AN EXCLUSIVE WEEKLY COLUMN BY ITEM MAGAZINE, OFFERING AN ARRAY OF NEWLY SELECTED UNDERGROUND & MAINSTREAM MUSIC, TO BRING MUSE TO YOUR MONDAYS!
1. Please Me - Cardi B & Bruno Mars
It’s always special when two of music’s biggest acts can get together for a collaboration; not just once, but twice. 2018’s chart dominating rapper, Cardi B and the record breaking Bruno Mars, are back together with “Please Me”. With an ode to the 90s, this R&B track has a flare for the sex centered mind; as It is all about seduction and desire, wrapped into a fun little package.
"Please Me", carries flirty lyrics, out in time for all that Valentine’s night lovin’. Cardi raps about dancing with the intention of getting Bruno turned on. And from the beginning, he begs for it:
“Please me, baby
In the first verse, Cardi seems to hold nothing back and is even threatening enough to take your man:
“Lollipoppin', twerkin' in some J's
This single brings about the same tenacity of both of their careers, as they're both expected to release full albums later this year. Cardi has teased the idea on social media, asking fans if they are ready for more. While Bruno on the other hand, has not been as straight forward with his next future project. We have our fingers crossed to bump both very soon!
2. 365 - Zedd & Katy Perry
Another huge collaboration was released this last week, from one of EDM’s biggest names at the moment and a pop music superstar. DJ Zedd, known for producing smash hits with power female artists, (Hayley Williams, Alessia Cara, and Ariana Grande to name just a few) has recruited Katy Perry for this track. And the end result is quite catchy! It’s a less straight-up dance-pop, and has a more trance inducing repudiative beat. It may just be a different direction for Zedd. Definitely, something that is not quite expected, but embraced completely.
“365”, refers to all the days in a year, in which Katy is thinking about her new love. It is timed very nicely, with her recent engagement announcement with Orlando Bloom, on Valentines Day. In the first verse, she sings:
“Waking up next to you in the middle of the week
And the chorus quickly reiterates:
“I want you to be the one that's on my mind
Katy finished up her Witness World Tour last summer and her second season of American Idol airs this upcoming March; what else could she be up to next? Maybe, a new album on the way isn't to far off. Zedd typically releases big singles (such as The Middle last year with Maren Morris), but he has not put out a full album since 2015. It’s not hard to speculate if he is also cooking up his next full length album, 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.