This week saw the release of Tyler, the Creator’s album Cherry Bomb along with a mix and match of other singles as well. Trey Songz delivered a surprise mixtape Intermission, and Rihanna released her newest single from her upcoming album, “American Oxygen.” Here is what came out this week…
Technically the song came out on April 5th on the new Tidal Music platform, but I was not really a fan of Tidal, so I decided to wait till it was available everywhere. With that being said, this patriotic and energetic song is actually pretty good. It is pretty significant because Rihanna, the island girl herself, is a black immigrant of the United States. The song, which served as the theme song for March Madness, is about achieving the American Dream. The song also has some obvious influences from Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA.” “American Oxygen” gets me pretty excited for what is to come with Rihanna’s #R8, her highly anticipated next album, but this should do till then.
“Addicted to a Memory”
Zedd (feat. Bahari)
“Addicted to a Memory” is Zedd’s second offering off his new album True Colors which comes out on the 19th of this month. It is a “what could have been” type of song, which has Bahari reflecting on a relationship that probably did not go as planned. It has a deep techno kind of feel with a drop that will shake any dance club. It started to run a little long towards the end, but overall it felt like a Zedd song.
“Darker than Blood”
Steve Aoki (feat. Linkin Park)
The other EDM track to come out this week came from the rage inducer Steve Aoki himself, along with the surprise help of Linkin Park. This is not the first time that we have had rock mixed with electronic music, but it did not feel quite right with “Darker than Blood.” The song, which supposedly has been in production for almost two years, did not quite have the effect that I thought it would have. The song sounds like Steve Aoki, as well as Linkin Park. It just made me realize that the song probably would have sounded better separated. I would have rather had Steve Aoki release the song by himself, with Linkin Park doing the same. Then we could have had a comparison.
“So Many Pros”
Bush is on its way, and Snoop seems to be making a comeback, albeit with a new sound. His second single “So Many Pros” has similarities to his other single “Peaches and Cream,” which makes it apparent that the album is going to have a smooth and more “pop-y” feel to it. “So Many Pros” has production from Pharrell Williams, and some back up vocals from the talented Charlie Wilson. It brought me back to Snoop’s earlier ballad “Sensual Seduction,” but “So Many Pros” failed to do it for me. It just sounded like a tired and lazy pop song with little to no rap at all. If I did not know better, I would not have guessed that it was a Snoop Dogg song.
Yelawolf (feat. Eminem)
I have a strong feeling that Yelawolf has a good album coming our way to add to the collection of great hip hop albums that have come out this year. “Best Friend” is his latest single from the upcoming release, which includes the only feature on the album; and no one better to fill that role than Slim Shady himself. The two sound great together on the track, with Yelawolf getting a little more spiritual while Eminem delivers his trademark aggressive rhymes. There’s a overarching spiritual tone to the song, which makes me excited for the kind of territory that the southern rapper will cover on Love Story.
Trey Songz noted on his Twitter that he feels like he is at his best whenever he releases surprise music for his fans. The mixtape, which could be called an EP, features a small collection of songs from the R&B singer. Some of my favorites from the release are “Don’t Play” and “Talk About It.” They both do the job of being pretty alright R&B songs. The others on the EP are not knock-outs, but they were not bad. Intermission was not Trey Songz at his absolute best, but he gives his fans something to grapple to during their wait for his upcoming project.