Indie Artist Interview: ya

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Welcome to another edition of Le Café Music’s Indie Artist Interview Series. Today’s guest is dark pop indie artist, ya.

Hey ya!

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself

Now that I got that out of my system, let’s get this thing started.

Intro

Ryan: What’s up, ya! I’ve been looking forward to having you on! Can you give us a little intro?

ya: I go by the name ya. Eighteen years ago, I was born into a family of business working parents and one older sister, based in Moscow, Russia. Alongside the rest of the family and family friends coming over to our grand house parties hosted strictly every weekend, I grew up in what would be called a “holiday house”, somewhat far from the city, in its own isolated universe.

My music making began then, yes probably from the day I was born. It came to me naturally and noticing that, my parents (not too musical themselves) encouraged me to take vocal, opera and piano lessons at a private Moscow school I was attending. When I was about 11 years old, a lot has changed for me but my music making remained; I moved to the Coast of Spain with my family and got into a British school, changing my first language and the language of my songs which I was already writing at the time. The strange juxtaposition of these two countries heavily influenced my music-making, aesthetics of my life and my character; the cold and cynical Moscovite has fused with the fiesta-summer-time lover.

Ryan: Haha I love that. The “holiday house” sounds dope. Living in Thailand, I have met a lot of cynical Moscovites starting to fuse with island life, so I get it.

CHANGE YOUR BODY

Ryan: When I first started working for Estabrook Road Records, I was listening to unsigned artists on Spotify. When I first heard your voice, I was like “Damn, this girl has a very strange vibe, but I kind of love it.” Jason (Payne) agreed, and you were my first artist signed to the label. You released your album with us in January. Tell us a little bit about it.

ya: My debut album Change Your Body came out on the fifth of January this year and it is the best and the most autobiographical thing I have created in my life so far, I have shared so much of myself with anyone…Change Your Body is a clear representation of my life; my childhood, my internal world, my teen years, my career…But it is not limited at me. In the album I explore ideas of reincarnation, growing up, creative progress, and artistic dehumanization. Change Your Body has endless meanings…

I feel that somehow the album came to represent the future; globalized, genderless, faceless, unified. The revolution of humankind, fusing with technological advancements; the possibility of being able to choose your body or the body of your child, already experienced through the obsessive editing of your representation on social media. I strive to musically represent the one ultimate being and be the voice for those who fear being defined.

Ryan: That’s deep as hell. I love the album and what it represents. I don’t know how many times I’ve listened to it since it was released. Here is the title track, Change Your Body

Vision

Ryan: What’s your favorite song on the album?

ya: My favourite track on Change Your Body is Vision as it is the ultimate ya song, i wrote it when i just turned 16 and two years later the song still makes me feel the same way. I know I say that I hate being defined but if I had to choose one song to define my style, define my essence, it would be Vision, 100%. I was very lucky to find an amazing producer through SoundBetter, JD Stefan who allowed the song to reach its potential.

Ryan: Vision is an awesome song. You and JD did a great job on it.

Influences

Ryan: Your musical style is very interesting. Who are your biggest influences?

ya: I grew up on jazz, blues and funk (being influenced by dad’s taste.) For me any blues artists (that I listen to) are IT. Blues to me feels more right than anything else and has influenced me far beyond just my music but my lifestyle and life views.

If I had to name an artist, it would be a pop star, Miley Cyrus. Her influence also went way beyond my music. Actually, musically I was not so much influenced by her in the actual music style etc, but what she stands for.

Change is a thing you can count on.” Miley sang, and her encouragement of embracing moments and not tying yourself down to any one identity has been so meaningful to me. Even when she was on Hannah Montana and I was a kid in Russia, she became my first ever idol; from early age, I felt this desire to be ALL, to have no limits and yeah I saw that in Hannah Montana hahah. Since then, I’ve stood by her and expanded these ideas to my own projects, like Change Your Body.

Ryan: Wow. I would have never pegged you as a Hannah Montana kind of person haha. But you’re right, the message is great and one I think every young girl would benefit from.

Collaboration

Ryan: That being said, what artist would you love to collaborate with? I have a feeling I already know the answer to this one.

ya: Goes without saying, Miley Cyrus…besides her, Young Fathers whose music I feel very deeply, and I think they are just next level, their music feels sacred to me and I would be humbled to take part in that.

Ryan: Young Fathers makes so much more sense to me. But I would love to hear a collaboration between you and Miley. That would be interesting. What’s your collab process like?

ya: With collaborations, the process is quite different from my usual songwriting; like in my personal life, I work better when I’m alone and in full control. I get a lot of collaboration requests and usually it consists of someone sending me an instrumental. Sometimes with part of their vocals on it and the only thing I need to do is write melody and lyrics for my voice, keeping in mind the aesthetics of the other artist to so it doesn’t clash.

In these cases, I’m more detached and sometimes will work on a song for weeks, changing the lyrics until the best result is reached whether with fully my own songs the process takes about twenty minutes, plus potential future polishing and producing. I have only had one collaboration so far which in my view matched to the standard and authenticity of my original solo music which is the song Cult on my album in collaboration with a Rhode Island – based rapper, Nerdteck. Maybe this is because I originally wrote the song, my hook and verse with acoustic guitar and later found a perfect instrumental.

Ryan: I totally get being detached, especially when you’re not in the same room together. I do love the fact that technology allows us to collaborate from Spain to Rhode Island.

Outside of Music

Ryan: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not making music?

ya: Limitless. I find myself very grateful to still have so much interest in almost everything from which I can learn something. All forms of art, of course I am very involved in. I write anything from prose, poetry to screenplays and theatre. I am very into film and actually have had filmmakers in my family. It’s another career I’m pursuing.

Fashion is very important to me, architecture, journalism, law and politic; literally anything within the arts and humanities spectrum. And it’s all I do. There’s not a part in my life where what I spend my time doing something that isn’t somehow related to my art-making. From more “fun” hobbies, I do indulge in parties when I feel the time is right, like I mentioned, I grew up in parties so it means a lot to me and it is the only time I can take somewhat of a break.

Ryan: That’s awesome. I’d love to read one of your scripts sometime!

Childhood

Ryan: Your music is quite dark. You…are quite dark as an artist. What were you like as a kid?

ya: I’ve been “dark” since I was born, and more and more so I become each day. As a kid, I was neurotic and obsessively religious. My psychological issues were the worst at the time of my childhood. I had to fully alone manage more than any person, especially child could, so it made me strong but bitter.

It’s like there’s this lack of connection between me and other people because I know I will never be able to fully open up to anyone, I won’t be able to be fully honest and have these genuine relationships that I see. I don’t know what image you’re getting from my childhood but even though it was dark, I did have a lot of friends and grew up well-off and it was beautiful but painful. Now I thrive in darkness and nothing really scares me, I just try to keep up my interest and lust for life.

Ryan: A childhood like that creates endless possibilities as an artist, and you seem to be using that as much as you can.

Dating

Ryan: If you could go on a date with any artist, who would it be and what would you do?

ya: If I could go on a date with any other musician it would be Playboi Carti. We would make vampire love to each other and creep in the night, drinking stranger’s blood.

Ryan: That is a terrifying image.

Pandemic Life

Ryan: What are you doing to stay connected with your fanbase during the pandemic?

ya: The pandemic hasn’t made changes in my career. I started my music career in the midst of the pandemic. Although I was doing live shows locally in Spain before harsh restrictions, all my fans were online from the beginning; mostly in the US and UK and for them I do regular live shows on social media and keep creating more content.

Ryan: I’ve seen some of your live shows on social media. I recommend you guys follow ya. Her links will be at the bottom of the page.

Live Gigs and Stuff

Ryan: If you could perform in any city in the world today, where would you go?

ya: If I could do a gig in any city, it would be LA because you know…where to promote yourself if not in LA? Plus, it’s one of the cities in which my music is listened to the most and I know people would go hard.

Ryan: That would be an awesome show. Can’t wait to get live music back. If you had to choose a “last meal,” what would it be?

ya: My last meal choice would be Russian pancakes with red caviar and a shot of Vodka.

Ryan: I learned to never drink vodka with Russians. I learned the hard way.

Motivation

Ryan: What keeps you going?

ya: What keeps me going is restless, obsessive ambition and not in an ego centrical way, but in a way that I genuinely feel and know and have felt and known my whole life that I need to release my art into the world ,as should everyone else who feels that need. Because if you feel it, the universe is in some way asking for it. We are all constantly changing the world and this feeling, in my opinion, means that there is some duty you have. That’s the way I often feel about my music and everything else in my life, actually. I feel it is my duty to make the best out of it. It’s a feeling that moves beyond the temporary, hedonistic wishes and basic human needs.

Ryan: Wow. That’s a great answer.

Conclusion

Ryan: We’re running short on time, so I have 2 more questions for you. What’s next for ya?

ya: Most of the time when I tell people about my plans, they end up not happening… I can tell you, I have big plans. The kind that some people laugh at, but it doesn’t bother me. What I can reveal now is my next biggest project is a music video for my most popular song Movie.

It’s pop track from my album, exploring the subject of identity and fame. My visual ideas for it consist of a surrealist music video in themes of selling the soul fused with the groovy, moody, modern pop sound. This will be my best music video ever, as I will be working with a film company in Moscow to make it as professional and as artistic as possible. For this, I have started a crowdfunding campaign which I hope will allow me to make this video come to life. At this point, it depends on my supporters, but I know I will do my best with the resources I do have.

One for the Fans

Ryan: Movie is the first song I heard from you. That was the one that made me reach out to you for the label. I can’t wait to see the video. One last question. What would you like to say to our readers?

ya: To my fans – Thank you for all your support and for spending time from your world to gain insight into mine. The connections we have are rare and very meaningful to me. And if you want to support me further, please, look into the crowdfunding or help me spread the word. I can guarantee you the most authentic and unique music video, and with it being for Movie, my most famous song and the most mainstream song, I know this project will go far. I’d love for you to take part in that.

To people who haven’t heard my music yet – I will very much appreciate you taking time to listening to my music. With it, I have opened myself up in a way I could never do in real life and have exposed myself in hopes to find a connection with the right person. If the right person is you, if you find something that moves you in my music, I know how valuable that is.

Ryan: Thank you so much for joining us today, ya. Your answers were incredible. I can’t wait for the video and I’ll chat with you soon!

Follow ya!

Change Your Body album – https://songwhip.com/ya-music/change-your-body

Crowdfunding campaign for Movie music video – https://songwhip.com/ya-music/change-your-body

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Indie Artist Interview: Lauren Ojurovic

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Happy weekend and welcome to Le Café Music Blog’s Indie Artist Interview Sessions! (that is a mouthful)

Today’s guest is Australian pop/r&b singer, Lauren Ojurovic! I heard Lauren sing for the first time about a year ago and I have been wanting to work with her ever since. This isn’t work, but it will do!

Intro

Ryan: Lauren! What’s up? Thanks for joining us this weekend. Why don’t we start off with a little introduction for the people that might not know you.

Lauren: Hey!! I’m Lauren, 26 from Sydney, Australia. I grew up in Western Sydney with my family and now live in the Sutherland Shire near the beaches, as I love the lifestyle.

Ryan: Ah, yes…Sutherland Shire. Home of the The 1979 novel, Puberty Blues haha. I love finding little random facts about places. All joking aside, that place looks beautiful and I’m jealous. You have a new single coming out soon, right?

Lauren: Yes! My track Into The Sun will be released soon (within the next month or 2) alongside my first video clip which I am SO excited for! To be releasing things that are true to my vision is so special to me.

Influence and Collaboration

Lauren’s most recent single, So Into You

Ryan: Can’t wait to hear it! You’ve got this smokey, soulful voice and I love it. Who are your biggest influences?

Lauren: Some of my many influences are Teyana Taylor, Victoria Monet, SZA, Alina Baraz, Kali Uchis, Doja Cat, and Bazzi.

Ryan: You are not heavily influenced at all…haha. If you could pick one of them to collaborate with, who would it be?

Lauren: Bazzi! His music is the best vibe.

Ryan: I can hear that collab in my head right now, and we’re going to need to make that happen. Bazzi, I know you’re reading this. Let’s go! What’s your collaboration process like?

Lauren: I haven’t had any collabs with other artists, but in the studio, I’ll book a day in with my producer who I always team up with. We’ll either start a new vibe from scratch and he’ll play some chords, or I’ll tell him the mood and we’ll jam it out from there. Or I’ll bring in a melody/lyric idea I already have and we’ll workshop that.

Ryan: That counts as a collaboration for sure!

Free Time and Day Jobs

Ryan: When you’re not making music…what are you doing?

Lauren: I love nature, and adventures, and anything that makes me feel like I’m experiencing my life to the fullest! My funniest and most random hobby is…I love hunting for glow mushrooms and glow worms and bioluminescent plankton. Yes it exists!!! And I love going for walks, jigsaw puzzles and games, and discovering new nature spots.

Ryan: I see nothing strange about that at all. I’ve seen the bioluminescent plankton in Thailand and it is beautiful! If music wasn’t an option, what kind of job would you want?

Lauren: Something creative!! I’m especially organized and list orientated, so who knows, maybe that could be of use haha.

Ryan: Professional list-maker. I like it. What’s the weirdest day job you’ve ever had?

Lauren: Not weird, but I used to pack luxury hampers and it was so cute and girly. Also worked for a flower delivery company. I loved handling all the flowers.

Ryan: Luxury hampers? It’s a little weird.

Really Get To Know Lauren

Ryan: What were you like as a kid?

Lauren: Confident, funny, dramatic, singer, dancer, happy, annoying.

Ryan: You get to go on a date with one artist. Who are you taking?

Lauren: Kali Uchis, she is a living goddess and I want to experience her energy in person.

Photoshop skills on point

Ryan: Favorite food. Go!

Lauren: The answer to this question changes by the second..burgers, sushi, pizza……..

Ryan: The struggle is real. You have a drink in your hand, what is it?

Lauren: Water or alcohol, don’t drink soft drinks that often.

Ryan: Good for you. That sugar will kill you *cracks open a Red Bull*

Ryan: Australia terrifies me. Everything is deadly there. Have you ever had a close encounter with a deadly creature?

Lauren: I’m terrified of “S words” (rhymes with cider) and they are everywhere I look. And just so many bugs in the summer, it’s not even an over exaggeration and it’s NOT funny. I once turned my head on my pillow, and next to my eyes was an “S word” the size of my whole hand. I’m still traumatized.

Ryan: Alright. I’m not going to Australia. Ever.

Back to Life…Back to Reality

Ryan: If you could perform in any city tonight, where would it be?

Lauren: ANYWHERE!

Ryan: I feel that. I would perform in a barn for 100 people if I could. Last question for ya. What’s next for Lauren Ojurovic?

Lauren: I want to keep writing and creating, shooting more music videos and cover-art photo shoots. I’ve also got an originals show coming up on the 21st March at Lazybones Lounge Marrickville (Sydney) where I’ll be playing lots of new music 6:30-9:30pm.

Conclusion

Thanks, Lauren! Don’t forget to follow her on Spotify and look out for her release of Into The Sun!

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New Music Friday!

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Happy New Music Friday, my friends! We’ve got lots of new music this week, so let’s get down to it.

Taylor Swift – Love Story

I know what you’re probably thinking…

“Love Story is not a new song, dumbass.”

And you would be absolutely correct. The song was originally released in 2008 under Scott Borchetta’s label, Big Machine Records.

Swift was only 15 when she signed with Big Machine, and 18 when her second album Fearless was released. This is the album that ultimately launched her career, with 5 hit singles, including Love Story.

So why are we posting this song on New Music Friday in 2021?

If you are a Taylor Swift fan, or even a fan of popular music in general, you have probably heard of her fight to own the master recordings of all of her previous songs.

Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun

In 2019, Taylor’s Tumblr post rocked the music world. She revealed that “For years I asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work. Instead I was given an opportunity to sign back up to Big Machine Records and ‘earn’ one album back at a time, one for every new one I turned in.”

Taylor declined that offer, as she knew that Borchetta would just sell the label, “thereby selling me and my future.” Borchetta then twisted the knife in her back by selling her master recordings to well-known Taylor Swift bully, Scooter Braun.

All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years.” This bullying was done by Scooter (which is a stupid name) and his clients, Kanye West and Justin Bieber.

She went on to say “This is my worst case scenario. This is what happens when you sign a deal at fifteen to someone for whom the term ‘loyalty’ is clearly just a contractual concept.

Just to wrap this up, Taylor went on to sign with Universal Music Group and focus on her future, rather than her past.

Later in 2019, Taylor told Billboard that she would deny any requests to license her old music until she is able to rerecord and rerelease it, thus preventing Big Machine and Scooter Braun from profiting off of her work.

Love Story (Taylor’s Version) was released at midnight, along with an announcement that the entirety of Fearless has been recorded and will be re-released, along with never before heard tracks.

Here is Love Story (Taylor’s Version)

This is a big win for Taylor Swift, and a well-deserved “f*ck you” to Scooter Braun.

Nipsey Hussle and Jay-Z – What It Feels Like

The late Nipsey Hussle and the 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominee, Jay-Z, on the same track at last. The anticipated collaboration appears on the soundtrack of the new film Judas and the Black Messiah, in theaters and HBO Max today.

Hussle is originally known for his numerous mixtapes, one of which caught the eye of Jay-Z. The “King of Rap” bought 100 copies of his last mixtape, Crenshaw for $100 each.

On March 31, 2019, Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot outside of his LA clothing store after a confrontation earlier that day. Investigators say he was shot at least 10 times by 29-year-old Eric Holder, who has yet to face trial. We hope Hussle gets the justice he deserves.

Here is Nipsey Hussle and Jay-Z with What It Feels Like.

And this is what it feels like
Reach a level, make you question, “Is it real life?”

Dua Lipa – We’re Good

She’s back with The Moonlight Edition of her 2020 album Future Nostalgia. The new edition features 4 new songs, including We’re Good.

Buzzfeed reported on the backlash Dua Lipa has received on social media for all of her pandemic travels. Ironically, the first line of We’re Good is “I’m on an island.” As fans have pointed out, she seems to be on a new island every week.

Check out her new tracks, and be jealous of her travels. I know I am.

I’m on an island, even when you’re close
Can’t take the silence, I’d rather be alone

Pink Sweat$ – Heaven

There’s not a ton of information out there on 28-year-old David Bowden. The up-and-coming R&B singer-songwriter from Philadelphia, known as Pink Sweat$, just released his debut album Pink Planet with Atlantic Records.

He started gaining traction after the 2018 release of his debut single Honesty, which hit the top 10 on Spotify’s US Viral Charts. He was later nominated for Best New Artist at the 2019 Soul Train Awards.

Bowden released his first two EPs independently, and dammit…I wish I was the A&R to discover him. He’s got a bright future ahead of him.

Here is the first single off of Pink Planet, Heaven.

I put my pride aside
I traded this whole life
Just for one night

P!nk and Willow Sage Hart – Cover Me In Sunshine

From Pink Sweat$ to P!nk, there’s a whole lot of pink this week. I’m okay with that.

This mother-daughter duet is exactly the kind of content this world needs right now. P!nk, 41, and Willow, 9 just released the feel-good track of 2021.

In a statement earlier, mom said “Willow and I find comfort in music, so we’re putting this song out for no other reason than that we hope it brings you sweetness, sunshine and comfort, too.”

If this song doesn’t hit you right in the feels, check your pulse…you might be dead.

cover me in sunshine
shower me with good times
tell me that the world’s been spinning since the beginning
and everything’ll be alright

Robin Thicke – Look Easy

Robin Thicke is officially putting his Blurred Lines days behind him. In a recent interview with Brianne Tracy of People Magazine, Thicke opened up about the death of his father, Alan Thicke.

Alan Thicke sadly passed away in 2016 after a heart attack. Robin says “I wasn’t in a good place when he passed.” He said it all started in 2013 with the success of Blurred Lines.

“My marriage to Paula (Patton) was crumbling,” he says. “I started using painkillers. It was a melting pot of trouble brewing, and I was so arrogant that I thought I could handle it all.”

He said the death of his father was a turning point for him.

“After my father’s death, I remember a friend of his said, ‘A big tree has fallen.’ That’s what my dad was: the big tree. Now here I am, this medium-size tree, and I’ve got to grow my branches and protect everybody. Every day I try to make him proud of me.”

Robin Thicke has some big shoes to fill. His 4 children are his biggest inspiration to fill those shoes.

Off of his new album, On Earth, and in Heaven, here’s his newest single Look Easy.

Where did you come from? There’s no way
Did I do something in another life to deserve your grace?
How did they make you so pure and free?
Living in a world where we lose our hearts, but yours still beats

Greta Van Fleet – Heat Above

Greta Van Fleet does not get the recognition they deserve. The rock band from Michigan has been criticized for “copying” Led Zeppelin’s sound and a “lack of originality.”

Yes, their sound does bear a strong resemblance, but it takes nothing away from the band’s originality. They have brought back Rock & Roll, and as a huge Led Zeppelin fan…I love that.

The band’s second studio album, The Battle at Garden’s Gate, is set to release in April.

Here is Greta Van Fleet’s new single from the album, Heat Above.

Can you feel my love?
Rising with the heat above
Life’s the story of
Ascending to the stars as one

That does it for this week’s New Music Friday. For more from Rita Ora, Kings of Leon, A$AP Rocky, and more, have a listen to Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist right here:

We’ll be back tomorrow with an interview with unsigned country artist, Sam Phelps! Don’t forget to subscribe, and let me know what new songs you love this week in the comments!

Someone Like you turns 10

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That’s right…the iconic track from Adele’s 21 album turned 10-years-old today. Someone Like You was the second single to be released on the 2011 album after Rolling in the Deep. This woman only turns out massive hits and her voice will never be matched. Prove me wrong.

When Someone Like You was released, David Letterman was still hosting The Late Show. Watch Adele perform the hit, live on Letterman.

Rumor has it, Adele has a new album coming out in February. Her good friend, Alan Carr stated “I’ve actually heard some tracks on it. Oh my God, it’s amazing – so amazing” in a recent article in Grazia UK. This, according to Jem Aswad of Variety.

I think we can all agree, we need more heartwrenching music from Adele in 2021. Let’s hope the rumors are true…I need something new to make me sob.

What is your favorite Adele song? Tell us in the comments!

9 New Single Releases (1/21/21- 1/22/21)

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Happy Friday, music fans. We’ve got 9 new releases to talk about, so get your coffee and your headphones ready…it’s an interesting mix. Let’s get to it!


Billie Eilish & Rosalía – Lo Vas A Olvidar

Billie Eilish en español? Si. This long-awaited collaboration is finally here, and I’m kind of digging it. Lo Vas A Olvidar translates to “Will you let it go.” The Billie and Rosalía superfans likely won’t let this one go anytime soon (see what I did there?) The song is set to be featured in an upcoming episode of the HBO series Euphoria. I’ve never seen the show, but if you watch it…listen for this tune. The song is hauntingly beautiful and their voices blend perfectly together. Billie’s Spanish is surprisingly spot-on, too. The ladies actually had a bit of help from Billie’s family with the final line:

Love cannot be measured in a steady step
One day I’m a god and the next I can break
You say it to me like it’s something I have any choice in
If I wasn’t important, then why would you waste all your poison?

This will be one for the Breakup playlists, for sure.

Have a listen and let me know what you think!

What the f*** is up with their fingernails?

Fat Joe, DJ Khaled, Amorphous – Sunshine (The Light)

Not gonna lie…I did not have high expectations for this one. But the story of how this track was created is great, and the song is kind of catchy.

Amorphous is the real story here. The 22-year-old DJ, Jamir Reece Davis went viral as the MC Hammer appointed “Thanksgiving DJ” with his mashup of Rihanna’s Kiss It Better, and the Luther Vandross classic Never Too Much. The mashup got picked up for Fat Joe’s newest track, and Davis got official clearance from Rhianna to use her vocals in the track. Crazy how things can turn around so fast when you put yourself out there for the world to see.

In much stranger news: Fat Joe and DJ Khaled started a joint OnlyFans profile. For only $20 a month, you can see whatever the hell that’s all about.

This track is a vibe, for sure. Makes me want to buy a silk shirt and some Cuban cigars.

Let’s get to it…but look out for the horrible acting at the beginning of the video…


Lil Huddy – 21st Century Vampire

I don’t have much to say about this one. This was the first thing I said out lout after I listened to the song:

If you like it, that’s fine. I’ll only judge you a little.


Jason Derulo – Lifestyle (featuring Adam Levine)

I don’t have a whole lot to say about this one either. It’s your basic, somewhat catchy commercial pop song that will be played to death by top 40 radio stations across the country. I will say this, though…Jason Derulo is a goddamn entertainer, which is refreshing to see.


Lil Wayne – Ain’t Got Time

This one cracks me all the way up. Just two days after Trump pardoned Wayne for his crimes, he releases a song that seemingly references those exact crimes.

Full of vanilla, flyin’ over chocolate mountains
I stare at the Pacific while I’m smokin’ on a kilometer
The feds, they hot on us, one hundred on the thermometer
They raided my private plane, I went got one that’s more privater

When police searched Lil Wayne’s private plane back in December 2019, they found him to be carrying a gun and bullets. He was facing up to 10 years in prison until he was pardoned.

This track is a banger, though…despite the hilarity of the timing of its release. Check it out and let me know what you think.


Silk City – New Love (Featuring Ellie Goulding)

Welcome back, Silk City. The Diplo and Mark Ronson duo bang out a new club anthem with Ellie Goulding. This is Silk City’s first release since 2018 when they teamed up with Dua Lipa on Electricity. It’s a shame clubs aren’t open. We’ll have to wait until this virus goes away. In the meantime, put your headphones on and flick the lights on and off. Close enough, right?

Can you spot Diplo and Ronson in the video?


Busta Rhymes – Czar (Remix) featuring CJ and M.O.P.

Yes, THAT Busta Rhymes. It must be 90’s rapper week. Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God is Busta’s first album in 11 years. Busta fortifies his status amongst hip-hop royalty in this record.

So far, shawties throw they bra
And I need the lighter to light the perfect cigar
Brand new jet (Jet), brand new car (Car)
Leader of the new shit (Brra), brand new Czar (Czar)

According to the comments section on YouTube, this is exactly what hip-hop needs right now. I’ll admit…this track is FIRE. Well done, old man!

What do you think of the hip-hop legend’s newest release?


Madison Beer – Boyshit

First of all, let me say one thing about Madison Beer:

Thanks. I had to get that out of the way.

Madison’s newest song is about “knowing your worth and taking back your power” in a relationship that’s gone wrong. She says the video is “a nod to dealing with toxic masculinity.” Boyshit basically means bullshit, if I’m understanding that correctly.

Another one for the breakup playlist. Enjoy!


Weezer – All My Favorite Songs

Off of their upcoming album, Ok Human, All My Favorite Songs is one I’m sure we can all relate to at some point in our lives. It’s about how things that once gave pleasure are now depressing and everything sucks.

All my favorite songs are slow and sad
All my favorite people make me mad, so mad
Everything that feels so good is bad, bad, bad
All my favorite songs are slow and sad
I don’t know what’s wrong with me (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
I don’t know what’s wrong with me (Ooh, ooh, ooh)

Been there, bruh.

Rivers Cuomo, Weezer frontman sounds great. I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of the album. I was a big fan of Weezer growing up. Don’t let me down, gentlemen.


That’s it for this week’s New Music Friday. I’ll be doing this every Friday, so for the newest tracks…subscribe! Let me know which one is your favorite in the comments!