AN EXCLUSIVE WEEKLY COLUMN BY ITEM MAGAZINE, OFFERING AN ARRAY OF NEWLY SELECTED UNDERGROUND & MAINSTREAM MUSIC, TO BRING MUSE TO YOUR MONDAYS!
1. Nunya - Kehlani feat. Dom Kennedy
Listeners finally got the much anticipated mixtape “While We Wait”, and it’s everything her fans needed and more. Kehlani (the new mommy to be), has been on the work grind for awhile; the project coming in perfect celebration to welcome her first child. One of the more notable tracks from the album is a collaboration with California rapper, Dom Kennedy, and it goes by the name, “Nunya”. Kehlani lets an old fling know, whatever she’s doing is simply none of their business.
Musically, it is a pretty simple R&B song. Yet, the lyrics stand out over anything else. Kehlani talk-sings perfectly, like a beautiful rap, whereas Dom Kennedy’s verse is a fitting response to Kehlani’s dismissive words. The first verse is classically passive aggressive and ultimately, sets the tone for the whole song:
“Why you askin' 'bout X, Y, Z?
Basically — gtfo — and move on with your life! She continues by singing:
“You put on a show
Let it go when it’s all over, or you just end up holding on to nothing.
From start to finish, the entire melody captures the mood of a full body mixtape. We specifically like: "Morning Glory" and "Footsteps". There are no other music videos for the new tracks just yet, so we may not get them until Kehlani delivers her baby. However, the mother to be, may have something up her sleeve, after admitting to fans that’s he shot the “Nunya” video seven months pregnant! We're patient, mom.
2. Scrawny - Wallows
Up and coming indie band, Wallows, finally released a debut album, titled "Nothing Happens". Releasing singles and EP’s since 2017, a full album was widely anticipated; especially, after singer/guitarist Dylan Minnette started to become noticed in the hit Netflix show, “13 Reasons Why”.
Their first single, "Scrawny", is a song about — well — not much. They express facts in a whimsical way, with some guitar strumming and a fast drum beat. Some piano comes into play and the lyrics are sung without much gusto. There is a respectable amount of monotone vocals, and despite all of these aspects, Scrawny is still catchy to nod your head to.
In verse two, they sing some questions:
“I say the wrong shit at the right times
And continue into the chorus:
“I've been sleeping with the light off
We want to be body positive here, but singing “scrawny motherfucker”, felt like it was presented to be comically taken.
With the overall spring to summer traditional sound, if the single gets enough airplay, it may earn a spot on the summer charts. Of course, the increasing popularity of the singer-actor Minnette, helps with that cause, too.
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.