BY CONTRIBUTOR TRE FLOREZ
J. Cole surprised fans last week, when he announced he would be dropping his latest album titled, KOD, on 4/20. Like most of Cole’s work, this newest album is lyrically beautiful and purely Cole. However, the beats of this latest work are much more upbeat than previous collections and have a faster tempo across the board. All in all, the album is pretty fantastic by its curation, as J. Cole is more than motivated to produce those poetic bars.
The track Motiv8, stood out most. While rather short in play, it still packs in the traditional J. Cole lyrical punch for the listener:
“Fly to D.R. on a weekday, eatin' ceviche
The flow is wild and the rhyme scheme is on its own level. With a simple beat that samples sounds from Notorious BIG’s Get Money, Motiv8 is one of the stand out songs on KOD. We also love the songs KOD and 1985.
2. No Tears Left To Cry - Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande is back with a new positive anthem: No Tears Left to Cry. Following a much needed hiatus – included a grieving period for all impacted by the terrorist attack that happened at the 2017 Manchester show – Grande began working on her fourth studio album, the title of which is still TBD. [Read more about the Manchester coverage here.]
This track was teased about a week before it’s release on 4/20, as a slower song, one presumed at first to be a ballad. However, after about 10 seconds into the track, the tempo picks up nicely to meet to the vocals. While not the most lyrically advanced, Grande takes her brokenness and builds onward from it.
“Ain't got no tears in my body
The vibes are real:
“Comin' out, even when it's rainin' down
The visuals for the single are beautiful and well done. It reminds us of the movies like Inception and Marvel’s Doctor Strange, as the world folds in, on itself.
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.