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BY CONTRIBUTOR TRE FLOREZ
Who Hurt You? - Daniel Caesar
One of our generation’s best raw and rising male R&B artists of the moment, Daniel Caesar, made huge waves with his Freudian album last year. Maybe, you’ll be able to reminisce for a second on the hit single, Get You featuring Kali Uchis, that we covered in a prior weeks entry of MuzeMondaze. Still reeling in from the full beauty of his album, fans were just hit again with Caesars newest single, titled Who Hurt You? While the song itself is different from the Freudian sound of ultra-soft R&B and piano riffs, it still maintains Caesar’s M.O.: this is a song about a woman, that is sung in a beautiful falsetto, alongside minimal instruments — a sound that manages to have intriguing depth — hitting you at the very core.
Throughout the new single, autotune legend T-Pain, lends his talents by singing behind Caesar. Though he goes unmentioned in the credits or listed as featured, T-Pain brings a chopped up sound to the table. Who knew falling in love with an erotic dancer could be so sultry?
Caesar seems to be experimenting a bit with this one; where his repertoire of backtrack experimentation also stands out, to be one of his leading fortes as a musician. Caesar actually pays mention to this idea in the lyrics:
We're always here for it; a vocalist willing to evolve his own standard flow.
The woman (this track is about), is a dancer, which Caesar met in Atlanta. We know this specifically, because the day before the song’s release, Daniel Caesar tweeted a craigslist link, which led to a posting that read:
“Voluptuous beauty at Follies on a Tuesday. Blonde wig. You danced on me all night. I threw about $3400. You said you liked my gap. You gave me your number but I lost my phone. I hope I find you. Please email me. Btw, I wrote a song about you, it’s called “Who Hurt You?”
Essentially, allowing this song to serve as a “missed connection” post online; we hope he is able to find the girl he may have fallen in love with, on that very Tuesday night. With this in mind, it is hard to pinpoint if this single is the first off of a potential new album, or if it is just one way for him to express the new interest. Either way, we will always be eagerly awaiting — well — anything from Caesar.
Fingers - Zayn
Zayn’s 2018 included two previous, less-than-exciting single releases; including a collaboration with Timbaland. Though, without an album release date or talk of one yet, we’re not exactly sure which direction the new work is heading.
Thankfully, he recently released his latest single, Fingers; which, in our opinion, has helped to redeem his vocal expression, for the year. The song features a soft piano and a slight hi-hat beat. It is one that is very simple, yet highly effective. The lyrics are about a past love and how he cannot bring himself to text them; not because his fingers are broken, but because his heart is.
“Fucked and I want ya
Usually we wouldn’t mention the social media gossip, however, Fingers created an instant buzz on Twitter; when loyal One Direction fans claimed and hoped it was written about Zayn’s former bandmate, Harry Styles. While this is most likely not true (seeing that Zayn was with model Gigi Hadid during most of the speculation), it still would undoubtedly be an interesting twist of events. Apparently the two, who split in Spring of 2018, are now officially Instagram official (again).
And if the album is anything like this sound, the fans should be in for a sweeter treat than the online gossip: with the anticipated sophomore pursuit from Zayn. Let’s all have our fingers crossed, for that tea, instead!
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.