Her Name Is Banks

Tuesday night I took a break from studying, sneaked out of my cave and went to see an American singer-songwriter and musician from Los Angeles/California that I have been following for a couple of months now. For me she is the female version of The Weeknd, that kind of went to the dark side of R&B with a voice that is showing pure vulnerability and songs that are catchy as fuck.

Her name is Banks.

She kept the crowd waiting for like an hour, which was not cool for me, because my body is used to sitting from all the studying, but as soon as she hit the first note the pain in my back was gone. I did my little head nodding, danced every now and then. I really didn’t move a lot, but the moving I did was 95% more than the rest of the audience did. Just saying.
I made a couple of pics and vids, but I am super sorry they kind of ended up being bad quality and and I need a new phone for real!

Foto 1 Foto 2And the moment when she started singing that Aaliyah cover, it was done. She scored:

God’s Whisper

I won’t compromise. I won’t live a life on my knees. 

These words are penned by 17 year old kid artist Raury from Atlanta, who just dropped his very first single God’s Whisper and is making his way to become one of the greatest lyricists of all time, of all time.
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For Billboard.com he explains the meaning of the song: “When they see a person like me, who doesn’t give a fuck, following through the school system, they look down upon me. They think I’m nothing. But they have something coming because I hear God’s whisper. That means, my intuition, my natural calling in life is what God’s whisper is. When I say, ‘I am the savior,’  I’m spreading that message to others. You have that whisper to you. You have your intuition. You have your own natural calling that you have to trust and follow.
Is it me or is this new generation of teenagers really a smart bunch of motherfucking people? These are the conversations that I am making now, but like when I was 17 years old I was thinking about other shit like: well, I don’t remember. And now I am thinking ( with a Lindsay Lohan in 2 Broke Girls voice) I am just dumb.

However I honestly had to listen to the song for like 5 times until it got into my ear, but now it’s stuck and my brain is like Oh na na all the time. And the video is dope, too. I figured out that if the video is dope as fuck, but the song shitty I would still be like: this is my jam (which is of course not the case with Raury)! Like the visual part plays a huge role for my brain. 

And that’s why I was even more mad when I found out that YouTube deleted his video at 55,000 views! But as Raury said he won’t live a life on his knees, so he uploaded it again and is starting over from square one. What kind of a bitch is YouTube for doing this? This deserves a shit storm and even more views and shares and likes and comments. So guys this is your cue to start doing all these things mentioned: 

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Pictures via FB Raury

Sad B:(ys

After a whole fucking day of not being able to use my laptop because of some dysfunction of my keypad I finally found a solution. Nothing is coming in between my laptop and myself!  That cyber life forever. I sound like an addict, but honestly if you think that your laptop is dead and you realize that all of your documents and pictures are gone (thank god this didn’t happen) then you need a couple of days to prepare for the final goodbye.
Emotional situation I can tell y’all. But fuck it I survived yesterday. Let’s keep on concentrating on the fun side of life: I went to see Yung Lean & Sad Boys during their White Marble Tour 2014.
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Yung Lean is a 16 year old Swedish rapper from Stockholm talking about glory holes and Arizona Ice Tea and playing Nintendo, which was my shit back then. Nintendo 64 and that Super Mario was EVERYTHING to me. And with his crew the Sad Boys he managed to leave me arizona-iced-out for real. And I honestly haven’t seen a cooler and more diverse clientele (the crowd) since forever. The rapper does not only talk about attracting clientele very well in his music, but he actually does it, which is more than impressing. This whole emotional boys/sad boys movement is just revolutionary. And I wish I was that cool when I was 16. With that said: Go and check them out if you have the chance. You will have a emotional time, but (sorry to say) not sad at all!

I swear you guys are my heroes!

Soul-Enveloping

SZA envelopes your soul at first listen.

This sentence and just one of her songs are actually everything you have to see/hear when talking about the young singer SZA. This would be the perfect blog post. And when you just need one simple, yet powerful sentence and one fucking outstanding song to capture your artistry, then you know you are one some next level shit. The talent shines all the way through.
Coveting a special innocence about her, the Maplewood native SZA laces her music with soul-quenching traces of seductive allure. It’s truly the subtleties that make a difference though; the floral imagery, the small touches on her production, her concise yet intense songwriting. It all molds together to form this beautiful package.

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“I was raised on a lot of John Coltrane, Satchmo, Miles Davis, Billy Holiday, and Björk with an adult obsession of all things Wu-Tang,” says SZA. ” The one thing I’ve always admired is their ability to paint scenes with their sounds. When I write I usually let the beat saturate my mood and head space; that determines every scene and set design for any song, the rest is all secondary.”
And the point right here is that she knows how to let people into that scene and mood she created, which not only separates the good from the great, but makes the music become way more authentic and real. Long story short: it’s the type of music that gets into your body and soul and never leaves. Her music has an aura. And that’s why I just added her songs on every fucking playlist I have, because she is the next big thing.





SZA has an album out this spring which is going to be called Z. The only annoying thing is that I have to wait for ages until I can see her performing live. This is what comes with living in a irrelevant city…

Picture via SZA Facebook

Banji

Ever wondered what happened to Missy Elliott?
I honestly don’t know. But what I know is that she has a new protegee coming up: Sharaya Howell, better known by her stage name Sharaya J.

1239514_723661830982317_1076325648_nA native hawaiian, but raised in Jersey City, New Jersey Sharaya has always been an artist at heart. Music has always been prevalent in her life, exposed early by her father who was a member of 90’s Hip Hop group Double XX Posse she’s always been a natural performer. Looking up to superstars like TLC, AAliyah, Biggie, Wutang Clan, Mary, Janet Jackson and more, she was a true fan of Hip Hop and R&B. With a very successful career in the dance industry prior to the music industry she worked with and for Diddy, Rhianna, Alicia Keys as well as great choreographers like Laurianne Gibson, Fatima Robinson and Jamaica Craft. So Sharaya is no stranger to the spotlight at all. >And now as Missy “Misdameanor” Elliott’s new recording artist it’s her time to take center stage:

Her dancing is on point. And her videos just remind me of the Missy Elliot one’s. Focused on dance and a lot of creativity.  She has a fresh new sound and style, inspired by true Hip Hop and underground dance music. She has also spearheaded The “Banji Movement” which encourages the masses to embrace Uniqueness and Originality, thus birthing the acronym Be Authentic Never Jeopardize Individuality (BANJI). Considering her background and love for dance Sharaya says, ” I just wanna make fun music, Dance is my root so my goal is to get the people dancin again!!!

Phantom Of The Opera

When I was like 10 years old, I remember that my sister always wanted me to go to the musical with her. The town I am from (this is how they made me, Hamburg City baby) was like really known for Cats and The Phantom of the Opera and actually still is considered to be the Broadway of Germany. But I wasn’t feeling this at all. I rather spent time with friends and my Nintendo 64 or Playstation. I was addicted to that kind of shit. I honestly spent day and night being Link from Zelda: Ocarina of Time. And when I say day and night, I mean it! But as you know times change…
And yesterday I had the change to experiment the magic of The Phantom of the Opera during a press preview in Hamburg’s Neue Flora. And this musical is not only the most viewed one ever with 130 million visitors, but also the most famous with over 50 awards. Say what?
Foto 2(I honestly don’t want to get anybody in trouble with these pictures. But if you tell me not to take some, I will still take some. It’s my inner rebel. Deal with it! But as you can see they are really bad quality, so I am not giving away too much…)
So first and foremost the stage was insane. This baroque-ish frame covering the stage is so dope. And the stage setting was taking it to another level. All these little effects were so smart, like when Erik took Christine to his secret little place and the stairs they were walking on change the level so it seemed like they are walking and walking and walking down …So smart.
Foto 1 1452166_712585248752858_749997511_nThe voices were insane with all these Andrew Lloyd Webber songs. Everything was insane. But I have to say that this musical is a mixture between an opera and ballet, which is not bad at all, but don’t expect a show like Chicago like I did as non-experienced musical visitor.
Foto 3The Phantom of the Opera was pure magic!
Zhe premiere is tonight (28.11.2013) and if you are around Hamburg make sure you get a ticket!