It was only a couple of years ago that Azealia Banks wowed the world with her painfully catchy, undeniably infectious hit, “212.” With witty lyrics and uncompromising sass, highlighted by “she really went there” expletives, Banks proved her potential as one of the most talented female rappers of all time. We all anxiously awaited the songstress’ full-length album, when she would ideally rise above social media spats and put her money where her mouth is. Well, that day has finally come. And Azealia’s doing more than just justifying her extra dose of confidence; she just about murdered any competition, while she blew critics out of the water.
Madonna did it with Jean Paul Gaultier, Kanye collaborated with Margiela, and Rihanna got it in with everyone from Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, Jeremy Scott, and Adam Selman. Let’s face it, a musician/fashion brand relationship is crucial for building an image.
Unless you’ve been living on another planet, you’d probably know by now that FKA twigs is kind of everything. This is especially relevant in the fashion world, where the industry as become utterly obsessed with the doll-faced crooner with the hauntingly beautiful voice. In fact, the British Fashion Council just nominated twigs for the British Style Award, and she’s already been featured in magazines like Dazed & Confused and V.
But back to the music. Twigs recently directed and starred in a crazily captivating video for Google Glass, which featured snippets of her musically orgasmic track, “Video Girl.” The song is written about twigs herself, which she mentioned in past interviews, as she actually got her start in the music realm as a backup dancer. Her choreographic excellence has been proven countless times since she’s burst on the scene, but it’s especially apparent in her latest. Although the full music video cuts out more of the beautiful song than we’d like, “Video Girl” is full of twigs’ skillful motions, as she dances around the body of a prisoner on death row. Of course, there are some noteworthy fashion moments, too, from the singer’s bandage top and open skirt to the chain mail and cyborg-like facial garnishes. Even twigs’ ring game is on point, though we wouldn’t expect anything less. Always a stunner in every possible way, FKA twigs proves her incredible credibility with her latest single.
Watch FKA twigs’ “Video Girl” below, and check out her full album, LP1 now! And as always, share your own thoughts on the song and video!
Photo: Gwen Stefani
After rumors swirling for months about a third solo album from No Doubt front-woman Gwen Stefani, it looks like we’ve finally got an answer. The singer, songwriter, and L.A.M.B. designer (among other things) may still be working with her longtime bandmates on some new projects, but that doesn’t mean she didn’t save herself some “me-time.” Case in point: her new single, “Baby Don’t Lie.”
Following in the footsteps of her past endeavors, Gwen’s first solo track in eight years stays true to irresistibly catchy beats and infectious hooks, throwing her bubbly voice into an endearing loop. The song was co-written by producers Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder, and Noel Zancanella, and it alludes to what we could potentially expect from a full release. Although there hasn’t been much more concrete information about the album yet, rumor has it that Stefani will be working with her go-to partner and fellow coach on The Voice, Pharrell Williams on a lot of the pieces. Meanwhile, if “Baby Don’t Lie” is any indicator, we can expect more depth and prevalence than even some of her most ubiquitous works (we’re looking at you, “Hollaback Girl”).
Another majorly exciting thing about a full-fledged Gwen Stefani comeback is all of the videos that will accompany her viral hits; if Gwen excels at anything (aside from what she’s already got), it’s looking damn good virtually all the time. And let’s not forget about all the magazine covers and spreads, event appearances, performances, and other moments for this style icon to shine through.
But it is all about the music after all, and there’s no doubt that Gwen’s upcoming projects will be just as sick as she’s been for the past 45 years of her existence.
Listen to “Baby Don’t Lie” below, and share your thoughts on the new single!:
With her breakout hit, “212” and plenty of other killer tracks off her “Fantasea” mixtape, it seemed like one of fashion’s recent it-girls, Azealia Banks was poised to be an iconic MC. She recently cleared up a series of public feuds with fellow celebs, and the songstress subsequently went into overdrive in the production of her full-length album, “Broke With Expensive Taste.” Though the release date has been repeatedly pushed back (it was previously scheduled for March of this year), we’re finally starting to here some fresh new jams from Ms. Banks.
In case you could ever forget Azealia’s supreme flow and clever lyrics, she just reminded us why we initially fell in love with her latest, “Heavy Metal & Reflective.” Produced by Lil Internet, who also worked on “Yung Rapunxel,” the track features a contagiously catchy, space-age sound that plays behind the perfectly monotone rap. And within 24 hours of its release, “Heavy Metal & Reflective” already rose to number one on the Twitter Trending 140. The music video is set to release soon, too; if it’s anything like her other videos, it’s bound to be perfection. It’s safe to say that Azealia Banks is back in the game and here to stay.
Listen to “Heavy Metal & Reflective” by Azealia Banks below!
Feature photo courtesy MTV
There are few things better than some old school 1990s hip hop. In case anyone forgot, Queen Latifah was on top of the rap game long before her status as an actress and CoverGirl, proven by her 1991 hit, “Ladies First.” The 90s fashion in the music video is everything, while the track itself is enhanced by a strong and empowering message on identity. This is something you’ve got to get into.
Unfortunately, another summer is coming to an end. As we reflect on all the great times we’ve had over the past few months, music plays a huge part. Sure, plenty of people have been discussing the biggest songs of the summer, but there’s a lot more out there other than Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” or “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus. Check out our top picks for the somewhat less recognized hottest songs of summer 2013!
“Watch Out For This” – Major Lazer
Nothing brings the good vibes of summer quite like a little Jamaican dancehall. Leave it to Diplo and friends to spice up the Caribbean-inspired sound with a taste of EDM, resulting in this fun track that invites nonstop dancing from its listeners.
“Clarity” – Zedd (Brillz Remix)
This was definitely an EDM-filled summer. Okay, so Zedd’s “Clarity” has been all but overplayed throughout the larger portion of this year. But Brillz revamps the tired tune with this remix, transforming the track into a trap masterpiece. This style has been growing insanely popular lately, and we couldn’t love it any more.
“Mirror Maru” – Cashmere Cat
Keeping things in the trap music spectrum, this solely instrumental piece provides the perfect balance of chill and hyphy. It’s hard to describe the smooth, almost fashionable mood that comes with the song, but whatever it is feels great.
“Venus” – Paul Oakenfold and Azealia Banks
Azealia Banks knows how to bring something fresh to the music scene, hence her immense popularity before even releasing a full album yet. Throw international DJ Paul Oakenfold into the mix, and you’ve got a sensational dance-meets-hip-hop mélange. The original version (above) is much less “sensory overload” than the Ibiza edition, while few things are as pleasing as Banks’ vocal skills juxtaposed with her perfect flow. The French dialogue doesn’t hurt, either.