We are living in uncertain times. Boris Johnson is sending four, six, and eleven year olds to the front lines of Coronavirus. Donald Trump is advising his citizenship to inject themselves with bleach to keep Covid-19 away and Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, is on the fast track to becoming a trillionaire. What a time to consider eating the rich.
However, if there is one thing that has been keeping the spirits of the common folk alive, it’s music. Whether it comes from TikTok dance challenges (Don’t Rush, Savage challenge). New remixes dropping (Doja Cat feat. Nicki Minaj), or artists now holding online concerts (BTS with Bang Bang Con), it cannot be denied that music has been a source of joy for us all. I am going to share what songs have been getting me through the lockdown. Here is this week’s magnificent seven:
Chloe x Halle – Do It
The prodigies of Beyonce have returned with their new single ‘Do It’. Aside from the sister duo upholding the reign of Black Girl Magic in the lockdown. I have really enjoyed the girls are transitioning to a grown & sexy imagine without looking extreme and tacky.
Kelly Rowland – Coffee
Speaking of grown & sexy, I will not let anyone forget that Kelly Rowland dropped a new single on 16th April. Kelly Rowland is renowned for talking dirty on songs in a way that doesn’t make me want to scrub myself with soap. The music video (MV) is a celebration of black women of all different shapes, hairstyles, all while wearing Nubian Skin. Thanks for reminding me that I need to make some purchases from their website Kelly. #supportblackbusiness
TXT – Can’t You See Me
The children of BigHit have returned! Tomorrow by Together (TXT) had their comeback yesterday, 18th May, and their lead single ‘Can’t You See Me’ and it did not disappoint. The little brothers of BTS have not played a game with their music since the day they debuted. The single takes on a darker tone from what we are used from them to but I love it.
6lack & Quin – Mushroom Chocolate
I will admit that I have never heard of this song until Lisa from BlackPink did a dance video to this song, and had the entire Kpop community sweating. The couple gave us smooth R&B which also blends jazzy electronics. I highly recommend you adding to your Slow Jamz playlist. Fair warning, this video is PG 13+. You have been warned.
I also thought I’d be cheeky and show you Lisa’s dance video too.
ONEWE- 모르겠다고 (Q) Feat Hwasa
South Korean rock band ONEWE dropped a collaboration with their labelmate Hwasa from MAMAMOO. Tell me, how often do you hear of Rock -R&B? Their vocals blended exquisitely together, which should come as no surprise since Hwasa does not make bad songs. Ever.
IU feat Suga – Eight
Speaking of an artist who has never made a bad song. When Suga (BTS) announced that he had featured and produced a song for the critically acclaimed IU (aka Lee Ji-Eun), the Twitter timeline combusted. I don’t think anyone could have predicted these two legendary artists coming together. I’m sure we all thought that Jungkook (BTS) would work with her first. ‘Eight’ is an upbeat, airy song that talks about being 28 years old.
Megan The Stallion feat. Beyoncé – Savage remix
This song needs no introduction. Beyonce just proved once again that we will only be sick of a song when she declares it so. This is also a real remix where the verses have been redone, not where an additional verse has been slotted into the song. The Savage remix is sitting comfortably at number 2 on the Billboard Top 100. Right behind Doja Cat & Nicki Minaj. Making it the first time in the history of the charts that black women have sat on the first and second spots . Didn’t I tell you that Black women are reigning supreme?