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. Miss You - Cashmere Cat, Major Lazer, & Tory Lanez
Miss You, reflects all of the three collaborating artists in one amazing bundled up package. Tory Lanez has a unique and high vocal over an equal part with Cashmere Cat’s electronic sound and Major Lazer Caribbean rhythm. The song is about - as you may have guessed it - missing someone, where the lyrics are sweet, simple and catchy. The first and second halves of the track are basically the same, except for the first few lines; keeping the lyrics easy to learn.
“There's 24 hours in a day
Singing to his lover and putting a smile on your face, the song may not be so deep, but the ultimate message is received loud and clear.
This collaboration is the first - and hopefully not the last - combination work for Cashmere and Major Lazer, where their independent styles mesh together seamlessly with one another. While the single is not officially one artist or the others, it is projected to be placed on an upcoming album by Tory Lanez. The only thing we need now is the music video to accompany it!
2. Stir Fry - Migos
After the release of their much anticipated Culture II album, we find ourselves in a Migos frenzy. The single Stir Fry, is one of the best tracks on the album, chopped up both lyrically and melody wise. The beat is fast and loud, yet still fits into the typical trap genre - a slightly different sound than we have come to see from Migos.
Produced by superstar producer Pharrell, the single is sure to be a huge hit and quite possibly the next “Bad and Bougie”. The visuals, which dropped Sunday night, are heavily influenced by Chinese culture and were shot with a martial arts fight scene. The video was partially directed by Quavo and stars the band-trio as the leaders of a mob..
Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff, all rap their own verse and each is catchy enough to fit with the flow. In fact, most of Culture II is very good, with definite and obvious improvement from their previous work. The album has been touched by the best trap and hip-hop producers, but it is undoubtedly more elevated by the chosen features.
Other notable songs from Culture II include: BBO (Bad Bitches Only) [feat. 21 Savage], Narcos, and White Sand (feat. Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign, and Big Sean).
3. Say Something (feat. Chris Stapleton) - Justin Timberlake
The 2018 Justin Timberlake era leading up to his newest and upcoming album, Man of the Woods, is extremely different, very creative and genre-defying. A mashup of genres for sure. The newest single to be released from the album is Say Something and it does not fall short of this explanation. The song has a rock feel, with a bluesy vibe; it is guitar heavy with a steady beat and lyrics of self-reflection. The song is the third released from the new and highly anticipated album, and the album will be his first since 2013 20/20 Experience (besides the soundtrack work for the DreamWorks movie Trolls).
With help from country singer Chris Stapleton, Timberlake sings of making sure that your voice is being heard and how he always gets told by others to do so:
“Everybody says say something, say something, say something ...
The music video for this song was shot in one continuous take, following Timberlake and Stapleton, as well as a choir and other musicians around a beautiful industrial theater. It also appears that the raw take on vocals were recorded during the video shoot, which adds value to how great it really is! Just take a look below.
The rest of Man of the Woods is set to release on February 2nd, 2018 (the Friday just before his big Superbowl Halftime performance on Sunday, February 4th.) The album release date was well planned with the timing of the big upcoming performance and he will - in no doubt - perform his new hits and likely bring out a guest or two for the performance. Who else will he feature on his new work? Well, we're wondering the same thing, JT.
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.