Thursday, May 31, 2018

Shawn Mendes "Shawn Mendes" album review

 

Shawn Mendes is the self-titled third studio album by Canadian singer and songwriter Shawn Mendes released on May 25, 2018 through Island Records. If you don't know who Shawn Mendes is or you have been a fan of him since one day, then you should definitely go and give his new album a listen.


In My Blood serves as the opening track for Shawn Mendes. This song is described as a "rock ballad" while also sticking to Shawn's acoustic roots as he sings about struggling with anxiety with lyrics like, "Laying on my bathroom floor, feeling nothing/ I'm overwhelmed and insecure, give me something/ I could take to ease my mind slowly", and, "Help me, it's like the walls are caving in/ Sometimes I feel like giving up/ No medicine is strong enough/ Someone help me/ I'm crawling in my skin/ Sometimes I feel like giving up/ But I just can't", before singing on the chorus with, "It isn't in my blood/ It isn't in my blood".

Also, watch the music video for "In My Blood" either on here down below or on YouTube.



Nervous is a pop song that talks about having butterflies when it comes to being around your crush. He begins with, "I saw you on a Sunday in the café/ And all you did was look my way/ And my heart started to race/ And my hands started to shake, yeah/ I heard you asked about me through a friend/ My adrenaline kicked in/ 'Cause I've been askin' bout you too/ And now we're out here in this room", and continues into the chorus with, "I get a little bit nervous around you/ Get a little bit stressed out when I think about you/ Get a little bit excited/ Baby, when I think about you, yeah/ Talk a little too much around you/ Get a little self-conscious when I think about you/ Get a little bit excited/ Baby, when I think about you, yeah/ Yeah, when I think about you, babe". Fun Fact: Nervous was co-written by "Issues" singer and songwriter Julia Michaels.



Lost In Japan is a R&B song with heavy-beats as the singer expressing his commitment to his lover by showing his desire by going into the other side of the world. On the first verse, he sings, "All it'd take is one flight/ We'd be in the same time zone/ Looking through your timeline/ Seeing all the rainbows, I/ I got an idea/ And I know that it sounds crazy/ I just wanna see ya/ Oh, I gotta ask", and then continues with, "Do you got plans tonight?/ I'm a couple hundred miles from Japan, and I/ I was thinking I could flying to your hotel tonight/ 'Cause I-I-I can't get you off my mind/ Can't get you off my mind/ Can't get you off my mind (oh)".


Where Were You In The Morning is where Mendes talks about a one night stand that may be based on his real life experiences singing, "You said, "I wanna get to know ya"/ Why you gotta get your hopes up?/ You said that you were staying over/ But then I woke up to the cold air", before singing on the chorus with, "Where were you in the morning, baby?/ You didn't leave your number for me/ Left me without a warning, baby/ Where were you in the morning, baby?", and then sings on the post-chorus with the lyrics, "How do you, how do you just walk away?/ How do you, how do you just walk away?"


Like To Be You featuring Julia Michaels is where the two singers begin talk to each other back and forth using the song's lyrics throughout the track. Shawn starts off the first verse with, "Don't cry" - do, whatever makes you comfortable/ I'm tired too, there's nothin' left to say/ Let's call a truce, 'cause I don't really wanna go to/ Bed like this", and then Julia comes in on the second verse singing, "Can I kiss you or not? 'Cause I'm not really sure right now of/ What you want, are you still mad at me?/ I'm hopin' not, 'cause maybe we could go to the movies/ I know that always cheers us up, hey". Finally, Shawn and Julia come together on the chorus with the lyrics, "I don't know what it's like to be you/ I don't know what it's like but I'm dying to/ If I could put myself in your shoes/ Then I'd know what it's like to be you".


Fallin' All In You is a pop ballad song that was written with the help of singer Ed Sheeran. Shawn belts out on the chorus with, "You are bringing out a different kind of me/ There's no safety net that's underneath/ I'm free/ Falling all in you/ Fell for men who weren't how they appear/ Trapped up on a tightrope now we're here/ We're free/ Falling all in you".


On "Particular Taste", Shawn sings about a girl who seems to be very 'particular' when it comes to certain things. He sings on the first verse with, "She don't listen to a thing, 'less it feels right/ Only dances when it's Kanye/ She could take you one-on-one if she feels like/ You'll be begging her for mercy, mercy", and then continues with the chorus lyrics like, "She's got particular taste, yeah/ She's so obsessed with the chase, yeah/ She don't waste time on conversations, no/ She just goes right for the face, oh/ She's so particular". On the second verse, this girl is still acting like things in her life have to be perfect singing, "Never pickin' up her phone ' less it rings twice/ Only answers with a question, "Mhm?"/ If I try to play it cool, it never goes right/ Got me drowin', drowin', uh".


On "Why", Mendes sings about an undeniable attraction between him and a girl with the lyrics, "I know a girl, she's like a curse/ We want each other, no one will break first/ So many nights, trying to find someone new/ They don't mean nothing compared to her, and I know", and, "When people ask about us, now, we just brush it off/ I don't know why we act like it means nothing at all/ I wish that I could tell you that you're all that I want, yeah". Then Shawn begins to question their relationship singing on the chorus, "Why do we put each other through hell?/ Why can't we just get over ourselves?/ And you say "hi" like/ You just met me/ Why do we put each other through hell?/ Why can't we just get over ourselves?/ Why can't we just get over ourselves?"


Because I Had You talks about a guy who sees a girl moving on with another guy that he thought wasn't right for her even after he'd broken her heart. On the first verse, Shawn tells the girl, "I think it's time that I be honest/ Should've told you not to go/ Thought I knew just what I wanted/  I didn't know myself at all", and continues with, "You're with somebody I can't be, yeah/ But I can tell that you're happy". Shawn is finally starting to realize that he has a second chance with this girl singing on the chorus, "It's time for me to finally meet somebody new/ Take her to all the places that I took us to/ And she might help me forget/ But loving her is something I could never do/ Because I had, because I had you".


Queen is about when someone acts stuck-up and believes in their mind that they have more power over everyone else. Shawn sings on the first verse with, "It's hard to believe that you don't remember me at all/ Am I hard to recognize?/ You say, "nice to meet you" every time/ Yeah and I made me laugh/ I still remember what you said/ Guess I shouldn't be surprised/ You say, "nice to meet you" every time", and then continues with, "I know that we got a lot of mutual friends/ Don't say my name, don't come up in your conversations/ Yeah". Then the singer asks this girl who made her the "queen" on the chorus, "Who crowned you queen of/ You think that you're too cool?/ Making beautiful look ugly/ The way you put yourself above me/You treat me like I got nothing on you/ Making beautiful look ugly/ You ain't the ruler of my country/ Who made you the queen?"
 

Youth featuring Khalid was inspired by the tragic events of the Manchester bombing. Shawn and Khalid sing together on the first verse with, "Here I am, stuck on this couch/ Scrolling through my notes/  Heart was broken, still not growing, nah/ Waking up to headlines, filled with devastation again/ My heart is broken/ But I keep going", and then they say on the chorus, "You can't take my youth away/ This soul of mine will never break/ As long as I wake up today/ You can't take my youth away/ You can't take my youth away/ This soul of mine will never break/ As long as I wake up today/ You can't take my youth away/ You can't take my youth away".


Mutual is a guitar and drum based track with a simple message: If you don't love back, leaving may be the only option. Shawn opens up on the first verses with, "I want you close to me/ I want you close, I want you closer/ But when you're here with me/ It's hard to tell just what you're after", and then he continues with, "I need to know/ If this is mutual/ Before I go/ And get way too involved/ I want you bad/ Can you reciprocate?/ No, I don't want to have to leave/ But half of you's not enough for me".


Perfectly Wrong describes an ill-fated relationship from Shawn's perspective. This song also takes inspiration from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with the lyrics, "Taste the poison from your lips/ Lately, we're as good as gone". Then Mendes continues on to the chorus singing, "You're perfectly wrong for me/ And that's why it's so hard to leave/ Yeah, you're perfectly wrong for me/ You're perfectly wrong for me/ All the stars in the sky could see/ Why, you're perfectly wrong for me".


When You're Ready is the final song on Shawn Mendes. It talks about how this girl is not ready to be committed in a relationship with Shawn, but whenever she's ready, he will still be waiting for her when the time is right. He sings on the chorus, "Baby, tell me when you're ready/ I'm waiting/ Baby, any time you're ready/ I'm waiting/ Even ten years from now/ If you haven't found somebody/ I promise, I'll be around/ Tell me when you're ready/ I'm waiting".
 
I love Shawn Mendes' album. He is a very talented artist. His music is very good, but also different. And the lyrics on some of his songs are so relatable to his own personal experiences with life. I give the Shawn Mendes album a 5/5. So, make sure that you go and support this artist by  purchasing the Shawn Mendes album on Amazon Music, Spotify, ITunes and Google Play. Here are the links for it:


Friday, May 25, 2018

H.E.R: H.E.R. Vol. 2 review


H.E.R. Vol. 2 EP was released on June 16, 2017 by R&B singer H.E.R. Also, while you're at it, check out my review on Vol. 1 by clicking on the link you see below:


Every Kind Of Way serves as the opener to Vol. 2. This song is where the singer touches on themes like love and emotion to a guy that she has been having a crush on singing, "Baby, the sound of you/ Better than a harmony/ I want you off my mind/ And on me/ Holding me closer than we've ever been before/ This ain't a dream/ You're here with me/ Boy, it don't get no better than you/ For you, I wanna take my time/ All night", and then describes her undying love for this person with the chorus, "I wanna love you in every kind of way/ I wanna please you no matter how long it takes/ If the world should end tomorrow and we only have today/I'm gonna love you in every kind of way."


Say It Again is where the listeners get a chance to hear a different side of H.E.R. as she describes a feeling that she gets when it comes to being with her man with lyrics like, "Show tonight/ I hit all the notes that I know you like/ You know that I'm a pro when I'm on the mic/ We're already here, so turn the lights off, yeah", and "You had a lot to say/ No more talking/ You can use the mouth in other ways/ 'Cause I want it now/ I want it now/ Now". On the chorus, she sings to her love interest, "And I won't say it again/ Oh, you know I don't get naughty for anybody/ I won't say it again/ Even though this ain't the first time/ I tell you one time/ I ain't gon' say it again/ Time to turn/ What you've been asking/ Into actions/ I won't say it again/ I won't say it again".


Still Down is about the singer questioning the change in her romance with lyrics like, "When you need the time, I won't have it/ I'll try not to make it a habit/ But I can't promise that/ Wish I could do that/ Cause you deserve/ Actions and not words/ And you know that I'm worth/ Waiting for/ While I'm out on tour", and then continues on the chorus,"Tell me right now/ Are you still down?/ Are you still down?/Tell me right now/ Are you still down? (Are you?)/ Are you still down?"


Avenue is about a man deserting his feelings for the singer while also flipping the script on her. H.E.R. begins with, "I liked you better on the first date/ I shoulda said what's wrong in the first place/ I don't 'cause you always takin' it the wrong way/ You won't listen you're too busy playin' 2K", and moves on the chorus singing, "I just turned, just turned down your avenue/ I had to you, but I'm mad at you/ You always say that I got a attitude/ But that's you, you was actin' rude/ I had to ask you if you had a few/ Because you always say that I got a attitude".

You can also watch the music video for "Avenue" down below or on YouTube.




Gone Away breaks down the downfall of a relationship singing, "Say, why I'm lookin' at way/ You ain't do nothin' wrong/ I'm wildin'/ It's five, I waited up last night/ Said you got too high/ I'm tired", on the chorus, she admits that she's tired of her lover not being honest saying, "You don't feel a way/ You're gone away/ You don't listen/ You promised you wouldn't change/ It'd stay the same/ But it's different/ We were much happier when/ It was always happy endings".


 On I Won't, H.E.R. talks about her unrequited love for a guy that she has no feelings for singing, "You can't make me love you if I don't/ You can't make me love you if I won't/ You can't change my heart, you're tryin' too hard/ You can't make me love you no I won't, I won't". This song also contains a sample of "I Can't Make You Love Me" by singer Tank.


Changes is about telling the story of what all girls can relate to in the mind, body and soul when it comes to someone that they like. H.E.R. can also relate to something like this as she sings, "Lately, I been going through some changes/ Been running out of maybes/ Boy, I know you're losing patience/ Losing patience/ Losing patience on me". She also shows that she is tired of playing these same games with this guy singing, "Sometimes I get fed up with all the games/ Sometimes you all just act the same/ Maybe I'm the one to blame/ That's just how the game goes/ When you're feeling alone/ Everybody got somebody that they mess with on the low/ Now I just want you to save me/ I just want you to save me, ohhhh".

Click on this link to listen to "Lights On"

Lights On is the final song on H.E.R. Vol. 2. This song where H.E.R. once again shows off her sensual side for her man singing, "It's dark outside/ I'm feeling right with you, oh, you/ Don't turn off the lights/ Can we try something new, oh, new?", and moves on to the chorus with the lyrics, "Leave the lights on/ Leave the, leave the lights on/ Leave 'em lights on/ Leave 'em, leave 'em lights on, on/ Do it side on/ Switch and let me ride on/ Got all night long/ Leave 'em, leave 'em lights on, on, on, on".

I give H.E.R. Vol. 2 a 10/10 because I like how H.E.R. tells this story about the down sides of being in a relationship like finding help to accept losing someone that you love, gaining trust, and also moving on from things that are hard to let go. If you've listened to Vol.1, then you definitely should listen to Vol. 2 guaranteed.

You can go and listen to SoundCloud and Spotify. Here are the links for it below:



Sunday, May 20, 2018

Ariana Grande: 2 Years of Dangerous Woman


On May 20, 2016, singer Ariana Grande released her third studio album Dangerous Woman. 2 years later to this very day, the album has since spawned hit singles like the Dangerous Woman, Into You and Side to Side featuring Nicki Minaj, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, and was supported with a world tour in 2017 titled The Dangerous Woman Tour. As we prepare for her upcoming fourth studio album titled Sweetener, here are some facts about that you didn't know.

The song Moonlight was about her then boyfriend at the time Ricky Alvarez. Ariana's friend and songwriter Victoria Monet confirmed that this song was about him saying, "Moonlight. That's what Ricky called her one night. I think it was after their first kiss. He waited to kiss her for a long time, and she was really impressed. He's such a gentleman, and the song is a great little bookmark of the start of their relationship". Here is the link arianagrande.wikia.com for more information about Moonlight: http://arianagrande.wikia.com/wiki/Moonlight

On March 12. 2016, Ariana was the host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live. She acted in some sketches, did musical impressions of Britney Spears, Whitney Houston, and Rihanna, and also performed of her songs "Dangerous Woman" and "Be Alright". You can watch some of her SNL videos along with her performances below.

 








Focus was intended to be the lead single for Dangerous Woman.


Focus was released on October 30, 2015 through Republic Records. The song did peak at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, but Ariana decided to switch from "Focus" to "Dangerous Woman" as the lead single for the album. However, Focus was made available as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of Dangerous Woman to her fans in Japan. You can also check it out the music video for Focus below.

Dangerous Woman is Ariana's first album to have a Parental Advisory warning label.


When the track list for Dangerous Woman was released on ITunes, there were 4 explicit songs on the standard version of the album and only 6 songs on the deluxe edition making it the first time that Ariana has ever cussed on any of her songs on this album. Luckily, there is a clean/edited version of Dangerous Woman if you're person like me that doesn't like a lot of profanity.

Dangerous Woman was streamed 1 billions times on Spotify.

On February 2017, Ariana became the first female artist to have two of her albums hit the 1 billion mark on Spotify with My Everything (2014) and Dangerous Woman (2016). After that, both My Everything and Dangerous Woman went on to surpass 2 billion streams on Spotify.

The first song that was recorded was "Let Me Love You" and the last song for the album was "I Don't Care".

So, now that you know everything about Ariana and this album, I strongly recommend that you go and purchase Dangerous Woman on Amazon Music, ITunes, Spotify and Google Play.
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Friday, May 11, 2018

6 DIY Projects That You Need To Do

Today, I'm going to show you guys 6 DIY projects that you can try starting right now. I'm a huge fan of DIY ideas. I have been going to Pinterest and YouTube for some fun DIY projects that you can do at home. I can't to post more blogs pertaining DIY. So, here is the list of DIY ideas to consider:


1. DIY Bath Bombs

I didn't know that you can make your own bath bombs at home just like the ones that you see in a beauty store or online. Pinterest has a ton of different pins of how to make homemade bath bombs if you're interested. You can make them in different ways with essential oils, Epsom salt, without critic acid, lush and so on. Here's a link to a website called goingevergreen.org on how to make 5 easy bath bombs recipes:


2. DIY Candles

Now you can make your very own candles at the comforts of your home. There are lot of different candles that you can create. You can try making ice candles, a candle using crayons, scented candles, mason jar candles, water candles, etc. So, if you like to make candles for yourself or you're a beginner at this, then this is the project for you, my friend.



3. DIY Homemade Soaps

There are thousands of melt and pour soap recipes that you can try by searching on either Google, Pinterest, or even YouTube. Also, check out this website called topinspired.com. They have the top 10 DIY Homemade Soap Recipes. Here's the link for it:


4 DIY Slime

How many of you used to love making slime when you were a kid? Well, now you can feel like a kid again making your own DIY slime. Check out Karina Garcia's slime videos. They are amazing and the best part is that when she makes her slime for her viewers, she uses no borax when she makes it. So, you can make this either by yourself or with your kids. She also has a book called "Karina Garcia's DIY Smile". In her book, there are 15 different slime projects that you can do.


5. DIY Mugs 

You can make all kinds of different mugs for yourself or friends like Sharpie mugs, funny mugs, Christmas mugs, watercolor mug, glitter mugs, etc. I recommend that you go to this website called underspray.com for more DIY mug ideas. Here's the link:


6. DIY Pillows

You can find plenty of DIY pillow videos YouTube. You can make any kind of pillow that you want. From Pop Tart Pillows to emoji pillows, social media pillows, donut pillows, etc. Check out this two websites on some more pillow ideas. Here's the link for the website:

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

5 Natural Headache Remedies That Actually Works!


Hola, everybody! 
I have one question to ask you all. How many of you suffer from headaches or migraines? Believe me, I know what you're going to through, but don't you just sometimes wish that pain would just go away? Well, I went to Pinterest and I found these different natural remedies for headaches that are guaranteed to work. You don't have to take any medicine or nothing like. Without further ado, here is the list of natural headaches remedies that you need to try:


1. Essential Oils

Did you know that you can use essential oils are really good for treating a headache? I did some research on Google about it and it turns out that essential oils are safe and effective when you go to use them. It gets right to the root of the problem where the headache triggers meaning that doesn't take away the pain temporarily, but permanently. You can use different essential oils like peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, and rosemary just for a headache. All you do is apply the oil of your choice to your temples, forehead, and wrists to release tension and stress. Here's another thing: Try adding 5-10 drops of essential oil to a warm bath or you can follow this recipe by Dr. Axe for Homemade Healing Bath Salts. Here's the link to the article:


2. Natural Headache Remedy Bath Bombs

I discovered on Pinterest that you can make bath bombs for cold and sinus, muscle pain, and now, headaches. This recipe is really easy to follow and make and if you do all of the steps correctly, then you should have the perfect bath bomb for yourself for when you have a migraine. So, give this a try and see if you notice the difference. Here's the link to a website called happy-mothering.com:


3. Have you ever heard of lavender lemonade? That's right, I said it. Lavender lemonade is very popular on Pinterest and this website called food-hacks.wonderhowto.com/ has three different recipes on how to make this lavender lemonade. This drink is also good for anxiety as well. So, here's the link to the website so that you can check it out yourself:


4. Apple Cider Vinegar or Lemon Water

You can learn how to make apple cider vinegar water using these simple steps. It's not that hard to do. Just add 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a warm glass of water. Mix it thoroughly and slowly drink this to get rid of your headache fast. If you don't like the taste of apple cider vinegar, then try adding a little honey and lemon juice to the mixture to improve flavor. You can also do the same time with lemon water.


Squeeze the juice from a half of a lemon into a warm glass of water. Again, drink this slowly while it's still warm. Don't drink it cold or else it won't do you any good. You can try drinking lemon water twice daily for better improvement for a headache. Here's the link to the website along with the recipes:



5. Grape Juice for Migraines

I found out on Pinterest that grape juice is good for migraines. This is the article that I saw when I looked at it:


But, did you know that you can make your own grape juice out of the comforts of your kitchen? You're going to need about 7-8 pounds of fresh grapes. Wash and pluck the grapes from their stems. Mash up the grapes using a potato masher. Put the grapes in a pot of water and cover them up with a lid. Once the water begins to boil, then let it simmer on the stove for 10-15 minutes. Keep stirring them so that the grapes don't begin to clump up. Pour out the juice through a sieve into a jar or bottle. Remove the sieve and put the juice in the refrigerator. Discard the residue after that. Here is the link to the full recipe down below:

I hope that you give these natural remedies for a headache a try. You shouldn't have to suffer anymore once you have one or all of the different ones that I've just listed. Enjoy the rest of your day and thank you for your time. Also, follow me on Bloglovin' to check out some of my posts. Just click on the link you see below.















Tuesday, May 8, 2018

H.E.R. Focus (Feat. DJ Envy & Chris Brown) remix review


I have another H.E.R. review for you guys. This time it's about a remixed version of her song Focus from Vol. 1 featuring DJ Envy and Chris Brown. The Focus (remix) was released on April 30, 2018.  H.E.R. and Chris Brown harmonize together on the chorus of the song singing, Me-Can you focus on me?/ Baby, can you focus on me?/ Me-Me/ Can you focus on me?/ Baby, can you focus on me?" Then Brown exchanges his verse with, "What is this a joke?/ You know I get this money/ So, I guess you can't complain (mm)/ You don't have to be alone/You been running through my mind all day/ Baby, I just want you to let up (ohh)/ Maybe I been a little selfish, I should do better (yeah)". H.E.R. then begin to closes out on the outro saying, "Baby, focus/ Can't you see?/ I just wanna love you, baby/ Look me in the eyes". I love the remixed along with the original version of this song. H.E.R. and Chris Brown sound really good together. I was not expecting this collaboration, but now I'm so happy that it did. Y'all know that I am a huge fan of H.E.R. I could get used to her music because it's so relaxing to your ears along with her smooth, sultry voice. You don't know what you're missing. I give this song a 10/10 Make sure that you listen to Focus (remix) on SoundCloud and Google Play.
                                                               Here are the links for it:
                      https://soundcloud.com/iamhermusic/focus-feat-chris-brown-dj-envy
       https://play.google.com/store/music/album/H_E_R_Focus_feat_Chris_Brown_DJ_Envy_Remix?id=Bfuawpshmyuhpv4l6djg3powgye&hl=en_US

                     Also, check out the H.E.R. Focus (Dpat Remix) on SoundCloud as well:
                                                     https://soundcloud.com/dpat/focus

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Childish Gambino "This Is America" review



If you don't know who Childish Gambino is, then you will after you have read this review about his new song called This Is America along with the music video. Childish Gambino, whose real name is Donald Glover, was on Saturday Night Live on May 5th as the host and musical guest for the show. When he performed this song on SNL, I was like, "This is a really good song. I think I'm going to listen to on YouTube". And the special effects for the performance that he did were amazing. You can go and watch his performance of "This Is America" by clicking on the link you see below.
                                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1xkLqd1wd

So, I listened to This Is America on YouTube and I love this song. I have never listened to Childish Gambino's music before. The opening of this song starts off with a choir singing, "Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah/ Yeah, yeah, yeah, go, go away/ Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah". On the bridge, Gambino, with background vocals from rapper Young Thug, talks about how some people are willing to sell themselves just to get ahead, therefore becoming numb to the physical and mental suffering that they face around them singing, "We just wanna party/ Party just for you/ We just want the money/ Money just for you/ I know you wanna party/ Party just for me/ Girl, you got me dancin' (yeah, girl, you got me dancin')/ Dance and shake the frame/ We just wanna party (yeah)/ Party just for you (yeah)". Then the track begins to take a aggressive turn with the lyrics, "This is America/ Don't catch you slippin' up/ Don't catch you slippin' up/ Look what I'm whippin' up/ This is America (woo)/ Don't catch you slippin' up/ Don't catch you slippin' up/ Look what I'm whippin' up". Childish also talks about gun violence and the police saying, "Look at how I'm livin' now/ Police be trippin' now/ Yeah, this is America (woo, ayy)/ Guns in my area (word, my area)/ I got the strap (ayy, ayy) / I gotta carry 'em/ Yeah, yeah, I'ma go into this (ugh)/ Yeah, yeah, this is guerilla (woo)". After I listened to the song, I watched the music video on Vevo. You can watch this video either here or on YouTube.


The video, if you watch it closely, make some political statements about Black America and the culture that we live in. It starts out with a guy sitting down to play the guitar while a shirtless Childish Gambino stands with his back turned to the camera and begins to dance behind the man sitting in the chair. He also shoot him along with the choir members in the following scene possibly making a reference to gun violence. and then, in the next scene, Gambino continues dancing, but this time with  little children as he distracts himself from all of the chaos that's going on around him. It ends with      Gambino seen running away from the police as the video turns into black. This is also reminding some people of the popular running scene from the movie "Get Out" created by Jordan Peele.

Make sure that you go and listen to "This Is America" on Apple Music/iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/this-is-america-single/1379045975
                         https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/this-is-america-single/1379065454                         
                                                                       
                                                  Or you can stream the video on YouTube
                                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYOjWnS4cMY

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H.E.R: H.E.R. Vol 1 review


H.E.R. Vol. 1 is the debut extended play by R&B singer H.E.R. It was released on September 9, 2016 by RCA Records. If you already know about H.E.R. from my previous blog posts on When A ­ThinkBubble Bursts™, good for you. If not, then keep reading about this mysterious new artist.

                                                                               
On "Losing", the singer talks about being in a relationship with someone that she  knows is not going anywhere. The song begins with her estranged lover with her singing, "My ambition is attractive/ My aggression isn't passive/ I promise with you/ The butterflies in my stomach  are active", and then she starts to act desperately for her lover with the lyrics, "They're dancin', I'm feelin' static/ Wanna get closer like magnets/ Your company, I've been feinin'/ I think I've turned to an addict/ I don't get high/ But lookin' in you eyes, I'm lifted/ Can we make this tradition?/ Your kisses make all my doubts go away". On the chorus, H.E.R. sees her romance her lover like her love for music saying, "You only show me love/ When it comes to the music/ It's like when I feel lonely/That's when you start actin' choosey/ I don't wanna keep playin' theses games/ 'Cause I feel like I'm losin'/ I don't wanna keep playin' these games/ 'Cause I feel like I'm losin'/ What we doin'?/ What we doin'?/ What we doin'?".


Wait For It contains a sample of "Say Yes" by Floetry as H.E.R. talks about the celebration of two lovers coming together with the lyrics, "Uber on the way, my phone is chargin'/ He keep callin'/ I wanna pick it up, but I keep stallin'/ I feel some type of way/ It's late at night, and babe/ I ain't get dressed for nothin'/ I ain't put this dress on for nothin'/ So, I'm comin', baby". On the chorus, H.E.R.is singing to her lover saying, "Wait for it, wait for it, wait for it, yeah/ I'ma need you to wait for it, wait for it, wait for it/ Baby can you wait for it, wait for it, wait for it?/ Baby can you wait for it? Wait for it".


Facts is about addressing a lover's reliability and consistency in a romance. H.E.R. is saying that she doesn't care about "fiction" or "opinions" when it comes to having complexities for a relationship with so-called emotional turmoil. Just as long as she's with her man, that's all that matters to her the most singing, "Facts/ You were the one I was missing/ The opposite of fiction/ And that's facts/ Ooh, it's a given/ I don't care 'bout opinions/ And that's facts, facts/ And that's facts/ You were the one I was missing".

Click on this link to listen to "U"

U is about the singer dealing with being stressed and confused because she cares too much when it comes to her man who only thinks about himself, not her. The first verse begins with, "Right now my head is a mess/ Thinking 'bout you got me stressed/  You're just so hard to impress/ Every time that we go out/ You do something to show out/ Played the fool, but I know now/ I always worry 'bout you/ I only tell you the truth/ I'm not like those other girls/ I don't be acting brand new/ Every time that we go out/ You do something to show out/ Played the fool, I know now". Then she mentions that him and her were supposed to be a couple and that she only wants him singing, "It could be "U.S."/  There's too many letters / But it's only you, only you/ Only, only, only you, only you".


On "Focus", H.E.R. is desperately trying to get her lover's attention to her singing, "Me-Can you focus on me?/ Baby, can you focus on me?/ Babe-/ Hands in the soap/ Have the faucet's running/ And I looking at you/ Stuck on your phone/ And you're stuck in your zone/ You don't have a clue", and then she admits that she's not willing to give up on him with the lyrics, "But I don't wanna give up/ Baby, I just want you to get up/ Lately I've been a little fed up/ Wish you would just focus on/ Me- Can you focus on me?/ Baby, can you focus on me?/ Me-Me".

Click on this link to listen to "Jungle

Jungle is a cover song that was made famous by Canadian rapper Drake for his mixtape "If You're Reading This, It's Too Late". This track also contains a reference to "68" by Gabriel Garzon-Montano in the hook. H.E.R. talks about a break from a long-term relationship that she was in. Now single, she is using this break to focus on her music singing, "I'm not ashamed at all/ Still findin' myself, let alone a soulmate, I'm just sayin'/ Feel like we on in the same, our relationship changed/ That or it never existed/ Whenever they say somethin' bout us, you listen".

                                                                               
 Pigment is a piano ballad track that serves as the last song on Vol. 1. The singer finds herself dealing with feelings of a one sided relationship. Her partner isn't really a savior, but that's the only thing that's holding her back saying, "Because it's clear I'm getting bigger/ I know you visualize my figure/ I was the one that made you look/ At your old girl and reconsider/ You see me in that black dress/ On the first date/ And I'm causin' frustration in your mind/ Only in the best ways/ Secretly I'm anxious, 'cause the thirst have never been mutual/ It's unusual/ That someone like you thinks I'm beautiful/ It's beautiful, yeah/ What we have is beautiful". On the original version of this song, it only lasted one minute and twenty-six seconds. So, here is the extended version of Pigment just for you guys.

I had just listened to Vol. 1 by H.E.R. on SoundCloud yesterday and I fell in love with the beautiful music project. From the production to the beat and lyrics of each song, I knew that H.E.R. is a really talented artist with a smooth R&B voice. She is definitely a singer that you do not want to go to sleep on. Ever. I rate H.E.R.'s Vol. 1 a 10. I can't wait to listen to Vol. 2 on SoundCloud when I get a chance! H.E.R. is my new favorite artist along with Jhene Aiko, FKA Twigs, and Tinashe.

Make sure that you go and support H.E.R. by listening to Vol. 1 on SoundCloud, Spotify, or iTunes.
                                                           Here are the links for you:
                                     https://soundcloud.com/iamhermusic/sets/her-volume-1
                                 https://open.spotify.com/album/6btE9k5ED8ydC8XY1K0kko
                                  https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/h-e-r-vol-1/1151584674

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

H.E.R. "Your Way" review


Your Way is a standalone single by R&B singer H.E.R. that was released on February 4, 2017. The track contains a sample from "Come Over" by Aaliyah featuring Tank. It's about the singer referencing to the relationship with her lover as she speeds throughout the West Coast in a effort to desperately reach them. The intro begins with, "(Baby I wanna come see you/Said I really wanna come see you/ Don't you worry 'bout a thing/ Just wanting to hold you/ Baby I wanna come see you/ Said I really wanna come see you/ Don't you worry 'bout a thing/ Just wanting to hold you)", and sings on the first verse, "Boy, you've been lurking in my mind/ And you know it wasn't long before/ I had a feeling this was right". Then the bridge talks about H.E.R. speeding down the U.S. Route 101 (also known as El Camino) at 12:01 singing, "Speeding down the 101/ It's about 12:01 am/ Wanna spend some one on one time with you/ And I ain't even gotta front/ I could never get enough/ We can do whatever you want to do", and then goes on the hook with the lyrics, "You can have it your way/ Your way/ Your way / So, I'm coming your way/ Your way/ So, you can have it your/ Have it your/ Have it your way". The song ends with the singer changing her mind about their romance and begins to start having doubts about him with lyrics like, "Maybe I'm going too far/ I should just stay in my car/ Maybe I'm losing my mind/ I'm running all of the lights/ Wondering what we are/ We are, we are, we are".

I love Your Way by H.E.R. and hope that she continues to release more songs like this one. 10/10 for Your Way is what I'll give it. Listen to Your Way on SoundCloud and YouTube. Here are the links for it:
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16 DIY Phone Chargers That You Need In Your Life


Have you ever tried making your very own IPhone charger? Well, my friend, now you can do just that. I'm going to show 16 DIY IPhone chargers that you can make right at home. So, here is the list of DIY chargers that you can start trying out today:


1. DIY Giant EOS Phone Charger

FimoKawaiiEmotions has a video for how you can make a giant EOS phone charger that actually works for your IPhone. 


2. DIY Nutella Phone Charger

Here is another video by FimoKawaiiEmotions but this time it's about how to create a Nutella phone charger using an old Nutella jar.


3. DIY Baby Lips Lip Balm Phone Charger

Check out KimspiredDIY's video in which she teaches you on how to make a Baby Lips phone charger and lip balm at the same time. Isn't that cool?! A lip balm and a phone charger in one. That is amazing.


4. DIY Starbucks Phone Charger

Karina Garcia has a video about how you can make a Starbucks phone charger using a Starbucks cup. Definitely give this one a try if you're a fan of DIY Starbucks ideas.


5. DIY Coca Cola Phone Charger

I know that this looks weird, but KimspiredDIY shows how to charge your phone with coca cola using this DIY Coca Cola phone charger.


5. DIY Chocolate Phone Charger

Watch this video by 2 Cats & 1 Doll on how to make a chocolate phone charger or a power bank for your phone. This project is easy to do and it's made with recyclable items.


6. DIY Nail Polish Phone Charger

Did you know that you can charge your phone with a nail polish bottle? KimspiredDIY has the video for you on how to make a nail polish phone charger that is super easy for anyone to do.


7. DIY Bubblegum Machine Phone Charger

You can use a Bubblegum machine to charge your phone and it actually works. Watch this video by KimspiredDIY to see how it's done.


8. DIY Chanel Phone Charger

YouTuber Hayley Williams has a video for a Chanel phone charger that you can watch and make right now. 


9. DIY Harry Potter Book Phone Charger

Here is another vid by 2 Cats & 1 Doll showing you how to create a phone charger using a Harry Potter book. I have never seen nothing like this. You'll guaranteed to love this idea once you make it.


10. DIY Peanut Butter Phone Charger

Aira Tran can teach you how to make a peanut butter phone charger? Are you kidding me?! You can charger using peanut butter? OMG!


11. DIY Portable Pokeball Phone Charger

Check out this video by Nicole Skyes on how to make a portable pokeball phone charger that you can carry anywhere and still charge your phone while you're at it. Are you a fan of Pokémon? Then, show the world that you're a fan of Pokémon with this cool charger.


12. DIY Unicorn Horn Charger

Make this unicorn horn charger with Joseph Anthonii and be amazed about how this all comes together to this very magical unicorn DIY idea.


13. DIY Donut Charger/ Holder

This donut charger/ phone holder is so cute. JENerationDIY can show you step-by-step on how to make a donut charger/ phone holder that looks good enough to eat.


14. DIY Taco Charger/ Holder

Another video by JENerationDIY regarding a DIY taco charger/ phone holder. Just try to not to eat your phone charger and holder while you're at it.


15. DIY Oreo Phone Charger/ Holder

Lindssey Lew has this Oreo Phone charger and holder that you can make yourself. I think I might check this tutorial out later on myself.


16. DIY Emoji Phone Charger/ Holder

If you love emojis, then check out this video Megan Weller on how to create an emoji phone charger/ holder.

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Cait Fairbanks When I See You review

When I See You is a single by Cait Fairbanks that was released on April 17, 2019, through CatBeach Music. The track was written by Fairba...