ARTISTS YOU BETTER R-E-S-P-E-C-T!
The spotlight is often stolen by those less worthy of it. So let this serve as my efforts to restore justice. These are the 3 artists that deserve recognition for the work they put in. Do not hold your applause until the end. This is not a graduation – although I do enjoy taking your asses to school.
Singer, song writer, and dancer Ciara – or Ci Ci – has made her mark in the R&B realm for more than a decade. As a teenager, Ciara got noticed for her singing and song writing talent. It wasn’t long before Atlanta Producer Jazze Pha took her under his wing. She brought us the ‘Goodies’ in 2004, then she made us a ‘Promise’ to continue being equally talented and beautiful. Ciara evolved and explored new avenues with her music, but did not compromise herself or follow classless trends to stay ‘relevant’. She’s been romantically involved with stars such as 50 Cent, basketball star Amar’e Stoudemire, and in her younger days, she even dated Little Bow Wow. Then Ciara met Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn – AKA Future – who raps like his tongue is stuck to the roof of his mouth. Ciara and Future were engaged and had a little Future together – literally a baby named Future. Then Future cheated because he’s a bucket and couldn’t handle the money and bitches.
Ciara respectfully gave back her 0.5 million dollar ring and walked away like a lady. Bye Felicia. If you have even the slightest appreciation for R&B - and a good woman, you will put your hands together for this boss lady, Ciara Princess Harris.
First things first (besides the fact that I am the realest), they are two people. Toronto's record producing and performing artists Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman, formerly known as Good People, come together to make Majid Jordan. For the most part, Jordan produces and Majid does the vocals. These U of T graduates are still surprisingly under the radar, but blink twice and that could all change. Majid Jordan are going to blow up any minute now. Do not even try right now to make a joke out of that. Just shut up. Their sound is agreeable across all sorts of audiences yet they remain unique – an Indie/PBR&B feel with a splash of something special and their own.
They released an EP titled Afterhours back in 2012 while they were still Good People. It went largely unnoticed - quite unfortunate because it was nothing less than amazing. Listen to it here while you can because it’s slowly being removed from sites all over the internet. (YouTube, Soundcloud, etc.) They were featured on Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” around the same time they were signed to OVO. Then, in the Summer of 2014, they released their second EP A Place Like This – musical gold.
Majid Jordan are working on another album which is expected to drop this Spring 2015. We are impatiently waiting. Bravo gentlemen. Bravo.
Full name, Lecrae Devaughn Moore, is a jack of all trades. Rapper, songwriter, producer, and actor... He does all this with a moral compass – challenging the status quo and counter-productive culture of hip-hop today. He is the president and co-founder of an independent record label called Reach Ministries which specializes in Christian rap. He also created a non-profit organization called ReachLife Ministries. Seven studio albums and 2 mixtapes later, it is safe to say, Lecrae is Le Great. As a teenager, Lecrae was a bad, bad bear. He hit rock bottom and decided to go back to church – somewhere he hadn’t been for a long time. It was also where he met his future wife. His transition to a better life didn’t come easy, but a few years later, he was on track. And now he makes ‘em!
So while most rappers are glorifying infidelity and gangster lifestyles, Lecrae is praising life and his wife. And he makes it sound so gosh darn good! (Not taking the Lord’s name in vain) His latest album Anomaly puts cocky hip-hop in the backseat. Lecrae shares his experiences and tragic choices before he turned his life around for the better. The message in a nutshell: we all suffer to find ourselves. The single “All I Need Is You” is about his life partner Darragh Moore. I must say, it is refreshing for a man in hip-hop to take pride in his lady and not just a lady’s parts. “Welcome to America” is a powerful track about poverty, sex trafficking, the Pandora’s Box of war, and the exploitation of workers. All in 4 minutes and 23 seconds.
Lecrae can spit, he’s got a good head on his shoulders, and his music is meaningful and inspirational. What else is left to say? Just clap for the man.
Most don’t have what it takes to make it in showbiz so they get butt implants, stir up controversy on social media, or latch themselves on to a partner who can take them up the elevator to success. It’s nice to show some love to those who deserve it. Look out for the next edition of Artists You Better R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
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