Posted: October 31st, 2010 | Author: Melissa Cole | Filed under: Music Notes | Tags: Beyonce, Ciara, Kanye West, Loud, NBC, Only Girl (In the World), Rihanna, Saturday Night Live, SNL, Titantic | No Comments »
Rihanna is one of my favorite pop stars and style icons. But surely by now, we’ve all noticed her inability (or unwillingness?) to do any real heavy lifting when it comes to dancing, normally a pop star prerequisite. However, her saving grace is that she can move, and it took her a while to even fall into doing that. With a distinctive vocal quality, undeniable good looks and genuine star appeal, not dancing has never been a factor in her mammoth success. Not yet at least.
Posted: October 25th, 2010 | Author: Melissa Cole | Filed under: Music Notes | Tags: BET, Big Tigger, DJ Vlad, Drake, Eminem, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Jay-Z, Jermaine Dupri, Kanye West, Ludacris, Music Notes, Nelly, Rick Ross, Top 10 Rappers of the 21st Century | No Comments »
Like many hip hop fans, I skeptically tuned in to BET‘s “Top 10 Rappers of the 21st Century” special. While one of my tweeps pointed out that the century is no where near over, I excused BET for this as even I do not know how to refer to the last decade (um, the oughts?).
BET assembled an esteemed panel of hip hop heads to determine the real shakers and bakers of the last decade. Though I only recognized about half of these people, I trusted them for reasons unknown to me and as I would quickly discover, against my better judgement. BET’s own Big Tigger (you may also remember him from his verse on R. Kelly‘s “Snake”) led the discussion with his signature joviality.
Tigger noted that the group would be using a preset criteria to gauge which artists should make the list. Commercial success, cultural influence, lyrical content, flow and social media presence were among the criteria for which the artists would be measured. (Did they say sales? Well, I guess that that weeds out the Lupe Fiasco types.)
I tuned in a bit late but it wasn’t long before they started dropping bombs over the Baghdad that is me. Where do I begin going in?
Posted: December 28th, 2009 | Author: Melissa Cole | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: #mm, #musicmonday, Amerie, Drake, Jay-Z, Kanye West, La Roux, Lily Allen, Mini Viva, Rihanna, Sam Sparro | No Comments »
These are songs that I can depend on to keep me entertained on the subway this week.
Sam Sparro – “Black & Gold (Live)”
Rihanna – “Russian Roulette”
Kanye West – “Welcome to Heartbreak”
Mini Viva – “Left My Heart In Tokyo”
Amerie – “Tell Me You Love Me”
La Roux – “I’m Not Your Toy”