SONIC BOOM: The Weekâs Hottest Music

SONIC BOOM: The Week’s Hottest Music

Jody Watley returns, Drake’s the light-skinned Keith Sweat, Tech N9ne slays and more

August 06, 2013


Jody Watley, “Nightlife”

Pop music vet Jody Watley—of Shalamar and Soul Train fame—has decided to tease us with a preview of her new disco-inspired single, “Nightlife.” Watley sings, “I love the nightlife, spotlight/Don’t matter where you’re from/A worldwide phenomenon” over a carefree beat that will make you want to vogue, dance, or strut your stuff on the dance floor at the very least.

Listen here.

Drake Ft. 2Chainz and Big Sean, “All Me”

Drake dropped his new single, “All Me,” featuring 2 Chainz late last week, and it will most likely be part of his forthcoming album, Nothing Was the Same (due September 17). The single opens with Drake singing, “Got everything, I got everything/I cannot complain, I cannot/I don’t even know how much I really made, I forget,” before making way for 2 Chainz’s verse about all the material things he has. They have it all, that’s pretty much the gist. Big Sean eventually raps about his possessions and Drake sings some more. The melody has a somber, almost nonexistent tone, as there wasn’t much put into the production of the beat. Most interesting is Drake’s declaration that he’s the “light-skin Keith Sweat.” It’s a weak first single, but enough of a teaser to pique your interests.

Listen here.

Tech N9ne, Something Else

Tech N9ne’s 13th studio album merges a hodgepodge of different sounds, from heavy metal guitar to more traditional hip-hop-inspired synths and bass, and it works for him. Tech N9ne enlisted the help of T-Pain, Big K.R.I.T., Wiz Khalifa, B.o.B., Kendrick Lamar, Cee Lo and more to deliver another impressive album. The reflective project is broken down into different parts that include fire, earth and water. With that, Tech N9ne uses musical sounds and lyrical commentary to speak to his observations of the world, and the range of emotions and complexities that constitute humanity. You won’t regret this one.

Available where music is sold.  

The Weeknd, “Love in the Sky”

The Weeknd offers us “Love in the Sky” in preparation for his upcoming album, Kiss Land, set to drop on September 10. The sexy, eerie song builds in intensity as it reaches its climax (pun intended). “I’m always getting high, because my confidence is low/And I’m always in a rush, ain’t no time to f*ck slow,” he sings during the emotional tune. It’s a beautiful song but proceed with caution. In other words, try not to make any oops babies.

Listen here.

Starrene Rhett Rocque is a pop culture junky who often fantasizes about becoming a shotgun toting B-movie heroine, and aspires to save the world from the impending #ZombieApocolypse… In reality she’s a freelance entertainment journalist/blogger who muses about music, TV, movies and love. Follow her on Twitter @GangStarrGirl.

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