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 is starting her 2018 off right, by releasing a new 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 his classic ad-libs and a full trap effect. The beat is slow, but danceable (as shown in the music video), and the music is very minimal. The lyrics are also minimal; 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,
“Don’t want no drama
We have a tid bit of FOMO, especially with how she shines in the heavy choreographed music video. Gimme that diamond look, girl.
Tinashe is expected to release more information about her next album sometime near this first quarter of the year. She said via her twitter on the 12th that three new singles, “Me So Bad,” “Faded Love” and “No Drama,” are to be released soon. No Drama being the first to be released, we are looking so forward to the next two singles!
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 what R&B is today. It has a classic sound, but you know it the feels of the now. This specific song has not being released as a single (as of yet), but it has 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,
“Everything gon' be alright
Miguel is known for his sexual lyrics, where this song has plenty of sexy innuendo. “Pineapple Skies” can mean many things and it is up to your own interpretation.
Basically, all of Miguel’s songs are comfortable tunes in the R&B sphere, which keeps us all coming back for more. War and Liesure is surely his best 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 Darren Criss, recently released a new EP by the name of Homework. The EP is very much like Darren - lots of guitar and beautifully honest lyrics. I Don’t Mind is personal favorite; a love song to his love (Criss is very recently engaged, congrats!), that no matter what else anyone has to say, he 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 his music and his role in American Crime Story: Assassination of Gianni Versace, which you can catch our live Tweets during the airing of each show ever Wednesday evening at 7pm PT. He’s definitely already on his way to going somewhere!
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.