#iTunesSounds: “Nice For What” – Drake – April 7, 2018

It’s safe to say, Drake appears to be in full go mode when it comes to his upcoming album releasing new music for the second time this calendar year. He’s got another hit on his hands with “Nice For What.”

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCultureBC

THE BREAKDOWN:

Murda Beatz went crazy on this vintage Lauryn Hill sample. I spent the majority of my flight from Atlanta to San Antonio to cover Ray Caldwell’s event this morning listening to the song. Larry Rhinehart of ParallelsMedia.com expects the song to catapult right alongside “God’s Plan” at the top of the charts. I completely agree.

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Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.

#iTunesSounds: Cardi B – “Be Careful” – March 30, 2018

Cardi B has been on a crazy wave for the past 12 months. She’s dropped herself or been featured on multiple No. 1 hits, joined Bruno Mars on a nationwide tour and is dating Migos member Offset. The two are set to have their first child together later this year. Right now, all eyes are on Cardi as her debut studio album is scheduled for a release next month. In anticipation, her latest single “Be Careful” was posted today.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCultureBC

THE BREAKDOWN:

For the first time, the delay in Cardi’s album might have worked against her here. Be Careful is a solid track addressing infidelity in a relationship but doesn’t have the punch that her other single releases to date have possessed. It’s a different sound and will provide depth to the album. But with the wave she’s on right now, Cardi didn’t need another pre-album single unless it was a can’t miss No. 1 record.

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Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.

#iTunesSounds: Youngboy Never Broke Again – Until Death Calls My Name – March 17, 2018

Youngboy Never Broke Again appears to have next up on the rap scene. His song “No Smoke” has seen airplay nationally and he’s looking to follow that one with previously released tracks “Outside Today” and “Solar Eclipse.”

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCultureBC

THE BREAKDOWN:

The gem of the album slated to release next month might be the brand new track “Right or Wrong” featuring Future. Youngboy talks about dealing with the gambles that have had him in trouble with the law over the past couple of years and his sons amongst other topics. Meanwhile, Future gets back to his early 2017 flow that produced two No. 1 albums.

Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.

#iTunesSounds: “Family Feud” – Drake & Lil’ Wayne – Jan. 1, 2018

As if it were 2008 all over again, Drake jumped on an unreleased track from Wayne’s latest installment in the Dedication series. The “Family Feud” beat came from Jay-Z’s 4:44 album in 2017 and the release from Drake was timed perfectly after HOV dropped the video release on Friday.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCultureBC

THE BREAKDOWN:

You can tell from some of the content that this verse is fresh out of the packaging and starts the year off right after a relatively slow musical year for arguably the best rapper in the game not named Jay himself.

Favorite Quotes from Drake in this one:

“Super Bowl goals. I’m at the crib with Puff (Sean Combs) and he got Kaepernick on the phone. He’s in a whole different mode.” — direct wordplay on how Jay starts his version mixed with Combs recent declaration that he wants to buy the NFL’s Carolina Panthers

“Tell me if TD Bank is approving loans. I’m thinking of paying Wayne what Universal owes. He spent a whole career going Platinum and Gold. He should own half the label. This is outta control.” — reference to the longstanding battle between Wayne and Cash Money founder Birdman on money owed to Wayne over the course of his career

“Somebody get Larry Jackson on the phone. I need some ownership if we pressing go. Business is boomin’ on behalf of me. I need a bite out of the Apple like Adam and Eve.” — Jackson is the streaming head of content for Apple Music. Drake has a deal with the service to the tune of 20 million but sounds like a renegotiation is in the works.

“…or too long like a sentence from a Philly judge. What’s the point in all the beefing when we really blood?!?” — sounds like a Meek Mill / Drake reunion could be on deck if Meek can ever get out of jail. #FreeMeek

“This pudding taste like the proof. If I ever see Trump, he better salute.”

Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.

#iTunesSounds: K. Michelle – “Crazy Like You” – Dec. 15, 2017

K. Michelle just dropped her latest album “Kimberly: The People I Used to Know.” last week. She is one of the go-to artists in the RnB game love the past five years and the diversity in this album shows why. “Crazy Like You” is her latest single off the album.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCultureBC

THE BREAKDOWN:

Since stepping into the game, K. Michelle has shown herself to be an immensely talented artist. This is one of my favorite tracks to date. She sings and even raps fluidly to get her point across here.

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Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.

#iTunesSounds: Brent Faiyaz – “Sonder Son” – Nov. 20, 2017

Brent Faiyaz is a 22-year-old singer whose rise to the mainstream of RnB is directly tied to his performance singing the hook on the smash single “Crew” with Goldlink and Shy Glizzy. The song has been a mainstay on charts nationwide since the summer. Faiyaz has been recording with a 3-man group called “Sonder” thus the name of his solo project. The collective success of his music the past 18 months has propelled Faiyaz into a place where he was finally able to release his debut solo album “Sonder Son.”

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCultureBC

THE BREAKDOWN:

The Baltimore, Maryland native is definitely one to keep an eye on. His sound reminds me of Donell Jones in his early years. My favorite three songs off of Sonder Son are:

Track 6: Stay Down
Track 8: Talk 2 U
Track 10: So Far Gone / Fast Life Bluez

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Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.

#iTunesSounds: Sabrina Claudio – “About Time” – Oct. 25, 2017

For all of my RnB fans, Sabrina Claudio is up now. My PSBPopCulture.com teammate Jordan aka “Palmtree JD” Davis gets the credit for introducing me to the 21-year-old Miami native. Riding the heels of a huge SoundCloud wave over the past twelve months, Claudio just released her debut album, “About Time.”

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCultureBC

THE BREAKDOWN:

The album has a soulful vibe that exceeds Claudio’s years. That said, she delivers the content with a believable sound that gives the impression that Claudio has been through the life she is singing about on the records. While “Belong to You” and “Unravel Me” are the two most popular tracks before the album, it’s the song “Natural” that caught my attention as I’ve been listening this week.

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Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.

#iTunesSounds: Daniel Caesar – Freudian – August 29, 2017

Daniel Caesar‘s voice doesn’t have the sound of a 22-year-old dropping a debut album but that’s the case for the Canadian born singer. The album, “Freudian,” is a 10-track work consisting of some of the most complete work I’ve heard in a while. Caesar samples popular artists including Kirk Franklin‘s “Hold Me Now” on both the tail end of “Hold Me Down” into the beginning of “Neu Roses”

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

THE BREAKDOWN:

At times, it feels that Caesar’s voice is floating over the tracks. The album caught my attention to the point where I’ve talked to Alli Lhamon, Hailey Higashi, Taya Reimer, JD Davis and Peyton Little about it in the past 24 hours.

Caesar loaded up the album with quality features from up-and-coming female artists in the game. My favorite track is “Best Part” featuring H.E.R. I actually just saw her in person two weekends ago in Seattle with Larry Rhinehart and the aforementioned Davis. The two combined to make a track is incredibly smooth and reminds me of “Spend Me Life With You” by Eric Benet and Tamia years back. This is a must add for RnB fans.

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Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.

#iTunesSounds: Kea – As In Music, So In Life – August 29, 2017

Normally, the #iTunesSounds section focuses on an established artist or group who has just released new music. In this piece, I turn my attention to a young man who is just scratching the surface of his musical abilities. Keagan “Kea” Stromberg is from Kentucky and is an incoming freshman at Oglethorpe University. He will be a member of the basketball team but is also starting to pursue his path down a musical journey. He released a six-song EP this month called “As In Music, So In Life.”

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

THE BREAKDOWN:

For a new artist, the production is solid. My favorite track is “Eye.” It’s an uptempo beat with Stromberg’s voice bouncing across the melody. I like Kea’s vision musically and style. As he says on his Instagram, he is still finding his voice. Along the way, I look forward to hearing the progression.

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Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.

#iTunesSounds: The Chainsmokers & Jhene Aiko “Wake Up Alone” – August 14, 2017

I’m a huge Jhene Aiko fan dating back to her collab with Big Sean on “I’m Gonna Be” in 2012 so Aiko coupled with The Chainsmokers is right up my alley. This one should find its’ way to the national airwaves sooner than later.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

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Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.