A few fans of her previous dance-pop hits might be seething this week.
She never left the church for the charts, but she brought it with her on the way.
She comes at pretty much everyone, but there’s more to the album than that.
“You take your sound, and you make it universal. It makes you universal.”
Welcome to pop’s Great Depression.
It’s party rap for the FOMO generation.
But it does start to put some distance between her and a very bad year.
Including Janelle Monáe, Cardi B, Kali Uchis, Sleep, Kasey Musgraves, and more.
Her latest tour sees a singer with hits in four decades toying with the unspoken rules of how to carry her career into her 50s.
If he raps about faith, people bristle about it being too liturgical. People also bristle at the tough talk and money talk.
And there’s nothing wrong with that.
“Shout out to Will. Shout out to 215.”
It’s all upbeat ruminations on affection and excitement, where the last album fixated almost exhaustingly on rot.
At his peak, it feels like melodies are just jumping out of his face.
Both sides of Scorpion needed to drop three or four songs and get a grip.
Both seem intent upon inspiring listeners to fight through the crushing gravity of the times.
Teyana’s record is almost too good for the glut of disconcerting Kanye press that preceded it.
If you like your pop music a little forlorn and introspective, you’ll find plenty of candidates here for rainy-day-mood playlists.
The cruel figure he played on the harsher records in his short catalogue lined up with violence he encouraged and visited on others in real life.
Young artists like XXXTentacion, Kodak Black, and Tay-K are making popular music, but their real-life violent actions can’t just be glossed over.
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