Weekly-ish, a pre-approved, snap-judged music guide based on our very scientific, non-subjective Yes/No rating system. There’s really no debating this, come on stop.
N: “Phenomenal” is that new Eminem song that’s in that new Jake Gyllenhaal movie where Jake Gyllenhaal is crazy ripped. In the style of “Lose Yourself” (or “Not Afraid” or “Monster”), it’s a self-deprecating, motivational ~note to self~ and I never need to hear it again. [Billboard]
Y: Feeling the Afrobeat remix of Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” by Tiwa Savage and Reekado Banks. If I was in a rooftop spot right now instead of my living room, I’d be grooving sweatily. [Fader]
Y: Little Boots “Better in the Morning” video is a series of hashtags and BuzzFeed gifs, which music videos have morphed into nowadays. [Fader]
Y: Kellie Pickler still makes music. While this is unbelievably cookie-cutter country, it’s also made for feeling the breeze. I would indulge in it on a long ass road trip. [Rolling Stone]
Y: Dream Koala’s “Earth” video is reminding me of everything I love about astronomy. Space, planets and everything pretty. He says, “What I wanted to illustrate through the words and the music video is the fragility of the human race against the titanic forces of nature. Our anthropocentrism makes us forget that nature will eventually annihilate the men, but that life always will pave a path through the ages.” Yeah, all that. [Fader]
N: Definitely had Jeremih’s “Planes” on repeat for a smooth minute when it dropped. August Alsina’s nasal pitch can’t quite flex on AutoTune like Jeremih does. [Rap-Up]
Y: Boo Boo Kitty plays the leading lady in Jamie Foxx’s video for “You Changed Me,” which is surprisingly a jam. The video meanwhile is very R&B: sexy woman enters party and mesmerizes singer who spends the entire night tryna woo her. [Idolator]
Y: Wynter Gordon is really beautiful, raw and open wounded here, singing about a heartless guy and her own involvement in the heartbreak. [Vevo]
Y: Tinashe’s “All Hands on Deck” is slyly sliding into the Song of the Summer convo, especially now with Def Loaf’s smooth self on the remix. [Complex]
Y: Audrey Rose might not ever blow up, but “Ice Cream” feels and looks like one of those one-hit summer R&B anthems you remember a decade from now. It’s cool. [Rap Radar]
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