I’ve finally started to calm down from the event that was Beyoncé’s “Homecoming” Netflix documentary & album last week. Apart from the live renditions of some of Beyoncé’s & Destiny’s Child’s best songs over a 20 year career, Beyoncé included a new song, “Before I Let Go”, on the album. Not only is it a banger, the song has so much meaning. If it sounds familiar to you, it’s because it’s a reworking of Frankie Beverly & Maze’s 1981 original version, with a mix of Cameo’s “Candy” & DJ Jubilee’s “Get Ready, Ready”. It’s BLACK AS FUCK & pays homage to black culture but also African American culture. As the documentary was ending & this song started playing, I not only felt more proud of Beyoncé but I also felt so blessed to be black.
You might’ve missed this but Marvin Gaye’s posthumous album, “You’re The Man” was released on his bday (2nd April 2019). This album was originally supposed to be released in 1972 as a follow-up to the 1971 “What’s Going On?” album. However, Marvin cancelled it for various reasons. Anyway, “I’d Give My Life For You (Salaam Remi Remix)” is one of my favourites on the album and of course, I’m always here for the extremely underrated Salaam Remi’s production.
Lizzo’s just released her third album “Cuz I Love You” last week. Although I didn’t warm to the whole project, there’s definitely a few standout songs on the album. “Lingerie” is one of these songs and I would definitely recommend that you listen to this song first if you’re unfamiliar with her music. It’s a slick & sexy R&B song and I would love to hear more of this from her.