AN EXCLUSIVE WEEKLY COLUMN BY ITEM MAGAZINE, OFFERING AN ARRAY OF NEWLY SELECTED UNDERGROUND & MAINSTREAM MUSIC, TO BRING MUSE TO YOUR MONDAYS!
BY CONTRIBUTOR TRE FLOREZ
1. Sabrina Carpenter - Sue Me
Sabrina Carpenter’s third album, Singular Act I, pushes her deeper into the pop world, with one single at a time. The most recent song that caught our eye, Sue Me, takes on post-breakup life in a positive and somewhat, legal way. The track has a lot going on at once; it comes with a heavy piano and trap-bass beat from behind it. There’s then a thin layer of a church/gospel chorus (as the background singers) blending with her autotune vocals. Carpenter’s light and airy voice paints a picture of a relationship court. Her voice here, has a resembling tone of performer Bebe Rexha and The Star Cast; a high rasp that is seductive and pulls you in from the very jump.
In Sue Me, Sabrina sings of running into her ex. She finds herself doing just fine, while her ex on the other hand; well, not so much.
“Remember when you said that there's no second chance?
It’s not illegal for her to feel that way. Yet, she suggests, that her ex should go ahead and sue her:
“So sue me for looking so pretty tonight
You tell him girl. Take a listen to these other amazing tracks from the Singular Act I: Almost Love, Paris, and Bad Time.
2. Who R U? - Anderson .Paak
Taking a step away from his soulful, contemporary R&B sound, Anderson .Paak goes head first into the rap game with the second released single, “Who R U?” from his much anticipated upcoming album, Oxnard. With a drumline inspired beat and a funky string sound .Paak comes for the current big rappers, without so much as name dropping, besides the legendary Dr. Dre (who is featured on the track).
He starts by asking the new rappers, ‘Who R U?:”
“Ooh savage, that's a nice get-up
Ouch. Now, it does get better:
“Now, who are you?
By the drags from his cigar, he is talking about dragging them; which is rather, legendary in itself. This new side of him music is something to really think about. He seamlessly and effortlessly just went from his standard M.O., to a diss track and it is actually quite amusing. You have to get into it, but once you are, you see that .Paak is a force to be reckoned with.
The full album is set for a release on 11/16/2018, and you can also listen to the previously released first single; a cruising anthem, Tints (featuring Kendrick Lamar).
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.