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Bey and Jay Release Joint Album: Planned Blog Post Canceled!

I was going to blog about something totally different this afternoon, but you know how Beyonce releasing an album has a habit of throwing all of my plans in disarray. [See review of Beyonce projects here] and [here] She and her husband Shawn”Jay Z” Carter released a 9-track album called “Everything Is Love” smack dab in the middle of their On the Run II tour. [This is right after the Beychella performance which was right after Jay’s album “4:44” which was right after Bey’s “Lemonade”]

These two don’t want us to keep our coins in our own pockets this summer. Anyway, I digress…

Dee Locket of Vulture did an excellent job summing it up for me so I’ll syndicate her opening paragraph to an excellent review you can read in its entirety HERE:

Your weekend plans: Canceled. Yeezy season: Dismissed. Drake: Who? Beyoncé and Jay-Z have pulled a Beyoncé and Jay-Z and surprise-dropped yet another album — but this time, as a couple. Their first-ever joint album Everything Is Love — the one that’s been percolating since even before Lemonade and 4:44 — was released on Saturday evening at the end of the duo’s London show on their On the Run Tour II with one casual parting announcement: “Album Out Now.” Out! Now! The nine-song album, complete with one visual component and a bonus track, is streaming in full on Tidal as we speak. With their trilogy recounting marital strife to remarried bliss now complete, what do we make of this closing chapter? From the shots at Trump, the NFL, Spotify, the Grammys, and Kanye West, to the Blue Ivy cameo, to filming a music video in the Louvre, here’s everything you need to know about the conversation the Carters have caused now.

Phew! What an intro. Well, today is Father’s Day and before heading out to celebrate, while the men are busy watching World Cup games, I hopped on to pen a few thoughts.

First, I don’t have Tidal, where the album exists exclusively. Yes, they are still trying to make it happen, and even have gone as far as declare war on Spotify. No really, they mention the streaming competitor in one of the songs.  My subscription expired so my options are to re-up it to listen to the complete set or wait until it slowly releases on other platforms. le sigh.

I hear it’s getting mixed, but mainly good reviews. Because I have nothing to add substantively, I’ll share that I loved the only released-to-the-public video out: “Apeshit”.  Imagine! They rented out The Louvre in Paris, France for the video shoot! Wow!

 

The video for the song is a cinematic and visual treat. I love art. All art. Musical, visual, performing but especially art of yesteryear and religious art so it was a bonus to get to see flashes of famous pieces in the video.

And it is also a bit political. In the middle, there is an overt swipe at the anti-Take A Knee movement.

There is a lot to digest and there have already been publised a bevy or reviews. One thing I can offer that may not have been shared by others about “Apesh*t”  is some of  the similarities to other visual stimuli in other pieces.

Screeeeech!! Hold up, before I go there, I was also taken by the fact the song is Trap and besides both dropping some serious bars and Jay Z delivering an exceptionally good performance, he later gets side-graded (*is that a word?*) in my opinion to be to the sound effects emoting guy to Beyonce’s shine when it’s her turn to spit verses.

You know, like the guy Takeoff in the group Migos? ha!

Anyway, back to the visual similarities I spotted…

First, her sister Solange is famous for her love of dance and art combined. Her wedding reception took place at the New Orleans Museum of Art, and earlier this year, she unveiled a performance piece at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and performed her title song to her first Grammy-winning album “Cranes In the Sky” at the Guggenheim in New York City.

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And so her big sister went bigger.

The second similarity. The dancers in all brown reminded me of the all Brown clothing the dancers in Remy Ma (featuring Chris Brown) video “Melanin Magic.”

And finally, the album cover is of a woman braiding a man’s hair. It was reminiscent of Rihanna shaving dancer Mette Towley‘s  hair in the intro to N.E.R.D.’s song Lemon.

Art begets Art. There is nothing truly original anymore and everyone’s interpret, pay homage to and weave in aspects of previously done works.

What else did I spot?

I love that there is a shot in the video that is an ode to us Virgos! Beyonce is one too. I got this long lingering shot…

More visuals:

Beautiful! Bravo!

 

JJ

Are Chris Brown and Karuche Tran Trolling social media with this pregnancy announcement?

Do you think Chris Brown and his off-again-on-again girlfriend Karuche Tran are trolling their fans?
The duo let an industry friend and touring road dog who is infamous for playing pranks in social media named Wackstar tweet and post on Instagram the above photo cupping Tran’s belly, yesterday. 
He captioned the photo, “Congratulations I hope [sic] is a boy.”
Tran, with her legs wrapped around Brown, is sitting on a bed, and both smile at the camera. 
Pregnancy rumors have circulated for a bit but nothing confirmed. 
The timing is suspicious as Brown’s ex Rihanna just returned to Instagram after quitting when the site censored one of her pics.  She is set to drop her next album R8 this month or next. 
Thoughts? Trolling or real?

Did our April Fools’ Joke spark the current Rihanna pregnancy rumor?

On April Fools’ Day, we posted an article suggesting that pop diva Rihanna was pregnant with her then boyfriend rapper Drake‘s baby. Of course it was a joke and seemingly harmless, but a few days later, mega gossip site Media Take Out published a salacious piece suggesting that the singer was pregnant for real. And as we mentioned Chris Brown  humorously in our post, MTO took it further and suggested Ri Ri visited him in jail and perhaps was still seeing him before he got locked up, and therefore he could be the baby’s father.
Their proof: the fact she drank decaf tea when spotted out with her dad, the fact that she allegedly had given up smoking cigarettes and weed, and that she had supposedly given up alcohol. They pointed at a tiny bump through her shirt, though, as in past wrong reporting, it could have just been the result of a large meal. 
Since then, many other sites and television gossip shows have run with MTO’s “scoop” and are reporting  it widely. 
As we’ve blogged since 2009, female celebrities are often reported incorrectly as being with child, forcing the women to come out and make a public statement denying it or being photographed in a bikini with washboard abs.  To date, Jennifer Aniston still holds the record as appearing on the most celebrity gossip magazine covers wrongly announcing her pregnancy
It  is highly likely that Rihanna is getting the Aniston treatment. Still, we can’t  help but wonder if our little joke sparked the imagination of writers who used the cloak of an anonymous source to get some page views and hits.  Or did they read the first few lines of the post and didn’t get to the April Fools’ part? 
hmmmm…….. Inquiring minds want to know. 
The stuff that make gossip bloggers hated so.
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EXCLUSIVE: Rihanna and Drake reportedly expecting first child

It’s been less than one month since sources confirmed that pop diva Rihanna and rapper Drake are officially seeing each other and now we have learned exclusively that Drizzy didn’t wait to long to make sure Ri Ri could never return to his arch nemesis Chris Brown. 
Sources close to the couple revealed to us that the couple were dating way before they let it be known publicly and are expecting their first child together already.
Rihanna recently performed on stage during Drake’s tour singing her part in the two duets they’ve done together. “What’s My Name” and “Take Care”
Now this would be shocking piece of news if today wasn’t the day it was and this wasn’t an 


APRIL FOOL’S 


JOKE!
Did we fool you?

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