With pop artists it’s easy for the eye rolling to occur after the words ‘so and so just released a new album’. With a label as ‘one of the most commercially successful singers, Justin Timberlake is pop. Yet, after the first note played from his new album, ‘The 20/20 Experience’, my eyes rolled right back into their sockets. This a man who can call six Grammys and four Emmys his.
With a voice that can hit the high notes as well as any choirboy and an enviable ability to blend the right dose of Motown with modernized R&B, he creates a sound that is almost irresistible.
“I can’t deny the way you caught my eye. I mean something struck and refilled up the sky. And everything on you intoxicates. It’s a mystery. I don’t know why.”
Listen to his voice gentlemen. These lyrics are a lesson in how to make the girls swoon… and blush. This is not the curly haired teen idol of the 90’s or the boy in his twenties declaring to bring sexy back. In the five years that Justin Timberlake has stayed away from the recording studio, he has grown into a man. He’s a man who still loves the female, loves seducing her, and knows how to make her feel special.
He delivers the lyrics with a soothing accompaniment of his vocals as the background singers and the husky odd male voice (Jay Z) thrown in there every now and then. Deep beats seamlessly switch the songs from old school love songs to tribal hip-hop. All in all, it’s an album as smooth as the male seducing the female himself.
Determinedly, ‘The 20/20 Experience’ makes a strong decision to lock down into one sound. Devoid of hopping from style to style, JT doesn’t try to make a declaration that he can do all genres well. Rather he makes a declaration that he can do this genre well. After all, he’s already spent years doing the pop thing and he’s dabbled in elements of techno, rock, and funk years before. This year, he’s doing his own thing. Dubbed as neo-funk or whatever the critics might like to call it, we can all agree Justin Timberlake is mighty fine at what he does.
“All the way from Memphis, Tennessee. Show him some southern love. JT and the Tennessee kids. Come on, give it up!”
Lindsay is a guest writer for BigPond Music.
It’s truly amazing the effect that listening to music can have on a person’s mood. People usually choose to listen to music for two reasons. Either they pick are genre of music that matches their current mood or they choose a genre of music that will change their mood. This article contains a list of motivational power songs for the latter reason.
Listening to any of these songs will change your mood in terms of getting you pumped up. Whatever the reason you need to get pumped up for. May it be for an intense gym workout, a run or even an exam these songs that have been selected will do the trick. In no particular order here they are.
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – False Pretense
This song by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, a band that formed way back in 2003 is fantastically motivational. It was used in the 2008 film Never Back Down so you know it will get you seriously pumped up. It is great for getting you in the zone so you can really get down to whatever it is you need motivation for.
Linkin Park feat. Jay-Z – Numb Encore
This song comes as a result of two excellent artists collaborating together. It was produced back in 2004 from their joint album “Collision Course”. It wasn’t a completely new song that the artists wrote together. It was two separate songs; “Numb” a 2003 single by Linkin Park and Jay-Z’ track “Encore” merged together. It works epicly and really helps to get you pumped.
Eminem ft.Nate Dogg – Till I Collapse
When we are training or working really hard we can sometimes feel as if we are going to collapse at any moment. This song is named perfectly for this reason. The rapping vocals by Eminem and catchy chorus by Nate Dogg really help to make this an extremely motivational track.
Flux Pavillion – I Can’t Stop
When motivation is running low stopping may seem like the only option. This applies for a range of different scenarios. This track by Flux Pavillion is wonderful for telling you otherwise. Listening to this track will soon fill your motivation levels back up and get you back on track.
Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name Of
This well known song that made it to Christmas number one back in 2009 is excellent for getting you pumped. The way the lyrics are sung really inspire you to get motivated. It was first released in November 2002 but will continue to be one of the greatest motivational power songs for years to come.
Drowning Pool – Let The Bodies Hit The Floor
A popular track for many gym playlists this awesome track will get you really pumped up. The combination of screaming, whispering, singing and motivational lyrics make it a perfect track for any gym playlist. The steady drum beat also needs some credit for making it such a unique and motivational power song.
Hadouken – Rebirth
This track is a little different to the other tracks that have been suggested. It is more quiet and a little slower moving. It’s one of those songs that you listen to as you are walking towards the exam hall or the gym or stretching before doing some exercise. Listening to it will get you into the correct frame of mind.
Guest post by contributing author, Richard O., written on behalf of Bearshare. Visit BearShare.com download music!
A 24-minute documentary on Jay-Z‘s 8-show stint that opened Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in September was released via YouTube. One highlight of Where I’m From occurs when Jay takes the subway en route to his last show and sits next to a kind-faced older woman named Ellen who has no idea who the fuck she’s talking to. The ensuing conversation is infinitely sweeter and more humble than if she had.
See video at - Gawker.com.
Q: Do you believe that Blue Ivy is Beyonce and Jay-Z’s biological child?
A: My short answer is…YES, of course! My long opinion is this: Anyone who believes that Beyonce had a surrogate to carry her child and that Blue Ivy is not Beyonce and Jay-Z’s biological child is ignorant as hell! An image of Beyonce in a swim suit while she was pregnant was featured at DangerousLee.Biz and you can clearly see her exposed baby bump. Also, when looking at images of Blue Ivy I see the face of Solange’s son, Juelz.
Blue Ivy is a healthy dose of both of her biological parents, Beyonce and Jay-Z. Yes, she is light skinned (I mention this because ignorant people use her skin tone to prove their theory) but so is Beyonce, and ummm Jay-Z is not the darkest crayon in the box. I also believe that Jay-Z has family from the Islands, so like Beyonce he also has a mixed heritage…as most of us in America do!
I am sick and tired of people with the belief that Black people have to literally be black as tar to be Black. Wake up! Start by reading my three part article The Half Series: When Black People Look White. It was written two years ago, but continues to be relevant and unfortunately I believe it always will be.
Until next time, Keep it Dangerous!
When getting ready to do any prolonged housework, I always program Spotify with these ten tracks, if your hoovering or cleaning your kitchen. These are some nice pics that combine a mix of styles, all which will give a boost of energy when completing your chores, check them out and add them to your own playlist!
1. First Of The Year (Equinox) by Skrillex
Start things off with a little dubstep. Not to heavy to get the blood flowing, but soon enough gets zooming in tempo. A great motivational starter song for a playlist, plus it gets your head listening and focusing on your goal.
2. Dirt Off Your Shoulder by Jay Z
This one is to remind yourself to get with the task at hand. This hip hop beat is always a fave, especially with the ladies and anyone who likes to groove. This is a song for getting things done.
3. Word Up by Korn remake of Cameo
A great song is always good for a playlist. This remake of the classic by Cameo is both energetic and amazing to listen to. It will get you putting more effort into your cleaning goal, use the rhythm to make your experience more intense.
4. Man in a Box by Alice in Chains
Now to slow things down just a little, but keep the edge on your cleaning stamina. This is a classic that is mixed in to give that special feeling that is good for hard work period.
5. Rock & Roll Queen by The Subways
A little straight forward alternative rock styling to keep your energy up. This is just a fun song to bop to, no matter what the occasion is. A good song for any mix, you focus less on the music and more on your job.
6. Volcano Girls by Veruca Salt
Another title that will keep you going, so you feel the burn and put it to use with your cleaning hands. Energetic and hard hitting is the energy here. Similar to the song above in its intentions when using to clean.
7. Block Rocking Beats by the Chemical Brothers
A little break from a break beat number. More instrumental but with a definite lyric, this song is excellent to coast on through and keep up the pace.
8. Celebrity Skin by Hole
Slow things down a little bit and bring the mix to a middle ground musically. This is good to do for a while, it keeps the tempo up and still lets the music help motivate you energetically.
9. The Name of the Game by the Crystal Method
The feeling and the need are being pushed to their limits with this song. Once you have a rhythm going, use this piece to make the most of your strength. This is what to use this song for.
10. Trip Like I Do by Filter with the Crystal Method
This lets the mix come trailing to a logical conclusion. The music and tempo are a nice cool down, but also bring the mix down nicely. A great song to end off your playlist and make a profound ending point for the listener.
I hope you found this playlist inspirational, do you listen to any music in particular when your cleaning or hoovering up? I’d love to hear your playlist!
Isaac listens to a wide variety of music including the modern music listed in this article, he writes for Cliq Studios a kitchen cabinets company who specialize in Oak kitchen cabinets and Maple cabinets.