Grass Ain’t Greener By Chris Brown

There is something about Chris Brown. What is it?  His soft croons. His fabulous dancing. His genius decisions to always choose such an r&b beat sometimes fused with techno. Ugh! I can’t stand his fine self. Well, he could chill with the constant changing of hairstyles. Lol. Anyway, “Grass Ain’t Greener” captures my spirit. The inconsistency of the hollow noises inter-playing throughout the track catches my ears and drags me into an orgasmic musical submission from his light, smooth croons. My head is at mercy to the beat for reasons I know not. Regardless of what it is, this track always makes my body want to move into a dance frenzy even if I am on a crowded subway. Stare at me and I may be staring mindlessly into an abyss of the world around me. But secretly, I am dancing in the “Let’s Go Get My Ex” induced video right along with Brown in my mind. Now watch me make my move.

I Would Like by Zara Larsson

I question why so many songs today choose to sample from the 90s. Nah! I’m trippin.’ It’s clearly because we’re all obsessed with the 90s. There have been some excellent re-dos to the oldies hits. Some of them should have been left alone however. This track is not one of them. Zara Larsson’s “I Would Like,” is not a bad version of the classic reggae tune “Dat Sexy Body” from Sasha. I could never forget the days when that tune used to bump through the East Flatbush windows of my old building as an itty bitty kid. Zara throws her millennial flavor into it creating a House/dance vibe sort of separating from the whining culture this beat originally ensued. It is nice to hear this tune again – and it’s not so bad hearing it in this 2016 twist. I bet this song will be on heavy base throbbing into the ears of 20 somethings at 11 pm on a Friday night. Anyway, let’s enjoy this track however you like to receive it.

Been to the Moon by Corinne Bailey Rae

This songstress has kept away from us for far too long. Yes! I know she has her own life. But Corinne Bailey Rae’s music has always been just the right sound I needed to hear without even knowing it. I am truly pleased to hear that she’s making music again. In her latest video, “Been to the Moon,” one can see how far she’s grown musically. The sound has a celestial approach that leaps along with her sweet, soft croons. Feel the heart of this production at the chorus – her voice soulfully intertwines with the light changes of the beat. This psychedelic track is a marriage between the new and the old. Don’t let your ears meander away from it; take a listen below.

 

Empowerment and Grooves at Leftfield

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I’m super late with this post (One day I will be better at not procrastinating… one day). Although, the busy work life does have a lot to do with it.

On February 5, I had the pleasure to be in attendance of some truly dope performers at the Leftfield, a spot hidden in the swanky, urban ambiance that makes up the L.E.S. This chill bar/performance hub was an epicenter for the Friday night crew: youngsters ready to start the weekend RIGHT. Among the hipsters and inhabitants of the cool was a quaint little collective body of music lovers ready to be immersed with some pleasant noise. The first performer I heard for the night,  Conscious LEO, provided an incredible energy to the dwellers of Leftfield. The crowd was in full out cheers, enthusiasm and uninhibited energy during the blight of his performance. LEO served us some knowledge with his humble tribute to his home of Memphis and brought out the lion in us all with his powerful stance to the #BlackPower movement.

After Conscious Leo’s dynamic performance, I was glued to the energy of the room. My butt wasn’t going anywhere. My musical heart was overjoyed at my decision. For that night, two more artists took me on their lyrical journey where I was able to sway in elation from the sweet grooves of ISA and delve into the Chicago sound from R.O.E. (Rising Over Envy). Both performers packed a punch in how they creatively showcased their individuality. ISA’s gorgeous croons had me bouncing to the reality of having no money but also had me in the feels for that special someone from her sultry, genuine tunes. R. O.E did not fail to represent the artistry of his sound with positive messages about grinding, making it after leaving the nest, and more. All of these performers had that ‘wow’ factor which will keep myself and many others a fan for years to come.

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Conscious LEO

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ISA

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R.O.E.

 

 

 

“The Andy Warhol and Jerry Lewis” of Hip Hop

What to meet the man modeled after Akira and the man of many shirts? The Heartbeat Life had the great opportunity to catch up with The Real Mike Wilson and Kaneki in a mockumentary focused on their glorious rise to “fame.” Check it out and laugh, cry or just enjoy below.

 

 

Sunday Sessions – RKHTY

The energy of the 90s is so embraced within the realms of “Sunday Sessions” that it makes me shiver. Goosebumps from the flashbacks of dudes walking down the block with boomboxes come alive through just the first listen. That as well as chills from the relaxed vibe of self expression and an exhilaration from the strong message of how wonderful it was back then to just be who you are. Let me exhale for a moment – this collection of sound is almost too dope for words. But let me try to put it in some anyway. RKHTY greatly incorporates the cool of this era. Her flow makes you feel like it’s 96′ all over again. Laugh and groove to the singles as if you are in the room with her when your ears take in the skits. Out of the seven lovelies from this group, my top picks are definitely “True Love” and “Friday Night” – jamming grooves that evoke a bubbly nostalgia of choice memories. Head to the spot and just kick it with this nice little slice of heaven.

 

Forever Mine by Andra Day

Andra Day has a commitment to the flawless beauty of the 50s. Whether it be through her light croons crying out to a lover or through the epic awesomeness of her do, this lady is on a wicked cruiser to class on her track “Forever Mine.” Sway to this sweet lullaby of a tune – it makes this one want to vaporize into a cotton candy puff of cool and breezy. Check it out below.