So, this last week I’ve heard and seen nothing but Beyonce and Drake everywhere I go. From the plethora of internet memes, to the radio stations played in various stores I’ve perused, and even throughout the neighborhood my apartment is situated in. I can’t escape it.
Now, don’t get me wrong, Beyonce is very talented. Along with her husband Jay-Z, she’s also quite business savvy. You see, the whole theme of “Lemonade” is about her accusations of her husband stepping out on her and being unfaithful. Seems plausible, right? I mean, that’s a tale that’s been told throughout the last 60 years of music.
But wait a moment. “Lemonade” was released initially as a Tidal (Jay-Z’s music streaming service) exclusively. Hmmm…and hasn’t Jay-Z been overseeing Beyonce’s career and music for years now? Something smells fishy, and it’s not the Sea Food Market down the street from me either.
“Lemonade” has already garnered well over 150 Million since it’s release. And if it was initially a Tidal exclusive during the first part of it’s release, wouldn’t it stand to reason that Jay-Z would be benefiting financially as a result?
I call shenanigans!
After all, Beyonce has previously reaped the benefits of musically misleading her fans. Or have we all forgotten about “Single Ladies” already? Don’t get me wrong, she’s certainly not the first artist to do so, and she definitely will not be the last! My whole reasoning behind bringing up the subject to begin with is, as my mission has always been, to get my readers to think.
Just because a song has a good beat, doesn’t necessarily classify it as a good song. Which brings me to my next point: THE ENTIRETY OF DRAKE’S NEW ALBUM.
“But it’s so fire!” “You don’t understand, it’s fire!” “You don’t know good music!”
All phrases that have been thrown my way since voicing my opinion on “Views.” The last one hurts, not going to lie.
Where do I even begin with what’s wrong with this album? Drake’s nasally “vocals”? Future’s mind-numbing monotone? The fact that there were thirty-four different producers involved? How about the fact that on any given song on the album, there’s at LEAST two other writers involved besides Drake?
I mean, that last fact is hard to believe, I know, with such lyrical mastery like that found in the track “Child’s Play.”
Why you gotta fight with me at Cheesecake
You know I love to go there
Say I’m actin’ lightskin, I can’t take you nowhere
This a place for families that drive Camrys and go to Disney
They don’t need to know all of our business
You wildin’, you super childish, you go to CVS for Kotex
In my Bugatti, I took the key and tried to hide it
So you can’t drive it, and put on mileage
Then you find it, awkward silence
Momma is a saint, yes she raised me real good
All because of her I don’t do you like I should
Don’t make me give you back to the hood
Don’t make me give you back
Really? Lines like this are “fire”? PLEASE! I’ve heard 15 year olds on SoundCloud that spit better lines than that!
I’m just saying, there’s MUCH better music out there. Look at artists like Murs, Mos Def, Common, Atmosphere, and even J Cole and Kendrick Lamar! But no, mainstream media will continue to force-feed us the fetid miasma that we accept as good modern music.