the next episode’. It was the type of song that had the crowd jamming and bought back memories of old school rap. After a long break of between 15 to 16 years from the music industry, Craig’s comeback returned with his viral hit ‘fill me in/where are you now’ mashup. Craig showcased his talent on the DJ decks alongside being accompanied by the Kurrupt Crew who joined him on the Bestival main stage for his last song. Between songs, Craig even shared memorable experiences and came across as a genuine pop star who was grateful for what he had achieved.

After the show, the team headed backstage to interview Craig David. Asking Craig David about his performance, he told us “i was singing 7 days and the sun came out, everything happens for a reason”. Craig has certainly achieved vast success within the last couple of years with a sell out tour and an album coming out on September 30th! Be sure to check out the interview on our Youtube channel!

Saturday upped it’s game once again with a performance on the main stage from Wolf Alice. Famed for their 90’s indie rock sound, the North London band lit up the UK indie music scene with their debut album ‘my love is cool’. The band performed some massive hits such as ‘bro’s/nosedive’ and in recognition they received main stage slots at both Glastonbury and Bestival!  After, we headed backstage once again to interview the band. We met drummer Joel Amey and Theo Ellis who seemed to clearly be feeding off the adrenaline of their performance and were heavily grateful for all the support they had received.

The LMS team then decided to visit the smaller stages with performances from Vant and Hinds. Both had superb performances with lots of energy! After listening to Hinds, their last song received an unexpected arrival of around 40 people who all joined the band on stage and outnumbered the security to say the least!

The course of the weekend saw many special performances from Major Lazer, Bastille, The Cure,Years & Years, Fatboy Slim and Craig David.

Plans are already afoot for Bestival 2017, so if you’re suffering from the Bestival blues, never fear! Early Bird tickets for next year’s show are already available to purchase at 10am on Monday 19th September from Ticketline.

There was a real sense of party atmosphere over the course of the weekend. The futuristic themes, the astounding decorative features and of course the performances of internationally acclaimed artists made it a festival that could not be forgotten! After attending this year’s festival, it seems as if Bestival is setting the standard for the future…

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SouthSea Fest Returns To The Music Scene

Southsea Fest is back after taking a short break out and it returns to celebrate it’s 10th anniversary. October finishes with nerve-wracking celebration, Halloween! But there are thirty other days for partying in October and what a better way to spend it than down at Southsea’s common!  The festival brings together fans from all around the world descending to discover fresh new talent and listen to their favourite bands.

Kicking off on October 1st at venues across Southsea and Portsmouth, the festival draws in a capacity of over 4000 festival goers and is rapidly rising! This year brings a slight twist with the addition of a new venue, the pyramids. The festival is arising to draw fans into every aspect Portsmouth and Southsea has to offer! That’s not all, Southsea Fest introduces The Wedgwood Rooms renowned for a selection of well-known international artists from Oasis to Black Grape!

This year is pretty spectacular, expect to witness over 100 live acts who’ll be relatively familiar to the eye! The lineup seems one of familiarity to the team over at LMS witnessing a variety of artists and bands around the UK at festivals, ep’s and live gigs! A familiar artist to LMS comes by the name of Lewis Smith. Back in June, Lewis performed at The Joiners in Southampton where he launched his brand new EP ‘Raw’. Expect to see a mishmash of genres from Lewis ranging from pop, folk and even dance! A band  also familiar to the music scene comes by the name of The Amazons. Back in June, LMS headed to the IOW festival where we interviewed The Amazons and witnessed their live performance. They return with their latest single ‘Nightdriving’, a track centered around times of teenage road touring. They’re not holding back either and are set to perform in Brighton, Lost Village Festival and even Truck Festival! Our headliners, Arcade Hearts will also be there to blow down the stages with their rock anthems! As well as local artists, the fest features headlining acts with the likes of Pigeon Detectives. Pigeon Detectives released their fourth album ‘We Met At Sea’ back in April 2013 and have since performed at V Festival and Brownstock Festival.

For those who are craving an end to the festival season blues, Southsea Fest is definitely worth a visit. Scattering it’s way around Portsmouth, expect to witness a range of music genres from folk, acoustic, rock and pop. With a real mix of fantastic music talent, it’s worth a visit for the small up-front cost of £18! The team over at LMS will be mingling our way amongst crowds and heading our way backstage to interview and photograph. We’re there to soak up the atmosphere too and enjoy what talent their is to offer! Don’t be afraid to come find us!

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Butserfest 2016 | Celebrating 10th Year Anniversary

Butserfest is back once again and this time to celebrate its 10th year anniversary! Since 2007, the festival has grown year by year and holds upholds a reputation as one of best festivals across Hampshire. The festival emphasizes on a no- alcohol and drug free policy which makes it an idealistic environment for newcomers and youth to enjoy an alternative music scene. The festival is set in the heart of the scenic Queen Elizabeth Country Park enclosed by hills and makes it a perfect location for a music scene.

Head back to last year where headliners Don Broco took to the stage once again, having played at the festival’s main stage in 2012. At the beginning of 2015, they headlined the Kerrang! In April, they supported Bring Me The Horizon on the European leg of the tour. By August, they released their second studio album, Automatic which peaked at number 6 in UK Albums Chart Top 100. Last year’s festival also saw the likes of Hacktivist, Qemists, The One Hundred and Cardinal Bay on the main stage.

The festival consists of 3 stages of amazing music. The main stage consists of internationally acclaimed artists including the likes of Mallory Knox, Room 94, Young Guns, Moose Blood and more. The Crossroads stage includes performances from Creeper, Area 11 and Blood Youth. The Introducing stage has performances from A.R.K, Cavalier and City of Ashes.  There also numerous unique experiences such as the signing tent which allows festival goers to meet their favourite bands and artists. In addition, the acoustic Shack will allow you to experience close up personal performances from top names on the line-up.

This year, the festival has gone onto progress even more with an astounding 2016 lineup including bands such as: Mallory Knox, Young Guns and Moose Blood.  This year, alternative rock band, Mallory Knox takes to stage as headliners! You can expect to hear music from their album ‘Asymmetry’, Signals and their EP ‘Pilot’. In early 2015, the band toured America for the first time and headlined Takedown Festival at Southampton University.

Being held at the Queen Elizabeth Country Park, the festival not only offers music but also a range of exciting activities on offer for all ages. So far for 2016, numerous activities have been confirmed including; Last Man Standing, The Big Balls Challenge and a mobile zip line.  Not only does the festival offer activities, but also a selection of traders. Festival Faces are a group of professionally trained makeup artists, beauty therapists, body and face painters who specialise in creating the ultimate party look! Head over to Stay Close Clothing who offer a selection of indie gear that’ll help you stand out from the crowd! You certainly won’t starve either, the street food area offers a selection of hot and cold food options from Nacho’s to waffles and even a selection of freshly prepared pizzas.

2016 brings promise of a bigger and better music scene than ever in celebration of the tenth year the festival has been running! Butserfest is a great way to end your summer and to enjoy an alternative music scene ranging from internationally acclaimed bands to up and coming bands. Keep your eyes peeled for our LMS team who will be interviewing bands, photographing and filming your favourite acts whether it’s on the alternative stage or the main. Only a limited availability of tickets are left, so make sure you get yours soon!

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Bestival 2016 | What To Expect

The summer is finally coming to a close and what a better way to round everything off than with Isle of Wight’s Bestival. Held annually since summer 2004, the festival is renowned for its electronic/ dance vibe. Set in the heart of the beautiful countryside of Robin Hill Country Park, the event spans across four mind-boggling days from 8th to 11th September 2016.

Bestival has assembled a reputation for being wild and wacky. It’s a festival that centres on escapism. Each year, the festival conserves a fancy dress tradition (usually the Saturday) with every year featuring a different theme. Last’s year theme embraced positivity with its theme ‘Summer of Love’ in a reaction to all the negativity occurring around the world.  The theme took festival goers all the way back to the 60’s, a decade of love, peace, freedom and of course old school hipster clothing! This year’s no exception either with the announcement of their 2016 theme: The Future is Here. The experimental idea encourages people to dig deep into their fancy dress box, searching for something considered ‘outside the box’. Why not opt for the sexy robot look or take a more familiar approach and dress up as a Star War’s beloved Storm Trooper. You’ll have to prepare yourselves for futuristic stages, space-age costumes and an incredible selection of pop stars.

The Bestival Family has a long lived history for breaking records, making it bigger and more bad-ass every year. Head all the way back to 2005, festival goers set a new Guinness World Record for the most people in fancy dress at one event! Bestival has reached above and beyond to create what’ll hopefully be the world’s biggest bouncy castle! Let’s face it; you’re never too old to enjoy a bouncy castle! And what’s more, you’ll be bouncing your way past records! Apparently recorded to have been taller than the Great Wall of China and able to accommodate 100 keen festival goers at one time, don’t miss the chance!

The Bestival line-up in 2015 saw the likes of headlining acts such as; Duran Duran, The Chemical Brothers and Missy Elliott. Last year the festival secured the ‘Best Major Festival’ at the UK awards, but Bestival continued to strive to make it even better than the last! This year’s acts to play at Bestival include headliners ‘The Cure’ and Major Lazor. Over the years, the festival has secured some pretty legendary acts including the likes of Snoop Dogg, Elton John and even Stevie Wonder!

Before you head down to Bestival, here’s what to expect from some of the lineup. Let’s take a look at 3 main headlining acts who will guarantee an unforgettable performance.  First up is Major Lazor. You can find the duo headlining on Friday night. They first performed at Bestival five years ago and still to this day recall it as one of their best shows! Their music spans across multiple genres from reggae, dancehall and house. They have performed at some of the biggest festivals including Reading, Wireless and Free Press SummerFest. You can expect a performance bursting with energy and dance inspired vibes which’ll have the crowd going wild! Next up is The Cure. The well-established English band certainly has some experience behind them, forming in 1976. It’s not the first time the band stepped footing at Bestival either, headlining back in 2011. While they are typically associated with gloomy rock music, they’re renowned for producing multiple upbeat songs as well. Some of their most well-known tunes include ‘Just Like Heaven’ and ‘Lovesong’. Estimated to have sold over 27 million albums as of 2004, they will not disappoint. Last but not least is Southampton’s legend, Craig David. Singer, songwriter, rapper and record producer has sold over 13.5 million records and has been nominated for twelve Brit Awards. His performances can be described as ‘seductive’ in the way he delivers everything from R&B to his classic hits ‘Rewind’ and ‘Fill me in’.

For most of the festival, the weather seems to play in the hands of festival goers. Thursday and Friday are expected to be reasonably warm; however you can expect a good chance of heavy rain on Saturday and Sunday. This year has secured an outstanding line-up ranging from futuristic music such as Years and Years which is in line with this year’s theme to veteran performers such as ‘The Cure’. Netherless, it’s a festival that carry’s high expectations and never fails to disappoint.

Lewis Smith EP Launch – Raw 25/6/16

On Saturday 25th June, Lewis took to the stage at the small, iconic venue, The Joiners in Southampton to launch the release of his EP. Joiner’s arms is home to many up and coming bands to which Lewis had the chance to share footing with the likes of Catfish and The Bottlemen, The Kooks and even Oasis! LMS joined Lewis to help launch his first EP and our first attendance of an EP! LMS provided promotional support consisting of an article, video and photos all of which can be found on our Facebook and YouTube.
Yet at the early age of 15, head back a few years and Lewis suffered a life-threatening illness which brought his life to a significant halt. Doctors discovered that Lewis had unfortunately suffered a sinus infection and he was rushed to hospital where they performed immediate surgery. Yet despite everything Lewis has been through, he remains on the upper-hand and using music as escapism from reality. Lewis unfortunately was forced to give up the routine of continuous weekends of playing football and set about discovering his hidden talent. To his delight, Lewis’s music career was kick-started by the opportunity to meet and sing with his idol, Ed Sheeran. The Starlight Children’s foundation organised Lewis to fly to Prague to meet Ed Sheeran backstage and to sing alongside him. Lewis performed Tenerife Sea with Ed Sheeran and even sang one of his own songs! An unfortunate story to tell, but ultimately Lewis’s live changing experience opened up a new path.
The venue was packed out with friends, family and supporters of Lewis who all came to hear the delight of his musical talent. Warming up the stage was the young acoustic singer by the name of Tom Millichamp who offered slow paced covers, the warmth of his rhythmic acoustic guitar and the delicacy of his voice. Next up to take the stage was the duo, Dan Owers and Rhys Cameron Harries. The folk artists shaped a chill atmosphere as they synchronised the sound of their voices. Among the favourite of the supporting acts was Josh and Daisy. The duo brought to the stage meaniful yet amusing lyrics with their performance of ‘wolves’ which had the crowd laughing. Their performance seemed relaxed and confident. Last to the stage was Scott Freeman. The Winchester based artist, combined his mad persona and the thrashing of his acoustic guitar to electrify the atmosphere, setting the foundation for the headliner Lewis Smith.
Lewis’s style is somewhat unique and his genre is hard to define. He combines acoustic, folk, pop and dance from alternative rock fans to individuals who seek empowerment through the passion of music. As Lewis took to the stage, he was greeted by cheers. He began his evening by praising all those that had aided him along his strenuous journey. To get the crowd on their feet and in the vibe, Lewis cranked up the evening with a series of classic cover’s that had LMS reminiscing to the good old days of school discos. The first cover performed was the groovy ‘Rock your body’ by Justin Timberlake followed by ‘Great balls of fire’. Lewis danced his way around the stage and hyped up the crowd before he set about revealing his EP songs.
The first of the EP songs that Lewis sung was ‘Give me your love’, a slow paced song which builds into a memorable chorus. This song is presumably about a romance experience in which Lewis dwells on the past hoping to ‘replay’ and wanting ‘one more chance’. Lewis’s performance was significantly exciting and had the crowd laughing and singing along. His feet weren’t glued to the stage either and he made his way amongst the crowd holding out the mic and seeking the voice of the crowd to be heard. Next up on the EP was ‘Envy’, a slower paced song accompanied by the sound of an acoustic guitar. This song offered Lewis the chance to extend his vocals across the venue and had the crowd swaying along. The last of the EP was ‘my love’. Personally, this is by far the best song on the EP! This song has a fast paced beat accompanied by an electric guitar and the drums. This song is made so appealing by the emotive lyrics. At first glance you overlook the lyrics and tune in to the strumming of the guitar. However, the song has been written to recite his heart-breaking story with lyrics such as “tragic journey but I came out strong”.
Lewis once again finished off the evening with a series of covers. However this time, Lewis was joined by his band consisting of a lead guitarist, a bassist, a drummer and of course the lead singer himself. The band bonded together singing at each other and dancing their way around the stage.
The EP launch can only be described as exciting, thrilling and welcoming. The turnout was successful and the supporting acts enriched Lewis’s performance. One thing you can expect from Lewis is a confident performance that is full of energy. Make sure you check out his EP on Spotify ‘Raw’ where you will find 5 brilliant songs and a great piece of artwork!

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How Can One Man Have All That Power?

Kanye West. Selling more than 21 million albums and figures exceeding 66 million digital downloads; unquestionably Kanye is one of the bestselling artists of all time. West is undeniably an important and influential figure in pop culture obtaining immense popularity along his way. Born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Chicago, West spent his younger years alongside his influential father, an award winning photographer who later became a Church Counsellor. After spending numerous years rapping and working alongside local artists, West later moved to New York in 2001 where he kick-started his music career. Has Kanye made some absolute anthems that can go up on the wall with the likes of POWER, Ni***’s in Paris, No Church in The Wild, Black Skinheads, Stronger and Gold Digger.

After a cagey last few months for Kanye West he has finally released his new album, The Life Of Pablo! Many fans and critics are asking questions about the title, like who is Pablo? Well, Pablo is none other than Pablo Picasso, a different kind of artist to Kanye. Is Kanye comparing himself to said Pablo Picasso? If Ye is then he does share some qualities to the deceased artist. Pablo Picasso was not only known for his art but also his sexual relations, Picasso had a lot of failed meaningless relationships, as did Kanye. Eventually Picasso settled down With a Women name Jacqueline Roque, in this formulation She Kim Kardashian. Kanye sending a secret message Within the title Of his album maybe saying that he’s settling down after a lot Of drama in his life.

The Life Of Pablo, claimed to be a gospel album by Kanye„ The Style of music varies throughout the album and features some of the best names around including; Rihanna, Kid Cud, The Weekend„ Ty dollar Sign, Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar and Sia. Kanye has also put in time to some new names that have been signed to his label G.O.OD magic, these names include the likes Of Desiigner, who has recently hit big time with his latest single ‘Panda’

Within 10 days of its release The Life Of Pablo hit 250 million streams, putting Tidal on the map- Tidal is a music streaming app struggling to compete with likes of Spotify, SoundCloud and Apple Music, with Kanye being the stubborn man that he is and only releasing his album to Tidal, he boosted ratings and users of the app, that is so Kanye. The Life Of Pablo is a very versatile album with Kanye veering from thug rap on the likes of ‘Father Stretch My Hands, Pt.2’ to futuristic beats that turns up on ‘Fade’ and ‘feedback’ to a bipolar poem that insults Kanye and praises him with the likes of ‘l Love Kanye’ and eventually reaching gospel soul that features in ‘Ultra-Light Beam’ and ‘Lowlights’.

Ye has been controversial in his latest album by laying into Taylor Swift, by mentioning how Yeezy made her ‘larnous’. Also Nike didn’t get away with some harsh yet truthful quotes made by Kanye in the song ‘Facts’ one of his cousins with some harsh lyrics about him stealing Kanye’s laptop, also giving Wiz Khalifa a heads up not to get in the way of his business by making a whole track, Siiiiiiiiilver Surfffleeeeer Intermission, to settle a twitter feud.

His music doesn’t stop hitting you with pure beats and great lyrics and it does continue in TLOP, for instance, belittlement of his previous girlfriends and lovers by rapping ‘For all the girls that got dick from Kanye, if you see em in the streets give em Kanye’s best’. Why? ‘They mad they ain’t famous, they mad they’re still nameless’. Its theses sort of lyrics from Famous that have been trademarked by Kanye in nearly every album he’s wrote.

Kanye’s music is often described as a ‘religious experience’ managing to strike a significant level of honesty uniting a polarized society under the love of his music and the ability to recite his inspirational lyrics. The references to ‘religious experience’ isn’t a joke either and guess what, Kanye even has his own religion known as ‘Yeezianity’- a mere extension of Kanye’s insanity. The award winning artist and global sensation has almost achieved everything, lingering the question; what hasn’t he achieved? Well, he hasn’t become president… yet.

Apparently Kanye becoming president is no joke and his partner Kim is pretty certain about his ambition. He has even received some ‘treasured’ advice from current prime minster, Barrack Obama; “do you really think that this country is going to elect a black guy from the South Side of Chicago with a funny name to be President of the United States? That is crazy. That’s cray!” Well either way, Obama fails to hinder his ambitious plan and Kanye will follow through by putting himself in the 2020 election.

It’s safe to say that fans are slightly enthusiastic that Kanye is running for president in 2020. One fan even suggested that Kanye should run for president, oblivious of the fact that he’s already chasing the dream. Guess it’s just Kanye’s destiny aye?

So what does Kanye offer in his endeavour to becoming president? Will he fight terrorism; reform the educational system or perhaps outlaw corruption? Or we will see a self-centred individual replacing the national anthem with ‘gold digger’ and banning the right to smile? Of course it’s only 2015; there is plenty of time for people to warm to the idea of him becoming president and the introduction of some worthwhile policies.

The level of bravery and determination necessary to forefront the pop culture can often resemble egocentric and irrational behaviour. In the words of Kanye however: “One of my biggest achilles heels has been my ego. And if I, Kanye West, can remove my ego, I think there’s hope for everyone.” Any artist who is confident enough to arise to the task of becoming president deserves some recognition, but at the same time runs at the risk of looking delusional and sometimes they are! Well either way Kanye, you’ve gained my vote…

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Twenty One Pilots- Flight to Fame: Review

Columbus duo Hip Hop band, Twenty One Pilots are soaring their way to fame with the likes of “Stressed Out” and “Lane Boy”, all thanks to their distinctive approach and meaningful lyrics. Twenty One Pilots first burst onto the scene in 2009, sprouting from demoing songs in their basement to performing in festivals and shows across the world! After their No.1 album ‘BlurryFace’, which glided its way into the Billboard 200 chart, it’s safe to say that the duo have an optimistic future.

Rewind only a few years back and the American couplet lived a very different life and it certainly wasn’t one of ease. Originating from Ohio, early days for the band were definitely a struggle in achieving recognition. On show days, Joseph’s mum would stand outside the club, desperately trying to sell tickets to nearby passing students. It all began in 2009 when the band kick-started their career with the release of their self-titled album, Twenty One Pilots. Since then, the duo continued to grow, forming a very dedicated fanbase along its way.

In March 2015, Twenty One Pilots released their fourth album, a follow up to their 2013 breakout vessel called ‘BlurryFace’. The album soon sailed its way to number 1 in the charts, exceeding all expectations and moving more than 147,000 units in one week! But who is ‘BlurryFace’? This is the question that lingered, leaving fans and critics asking ever since its release. Music videos and lyrics can be pieced together to establish the true meaning behind BlurryFace. It is not actually a physical character but an unclear personality which lives inside Tyler. Tyler describes Blurryface as ‘something that we try to hide and not show to the outside world’, an enemy which lives in our innermost selves. So, BlurryFace’s true meaning is pretty damn confusing and the lyrics more so. The band carefully constructed the lyrics and album cover making it very cryptic and symbolic. They wanted to move away from the mainstream success, to create something special and unique that would lure its fans in.

The record consists of fourteen distinctly unique tracks and by far the best of the record has to be “stressed out”, focusing on the transition to adulthood with lyrics such as “wish we could turn back time”. The music is intense and gloomy, varying in style throughout the song. The early verses within the song represent Tyler’s vulnerability as he admits he is not certain about himself and “I’m insecure and I care what people think”. The meaning and lyrics behind the song go back in time to reveal their lives before fame; their old neighbour, siblings and houses. The duo clearly wanted to show their transition towards fame. Not long ago, Dun was a barista working in Starbucks and somehow he’s evolved to become a global icon charting alongside established names such as Adele and Justin Bieber! Some way or other, the band managed to turn stress into success…

A personal favourite that caught attention among the album was ‘Lane Boy’, amplified with aggressive lyrics and an intensive soundtrack. The meaning behind the song is particularly interesting as again the band try to break away from a niche mainstream audience and sing about their opposition: “They say, stay in your lane, boy, lane, boy”. The rest of the song continues to revolve around exposing his opposition as Tyler is far more interested in making music that is honest, true and unique: “all these songs I’m hearing are so heartless”.

Twenty One Pilots are undeniably a ‘unique’ band, there meaningful lyrics which seek to expose the truth set them apart from the crowd. The Duo has certainly raised expectations in their newest album, ramping up almost everything including the insecurities of frontman Tyler Joseph. There’s certainly an element of freedom within this album and when you closely listen to the lyrics, it’s stimulating. Although the lyrics expose some gloom and doom, the band itself are far from and most certainly deserve more recognition than they currently have! There is no doubt that Twenty One Pilots will continue to strive in 2016 and BlurryFace even has the potential to revolutionize pop culture, showing bands that it is possible to achieve anything you set your mind on.

Views on Drake’s New Album?

After waiting almost two years, Drake has released his fourth album ‘Views’, an abbreviated form of the original cover title ‘Views From the 6’ which referred to Drake’s hometown, Toronto. So what should we expect from his latest album? Well it’s Drake…there’s most likely to be references to fame, strippers, smoking weed and getting pissed!

Unfortunately, for those wondering when Drake’s album is going to appear on the popular streaming platform, Spotify, were currently bound to either buy it off of ITunes or stream it from Apple Music. Given that Spotify is one of the most popular streaming platforms, let’s hope it appears on there soon because Drake’s album is slightly on the pricey side. However, the long-awaited album includes many distinguished artists such as; Rihanna, Popcaan, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Wizkid, Future, dvsn and Pimp C. The album is pretty lengthy as well including a total of 20 songs, two of which you’ve most likely heard ‘Hotline Bling’ and ‘One Dance’. ‘One Dance’ follows a similar array of Drake’s number one collaboration with Rihanna ‘Work’, featuring the Nigerian recording Artist, Wizkid. This is the type of song that will get stuck in your head, with its catchy dance-inspired style beat. Hotline Bling is also pretty dated, released back in July 2015. Drake decided to scrap the single and has released it in his newest album. The R&B hit written by Drake and Nineteen85 sailed its way to number two in the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. And the music video…brilliance. The video reveals us to some suave dance moves which inspired numerous memes, parodies and even Television Commercials.

Has drake managed to develop a meme-comeback? Of course. Somehow, Drake has proved yet again that he’s an Internet craze, with his figure appearing almost everywhere across the globe! Drake appears in his latest cover art, perched on top of the CN Tower in his hometown, Toronto. So where else has Drake featured? One ‘fan’ went as far placing Drake on the side of a trashcan, captioning “pretty much sums it up”. For another, Drake even appeared in a fans cooked breakfast claiming it as ‘the original cover art’. He’s pretty much appeared everywhere! Drake has definitely had a pretty big week also announcing that he’ll be hitting the road with future in his “Summer Sixteen Tour” appearing not only in one’s cooked breakfast’s but also in Chicago, New York and Miami to perform music from ‘Views’.

Despite two of Drake’s tracks leaking, one called ‘Faithful’ and the other ‘Controlla’, he’s managed to keep some of his tracks concealed. Combining elements of emotive R&B with Rap, Drake has attempted to diverge from his traditional style. Personally, I like it. His music encompassed within his album is chill and like any album, some of the songs stand out more than others. Out of the 20 songs, there a selective number that stand out for me including; ‘Keep the Family Close’, ‘9’, ‘With You’, ‘Still Here’, ‘One Dance’, ‘Child’s Play’ and ‘Too Good’.

Let’s start with ‘Keep the Family Close’ which appears as the first song in Drake’s album. This song enhanced by a band of orchestics is meaningful and dramatic. It is unclear to who exactly Drake is singing about, reinforcing the importance of keeping family close to your side. Is he talking about Nicki Minaj, Meek Hill…or all his other ex’s? With lyrics such as “You’re so predictable, I hate people like you”. This is a certainty a powerful and dramatic song and it makes you think. Next up is ‘Child Play’. Personally, with this song, Drake has managed to produce something that is just as catchy and effective as ‘One Dance’.

Drake’s album has certainly received much praise and the lyrics more so. ‘Child Play’ featured the sampled track New Orleans Artist called HaSizzle called “she rode that dick like a soldier”. This song also reveals to us that Drake loves Cheesecake ““Why you gotta fight with me at Cheesecake/ You know I love to go there” and despises women who attempt to embarrass him. It’s an interesting song with bizarre lyrics but a catchy, instrumental beat. Let’s take a look at ‘Still here’, positioned at the halfway point in the album and a song that has received much critique such as being called; ‘filler’ and a ‘skippable song’. Personally, I would have to disagree with such critic. This is a song with immense bass, lyrics which boast about drake’s fame “I make people pay for my time” and reinforcing that he’s definitely not going to disappear soon from the music industry. This song may be slightly arrogant…but then again Drake is rich and famous, so do you blame him?

I would recommend this album. For one, it’s Drake. For another, some of the songs are actually really diverse and catchy. Who hasn’t listened to ‘One Dance’ about one thousand times? I have. Similarly, some of his new songs are just as catchy! It’s definitely a change for Drake and it’s for the better.

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