Saturday, June 23, 2018

Everything Wrong With Drake's "I'm Upset"



Don't get me wrong - I like Drake. I even like this song A LITTLE BIT, though I don't like to admit it. It's got a good beat and when Drake says, "Fifty thousand on my head, it's disrespect", I felt that. I felt that due to my own pretty enemies, and just life tryna get me down. But I have A LOT of problems with this song so let's get started.

1) Am I Supposed To Feel Sorry That Drake Has To Pay Child Support?

Drake spends most of this song complaining that he got a woman pregnant and now has to pay child support. I mean that's on him. Rappers sing about having sex with women all the time - they make it sound so cool and fun but there are ALWAYS risks. Now that a negative consequence of sex has popped up, Drake puts all the blame on the woman when it is his fault too. "I'ma always take the money over sex," - untrue, Drake. If you really care about not having to pay child support, you would have been more careful when having sex.

I don't feel sorry for Drake. He has a lot of money and he can easily take care of his child and the mother of his baby. Does Drake really want to be a deadbeat father? He raps, "My dad still got child support from 1991." He KNOWS how it feels to be cast aside by his own father. He's seen his mom be a single mother and struggle. So why is he trying to continue the cycle and leave his child in the dust? Why is he releasing a song where he sincerely says he doesn't care about his child or his child's mother. Imagine the child listening to this song when he grows up. Drake could have handled this situation in a mature manner.



2) Drake's Very Own, "I'm Not Racist, I Have Black Friends"

You know how racist people sometimes try to prove they are not racist by saying, "I'm not racist, I have black friends?" Drake does something very similar here. He raps, "Thankful for the women that I know/Can't go fifty-fifty with no ho." First he says, "guys, I'm not sexist, I care about some women!! But this one is just a hoe." Just because Drake respects a couple of women in his life, like his mom, doesn't mean he is down for the cause. He is still shaming a woman for having sex. HE IS SHAMING A WOMAN HE WANTED TO HAVE SEX WITH FOR HAVING SEX WITH HIM. It's WILD. Calling women hoes and sluts for having sex is harmful to society because it doesn't allow for women's sexual freedom, it's paints women as sex objects, it supports rape culture. 

3) Drake cares a lot about how much his ransom is?

This is just something I thought was funny. Drake imagines having a hit out on him for "50,000," "100,000," and, "500,000." He finds the 50K and 100K amounts INSULTING. What I find interesting is he is more insulted by the money amounts than the idea that someone wants to kill him. But then at 500,000 he says, "Half a million on my head I can(?) accept, at least it makes me feel like someone tried their best." Now, I can't make out if he says can or can't. He needs to enunciate better. I've always seen it as, "can," because the next sentence explains why he "can" accept it. I just think it is HILARIOUS how touched Drake is that someone would try to kill him for 500K. It makes him feel that someone really cares about him 😊.



4) Using Degrassi To Make This Dumb Song A Hit

Drake is trying to recover from his controversy with Pusha T. He has this dumb song - how does he make the public love him again? By putting together a Degrassi reunion!!! It's genius but insulting to the public. Because Youtube Streaming counts for the billboard charts this song will chart higher than it's supposed to. As you can tell by the subject matter, it's not a song many people can get behind. This song doesn't deserve to be a hit. 

5) Drake Raps About Killing XXXTentacion And Then He Gets Murdered?

That's just bad timing. I don't think Drake actually killed him but it is weird. Drake raps "SMS, triple X/That's the only time I ever shoot below the neck (skrr)/Why you keep on shootin' if you know that n***a dead? (skrr)/That's the only kind of shit that gets you some respect." SMS could be word play for, "Send My Shooters," or for the text messages he received from the girl he was talking about earlier. Triple X is also word play from his previous verse. Towards the ending it's clear he is talking about killing someone and how that's the only thing that gets you respect. It's kinda sad that XXXTentacion died while this song was released as a single. 

Everything Right With Drake's "I'm Upset"

  • Beyonce reference: "That shit is in a box to the left, to the left."
That's all folks!

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

POLL RESULTS: BEST SONG FROM HARRY STYLES' NEW ALBUM?

A year ago, I created a poll on my website that asked: What is the best song from Harry Styles' new album? The poll was expected to close in a year. However, blogger.com actually stopped the poll a month early because they are retiring the poll feature. (Sad!!! That means I will have to find a new way to post a poll on my site).

POLL RESULTS: BEST SONG FROM HARRY STYLES' NEW ALBUM?

POLL RESULTS: BEST SONG FROM HARRY STYLES' NEW ALBUM?

Songs From Harry Styles the Album RANKED by My Readers

  1. Kiwi
  2. Meet Me In The Hallway
  3. Two Ghosts & From the Dining Table
  4. Sign of the Times
  5. Woman
  6. Carolina & Sweet Creature & Only Angel
  7. Ever Since New York


THE WINNER IS KIWI!!! Haha, looks like Kiwi became all our favorite songs when Harry started singing it so much on tour.  I wrote about that here: Harry Styles at Radio City Music Hall: Kiwi is now my favorite song. I'm surprised Meet Me In The Hallway is so high up. It's like a deep cut but I guess we all enjoy emotional!Harry. [This can be seen again with Two Ghosts and From The Dining Table being number 3 - both emotional songs]. I think it's interesting Every Since New York is last place. I agree!! That song is vague and some may feel bored by it. I'm surprised Carolina and Only Angel are so low on this list - they are fun, rock songs I thought every one would enjoy.

Let me know if you agree or disagree with the poll results in the comments. What is your favorite Harry Styles song?

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Middle SERIES Finale Review



I just watched The Middle's SERIES Finale and it was so beautiful. I have been a huge fan of this show for a long time. It's been around for 9 years, though I believe I discovered it 5 years ago. I LOVED how this show portrayed a low-income class family which I could relate to. I also loved how the kids were all so different but for some reason, I felt like I could relate to all three. I am dramatic and self-ish like Axl, I am sentimental and unlucky like Sue, and I am a nerd and a weirdo like Brick. The Middle has been a great television show and I am sad to see it end. (even though, it had to end some time!)

The series finale was beautiful. I loved Sue and Sean getting together. I loved them leaving the blue bag. That touching moment between Axl, Sue, and Brick in the car the night before was beautiful. It really seemed like Axl and Sue were crying in real life rather than being scripted. And that was so touching! There was some real emotion there. I loved Axl having three boys that would bother him in years to come. I loved Sue and Sean getting married. (However, I did not like the implication that they broke up, and got back together, and broke up, and got back together. I thought their love was real! The snow globe shattered which means it did its job and brought them together! That's the end of the story!)

Looks like Axl and Lexie got married, Sue and Sean got married, AND I believe Brick and Cindy got married. Brick became a very successful author. In the book signing, he was wearing a wedding band. YAY for Brick.

Also it was so CUTE how the show ended with Reverend Tim Tom corny song and Brick doing his little "tick," and whispering, "The Middle." What a perfect way to end the show.

It was a touching finale. This was great family to follow along! I recommend this show to anyone who wants a binge watch!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Every Song Off Julia Michaels's Album Nervous System RANKED [Track-by-Track Review]


To be honest, I hadn't paid much attention to Julia Michaels. I was never a fan of her song, "Issues," which I think is a bit boring (you can expect it to be low on this list). Recently, I discovered her song, "Heaven," from the new Fifty Shades soundtrack, aka, the only good single off that album. (For You by Liam Payne and Rita Ora is SUCH a snoozefest). So then I decided to check out her album and some of her interviews.

I like Julia Michaels. You can tell she thinks a lot. She is a good song writer, having written Bad Liar by Selena Gomez and Sorry by Justin Bieber. She seems to care about her craft and seems like a very intelligent person. She can admit her faults and the complexity of relationships. Though I just shaded, "Issues," I do like how she realizes she can't just complain about her boyfriends faults when she has many of her own. It shows maturity and self-awareness.

Anyway, let's get to the list:

7) Issues


Last on my list is "Issues," because I am not a fan of neither the lyrical content nor the music behind it. It's just not a catchy song. I'm not sure how this song charted so high on the Billboard Hot 100. I also think the lyrics are basic and sound like elementary school writing. "I got issues, you got them too." Julia repeats phrases like that through out the song. "When I'm down I get real down."


6) Worst In Me


This song is similar to, "Issues," where Julia highlights that both herself and her boyfriend have problems that could hurt the relationship. I like this song more than, "Issues," because the music and lyrical content both sound more serious. She isn't just saying, "Yeah we both suck," with upbeat music in the background like in, "Issues." This song sounds sad and deep like it should. It's still low on the list because when Julia says the worst in her doesn't want to solve their problems...my question is Why? What is holding you back? I still feel like something is unresolved here.

5) Don't Wanna Think

I like this song because it is very flow of consciousness when it comes to the lyrics. You can tell the lyrics are personal and they are coming from a place of emotion. The sad tone of the music matches the tone of the lyrics. "Swallow it down like a bitter pill/At least it'll taste better than this feeling will," is dramatic and sad and emotional and that's what I like about it



4) Just Do It

I make jokes sometimes

I like the music behind this song the best. It's got a good beat. In this one, Julia is telling her lover to just break up with her already - rip the band aid, so to speak. It's a solid song.

3) Make It Up To You


Similar to, "Just Do It," I like the music behind this song. It's a very suggestive song - letting the listener use their imagination when it comes to exactly how she will make it up to her lover. I think Julia Michaels shines when she is trying to be fun and sexy (which will be seen in the top songs in this list). This song also alludes to the same themes in songs like "Issues," and "Worst In Me," in that Julia thinks she has a lot of flaws.

"I wish I could be that tender, stable girl that you want but I am not." - Julia Michaels

"Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart." - Trump (Be more like Trump, Julia! [this is a joke xD])


2) Pink

Also another fun and sexy song! I love the music behind this one . I also think it's HILARIOUS. I like how Julia doesn't just spell things out for you. She makes you think. "There's no innuendos, it's exactly what you think / Believe me when I tell you that he loves the color pink."  It's a fun way of singing about vaginas, and that is new and creative so that's why this song is so high up on this list.

1) Uh Huh


This is the song that made me fall in love with Julia Michaels' work. I like how upbeat, fun, and flirty this song is. The music and lyrical content are superb. It really does a good job at describing a crush or an intense infatuation. I like the youthfulness and joy in this song. There is no, "yeah we have a lot of flaws and it sucks." It's just pure, unbridled joy, and that's why "Uh Huh," is my number one Julia Micahels' song.

BONUS SONG: Jump ft. Trippie Redd


This song also plays on the, "I have flaws" theme, but I really like it. You can tell by the music and the lyrics that she is trying to portray the intense emotions of always wanting to be with the other person despite what you know is good for you. I think Trippie Redd also does a good job. He, not only raps on the song, he also sorta sings in line with the song - and he has a good voice! I think this is a good collaboration and a good new song by Julia Michaels.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

The Bathroom At A Party: An Original Poem

I try to be normal, chatting up a stranger,
I ask, "How do you do? How are you?"
Say the right words, make the right faces,
Is it working? Am I good at this?

My cheeks tire of being held
into different levels of appropriateness,
But I don't notice until I am alone,
and my face can be anything it wants to be.

The Bathroom At A Party,
I always find myself here,
The waves of fake hitting me all at once,
It is the only time at the party that I am me

Here I can wipe away the fake smile,
I can frown,
I can be who I actually am and not what I pretend to be.

Is all of this meaningless?
Spending time with people I'm not sure I like,
Small talk and boring activities .

But we were put on this planet
to CONNECT and to LOVE.

I have never been good at all that
I want to drink from the nectar
that is life. I want experience all that there is.

But this lack of connection is something that's missing.
And I try and I try, repeatedly,
going to parties and going to bathrooms
at parties, asking these same questions
over and over again.

I'll never have the answers,
But in my old age, I'll look back
on these days of youth,
remembering, with fondness, the day
I went to a hip party with cool people

But standing in front of the mirror,
in a bathroom at a party,
I swear I could find 100 better ways to spend my time.