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Review: Frank Ocean – “Endless”

Sup, yinz?  Last night we FINALLY received new music from Frank Ocean who has been in hiding for the last four years.  Well not really in hiding – he was seen drag racing with Tyler, The Creator the other night in LA but musically he has been hiding.

Although I wanted to go to bed early last night, I couldn’t resist and just had to watch, yes watch, his new music.  I mean, I did stay up quite late for a whole week watching an ENDLESS (supposed) live stream of him building this staircase, so I felt I had to watch immediately.

Any who, Frank debuted a visual album titled Endless.  Many thought, including myself, the project was going to be called Boys Don’t Cry, but nope.  He changed it on us.  However, there are rumors and speculations that he will drop another project this weekend that could be titled Boys Don’t Cry.  Stay tuned for that one.

Anyway, check out my review of the project below!  Did you watch Endless?  If so, what did you think?  Also, does anyone know why he changed the title to Endless or what the staircase is for?  I don’t actually know, but maybe it’s a metaphor of some type?  An endless staircase?  We will be endlessly waiting for a true album from him?  So many questions.  No real answers.

Check it!

Happy Friday, yinz!  And be sure to follow me on Snap to see more reactions, reviews, and ridiculous moments… ergense.

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#PittsburghPapi

You know I had to post about this moment.  Last night Drake made a stop on his and Future’s Summer Sixteen Tour in the epic city that is my hometown of Pittsburgh and repped the city HARD.  I like that (Khaled voice).  Amazing.

Check it below!

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I don’t really have much else to say about this other than that my favorite is wearing my favorite.

Happy almost Friday, yinz!

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Review: Jaxon – ‘WILDWEST’

New artist + new series alert!  I am pretty excited to have my first

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post feature none other than the 21-year-old New Zealand artist, Jaxon.  In particular, this post will highlight his debut EP, WILDWEST which dropped last Friday, August 5.

Jaxon is a rock-leaning, soul, R&B singer, who was raised in Texas, with influences ranging from artists like Drake, Lenny Kravitz, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Guns N’ Roses, Miguel, and Ben Harper.  They have helped him personally grow as an artist and by listening to WILDWEST, you will definitely hear the above influences in his sound, specifically Drake, Lenny Kravitz, and Miguel.  Very, very dope AND extremely unique.  Major key.

Okay, time for the real deal.  I recommend you listen to the EP below and read my review of each track as you listen and would love to know what you think in the comments section at the bottom of this post.  Press play and hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

WILDWEST REVIEW

‘High Noon’ | This song just puts me in a good mood and when the chorus hits, all I want to do is rock out (Lenny Kravitz, check), and I’m typically not one to ‘rock out.’  This track will make you want to take a road trip up PCH to Malibu.  And honestly, any song about California I’m probably going to like.  I mean, I did move here from the East Coast, right?  His vocals are powerful at the end too – I dig it!

‘Smith & Wesson’ | Love the opening sound of this track.  I feel like now I should be in Malibu on the beach.  Summer vibes all the way.

‘Wild West’ | Now we’re at the track which shares the name of the EP.  Love the guitar on this one, and Jaxon’s vocals on this actually remind me of Miguel (check).  I could see it being on Miguel’s last album Wildheart.  Woah.  WILDWEST… Wildheart.  Amazing.

‘Red Velvet’ | Again, another track I want to rock out to.  PROPS to Jaxon for getting me to rock out.  Rare ting.  Love the overall beat and cadence.  His voice is as smooth as red velvet on this track.  And now I sort of want a piece of red velvet cake.  Moving on…

‘Hennessy ft. DYSN’ The opening of this track is unexpected from the rest of the songs, and I love it.  Okay, can we get a Bieber and Jaxon duet?  Serious.  I think that would be dope.  This is definitely an end-of-the-night song, and if you know me, you know I love music for ALL types of the day and night, so thank you, Jaxon, for giving me a new song to add to my chill vibes playlist🙂.

‘Black Gold’ | I immediately was drawn to this track just from the name of it.  Pittsburgh colors, ya dig!  Love when the song picks up at about 1:15.  This was a strong ending to the EP – well done.

Overall emotion… Drake feel (check).

Listening to the six tracks truly takes you on a journey from start to finish.  I think people will gravitate toward this project because it’s relatable – moving to a new city, dealing with modern day problems, and just going with and handling the flow of life.  And why will you gravitate toward Jaxon?  As an artist, his voice is melodic AF, he has vocals AND can play the guitar, and from what I hear, he’s a complete gem🙂.

Really looking forward to getting more music from Jaxon and seeing him grow as an artist.

Thanks for reading my first watch out WEDNESDAY, yinz!

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NEW: DJ Snake ft. Swizz Beatz, Jeremih & Young Thug – ‘The Half’

BANGER ALERT.

Okay, this song is fire AF.  The track will appear on DJ Snake’s debut album Encore which actually just dropped today!

Check the track here. #EmbeddingProbz

Skrillex, Travi$ Scott (hello sir, where is your album?), Migos, the Biebs, and more are featured on Encore.

Check it!  At the very least jam out to ‘The Half.’  More music updates (specifically re: Frank Ocean) on my Snap… ergense.

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Tracklist: French Montana – ‘MC4’

Haaaaaan.

Earlier today, French Montana released the official tracklist for his upcoming album, MC4, which is set to drop on August 19.

There are 14 tracks and feature some pretty big names – Drake, Kanye, Nas, Kodak Black, and Miguel just to name a few.

Peep the listing below!

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Snapchat Stories… Instagram Stories.  Twins.

The photo-sharing platform has just launched its newest feature which is basically identical to the Snapchat Story feature.  For those of you who don’t know about the Story, you can take a photo or video, post it to your Story, and it will live there for 24 hours and then disappear.

Instagram didn’t even bother to change the name!  Literally called it Instagram Stories, and it works the same as Snapchat Stories.  You can post photos and/or videos, add text, and doodle on your content.  IG Stories do give you the option of changing your drawing tool though – the neon one looks pretty dope.

I tested it out a bit ago, and it seems pretty simple.  How could it not be?  If you know how to work Snapchat, you will be able to figure this IG version out.

Check out my IG to see (@serge19) and learn how to worque it.

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Can it be Friday yet?

UPDATE 8/4; 5:37PM PST:  And the dude is back.  #FrankDoesScience

I suggest you tune into my Snap because not only have I been following this all week, but when this ish drops… just saying.

And while we wait for Boys Don’t Cry, you can listen to a playlist of all the instrumentals that were featured in the live stream thus far.

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UPDATE:  Apple Music Tweeted just a bit ago a link to the live stream that was originally on Frank’s album site.  But now when you click the link, it takes you to the stream on Apple Music.

I’m about to share a major key with  yinz… GET APPLE MUSIC.  Too many (epic) artists are signing deals with the streaming platform, and you don’t want to be the lone listener trying to find the song, album, mixtape, etc. from some janky site.

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[original post continued here] …and not because of the weekend.  And if anyone should be checking the time, it should 100% be Frank.  Hello, sir.  Where are you?

So, it’s been a minute since I’ve posted, and I know I said I was starting a new weekly series, but chill fam, life happens, and I get caught up.

Anyways and more importantly, we not only have Travi$ Scott dropping his new album this Friday but now reports are saying Mr. Frank I’veBeenHidingForFourYears Ocean will also be dropping his album.

Since this morning, I’ve had Frank’s Boys Don’t Cry site up – still up now – because at midnight on the West Coast he launched this stream.  I’m basically trolling myself because I hear the live stream is really just a video loop.  But in the small chance Frank pops out and live streams his album, I need to be the first to know and share the info with yinz.

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So Sara May Cry if he doesn’t actually drop this album on Friday, and if he doesn’t, at least I have Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight to fall back on.  Not going to lie though, I’m probably a little more excited for Travy’s album anyway.

Definitely stay tuned to this post for more updates.

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UDPATE: New Music from Drake Tomorrow…

UPDATE:

Listen to ‘No Shopping’ below!  Catch that lyric back to Joe Budden…

Remember when French Montana and Drake were seen together recording a new song?  Well that song, ‘No Shopping,’ drops tomorrow.

Produced by 40 and Murda Beatz, the single will appear on French’s upcoming album MC4, which is expected to drop on August 19.

The video has already been shot for the song, but it’s not confirmed if that will be dropping with the audio.  Regardless, I’m looking forward to this collab.

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Stay chuned!

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NEW: KH of Mo’$crill – ‘Potion’

Hey yinz!  Made it back from our annual 4th of July trip alive and well.  Not extremely well but  alive enough to make it to work on time and get through the day.  I’ll be crafting a post for Miss Mandy but am wanting to wait for the official video to be made first🙂.

What helped me get through the day though?

Coffee, a lot of work, a chocolate chip cookie, my new Travi$ Scott dad hat that arrived in the mail, and most importantly music.  Not just any music but new music from my fellow Pittsburgh native, KH.

Produced by Justin Cicco and Sledgren, KH’s newest song ‘Potion’ gives off the right amount of vibes for this day of recovery.  The chill yet sexy sound is the perfect mix.  Listen below!

I’m also excited to announce that I’ll be starting a new series on on californyinz where I’ll be highlighting new artists or artists that I think you should be listening to on WATCH OUT WEDNESDAY (WOW).  *watch out lil bih* I’m super pumped about this because I always feel like I’m listening to new artists or being recommended artists, and I need to spread the word about these epic and talented people.  While I may highlight new songs, I want to stick to the people who create those songs.

Now I can’t promise it will be every Wednesday, but I will definitely be starting next week on July 13 with the artist featured in this post, KH.  What better artist to start off with than someone who is also from Pittsburgh?  Not to mention, we did a dope interview, and he’s so down to earth, and I can’t wait for you to e-meet him.

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So listen to the track *DRUMMA BOY VOICE* and let me know what you think!

Hope yinz had a great 4th!

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