New Music Monday 9/10/18: Hozier – “Nina Cried Power”

Oh man there were TOO many options to choose from this weekend. Gavin James, has an upbeat fun song, Lukas Graham is back with some singer/songwriter acoustic vibes, Dua Lipa teamed up with Diplo & Mark Ronson, Alice Merton, Jonas Blue collaborated with MK, MNEK’s Body is fun, Sigala’s song is a Friday anthem…BUT I’m choosing:

Hozier (Featuring MAVIS FUCKING STAPLES!!!)- Nina Cried Power. It’s Hozier’s first single since 2014 (way too long if you ask me).

There’s so much uptempo soul in this song. We got a taste of that in Angels Of Small Death on his first album, and now we have Nina Cried Power, which fucking rocks! His voice is still super deep and amazing which is good to know he hasn’t changed his iconic sound (which sometimes happens after a new artist’s first album – I’m looking at you Fitz & The Tantrums).

Oh and did I mention Legend Mavis Staples is on it? in the chorus and outro? How amazing does she sound on this song? The song is fantastic without her, but then you get to her verse and it just blows you away. She takes the song to an entire new level.  Definitely listen to the entire song.

New Music Monday: Logic – The Return

If I were ever to introduce Logic to somebody, I’d show them this song. Sure 1-800 is his big mainstream hit, but you don’t hear how good his flow can be or what influences him. It’s too much of a pop song to respect him as a rapper.

It wasn’t until I saw his episode of Netflix’s Rapture that I really grew to like and respect the guy. He’s the ONLY guy out here who cares more about preaching positive vibes instead of rap-beefs (a literal lyric in this song). Logic is doing something nobody else has done before: he’s built a career rapping about Peace, Love and Positivity.

For every song about his messed up childhood, there’s a song about some sort of social change. To see where he’s come from and what he’s doing now is amazing. Got a lot of love for him.

His flow is insane in The Return, reminds me of Childish Gambino or Big Sean. The best part might be the Nina Simone Sample…or maybe it’s the La-Di-Da-Di Slick Rick mention in the first verse (which isn’t new as Mark Ronson points out)…Or maybe it’s the reference to Eminem’s Stan (Also not new)Or maybe it’s because he makes a pun out of Robert Dinero, (Also not new…)…Or maybe it’s when he calls out Mumble Rappers in the 3rd verse (he’s joins Eminem in the battle)…Or maybe it’s his mention of Outkast’s So Fresh and So Clean and Wu-Tang’s C.R.E.A.M. and Kanye West’s Heartless in Verse 3…Or maybe it’s the uplifting Chorus backed by more lyrics of peace, love and positivity

 

For the record I point out that maybe none of the things I love about about this song are “new” or “original” ideas, but that doesn’t matter. A song doesn’t need to be 100% original to be good. I’m a big fan of an artist looking back on history and making these references, showing what their exact influences are. Logic – you will always have my respect.

Shout out to my boy Justin who told me to watch Rapture…great show