Music Reviews

#MusicMonday – April 6, 2020

A late post, but still on time.

To be quite honest, I do Music Monday on WhatsApp. I screen-record YouTube videos of songs I like, crop them the way I want, and post them on my WhatsApp status using the #MusicMonday hashtag. I’ve been meaning to get back to doing actual write ups, but the last two weeks of my life have been an absolute whirlwind. So I apologize for how late this post is.

In any case, let me begin. 

I don’t know anything about Leon Bridges. I’ve heard his name called many times, and I recognize him as an R&B singer in the most basic sense. However, before I heard “River”, I generally wasn’t interested in looking him up. 

To be quite fair, I’ve probably only listened to this song about 4 times, but I knew from the first that it would stay with me. The video runs like a short film, so it’s much longer than the song itself, but you can’t deny how haunting it is. 

So haunting, in fact, that it was used in the season finale of Black Lightning as the backing for a major character death. It was quite sad, but it definitely gave me a good enough reason to include the song in this week’s #MusicMonday posts. 

My husband loves to watch music artist interviews on YouTube, and sometimes this devolves into a YouTube hole. Last night was one of them, and we ended up watching the So So Def 20th Anniversary concert. 

I don’t talk about it much, but I was a Kris Kross fan way after anyone else was bothering to be a Kris Kross fan. Picture it: it’s 2003, and twelve-year-old me can’t be bothered to use her allowance to buy anything other than books. (I’m pretty sure I was still involved in HarperCollins’ First Look program at the time.) However, I managed to get my mother to buy me a pretty nice stereo, and my stepdad gave me his old cd case. Kris Kross’ Totally Krossed Out was in the case – along with a few other great ‘90s albums – and I spent the next two years overplaying it until it couldn’t be played anymore. 

That being said, I picked the wrong Chris. 

You see, 12 to 14-year-old me was all about light-skinned Chris. I was a bit of a colorist back then, so while I recognized that dark-skinned Chris was also cute, the Daddy Mac was my Chris of choice at the time. I have since seen the error of my ways. 

Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly was the better Chris, simply by virtue of being the better rapper. I think I always knew that, because it really felt like he was doing more of the rapping, but, again, I was blind. Imagine my whole shock when Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith is on stage at the anniversary concert trying his hardest, but is just unable to give me the same energy that his partner has. Maybe it was the mic, maybe dark-skinned Chris was on the good drugs that night, I don’t know. I don’t even remember people mentioning the discrepancy in their performances that night, but OMG, I backed the wrong Chris. 

So RIP to dark-skinned Chris who died mere months after their performance. I was wrong to not recognize his talent, or even bother to listen to the rest of Kris Kross’ discography after the first album. I wish that I had bothered to be a better fan. 

Last, but not least, is Miguel. 

I am a super casual Miguel fan, in that every song I’ve heard of his has been great, but I’ve never bothered to listen to a full album. I think Spotify and Pandora facilitated majority of my Miguel appreciation, and I’ve come to realize that I like these snippets of songs that he throws on his albums. 

Between “Girl With The Tattoo” and “Pussy is Mine”, I probably appreciate “Girl With the Tattoo” better because it sounds so haunting. Also – and I’ve said it before with Brent Faiyaz – I really love a good trap R&B song. 

If you would like to keep up with me and my adventures in appreciating the many different types of music, please be sure to subscribe to this blog. If you just want to chat with me about these particular songs, make sure to hit me up in the comment section.

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