#iTunesSounds: “True To Self” – Bryson Tiller – May 26, 2017

The first article I wrote for the site in October 2015 was on Bryson Tiller‘s debut album “T R A P S O U L.” He’s back with his much anticipated follow-up “True To Self.” Tiller made real waves in the game during 2016 embarking on a sold out nationwide tour (click for our review) after the release of T R A P S O U L.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

The Breakdown:

True To Self gives us a similar feel musically though Tiller might have a hard time repeating the commercial radio airwave play that he received on his first go round. That said, the video for this album’s lead single Somethin’ Tells Me just dropped this week as well. With well-crafted samples from popular artists such Marsha Ambrosius, SWV and Wale littered throughout the album, Tiller has another hit on his hands from start to finish.

“Somethin’ Tells Me Video:

Social Media Buzz:

PSBPCBC100Brandon 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: Trey Songz – “Tremaine” – Mar. 3, 2017

Trey Songz has elevated himself to the top of the RnB world through a combination of his music and his appearance. Songz aka “Mr. Steal Your Girl” is back with his latest album on March 24th. He’s releasing a single a week to coincide with his web series, “The Playboy.” To date, he’s released three songs and it has a feel that reminds me of arguably his most complete studio ready album, Ready (2009).

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

The Breakdown:

All three tracks are quality music. My favorite might be the most recent release, “Song Goes Off.” Listen to all three songs here:

Nobody Else But You

Playboy

Song Goes Off

PSBPCBC100Brandon 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: DJ Khaled feat. Beyonce and Jay-Z – “Shining” – Feb. 14, 2017

DJ Khaled has been on the rise since the tail end of last decade emerging as a mega marketing star in the process. On that end, Khaled enlisted the marketing promotion of Jay-Z’s RocNation in 2016. Since becoming a member of the R-O-C, Jay has blessed Khaled with “I Got The Keys” and now another one in “Shining.” This time, Mr. Carter brought his wife Beyonce along fresh off of the announcement that the couple will have twins later on this year. Khaled, who had a baby boy of his own recently, is making this song the lead single off his upcoming 10th studio album, “Thankful.”

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

Favorite Lyrics

Ran to the dealer bought twin Mercedes
European trucks for the twin babies
Don’t let me have a son I’m a fool
Send him to school in all my jewels
I want a boy and a girl to fight for truth
What ever God gives me I’m cool

Jay-Z

Listen Here:

PSBPCBC100Brandon 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: August Alsina – “Drugz” – Feb. 7, 2017

August Alsina has emerged as one of the this decade’s hot young artists. From hits with megastars Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown to solo success of his own, Alsina is pushing the envelope with his sound. His latest album, “Drugz,” is on the way and he’s already released multiple singles off of it.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

The Breakdown

Alsina has a smash in the making with “Wait.” This smooth track is him at his best and should chart nationwide by the latter part of the winter.

Both “Drugs” and “Lonely” are quality songs with Lonely coming in second on my rotation of the three. The track loops a legendary sample of “If You Think You’re Lonely Now” from Bobby Womack.

Listen to all three here:

PSBPCBC100Brandon 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: “Trappy New Years” – Fabolous & Trey Songz – Jan. 18, 2017

Neither Fabolous nor Trey Songz are strangers to the mixtape circuit. Collectively they have over a dozen album length mixtapes in their catalogs and have used those to elevate themselves to the A-List of their respective genres. Their “Trappy New Years” release was still a welcome surprise to kick off 2017.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

The Breakdown

Fab and Trey teamed up for a quick 6-song tape covering some of the hottest songs from the fourth quarter in rap. It’s no surprise that Drake, Future and Migos are amongst the artists on here. As always, Fab brought his AGame with the verses. It helped publicity that Odell Beckham Jr. and the New York Giants were seen in Miami with Trey Songz on the same water that Trey and Fab later shot the “Keys To The Streets” Remix on.

Favorite Tracks

2) Bad & Boujee
3) Useta This
6) Keys To The Streets

PSBPCBC100Brandon 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: “Chixtape 4” – Tory Lanez – Jan. 17, 2017

Tory Lanez jumped out to a huge 2015 with the smash “Say It.” Since then, Lanez has been featured on multiple hit singles and dropped both an album as well as multiple mixtapes. This latest output, Chixtape 4, is filled with remixed samples of classic RnB hits. The emerging artist of the “New Toronto” continues to serve his faithful with that hot fire adding to his portfolio of music by the day.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

The Breakdown

The assist for this one goes to longtime Tory supporter, Keil Moore. I’m with him on this one. Young Lanez is definitely in his bag. Take a listen below:

PSBPCBC100Brandon 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: “Push It On Me” – Trey Songz – Dec. 3, 2016

Kevin Hart‘s voice on a local radio station caught me completely off guard during a road trip last month. I had not heard his mixtape before hearing this song. Less than a minute in, it was obvious that Hart had a hit on his hands thanks in large part to RnB superstar Trey Songz. Songz lends his vocals to the track and in the process helped Hart deliver a winter hit. The song is now charting on SiriusXM but with Songz part only playing. The two shot a video for “Push It On Me” that has over 4 million YouTube views to date.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

The Breakdown

Industry insider, Donte’ Grant, says that Songz made the right play to get the song on XM with his part as the main feature. For a guy who hasn’t seen his tremendous fanbase register into mega album sales, this song should give Trey a wave going into 2017. He’s also got a new holiday track out called, “Comin’ Home.”

Listen to the song with Kevin Hart’s part included:

PSBPCBC100Brandon 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: “Frustrated” – R.Lum.R – Nov. 16, 2016

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A newcomer to the RnB scene, R.Lum.R‘s “Frustrated” has the makings of a song to build a name off of. The smooth track coupled with his vocals always has the song getting airplay on Sirius XM’s The Heat channel.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

The Breakdown

I was in the car this weekend headed to a basketball event in North Carolina and caught this one. I immediately text all my go-to music people including team members Jordan Davis, Donte’ Grant, and Alli Lhamon. Take a listen below:

PSBPCBC100Brandon 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: “Oh Wonder” – Oh Wonder – Nov. 7, 2016

Oh Wonder released their debut self-titled album after dropping a song a month from their in-home studio in London, England that they compiled into a full body of work.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

The Breakdown

I’m ashamed to say this album slipped right by me. I listened to their single, “All We Do” on XM a while back but didn’t even think to listen to the rest of the album. Rookie move on my part. In the past ten days, I’ve played it front to back 20+ times. For the record, I blame both Anna Grace Smathers and Rob Hicks for not giving me the drop months ago. That said, it’s always nice to find a complete album like this late and feel like you finally joined the rest of the music world.

Favorite Tracks

5) “Lose It”

***Disclaimer: I thought this was awesome. They invited five dancers to audition for our music video. What they didn’t know was that they were actually starring in the video! Watch below to see what happens…

8) “Without You”

11) “All We Do”

PSBPCBC100Brandon 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: “Two Birds, One Stone” – Drake – Oct. 31, 2016

Drake released four new songs in honor of his birthday last weekend. He’s slated to release a project in December titled, “More Life.” Though it isn’t going to be an album, this early marketing campaign let’s me know it will be sold via the iTunes Store and streamed on Apple Music like one.

In “Two Birds, One Stone,” Drake took three minutes to address some of the recent shots from Kid Cudi and Pusha T. Here are my favorite lines from the song:

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

The Breakdown

“I put it all in the music cause if I don’t say it here then I won’t say nothin. Can feel my hand gettin’ tired from all of the grudges.”

“Two Birds, One Stone my aim is amazin’. I need to start losing my ish on your people that’s hatin’.”

“Free C5, how the heck we got the boss waiting.” — reference to Lil’ Wayne’s ongoing dispute with Birdman about money he’s owed. The dispute is holding up the release of The Carter V.

“Stay in school. 2 percent of us rich and the rest they all milk it.”

Drake’s Response to Pusha T’s H.G.T.V.

“I never said it if I didn’t live it. Still they try to tell you I’m not the realist. Like I’m some privileged kid that never sat through a prison visit or like it was just handed to me tied with a ribbon. I never worked to get it.”

“But really it’s you with all the drug dealer stories that’s gotta stop though. You made a couple chops and now you think you Chapo.” — Down to his rap name, King Push there’s a 15-year story on Pusha T selling drugs in his past life

“You middle man in this ish, you never went live. You’ll be trying to sell that story for the rest of your lives.”

Drake’s Response to Cudi’s Outburst

“I loved your old stuff, wasn’t a fan of your latest. My numbers out of this world no wonder I feel so alienated. You were the man on the moon now you just go through your phases life of the angry and famous.” — Cudi’s debut album was titled “Man on the Moon”

“You stay Xanned and Perced up so when reality sets in, you don’t gotta face it.” — Cudi checked himself into rehab days after talking about Drake

“Look what happens soon as you talk to me crazy. Is you crazy???” — (see above) ouch Drake

PSBPCBC100Brandon 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.