Celebrate Chanukah With This Playlist

Happy Hanukkah everyone! As we’re ending day 2 of the holiday and begin day 3 tonight, here are some tunes to help you celebrate the Festival of Lights.https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/qui_scribit_domina/playlist/5HwQnyhTnkNNrwhf0M2Pmw

Enjoy and have a wonderful and festive Chanukah!

 

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KPop Minute: EXID Loves You, EXO Doesn’t Want You To Mess Up Their Tempo, & Monsta X Release English Version of Shoot Out

Welcome back to another KPop Minute! Hope you enjoyed your holiday, did you stuff your tummy like I did with delicious food?  Good! If you didn’t have a great holiday, I’ve got some new music for you to cheer you up.

 EXID I LOVE YOU.

The group made their comeback last week and this is the first time in two years that the group makes a comeback as a complete unit! Leader and main vocal  Solji could not participate in group activities due to illness but she’s back healthy and better than ever!  And so’s the group.

The new single was written by the group’s main rapper  LE with producer Shinsadong Tiger. “I LOVE YOU” is an addicting dance track which features the is repeated phrase “I love you like lalala.”  The music video showcases each member of the group waking up with a hangover from a night of partying and heartbreak.  It’s a colorful MV highlighting Solji and Heylin’s power vocals,  LE’s sharp witted raps (“Like the beer chill you drink on holiday after work
Like game and 3 bottles of Dom 88 champagne…”) and Hani and Jeonghwa’s soft unique voices. Also the dance choreography’s stylish and sexy.

EXO

If you were sick and tired of hearing Ko Ko Bop and The Eve, EXO made their return with a the  earlier this month with “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo.” This track is a bop.  It’s a mix of old school sounds with new school beats. The song’s breakdown is my fave part of the track.

Monsta X

Monsta X who had their comeback last month recently released the English version of their hit “Shoot Out”.  It still captures the sound and feeling of the original version. The seven member group returns to the US this month as the first Korean act to ever headline of the Jingle Ball Concert Series.

 

Horrific Listen: Halloween Playlist Spooktacular 2018

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYBODY!

Let’s get this party started with some spooky tunes. Enjoy this playlist and if you’ve got an awesome Halloween playlist please share in the comments below or on my Facebook page. Enjoy!

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KPop Minute: Monsta X’s ‘Shoot Out’ and BoA’s ‘Woman’

*KPop Minute is a new column on my site in which I feature a post on something related to KPop. I’m new to the KPop scene (got interested back in May 2017) and so I’m sharing my journey with my followers. Enjoy!*

It’s been a long since since I’ve posted a KPop Minute, but I’m back with new beats for you to step to!

First up is one of my favorite groups Monsta X.

Last week they released their second album “Are You There?” with this banging track ‘Shoot Out.’ They go hard in the music video below:

And next month they’ll be touring as one of the acts to perform on the 2018 iheartRadio Jingle Ball national tour, making them the first KPop act to do so.  They’ll appear in the following cities:

  • 102.7 KIIS-hosted event in Los Angeles on Nov. 30.
  • San Francisco at WILD 94.9’s event on Dec. 1st.
  •  101.3 KDWB’s Jingle Ball in Minneapolis on Dec. 3rd
  • Boston event hosted by KISS 108 on Dec. 4th.
  • Philadelphia with Q102’s Jingle Ball on Dec. 5th.

Up next is the legendary queen of KPop BoA who is back with her 9th full album Woman‘! Here’s the MV for the self-titled track off the album:

You can listen to the highlight melody of her full album below:

 

7 Favorite Missy Elliot Songs

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Today is Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott’s 47th birthday! I love Missy she’s one of my all time favorite rappers. We both have Graves Disease, and she inspires me with how she continues to work on music while dealing with the autoimmune disease. Finally, I just love how creative, innovative and awesome she is. To celebrate the birth of this amazing artist, here are my seven of my favorite songs.

1. She’s A Bitch

This song right here… everything about it is just amazing. First off the lyrics-we already know that Missy is not only a talented rapper but also a producer who has worked on a huge number of songs.  Her work ethic might be labeled by some as bitchy whereas if she was a man it wouldn’t be. The lyrics talk about the double standard not only in the music industry but in society in general on how men and women are perceived.  Missy’s use of the word bitch also carries an empowering meaning.

The music video was directed by Hype Williams and features  unique effects, costuming, and sets. Who could forget the costuming that Missy and her dancers wear throughout the video? And the two highlights were Elliot and the dancers rising up from under the water on a giant hydraulic “M” and the set piece made completely from Electro Luminescent lighting? Back in 1999 the EL lighting wasn’t cheap and readily available like it is today. In fact experts had to be flown in to Germany to construct the set and the costume that Missy wears.  Overall the She’s A Bitch MV was one of the most expensive videos of all time with a production cost of over 2 million!

Last year at the Hip Hop Honors 2017, Missy performed “She’s A Bitch” and did not disappoint:

2. The Rain

This is the first Missy Elliot song that I heard. It’s accompanying music video is also the first Missy Elliot music video that I’ve watched. Who doesn’t remember the  inflated trash bag she wears during a fish eye lens shot throughout the video? And of course there are the cameos by other hip-hop and r&b artists.

3. Get Ur Freak On

This song is so damn catchy and it’s been a favorite of mine ever since it came out.  If you wanted to know what the man at the beginning says in Japanese it’s “Kore kara minna de mechakucha odotte. Sawagou, sawagou.” Translated to English: “Everyone start dancing together wildly now. Let’s make some noise, let’s make some noise.”

4. Work It

Remember that part during the chorus that sounds like gibberish? Well it’s actually the lyric “I put my thing down, flip it, and reverse it”  played backwards. In addition at the middle of the song, after the lyric “Listen up close while I take you backwards”, the lyric “Watch the way Missy like to take it backwards” is also played in reverse.

5. Lose Control featuring Ciara and Fatman Scoop

This track gets you moving from the get go and doesn’t stop until the end. Fatman Scoop is an excellent hype man on the song.

6. I’m Really Hot 

Celebrating her hotness, Missy comes through on this track. The entire MV features fiery dances-check out the awesome dance break over “Hot Music” by Soho. There’s also a reference to the film Kill Bill Vol. 1 at the beginning.

7. Pass That Dutch

The song’s introduction is memorable for honoring Aaliyah and those lost in 9/11. I love the music video for this track. Pass That Dutch has a catchy beat. To me this song is one that is silly and fun to listen to. The base is the star of this track and it gets you moving.

As I’ve stated before, Missy Elliot is one of the best MC’s out there if not of all time. She is a creative force, a genius who spits fire. She empowers and inspires so many through her songs, dances, and the unique features of her MVs.  I’m happy to have been introduced to her music back in the summer of 2000.  Happy Birthday Missy! We love you!

KPop Minute: EXID’s Lady and New Albums from Monsta X & BTS

*KPop Minute is a new column on my site in which I feature a post on something related to KPop. I’m new to the KPop scene (got interested back in May 2017) and so I’m sharing my journey with my followers. Enjoy!*

There are always so many comebacks going on in KPop that it’s hard for a newbie like me to list them all so I’m focusing on the groups that I’ve been introduced to at the moment.

Let’s start with the group EXID and their new single ‘Lady’ or by its Korean title ‘Tomorrow’.  The five girl group currently operating as a quartet (due to Solji’s hyperthyroidism issues) debuted in 2014 with “Up & Down.”  I was introduced to the group through their banger ‘DDD.’ Check out their latest track ‘Lady’ below:

Released yesterday, Billboard.com describes the song as “recalling the ‘90s” in their voices and rap and their fashion, dance moves, and MV setting.

Up next I’ve got two new albums from two internationally known groups: Monsta X and BTS.

First up is Monsta X with their new album The Connect. Dropped last week, the title track off the album is ‘Jealousy’ watch the MV below:

Finally International kpop sensation sunshine rainbow traditional transfer USB hub shrimp BTS dropped their third Japanese album Face Yourself today. The album has Japanese versions of older songs from previous releases:  “Blood, Sweat & Tears,” “DNA” and “Mic Drop,” in addition to four new songs:  “Intro: Ringwanderung,” “Don’t Leave Me,” “Let Go” and “Outro: Crack.”  It’s now available on SpotifyiTunes and Apple Music, and Google Play.

This has been your KPop Minute for Tuesday, April 3rd 2018. Until next time!

 

KPop Minute: Salanghae Vol. 1 Playlist (VDay 2018 KPop Edition)

*KPop Minute is a new column on my site in which I feature a post on something related to KPop. I’m new to the KPop scene (got interested back in May 2017) and so I’m sharing my journey with my followers. Enjoy!*

Happy Valentines Day! Here’s a list of 16 KPop songs for you to enjoy! There are two songs each from KPop groups & artists that I’ve gotten into so far. GOT7 isn’t on here because their music isn’t on Spotify for some reason. 😦 Whether you’re in relationship or you’re single like me I hope you enjoy the music!