Missy Elliott, the Goddess of Rap

Missy Elliott, the Goddess of Rap

Claudia Maddaluno · 1 year ago · Music

Last weekend, the Queen of Rap Missy Elliott shared via Twitter some videos showing her in studios with Timbaland to let fans know she’s arriving with new music.

This Wednesday, another fantastic news: Missy Elliott is the first female rapper to be nominated for The Songwriters Hall Of Fame, the NAPM project that will realize a museum dedicated to the most important US music artists.

This prestigious nomination sounds like a deserved recognition for Missy, key artist in the history of rap, especially since she has always fought against the gender taboos and now she is the first female rapper to receive that nomination.

Missy Misdemeanor Elliott has broken a lot of music stereotypes and cliches, singing about sex and pleasure while wearing a giant plastic black bag suit.

When she debuted with her first single, The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly), in 1997, The Spice Girls preached the GIRL POWER wearing vinyl mini dresses. At the same time, Missy appeared as a goddess of prosperity in exaggerated form.

Her first album Supa Dupa Fly ,featuring Busta Rhymes, Lil Kim, Aaliyah, Timbaland and Da Brat, was futuristic and she knew it (we can read in an interview for The New Yorker: We give our music a futuristic feel. I don’t make music or videos for 1997—I do it for the year 2000)

Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. were murdered in 1997 but Missy’s lyrics were not about violence, drugs or tragedy: she used to sing about amusement, sex and sexual freedom. In that era, the male dominated the music industry but Missy was already the head of her label GoldMind Inc, which released the album.

So Missy and her partner in crime Timbaland were building a new hip hop songwriting, preferring not to sample but using amazing breakbeats. Throughout the album Missy never talks about love or true romance: she sings of a need for sex and this tracks were especially innovative coming from a black woman.

Everyone in the world realized that Missy was different from the others: that’s why Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson or Mel B asked her to remix and produce their music.

Supa Dupa Fly follow-up, Da Real World, features Beyoncé, Eminem, Big Boi (Outkast) and contains tracks like All N My Grill and Hot Boyz that made the history as well as the story of my adolescence.

At the beginning of the Y2K, Missy Elliott dropped another album called Miss E… So Addictive that opens with the promise of “some shit that you never heard before” and the funk od Dog In Heat.

Soul, right flow, warrior synths, freestyle verses and her delicious R&B made the kingdom of the Queen of Rap: Missy had no peer (and probably will have none).

The fourth album Under Construction confirmed her uniqueness in the rap landscapes: with a futurist style and the frenetic productions of Timbaland, Missy became a pop phenomenon and and one of hip-hop artists to watch.
Do I really have to talk about Work It?

Best single and video of that year.

The years rolled by and Missy was unstoppable, taking part in movies and fashion industry and dropping four albums including a greatest hits (This Is Not A Test, The Cookbook and Block Party in 2011).

But suddenly she fell from platinum to silence.

Of course Missy never stopped playing in our bedrooms, or stereo, or parties and the new generation of female / hip-hop rappers see her as its goddess (SZA, for example, dreams of a collaboration).

Now that we know for sure that Missy will return, we need her new music even more: we need her breaking rules with new album and dream of a fucking pink project with Solange, Beyoncé, SZA, Cardi B, Kehlani, Jorja Smith and Syd led by Missy Misdemeanor Elliott.

Is it worth it?
Yes, Missy. Work on it soon.

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10 videos you need in your life this week

10 videos you need in your life this week

Claudia Maddaluno · 1 year ago · Music

Yaeji – One More 

We got our free pass to dance all night long in Yaeji’s apartment but with a track like this, we could never know whether for real or in our dreams.

Beach House  – Pay No Mind

The video for Pay No Mind was filmed and directed by Michael Hirsch across three years of touring. I hoped till the end to watch me there in the crowd.

Mick Jenkins – Reginald (Feat. Ben Hixon)

Mick Jenkins is one of the hottest artists of 2018. The rapper based in Chicago dropped a new video for Reginald (feat. Ben Hixon) showing a hilarious parody of classic cop show.

Helado Negro – Please Won’t Please 

“I can’t help falling in love with you”

Róisín Murphy – The Rumble

Perfect video and track to say hello to the weekend.

Young Lean – Friday the 13th

Young Lean shared another video from the latest Poison Ivy album: the black and white clip for Friday the 13th seems like an Ingmar Bergman film.

NAS – NASIR – The Film

NAS releases NASIR – The Film, a new short film written and directed by Rohan Blair-Mangat and soundtracked by his most recent album NASIR. The 16-minute clip touches on the racial issues ingrained into his community of Queensbridge.

Parcels – Lightenup (Colors Show) 

Look at the new George Harrison.

Ivy Sole – How High

Take down this name wherever you want: she is Taylor McLendon, aka Ivy Sole and her R&B is simply delicious.

Mahalia & Kojey Radical – One Night Only

Let’s end with another woman that rocks. One Night Only is the new Mahalia’s track (feat. Kojey Radical). Watch and feel all of the weekend lightness!

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Tommy Cash – X-Ray 

Estonian rapper and conceptual artist Tommy Cash announced his debut album “¥€$”, due out 30 November, sharing the new video for X-Ray: just a piece of art.

K-Conjog – Same Old Grace 

K-Conjog’s new video for Same Old Grace is directed by Francesco Lettieri. Maybe for the first time, porn and illustrations make a good match.

Santii – TSUNAMI (feat. Hanami) 

TSUNAMI (feat. Hanami) is the first episode of S02 by Santii. This track reminds us of the positive sound of their previous project M+A: so enter and get your dose of psychedelic colors and happiness.

Venerus – Sindrome (feat. MACE) 

Take down this name. Someday, you’ll thank us.

VanJess – Another Lover

The 90s R&B duo VanJess make us dance in front of the mirror like we used to do in the 90s.

A$AP Rocky – Sundress

A$AP Rocky samples Tame Impala on new song Sundress. In the video directed by Frank Lebon everything seems frozen in time and so we are.

Masamasa – Bilancia

The song is called Bilancia but this has nothing to do with the zodiac: it is about a dangerous obsession that the video directed by Dario Sbattella tells perfectly.

Salmo – SPARARE ALLA LUNA (feat. Coez)

This Narcos-inspired video is simply amazing.

The 1975 – Sincerity Is Scary

I love everything in this video: pastels, Matty and that positive melody.

St. Vincent – Perfect Day (Lou Reed cover)

I could never have found a better way to say goodbye.

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Best Bedroom Pop Artists You Need To Know About

Best Bedroom Pop Artists You Need To Know About

Claudia Maddaluno · 1 year ago · Music

There is a new generation of artists who make music in their bedrooms, reaching huge numbers in the streaming industry. They are young, creative, independent and they perfectly know how to produce their music in a bedroom and build their fanbase, using the Internet to their advantage.
Someone called them “Bedroom pop artists” because their music is a mix of pop, indie, psychedelia with a lo-fi, cheap, DIY sound.
At the end of 2017, Spotify made a playlist featuring these bedroom pop artists which in few months reached more than 100.000 followers.

Check out the best bedroom pop artists below.

boy pablo

Norwegian artist named boy pablo has dropped his latest album “Soy Pablo”(the “Roy Pablo” follow-up Ep) on October 5th. He debuted with the lo-fi video for every time in late 2017, wearing the sweetest pink sweatshirt and playing guitar in the middle of the sea.
His sound is a fusion of jazz, surf-rock and dream pop, inspired by Mac DeMarco as well as by nostalgic 80s melodies: synths, reverbs and lo-fi melodies create a romantic and irresistible atmosphere.

Cuco

Cuco is one of 2018’s most promising artists. His real name is Omar Banos and he is a 19-year-old Mexican American but he has already dropped three projects in the past three years: “Wannabewithu, “Songs4u” and the latest EP “Chiquito“.
Writing in both English and Spanish, he mixed rap with lo-fi and dreamy bedroom pop. He recently shared a song feat. Clairo, a 19-year-old artist from Boston who makes music in her bedroom, racking up millions of plays on YouTube.

Phum Viphurit

Phum Viphurit is another exciting name for this new wave of indie-pop artists. The Thailand-born songwriter who was raised in New Zealand, started in late 2017 dropping his first album “Manchild” with the music video for “Long Gone” which has reached eight million views on YouTube. Phum calls his musical style “sunshine music”, a mix of fresh nu-soul and warm guitar melodies.
We still don’t know when his new album will come out but it should be released within the year. Just yesterday, Phum announced a collaboration with boy pablo . Finger crossed.

Yellow Days

We’ve talked about Yellow Days, aka George Van Den Broek here. His magic sound is a fusion of nu-soul, rap, jazz and indie, and his smooth vocal is extremely catchy. In 2017 he dropped “Harmless Melodies” and “Is Everything Okay In Your World?” but we feel that new album from Yellow Days is coming.
Meanwhile, watch his amazing video for “How Can I Love You?” below

Puma Blue

The raising talent Jacob Allen, aka Puma Blue, is a 22-year-old London boy. We really love his seductive voice. After dropping his debut EP Swum Baby last year he shared his second project called Blood Loss: 8 hypnotizing jazz tracks that will make you fall in love with him.

Cosmo Pyke

Cosmo Pyke is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from Peckhame. He writes jazzy, nu-soul music and also works as a model and spray paint artist.
Inspired by King Krule and Steve Lacy, Cosmo has dropped his first EP Just Cosmo in 2017. Now it’s time to have new music from him.

Clairo

Claire Cottrill, aka Clairo, is the Queen of the bedroom pop. She is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Boston best known for her viral video for “Pretty Girl” captured by a webcam in her bedroom. Her sound is simple, fascinating and angelic like her face. She dropped her first Ep diary 001, early this year.

Rex Orange County

“Loving is Easy / You had me fucked up”… have you ever heard this chorus? Well, that’s from Rex Orange County, one of the few featured artists on Tyler, the Creator’s latest album Flower Boy. His first delicious album was dropped last year and now we’re waiting for the follow-up.

Gus Dapperton

Platinum blond hair, emerald eyes. Gus Dapperton is only 20 years old NY artist and makes the 80s influenced music with a unique and mature sound.
He started dropping the debut Ep, Yellow And Such, in 2017 and the follow-up album You Think You’re a Comic. “World Class Cinema” is the latest single accompanied by a short film video you can watch below.

mxmtoon

mxmtoon is the moniker of 18-year-old Maia, an Oakland-based singer-songwriter “playing sad songs from her bedroom and making goofy youtube videos”. She has dropped 13 tracks over the past year, including the latest “I feel like cheet”, a mix of R&B, hip-hop, and beauty.

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10 videos you need in your life this week

10 videos you need in your life this week

Claudia Maddaluno · 1 year ago · Music

Be Forest – Atto I

Be Forest are back.
Let the show begin.

Ceri – Guai

Ceri is the new talent of Undamento records. After producing Frah Quintale and Coez and debuting with the single Bimba Mia, he dropped Guai: a melancholic and delicate track that makes us forget our troubles.

Rhye – Song For You

We’re hooked and we can’t stop watching.

Pereira – Ciabatte Galleggianti

Pereira in an italian bedroom pop artist. Dreamy, lo-fi, floating.

Dounia & Kehlani – Rich Girl Mood

Are you ok, men?

Dorso – Asfalto

Dorso has dropped his third single, Asfalto, via 42Records. The track is accompanied by a video which is for National Geographic lovers.

Bad Gyal – Yo Sigo Iual

La Reina de la trap catalan is back with a new track produced by Fake Guido & El Guincho. Filmed in 35 mm, the music video was shot in her hometown, showing us the places where she grew up.

Kllo – Candid

The new electronic song Candid from the duo Kllo is minimal and delicate, mixing downtempo and R&B. The track, accompanied by a lo-fi video, is about being honest with one other:
“Not compromising, not being ‘so nice’ in my reaction to an uncomfortable experience. Just being as candid as I can and deserve to be. It’s understanding the power of my words, which is something new to me and the fundamental key to my happiness”.

RY X – YaYaYa

I can stay like this for hours, watching those orange sheets blowing in the breeze while RY X’s voice holds me.

SSION – Inherit

The best video of the week.

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