Keri Hilson – No Boys Allowed [Album Review]

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Okay, the second album from Keri Hilson! Her first album “In a Perfect world” was one of my favourite albums of 2009! Keri is a good song writer! When she puts soul into her songs you can feel the soul. For example go and listen to “Where Did He go?” “Intuition” and also “Alienated” these all show Keri’s soulful side, this is the side of Keri Hilson that I like.

The first single that Keri Hilson dropped of her new album “No Boys Allowed” was “Breaking Point” this wasn’t a strong choice for the first single of the album, but Breaking Point grew on everybody, but didn’t grow quick enough for the charts. The Second single that Keri dropped was the Fantastic “Pretty Girl Rock” Pretty Girl Rock is another anthem! This should have been Keri’s first single! Then Keri went and dropped the bomb on us with the video to “The Way You Love Me” which caused uproar on social networks such as Twitter! People were shocked at Keri’s “Pussy Popping” and her lyrics that consisted of “Fuck me, Fuck me; It’s the way you fuck me!” to follow up afterwards she did a interview with Perez Hilton and said “I don’t want to make love, I just want to get fucked!” coming from me I was shocked by all this ATROUCIOUS language that Keri was using, I am a fan and I’m used to her keeping it “CUTE”. After this outcome of Keri’s “The Way you Love me” I was intrigued to see where this album was going.

I heard “Buy you” when it was leaked with Lil Kim. I liked the version of the song with Lil’ Kim’s verse. I think it would have been a good way to bring Lil’ Kim back into the industry (even though I know she hasn’t left). But as we know Keri didn’t use the Lil’ Kim version on the album she has the J. Cole version on the album. Which nothing wrong with that, Buy You is one of the best song’s on the album! Can be compared to her “Get Your Money Up (feat. Keyshia Cole & Trina)” on her In a Perfect World album.

Summing up this review in short words, I wasn’t too impressed with Keri’s album. I felt like something was missing. When I heard the title was going to be called “No Boys allowed” listening to her previous work I was thinking it’s going to be some Soulful – R&B heartbreaking songs that was going to give you some Soulfood, However it is an album full of some sexual songs and a few heart-comforting songs here and there.

 

Tracks that grew on me were “Bahm, Bahm” and “One night Stand (feat. Chris Brown)”. One Night stand grew on me because it has Chris Brown in it. Despite what’s happened to Chris Brown in the past you cannot deny that when u see his name featuring on a track you are intrigued to listen!

One track that I didn’t like when it leaked was “Toy Solider” but when listening to the album I like this track very much! This is the Keri Hilson that I Love and this is the kind of material I was expecting on No Boy’s Allowed! Another track that is similar to Toy Soldier is “All the Boy’s” These tracks [in my eyes] Make this album what it is. Keri’s vocals in “All the Boy’s” really suits her! Wish she would make more songs like this!

“Pretty Girl Rock featuring Kanye West (remix)” is Unnecessary. I am sorry to say. Didn’t do anything for me at all!

However, No Boy’s Allowed is a good effort from Keri Hilson, but I really do wish that on her next album she mixes a bit of “Pretty Girl Rock” and a bit of “All The Boys” together! I need the soulful side of Keri Hilson back. None of this “Fuck me, Fuck me” Business.

Ciara Basic Instinct – Album Review

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Ciara has hit back with her Basic Instinct album which has been anticipated from July this year. I am big fan of Ciara and since her first flop “Fantasy Ride” everybody has had something negative to say about her. I have nothing against Ciara and want her all the best. Before I get into this review I want to say that Fantasy Ride was a GOOD ALBUM! It was a Solid album and doesn’t deserve the status that it’s got.

Basic Instinct – the Follow up to Fantasy Ride. Ciara has said that she is feeding back to her fans on this album. When I heard this I was expecting Ciara to take it back to the Goodies days, The “Promise” days! The “Like a Boy” days! We hear the first singles that Ciara has dropped: Ride, Speechless and Gimme Dat – All good tracks that have gained positive feedback. Especially Ride which has gave every girl the opportunity to learn how to Ride the BEAT! I have loved every single that Ciara has dropped off the album even the leaks such as her verse on Wacka Flocka Flame’s “Hard in the Paint”. So you can guess that I was kind of excited as her Fans/Stans were.

Firstly I would like to Praise Ciara on the track “Basic Instinct (U Got Me)” track. Within this track we hear Ciara Rapping! And it’s not SO BAD! She defiantly got flow, nobody can knock her for that. She introduced the album in a Good way. But I was kinda disappointed when I took a further listen to the album :-(.

I was expecting the album to have more than 11 tracks. Probably 14 CiCi! Especially since we’ve been waiting so long. I was expecting so much MORE! I don’t see the hype around “Heavy Rotation” maybe I need to listen to it more. However I do like “You Can Get It” it reminds me of “Tell me what your name is” and “Promise”. However don’t get me wrong… The album is a good album – However the record label shouldn’t have waited so long to release it! The best songs on the album have already been released. Speechless, Gimme Dat and Ride make the album what it is! “You Can Get It” has to be on the options for the next single! The record label should have left songs such as Speechless in the dark until the album was released. I do have a strong feeling that “Turn It up (feat. Usher)” will be the next single though, which surprisingly I am NOT feeling! I preferred “Turntables (feat. Chris Brown)” of the Fantasy Ride album. However coming to think about it… Turntables did grow on me because I didn’t like it when I first heard it.

Maybe Basic Instinct is an album that will grow on me. I won’t give up on it because I am a fan of Ciara and wish her success in everything. But the anticipation that was around Basic Instinct hyped me up for basically songs that I’ve already been feeling!? Or for a album that has to grow on me? I was expecting a STRAIGHT Reaction to the album. Maybe you will see me post another review of Basic Instinct in a couple of Months like what I did for Alexandra Burke.

The Deluxe Version of Basic Instinct features ALL the videos that Ciara has done. However this is only available on iTunes.

Jazmine Sullivan – Love Me Back Album Review

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Jazmine Sullivan has returned with her sophomore album “Love Me Back”. After Jazmine’s first album “Fearless” I have been a fan! From the songs Dream Big, Call me Guilty, Fear, Need U Bad, Lions, Tigers and Bears and After the Hurricane I was excited to see what Jazmine is going to offer with this new album.

The first single that Jazmine dropped from the album was “Holding you Down (Going in Circles)” Compared to “Bust your Windows” I really liked this single more than Bust your Windows. Bust your windows had to grow on me. I liked the lyrics but didn’t like her voice. I’m being honest Jazmine Sullivan’s voice had to grow on me. I wasn’t amazed by her vocals when I first heard it. Anyhow Jazmine Dropped the Second single “10 Seconds” which I don’t like! However with plenty of Radio play I just might end up liking it.
Firstly I didn’t know that Jazmine was releasing her album in November! I was expecting it to come out in 2011, someone isn’t doing good promotion! So from the buzz around the Album I heard that Jazmine had worked with Prince on this album. Prince is a LEGEND. The track that I believe Jazmine worked with Prince on is the track “Good Enough” This track has Prince written all over it but it is a GOOD track with the lyrics:

“And if I’m not good enough – Then baby there’s the door. I bet you, you won’t find another fool who Gon’ give you more”

Then we have Jazmine giving us the Reggae vibe that she gave us with “Need U Bad” she’s giving us this on the tracks “Love you long time” and exits the album with a Reggae vibe with the track “Luv Back” These tracks are what makes the album fun! Jazmine really suits the Reggae vibe, Suits her better than the artists that original where raised in the Caribbean (No shade to Shontelle or Rihanna). I have to say that “Luv back” has to be my favourite track of this album!

Moving swiftly on to the only feature on the album – “U Get On My Nerves (feat. Ne-Yo)”. Surprisingly – I don’t like Ne-Yo as an Artist, so when I saw his name on the album I felt uncomfortable! But this track is a GOOD TRACK! With lyrics such as

“You get on my damn nerves, My damn nerves, My damn nerves, I’m so glad we’re not together now!”

It probably looks like a Nursery rhyme just reading it but I’m telling u this song is a CLASSIC. Especially if u had a partner that got on your DAMN nerves! U can feel this song inside out.

My favourite tracks of this album are:

  • Holding you Down (Going In Cirlces)
  • Good Enough
  • Love you Long Time
  • Excuse Me
  • U Get On my Nerves (Feat. Ne-Yo)
  • Luv Back

6/11 Tracks I’m feeling… NOT TO BAD!

Overall this is a good effort from Jazmine Sullivan, However I’m not happy with the promotion she needs more promotion we can’t afford to sleep on Jazmine Sullivan she is another Legend within the making. However this album is a good follow up to her First album however not as good as her first album. Hopefully her THIRD album will be even better! But it is a good album.

Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday Album Review

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Okay, one of the most anticipated albums this year “Pink Friday” was released 22nd November! Here is my review:

I am not a fan of Female Rappers apart from my Homegirl Missy Elliott! So I didn’t know about Nicki Minaj until people started talking about her on Twitter, even then I didn’t know what she was about! I realised everyone was calling themselves Barbie’s and Ken’s and I was really a bit baffled but didn’t do research. The first song that made me realise who/what Nicki Minaj is about was “Bedrock” when she dropped the line “Let me put this pussy on ya sideburns” as dirty as it may sound it was said more classier than Keri Hilson’s “Fuck me, Fuck me – It’s the way you fuck me!” ANYWAY! After that I only heard her drop some serious bar’s on peoples song I realised okay this chick is a bit serious, however I still was in the Dark about her. I didn’t download her mixtapes or anything. I didn’t realise what I was missing! Futher more, her mainstreams tracks leaked such as “Massive Attack” and her Bars on “Hello, Good Morning”. Also her verse on Ludacris’s “My Chick Bad”. I started to build a passion for her. Then I finally downloaded her Mixtape “Beam Me Up Scotty” like a Month before her album release… and I seriously missed A LOT! This Chick is BAD!

When Pink Friday was released I was excited! After hearing “Beam Me Up Scotty” and her Features and the songs that were released before the album such as “Your Love” and “Right Thru Me” and not to forget her EPIC verse on Kanye West’s “Monster” I was ready for it. Pressed Play on the album and what do I hear?

“I hear them coming for me. Because the top is lonely! What the Fuck they gon’ say? What The fuck they gon’ say? I’m the best bitch doing it! I am the best bitch doing it!”

From these Bar’s I was GASSED.

Romans Revenge when it first leaked I wasn’t too fond of it. But when I researched into the beef between her and Lil’ Kim… Romans Revenge GOES HARD – Lyrically!

Moving swiftly on, the song “Moment 4 Life (feat. Drake)” which defiantly will be the next song that everybody will be posting on their Facebook Statuses and Twitter Bio’s, this song most defiantly is yet another classic not to mention one of the BEST on the album!

I have spoken to a few of Nicki Minaj’s fans/Stan’s and some of them are very disappointed. Saying that Nicki isn’t the same she is more mainstream and that she has changed. I cannot relate to this because I wasn’t a fan from the Beginning however Nicki addresses this on “Dear Old Nicki” which has to be the most emotional song on the album! This song is the HIGHLIGHT of the album! I’m not going into it too much because it’s best that you need to investigate for yourself. But the bar that got me on this track has to be this:

“Yo, did I chase the glitz and glamour, Money, Fame and power? Cause if so that will forever go down my lamest hour.”

Before I even end this review – You have to get the DELUXE Edition of the album! Just for my FAVOURITE Tracks:

  • Superbass
  • Blow Ya Mind
  • Girls Fall Like Dominoes

I cannot stress enough how GOOD I think this album is. I Hope I’m not the only one that feels like this. Seriously if you haven’t listened to it, I would recommend that you listen to it. She literally is shutting every Rap bitch in the game down. However still got Love for My girl Missy Elliott! LOL! Go Get Em Nicki! Its Pink Friday HOE!

#DearOldMally

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Dear Old Mally

What a long time it’s been. Didn’t even recognise you was gone until the other day.

The other day when I realised I was happy.

Been such a long time, I don’t even know what I miss about you.

Maybe it’s the fact that I was you for such a long time I don’t even know what’s gone or what’s stayed. The Depression and the hurt stayed with me for such a long I got used to it and it became the Norm. I don’t even know how I managed to wake up each morning and keep my head held high.

I guess that’s just the Malachi that WE both know.

Funny you know, I always used to be so confused, didn’t know who I was, what I was about. Went through such a long time trying to figure out who and WHAT I am. And then you left me (Old Mally) and then I figured out what I AM about.

See Old Mally – I don’t even want to class you as an Alter-Ego because YOU were ME for such a long time. This wasn’t – one minute I’m YOU and the next Minute I am myself. I woke up each Morning and I was “Old Mally”

Some days I sit and wonder… “Where U at?” “Do I want u to come back?” Remember those days u used to sit on the bus and just Zone Out? DAMN – Looking back now I’m thinking U was a Zombie.

I’m so ME now I can’t even remember how or what you were doing 2 years ago!

I can’t even put my feet in your shoes and feel the same. Because I still got ur shoes on my shoe rack Old Mally. Ur shoes don’t even fit me now. That’s crazy right?

I don’t wanna know where u at. Don’t want you to come back either. You can stay where you are as far as I’m concerned.

Dear Old Mally – I just want to ask you a question. Did my friends fall in love with you or me? They not once have said I’ve changed. They’ve said I’ve lost weight though.Talking about friends, it’s funny how the “friends” that were around me when YOU were around have disappeared. And when they disappeared you disappeared as well. Ain’t that funny?

I guess we will never know really.

Happiness is never ever-lasting, so old Mally – Maybe I’ll see u again someday, but it defiantly isn’t going to be today!