New Music Friday!

Welcome to the weekend! That means today is…New Music Friday! Gotta make this a quick one. I’ve got too much work to do today, so let’s get to the music!


Young Stoner Life, Young Thug & Gunna – Solid (feat. Drake)

Young Stoner Life Records is back with Slime Language 2, the second album released on the label. I do enjoy some of the tracks on this album…but Solid isn’t doing it for me. Drake feels out of place (maybe because he overshadowed the others) and the song never really reeled me in. But who am I? Let’s see what Twitter says!

Alright, I’ll take the L

Here it is:

Find me somewhere out in London, you know that’s the hideaway
I need some head and some moral support from you right away
Since I been makin’ donations to you like United Way (You know how I do)

Julia Michaels – Love Is Weird

With the release of Love Is Weird, Michaels announced her upcoming debut album, Not In Chronological Order. The album will drop on April 30.

I love this. Write away, young one.

Here is Love Is Weird:

Tattoos on my arm
Still scared of forever
Keep my ex’s letters
In the third door of my dresser

Walk Off The Earth – Anthem

I will unapologetically say, I am a fan of Walk Off The Earth…even if keyboardist and vocalist Gianni Luminati has not one…not two…but THREE man buns. Excessive, sir.

In a world full of sadness and depression and just straight up shit, Anthem is a feel-good tune that we could all use. Check it out here.

I give up sometimes when it hurts
I get buzzed sometimes cuz it works, yeah
I was looking for answers
But I found an anthem instead

Envee – Their Whispers (feat. Matthew Garwood)

Here is a small label release for you guys. Envee is actually one of my first artists to sign as an A&R at Estabrook Road Records. The 21-year-old Australian rapper has all the talent and all the drive I wish I had at his age. Give it a listen and let me know what you guys think in the comments!

Alright guys, that’s all the time I have today. For more new releases, check out Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist right here. Have a great weekend, friends!

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Drake, Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak Highlight New Music Friday!

Happy weekend, everyone. Welcome to New Music Friday. We’ve got a big week, including 2 out of 3 off of Drake‘s Scary Hours 2, Silk Sonic, Justin Bieber, and more.

Drake – What’s Next

This is probably my favorite track off of the 3-track EP, Scary Hours 2. Drake just doesn’t miss on this one. It’s 3 minutes and 20 seconds of straight fire.

When you put it that way…it really is a damn shame

Alright, we got the Twitter hype out of the way. Let’s get to the video!

I’m makin’ a change today
The liquor been takin’ the pain away
I heard you was givin’ your chain away
That’s kinda like givin’ your fame away

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak) – Leave The Door Open

This…is the definition of baby makin’ music. They put the silky part of Silk Sonic in this one. Anderson .Paak is so underrated as an artist, and Bruno is an absolute legend. The vocals are so smooth. I love the vibe.

I can’t get past the fact that Anderson .Paak looks like a young Dave Chappelle on the drums. Bruno looks like he’s in a 70’s buddy cop movie. I love it.

Do your thing, young man. I love that attitude.
It really is, Kojo. It really is.
I ain’t playin’ no games
Every word that I say is coming straight from the heart
So if you tryna lay in these arms
I’ma leave the door open

Justin Bieber – Hold On

Honestly, this sounds like pretty much every other Justin Bieber song to come out in the last year or 2, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. His voice gets better with each track. And the lyrics have a great message, especially for the times we are living in right now.

Beliebers are losing their shit on Twitter

I don’t know why this tweet is so funny to me.
You’re not wrong, candy man.

Also, I think I’m hearing a little sampling from the synth in Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes, as my buddy P just pointed it out.

Take my hand and hold on
Tell me everything that you need to say
‘Cause I know how it feels to be someone (Someone)
Feels to be someone who loses their way

Tate McRae – Slower

The Canadian artist of You Broke Me First fame released Slower this week, with the announcement of a new EP too young to be sad, which will be released March 26.

I like the song, but I have a feeling radio stations are going to play it to death and I’ll end up hating it in a few weeks.

Here’s Slower.

We could take it slower
Wait until we’re older
But I might be somebody
You might not even know her

Drake ft. Lil Baby – Wants and Needs

There’s a little bit of controversy going around with this track. Twitter has been blowing up since midnight about it.

Some lyrics in Wants and Needs slyly suggest a possible scandal including Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Have a listen and tell me your thoughts in the comments.

Forty-two millimeter, was made in Geneva
Yeah, I probably should go to Yeshiva, we went to Ibiza
Yeah, I probably should go link with Yeezy, I need me some Jesus
But soon as I started confessin’ my sins, he wouldn’t believe us

Conclusion

I’d say it’s a pretty damn good week for new music. Drake, Biebs, Bruno and Paak…good stuff.

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For more new releases today, here’s Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist.

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10 Songs That Use Samples You May Recognize

You ever hear a song and think “I’ve heard that before.”? Chances are, you have. Artists sample from older records all the time. Sometimes it’s just a quick snippet, sometimes it’s the entire beat. Here are 10 songs that use samples, along with the original songs!

Now, I could do 3 posts alone on Beyonce, Kanye, and Drake…so I’ll leave them out of this one. I could make this a weekly thing.

1. Notorious B.I.G. – Big Poppa

I’m sure you all know this track. What do you think it sampled?

I’ll tell you.

It’s the entire beat of the 1983 baby-maker, Between The Sheets by the Isley Brothers.

Here are both songs so you can hear it for yourself.

Man, both of these songs are great. There’s a possibility that I was conceived to Between The Sheets, but I don’t want to think about that.

2. Rihanna – S.O.S.

This one may be obvious.

Here’s a hint:

If you know 80’s music, you should hear the sample from Tainted Love by Soft Cell.

Check it out!

3. Mary J Blige – No More Drama

This one isn’t quite as obvious for everyone. You have to be a big fan of soap operas to get this.

Blige sampled the theme song for The Young And The Restless, titled Nadia’s Theme. If you check the songwriters on No More Drama, you will find the names Perry Botkin Jr. and Barry De Vorzon, the writers of Nadia’s Theme.

4. Panic At The Disco – Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time

Panic frontman Brandon Urie was influenced by a ridiculous song from the 80’s. He said he heard it when he was younger and thought “This is a party”

That song is Rock Lobster by the B-52’s.

You’ll hear that guitar riff throughout the song.

5. 2 Pac ft. Dr. Dre – California Love

I remember thinking I was cool blasting this song in my car…in Erie, PA. The least California-like place on the planet.

Pac and Dre used a sample from So Ruff, So Tuff by Roger Troutman, which isn’t the most obvious one on the list.

6. Mariah Carey – Honey

Mariah sampled not one song, but two on Honey.

The Body Rock by the Treacherous Three and Hey DJ by The World’s Supreme Team.

Let’s see if you can spot them.

7. Cardi B and Bruno Mars – Please Me

One baby-maker turns into another. Please Me samples Freek’n You by Jodeci. This one is pretty easy to spot.

8. Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise

It took a bit of time for Stevie Wonder to approve of this sampling of Pastime Paradise because of all of Coolio’s swearing. He finally got approval after he cleaned it up. This one is SO obvious.

9. Fall Out Boy – Centuries

This is one of many songs that sampled from the first song to ever be converted to MP3, Tom’s Diner by Suzanne Vega. You’ll hear the “duh duh duuuda duh”

10. Janet Jackson – That’s The Way Love Goes

This song is FULL of samples. Not one or two…four.

James Brown demanded approval of the lyrics before he would allow Jackson to sample Papa Don’t Take No Mess because he was pissed at rap groups for using his songs with foul language. Janet got approval pretty quickly for this one.

She also uses samples from Impeach The President by The Honey Drippers, If It Don’t Turn You On (You Oughta Leave It Alone) by B.T. Express, and Georgy Porgy by Toto.

Here are all 5 songs for you.

Conclusion: 10 Songs That Use Samples That You May Recognize

There we have it. 10 songs that use samples that you might recognize. There are countless more out there, so we will do this regularly. It’s fun to hear the songs side by side.

Hope you all enjoyed it and lets all have a great week!

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