Beyonce’s “I woke up like this, flawless” will forever be my self-love mantra, but Kendrick Lamar’s new single “I” is a worthy addition to the list of awesome personal empowerment anthems. Lamar, who was robbbbbbbbed of the Best Rap Album award at the Grammys, finally dropped the song today — a precursor to the release of his hugely anticipated sophomore album, due later this year — and damn will it have you bopping your head and shaking your booty. Featuring a sample from the Isley Brothers’ “That Lady” — Buzzfeed notes that the ’60s band was also sampled on rap classic like Ice Cube’s “It Was A Good Day” and Biggie’s “Big Poppa” — “i” is fun and joyful, while still full of Kendrick’s conscious lyricism and distinctive flow: Keep reading »
It’s impossible not to be happy while listening to “Somebody Loves You,” the perfect pop song by Australian singer Betty Who. I first became aware of the song when I saw this video of a guy who proposed to his boyfriend in a choreographed public marriage proposal set to the song (in the lumber aisle of Home Depot, no less) and then cried at length. Betty just debuted a new music video for the song and it’s just perfect. Listen to it with someone you love!
Hoo boy. Have you heard that song “God Made Girls” by the country singer RaeLynn? She appeared as Racheal Lynn Woodward on season two of “The Voice” on Blake Shelton’s team. It’s a cheesy feel-good song like “Butterfly Kisses” for the millennial generation with just a pinch of Taylor Swift.
To be completely fair, on a baseline level I’m never going to see eye-to-eye with a Christian song that presumes there exists a God who made men/boys first and then got around to making women/girls (as it is told in the Bible, the first woman, Eve, is made from a rib of the first man, Adam). But hey, it’s a country song. Country songs are all about stories. That’s the premise here.
Even that concession, though, doesn’t improve the message of “God Made Girls,” which appears to be: GEE, IT’S A GOOD THING BOYS HAVE GIRLS AROUND TO MAKE THEM FUNCTIONAL HUMAN BEINGS. Keep reading »
We all know pop culture doesn’t always depict average people’s lives or inner thoughts realistically. Unless Pink or Alanis Morrisette have new music out, mainstream pop music doesn’t much reflect the realities of my life. No matter how catchy a song like “Problem” or “Fancy” might be, they are pure sonic sugar. So, when I first saw the music video for Meghan Trainor’s song “All About That Bass,” it was exciting: not only were her retro outfits totally cute, but her song was straight up body-positive. Trainor sings about accepting and loving her curves, not being a size two and realizing the images she sees in magazines have been Photoshopped and aren’t real. As a curvy lady — hips, boobs, butt, all of it — this was exciting to hear in one of summer’s top pop songs.
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Presidential lip dubs: they just never get old. Here’s President Obama dubbing one of the songs of summer — “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea. But wait: does this mean the president actually said “bitch” in a speech? [Flavorwire]