AN EXCLUSIVE WEEKLY COLUMN BY ITEM MAGAZINE, OFFERING AN ARRAY OF NEWLY SELECTED UNDERGROUND & MAINSTREAM MUSIC TO BRING MUSE TO YOUR MONDAYS (AND THE REST OF THE WEEK, TOO!)
BY CONTRIBUTOR TRE FLOREZ
1. No Drama - Tinashe feat. Offset
Pop star Tinashe, started her 2018 off right, with the trap-pop single titled, No Drama. The sound is much different from what we have come to expect from Tinashe, but no complaints here! The track features rapper Offset from the group Migos, who adds in his flavored ad-libs and full trap effect. The beat is slow, but danceable (as shown in the music video), and the melody progression is very minimal. And the lyrics are, too. She is mostly bragging about her crew and how they pull up only in the best.
“We pulled up in Gucci, dripped down in Gabanna,
“Everything gon' be alright
“Don’t want no drama
Watch how she shines in the music video. Gimme that look girl.
Tinashe said via her twitter, that three new singles, “Me So Bad,” “Faded Love” and “No Drama,” are to be the singles off of the new album. And No Drama ended up being the first!
2. Miguel - Pineapple Skies
From Miguel’s fourth studio album, War and Leisure, comes the R&B gold, Pineapple Skies. The track is sweet and yet, very sultry. Miguel’s iconic and unique voice transcends a majority of what R&B is today (on the men’s side). He always has a very classic sound, but knows exactly how to feel in ‘the now’. This specific track caught popularity with many fans on social media. Pineapple Skies is about positivity and looking forward to the future. He is singing to his love and wants her to know he’s got everything covered:
Miguel is known for his sexual lyrics and this song has plenty of sexy innuendos. “Pineapple Skies”, can mean many things and it is up to your own interpretation.
All of Miguel’s songs are comfortable tunes in the R&B sphere, and keeps us all coming back for more. War and Liesure is surely his best album, yet! Other notable tracks include: Caramelo Duro (feat. Kali Uchis) and Banana Clip. Take a look at MUZE MONDAZE Week 10 for another selected Miguel single from War and Leisure.
3. Darren Criss - I Don’t Mind
Singer turned up-incoming actor and San Francisco native, Mr. Darren Criss, recently released a new EP by the name of Homework. The EP is very much like Criss’ style - guitar centered and beautifully, honest lyrics. I Don’t Mind is our personal favorite; a love song for her lover; Criss was recently engaged; no matter what else anyone has to say, he clearly loves her infinitely:
“Darling, I don't mind
After this EP, we hope for Darren to explore a little more deeper into his indie style, but until then we appreciate this EP and his leading role in American Crime Story: Assassination of Gianni Versace, which you can catch our live Tweets during the airing of each show, Wednesday evening at 7pm PT.
Other notable tracks from Homework include: Foolish Thing, and Going Nowhere.
Tyler J. Drinnen, is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iTEM MAGAZINE,
a poet and freelance fashion writer, photographer and abstract visual content producer.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Sonoma State University, where he wrote a weekly Opinion Column For
The Star, dabbled with his own radio podcast format, titled Saturday Nite Scandal, and helped to create one of the first of 25 Professional Student Lead PR Firms in the USA.
From there on, he continued his work by interning with Sonoma Discoveries Magazine and then shortly after wrote and interned for Fashion School Daily, where he solidified his love for feature writing and working with emerging talents from around the world.
In December of 2016, he received an Honorary Master of Arts in Fashion Journalism from the Academy of Art University. And what an achievement that was, to be the first in his program to have graduated a full semester early. Bringing him to four degrees in a short five and a half years, nothing will stop him from bringing art to the eyes of many.
He has worked in the fashion industry for nearly a decade, from commercial retail management to corporate level ghost writing. Now - he the poet - T.J.D. takes his life public with the independent launch of the urban California lifestyle based fashion-art movement, iTEM MAGAZINE: A Platform For Rising Artists.