By Dalal Museitef |Staff Writer|
Hawaiian shirts plus short shorts and a curly head of hair equals comedian/rapper Childish Gambino.
STN MTN/Kauai, his latest mix-tape/EP has a collection of diverse melodies and intricate beats that are as smooth as butter.
“The production is gripping, carrying the smoothness of ‘Channel Orange’ blended with Yeezus-esque bombast,” states music journalist Eric Sundermann.
Covers of Lil Wayne’s decade old single “Go DJ” and Usher’s “U Don’t Have to Call” make an appearance.
Gambino is also highly recognized for his humorous references.
“Y’all don’t know me, run the world. Turnin’ up like that little girl, like Ay-Ay-Ay-Turnup”, referring to the popular Vine video.
Sophomore Abel Arriola had more of an interest in what was for lunch than what Gambino had to offer.
“I love him lyrically, but this album distracted me…his long intros like songs from his previous album, ‘Because the Internet’,” said Arriola
Although not everyone can appreciate a little creativity, I thought Gambino slays artistically in songs like, “Childish Gambino @ The Atrium” and “Dream/Southern Hospitality/Partna Dem.”
Their album The Bones of What You Believe, continues to skyrocket over 8 million
views on Youtube.
“In the dying light, I’m the only one here. And I will cover you until you go-ooh”.
“The Mother We Share” reveals a story about a young woman surrendering herself because of the lack of a mother-daughter relationship.
You can easily categorize them as creative geniuses while watching their videos for other songs, “Gun,” “Recovery,” and “Lies”.
Fortunately, they were received very well while performing at iconic festivals Coachella and Bonnaroo, and also opening for popular bands like Passion Pit and Two Door Cinema Club.
Making his major debut on Saturday Night Live on Oct. 11, Indie-heads are raging over the sensual Irish singer Andrew Hozier.
Hozier’s tone has a southern and blues soul vibe within his self-titled LP, released late last year.
“This song is about asserting yourself and reclaiming your humanity through an act of love…choosing to worship or love something that is tangible and real,” said Hozier in an interview with NYMAG.
Hozier continues his religious theme context in the song, “From Eden”.
“Babe, there’s something wretched about this..something so precious about this…oh what a sin,” describing the battleships one goes through while in relationships but admits that it is all worth saving.
Jahron Brathwaite is a 21 year-old singer under rapper Drake’s record label OVO Sound, featured in songs like “Own It” and “Come Thru.” Brathwaite’s goes by the stage name PartyNextDoor. He contributes his clean vocals to complete his classic love song tunes.
“Thirsty,” is not one of your usual ‘womanizer’ type songs.
It elaborates on Party’s past habits and the fight he has to reconnect with his ex-lover.
“Open up to me and drop your guard, I need the proof..cause a n**** done f***** up like I lucked up, I know it’s hard.”
Toronto’s very own has much to express in this album, showing his rendition of Aaliyah’s “One in a Million”.
The 21-year-old will be visiting the popular Roxy Theatre, Nov. 22 in Los Angeles.
In addition to PartyNextDoor, duo-team Majid Jordan are signed to OVO Sound.
Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ulman make up the soothing piano instrumentals their EP, “A Place Like This“.
Their visionary minds are elaborated in the video for the single “A Place Like This”.
“Its hard to teach a child when it gets like this. What they offering you in a place like this? What they promising you when it gets like this?”
The female character seems to fall into a promiscuous lifestyle that has no benefits.
Fourth year Salah Khatib likes to stay within his genres, but eased up when he heard what Majid Jordan contributed.
Although Khatib is a Kanye West craze fan he appreciated the relaxation in “A Place Like This”.
These musicians are bound to connect students with some great new music.