By Contributor Tre Florez
1. Jorja Smith & Preditah “On My Mind”
Up and coming singer Jorja Smith releases her first official single, “On My Mind,” with help of producer and DJ Preditah. On My Mind is about getting over a breakup and getting that awful ex out of your head, with its upbeat 90’s R&B sound to it. Jorja’s raspy and powerful voice pairs well with the music made by Preditah, and the two have made a hit with the cut in and out vocals. The lyrics tell of self-reflection and finding “the wrong in you.”
“So I asked myself, do I let you go
The chorus reads,
“Don’t want to feel you
Smith is embracing the end of this relationship, finding peace and happiness in moving on. By not focusing on the sad aspects of a relationship, this song shows that those feelings will pass and growth can then begin.
This is her first work released since March, when she was featured on two songs on Drake’s album, More Life (2017), and released a single for International Women’s day, Beautiful Little Fools. With such recognition from one of the biggest names in Hip Hop, Jorja Smith is sure to make a power centered debut next year. Although there is not a release date for her album, we are anticipating the singles to come, as she is one of the picks to look out for.
UK based rapper, Dave’s Tequila is quite the musical mashup. Dave raps about his Latina loves and other worldly activities, over a slower paced deep beat that pairs with a spanish guitar riff and other electronic sounds. He also throws a little bit of Spanish in there, and makes references to other latin points, keeping the vibe somewhat foreign.
“With my Spanish girl, playing Fifa\
I mean, how do you say no to mas tequila?
Tequila is the newest – yet – fourth single from Dave since his first EP, Six Paths and his remixed Wanna Know featuring rapper Drake. This track is catchy and demands attention. The sound is so different from the prominent young rappers that are leading today. Other notable tracks from Dave are Thiago SIlva and 100M’s.
3. Lorde feat. Khalid, SZA and Post Malone “Homemade Dynamite (Remix)”
Lorde’s sophomore album, Melodrama, was released earlier in June, and we have only recently began to calm down from all of the excitement. Last week, Lorde released the young-and-upcoming remix to Homemade Dynamite. Let us just say, we were not ready.
The remix features Khalid, who had an excellent debut CD release this year called American Teen. He sings the second verse, where his raw and raspy voice complement the textbook poppy music beautifully (almost stealing the show). SZA, who also released a stellar R&B album this year, Ctrl, then sings a third verse, and the chorus with Lorde after. Last and not least Post Malone rap-sings the fourth and final verse, much like his debut album, Stoney that released late 2016. Each featured artist brought a newly written verse and their own unique voices to really amp up this song’s potential.
The song is about Lorde finding someone at a party that is a lot like her and not like others. The other artists feed into this, all telling a short story of trying to get intimate with another person they met at a party. The song is sure to get some radio play, as all of these artists are quite popular on the charts. While it was not a predictable collaboration, I really appreciate it, and hope to see more work like this in the future!
Tyler J. Drinnen, is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iTEM MAGAZINE,
a freelance fashion writer, poet,
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.