2:47, One of my favourite riffs of all time.
Wave. Dom’s Pac references are heavy.
"Yeah, these bitches talk a lotta shit..", That ‘Pain’ sample >
One of the waviest Neptunes’ compositions.
One of my favourite beats of all time.
Nike Football: Dare To Be Brasilian
Known for classic commercials, Nike unite with the new generation of “samba boys”. Well put together, the cinematic ad displays the new kit, and helps generate buzz for the team, ahead of their forthcoming World Cup (being held in Brazil).
I liked the concept, how the players see it, with their own (personality-inspired) themes, even Scolari seeing them all as children and a young David Luiz..who then turns into a animated version *shrugs*, none the less, it was good, despite the Ronaldo (R9) cameo, it doesn’t quite feel up to par to the previous Brazil “airport” commercial.
Justin Bieber - All That Matters [Video]
For those that have been following my posts of his recent leaks, will remember me highlighting All That Matters as the potential single, and the response is garnered, helped it become exactly that. Now with a subtle visual introduction to a more mature JB, courtesy of Colin Tilley (who I must say, really compliments the record with this video). The varied shots and angles, the moments where he slows it down, the transitions, these all are visual interpretations of this song, and they’re emphatic like the record but softly layered, such as the track. There are moments where knowing that young girls will be watching this, but then my argument remains..”they have parents”.
Back to the art, the song itself is dope, plus the visual, together they really encourage my faith in artistry. This and (hopefully the 2nd single) Recovery have been regularly played, as he is currently creating the best R&B music, and the fact that it’s on such a commercial scale..even better!
ScHoolboy Q - Man Of THe Year
"Shake it for the Man of THe Year"
Q follows up Collard Greens with this anthem. If you have been following his career, this song will be as important to you, as it is to him. He has come out of Kendrick’s shadow (in the media’s eyes), with a solid discography, and this is another to add to it. Puffy’s forthcoming album Oxymoron is starting to gather even more anticipation, with his “true to himself”, approach, all records come across authentic and most importantly, “dope”.
Justin Timberlake - TKO (Black Friday Remix) ft. J.Cole, A$AP Rocky & Pusha T
JT gives us a treat in the form of this TKO remix, essentially, it’s an exciting line-up, however it does not feel as strong as first thought. That would probably be because of Mr Cole World, who with the first verse, gives us his first response to that (now infamous) Kendrick Lamar “Control” verse. The best thing, is that Cole actually deals with it so easily, similar to Drake, and even takes Drizzy’s “Versace” flow just to demonstrate how simple this is for him. I have to say, J.Cole’s verse was the best part of the record, maybe so that it’s aimed at Kendrick, it takes the spotlight away from the other two, although they had good verses, many people have waited for this Cole to unleash, so this glimpse is special. Pusha’s verse is tough too, but he is always consistent, and so it was not anything too different to what we’ve been hearing recently, thus, it just faded a lil’ under the “reply”. I would have liked a bit more variation, could have enjoyed a rare verse from JT slightly more in the middle of the record, just to add that balance of importance to the verses. Overall, the song is what you would expect, there are no major surprises, therefore, the first verse really the talking point.