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BY CONTRIBUTOR TRE FLOREZ
1. 7 rings - Ariana Grande
New music, pop anthems, and Ariana Grande, are all among my top favorite things. When you put all three of those interests together, you get a hit titled, 7 rings. Grande’s third official single from her upcoming album "thank u, next", brings a trap beat with catchy lyrics to life; sing-rapping to the tune of Favorite Things from “The Sound of Music.” The beat is a classic pop gone trap, so much so, that the internet has spoken; accusing her of ripping off 2 Chainz, Soulja Boy, and a few other trap-rap artists. The melody definitely has trap-adjacent tones, but the track is mostly beat focused. The lyrics are pure, unfiltered brags, sharing the positives for working hard at her career; now, dominating the charts for many years.
While she spends money on herself, Grande let’s all of us know she likes to spoil her friends in the second verse:
“I bought diamond rings for six of my bitches,
Obviously, the seventh ring Grande wears herself. She continues:
“Think retail therapy my new addiction
Yeah, can’t relate Ari. Here's the millennial pink themed music video, anyways:
She Then rap-sings for the third verse, which is a first for the artist known for her amazing airy vocal range. It is mostly more bragging:
“Yeah, my receipts be lookin' like phone numbers
While 7 rings is wildly un-relatable, Grande does what many artists have taken the platform to do: brag about success and make a successful dance track out of it. No irony there. It’s a new direction for Grande and not something we have seen much of. It’s truly an aspiration anthem that nobody asked for, but maybe we sure as hell needed it.
2. GIRL - Maren Morris
Country influenced rising pop star Maren Morris recently released her newest single, GIRL. The expected title track and world tour title was released very recently, and fans are ecstatic with talks of a new album.
GIRL, brings strong guitar chords in the chorus to remind you Morris is country at heart. But the song still lacks a southern twang. It’s not electronically her biggest hit, like she has with Zedd, but it is poppy like a Katy Perry balad aligned with acoustic and electric mixed guitar.
The lyrics are an emotionally beautiful inspirational letter for any girl, but mostly to herself. She sings of feeling down and about just how hard you can be on yourself; then tells herself to get up and fix that halo on her head. Morris gives herself a pep-talk, singing in first person:
“Man, this shit's unflatterin', all up in my head again
It’s perfectly acceptable to recognize when you’re not doing so great, to be able to refocus on getting yourself out of a funk. So far so good, in giving herself the strength she needs to come out of her struggles. In the chorus, Morris continues:
“Girl, won't you stop your cryin'?
Maren Morris is currently nominated for five Grammy awards this February, two of which are for a smash hit, The Middle; the song you’ve probably heard in a Target commercial and potentially even in many performances, among all the buzzy award shows in 2018. Her world tour also kicks off in March. While she has had great success with her first album, Hero, she also continues to write for the country world. We should expect to see more of Morris intertwined into the pop world as she evolves and are looking forward to see what her new album will spark for fans of both Pop and Country music.
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From the lens of an 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 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 design oriented degrees in a short five and a half years, nothing will stop him from bringing art of the few, to the eyes of many.
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