A new series of articles by John Thompson on TheMindOfMyron.com covering whatever has your timeline blinging for the week. This week of course is focused Beyoncé and another popular artist who is dropping a new tape this week.
This year in music already has started to show some promise. From the rise of the Soundcloud artist such as Kodak Black and Lil Uzi Vert, to the loss of a legends like David Bowie and Prince (the OG Lightskin). This year in music seems to be hallmark in this decade. With all that in mind, this week will arguably be the biggest week in not just hip-hop culture but in music period this year with Beyoncé dropping her new visual album Lemonade and Drake dropping VIEWS on Friday.
Let us first focus on Beyonce’s Lemonade. ME personally, I am not that big of a Beyonce fan. I jam a couple of songs off B-Day and you might see me tap my foot to Single Ladies. However, I do realize how much of an icon Beyonce is. Beyonce for a long time has dropped music depicting strength and power for women. She has been unrivaled in success and her fans will make sure you remember that by any means necessary (ask Keri Hilson). But then there is Lemonade; a concept album in the truest that explores the stages of infidelity. Whether these songs are aimed at Jay-Z or not(I actually highly doubt they are) it was a genius move by the Queen. By making an album that shows even Beyonce can get cheated on, (hypothetically, like I said I don’t think that’s the case) she appeals to her core fans in the most compelling way. Black woman hate cheating and “ain’t sh*t n*ggas” just as much as Black men love Kobe. Beyonce definitely in tune with today’s trends as this piece of music has definitely struck a cord:
Now for Views, Drake has been on a roll lately, it seems like every songs he dropped has been gold. His run in the past five years has surpassed many rappers who have been in the game for about three times as long. However, for whatever reason, I feel like his train is slowly coming to a stop. Not a permanent stop, but he is definitely pumping the brakes. Songs such as “Pop Style”, “Controlla”, “One Dance” and “Faifthful” are mildly satisfying at best in my opinion. He has barely (*P.O.P lady voice*) managed to hold our attention with the release of “What A Time To Be Alive” and “If You’re Reading This Its Too Late”. Don’t get me wrong there solid work, but be honest, they do not stack up to Take Care or Nothing Was The Same. It just seems like he can not match himself. Now if Views happens to be fire, aye, kudos to him, but I won’t be surprised if it is a little bit on the “ehh” side.
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Well that about sums it up for the #TimelineBling this week. Are you currently listening to Beyoncé's Lemonade? What are your thoughts on the album? Do you think Drake's #VIEWS will live up to the hype? #SpeakYourMIND in the comments below.
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