Selena

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If you missed it, the unveiling of the Selena was figure at Madame Tussauds Hollywood happened today and she is beautiful. The wax figure is to be another way the Queen of Tejano music will be Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 10.53.04 AM.pngimmortalized. Replicating her 1993 signature look of high waisted pants, bedazzled blazer, knee high boots, rhinestone bra, and her curls creating her crown , the figure is very realistic. They even went as far as to give her a blush manicure. On the right is the photograph of the wax figure and on the left is a photo of Selena in 1993. The Queen lives on.

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Dreams

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Dreams – Fleetwood Mac

Now here you go again

You say you want your freedom
Well, who am I to keep you down?
It’s only right that you should
Play the way you feel it
But listen carefully to the sound
Of your loneliness

Like a heartbeat.. drives you mad
In the stillness of remembering what you had
And what you lost…
And what you had…
And what you lost
Thunder only happens when it’s raining
Players only love you when they’re playing
Say… Women… they will come and they will go
When the rain washes you clean… you’ll know, you’ll know

Now here I go again, I see the crystal visions
I keep my visions to myself
It’s only me
Who wants to wrap around your dreams and…
Have you any dreams you’d like to sell?
Dreams of loneliness…

Like a heartbeat… drives you mad…
In the stillness of remembering what you had…
And what you lost…
And what you had…
And what you lost

Thunder only happens when it’s raining
Players only love you when they’re playing
Say… Women… they will come and they will go
When the rain washes you clean… you’ll know, you’ll know

Thunder only happens when it’s raining
Players only love you when they’re playing
Say… Women… they will come and they will go
When the rain washes you clean… you’ll know, you’ll know

Rei Altru and Soleil

While waiting on some bomb shrimp quesadillas from Fuzzy’s in the UnT Union, I happened upon another live music show. Our UPC Org. hosts live musicians/artists in the union a few times a week and it is always a treat. Screen Shot 2016-08-30 at 1.18.43 PM.pngToday, Rei Altru, was the group to perform and I am so glad I was here to witness this. With a very unique sound, their band has a synergy that took over the whole room. Doing songs such as ‘Valerie’ by Amy Winehouse, their showed OUT!  They welcomed  another UnT alum, Soleil, to the stage and did her new single ‘Senses’, which is amazing. This is probably going to be my new favorite song for sure. With a hard bass line and neo-soul vibes, this song all the way hits. You can tell these two, Soleil and the lead singer of Rei Altru, have either performed together before or were once an act together because their chemistry is so strong. Screen Shot 2016-08-30 at 1.20.24 PM.pngThe way that they feed off of each other and seem so comfortable on the stage together, is very inviting. You can also feel their energy from the stage. Rei Altru also did their song Mr. and Mrs. I absolutely fell in love with this song, mostly because the background singers were able to play around some and it added to the effect of seeing a live performance. There is so much talent on the stage right now. Everyone who has a mic in their face has some serious vocals and the band is on time and all the way live. I am so glad I came to get some quesadillas today because I found my newest obsession. Can’t wait to hear what comes next from Rei Altru and Soleil. Clips of the performances are on our twitter :

Also follow the artists on twitter: Soleil & Rei Altru

Check out Rei Altru’s Soundcloud : https://soundcloud.com/reialtru

Peep Soleil’s Single ‘Senses’ on Dj Booth: Senses

 

 

Rihanna Navy : VMAs 2016

 

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Okay so this blog post will probably have so many errors so please don’t be too harsh. I will be blogging while running periscope, vlogging, and watching the VMAs. I absolutely hate award shows but the VMAs have always been a highlight for me. They are always original with some of
the best performances! I am so excited to see Rihanna, Kanye, and Beyoncé’s performances! I also know Brittney Spears will SLAY, hopefully. I do want to add in a side note, I appreciate you all being on this journey with me and let’s go because it’s starting!

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Rihanna- This girl started the VMAs with ‘Please Don’t Stop the Music’, which is my absolute jam! She then goes into ‘Only Girl in the World ‘which was a classic. With a pink background, hair laid, RiRi slayed this medley of all of her hits that made us fall in love with her from the jump! Her vocals have totally matured and gotten stronger since her first debut on the scene in 2005. She even hit a few dance moves during her performance. You can totally tell her comfort and confidence is at an all time high! This performance proved that Rih is a talented singer AND an amazing entertainer.

 

Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj- Ariana has vocals for days, we know this, but this performance fell short for me. I felt it was reaching to have her singing on the exercise bike because after awhile she seemed a bit winded, until the end. Love the concept though but not for a performance. Nicki came out like the performer she is and slayed as always. It is as if she, Nicki, picks up a mic and everything from there is golden. Not one of my favorites for Ari but we know what she is capable of.

 

Alicia Keys- She didn’t have an official performance but baby sure did make one. At first I was confused but it ended up being a very beautiful unifying message.

 

Kanye West- This dude got on the stage and was bold af! Walking in on the line “I think me and Taylor might still have sex. I made that b**** famous”. He went in about fame and being famous and what it’s like to be one of them. He even went as far as to nod to Amber Rose and Ray J. All that to say, he presented his new music video, ‘Fade’ which stars a hard body Teyana Taylor! When I tell you I was not expecting this from Kanye. For the longest I have said he has lost his mind but this man knows and appreciates art. This video is ART! It shows the strength and elegance of the black woman while showing the beauty in black love. Kanye has truly outdone himself. I love that he used Teyana , Iman Shumpert, and their daughter in the video. Truly amazing!   The link right here.

 

Rihanna Again! – Rude boy was my ish! To this day it gets me so lit! This is probably my favorite performance of hers. It showed her personality, FUN! She seemed so relaxed and comfortable in her environment. Once again, vocals were all the way there and she looked FLAWLESS! I love how her performances are bringing us through the legacy that is Rihanna. Every song unlocking a time period of her reign. Loving it!

 

Nick Jonas- He is soooooo slept on because home boy kills these performances every year! That’s it.

Beyoncé – What is there even to say. BeyBey is always flawless. She can do no wrong. She came out with the poem from the intro of Lemonade- The Visual Album. I am so glad she sang ‘Pray You Catch Me’, it is one of my favorite songs off the album. The visuals to her performance, just like her concert, are out of this world! It was as if she was in a hell, because of the fire, and came out o the other side on this angelic cloud of life. Which is what she gave me, LIFE! DO YOU HEAR ME!? Ma slayed! After an amazing wardrobe change, she transitioned into ‘Hold Up’. Honestly, I think because I just saw her in concert, that particular song wasn’t the strongest. She gave life though when she hit the camera and dropped Hot Sauce. I am going to assume now that we are halfway in her performance that she is doing the Lemonade album for those who weren’t able to experience the rebirth of human kind that was the Formation Tour. “I AINT SORRY” just got me lit af! Singing, more like screaming, in my boyfriend’s face trying to find some type of composure enough to type this review up. Honestly she knew exactly what she was doing by going through the whole album. All this did was make me want to bump the album just as faithfully as I did when it came out. She knew exactly what she was doing and I fell for it like the loyal fan that I am.

 

Rihanna #3- YOUUUU NEEDED ME!!!!! But ummmm…… those vocals fell hella flat on those hmmm’s……. THEN she came back! Fierce and flawless with ‘Bitch Better Have My Money” so it was all good.

 

Rihanna Closing- She came out with those vocals lubricated and ready! Stay, Flawless. Diamond, Flawless. Love on the Brain, FLAWLESS! She was ready for this one. Even her falsetto was perfection. She graced in between those notes so effortlessly and showed her range. I am very impressed by Rihanna’s over all performance tonight. She proved to us just how slept on she was and that she is so much more than a blunt and a pretty face. Also, if you missed Drake being suave af walking out on the stage recalling their first meeting and his infatuation of her, you missed the biggest fan-girling moment of the year because I LOST IT!  We are the pieces to your puzzle and the puzzle is perfection. Thank you Rih!

No More

Christopher Grey is an upcoming  artist from Cheltenham, PA. His song ‘ No MoreScreen Shot 2016-08-22 at 8.27.22 PM.png‘ is something you can vibe to at any point of the day. He reminds me of a Kid Cudi type. With a jazz instrumental, this song is very inviting and his voice isn’t hard on the ears either. I totally believe that some people aren’t meant to be rappers because their voices are either too whiny or too rough and just unappealing. Christopher has a warm laid-back tone that goes well with the beat. He has radio appeal  because his song is very catchy and is easy to get in your head. I wouldn’t be surprised if a year from now, it’s charting. Check out his music on Soundcloud, you won’t regret it.

 

Also follow him on:

IG:ChrisGrey215

Twitter: Chris_Grey316

The Get Down

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Currently entranced by the new Netflix series “The Get Down”. This show is like a glamorized, lengthy, disco meets hip hop filled music video. Focusing on the 70s, this show shows a time when hip hop was still underground but creeping out of disco’s foundation. This show will make you want to bust out all those hidden gems you’ve been hording. So without trying to ruin the show for you, I am going to give you all a quick overview to peak your interest.

Ezekiel (Justice Smith), a.k.a Books, is a rapper in the 90s who is reflecting on his come up in the Bronx, NY. The show is set in his adolescence and starts off with him chasing after a Puerto Rican mami who wants to be a singer, Mylene (Herizen Guardiola). In the process of all that, Ezekiel happens upon Shaolin (Shameik Moore from Dope) who brings him to The Get Down which is an underground hip hop spot. The Get Down is where we are introduced to Grandmaster Flash (Mamoudzou Athie) and the rest of the story develops.

The show just streamed on  August 12th with its first six episodes of the first season, so you’re not far behind. Check it out!

A Song For You

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I’ve been so many places in my life and time
I’ve sung a lot of songs I’ve made some bad rhyme
I’ve acted out my love in stages
With ten thousand people watching
But we’re alone now and I’m singing this song for you
I know your image of me is what I hope to be
I’ve treated you unkindly but darlin’ can’t you see
There’s no one more important to me
Darlin’ can’t you please see through me
Cause we’re alone now and I’m singing this song for you
You taught me precious secrets of the truth witholding nothing
You came out in front and I was hiding
But now I’m so much better and if my words don’t come together
Listen to the melody cause my love is in there hiding
I love you in a place where there’s no space or time
I love you for in my life you are a friend of mine
And when my life is over
Remember when we were together
We were alone and I was singing this song for you
You taught me precious secrets of the truth witholding nothing
You came out in front and I was hiding
But now I’m so much better and if my words don’t come together
Listen to the melody cause my love is in there hiding
I love you in a place where there’s no space or time
I love you for in my life you are a friend of mine
And when my life is over
Remember when we were together
We were alone and I was singing this song for you
We were alone and I was singing this song for you