A$AP Ferg, Still Striving © RCA

A$AP Ferg, Still Striving | Top 5 Songs


★★★★ East coast rapper A$AP Ferg comes back strong with his third studio album, ‘Still Striving.’ One word: bangers.   Cutting right to the chase, A$AP Ferg didn’t have the most success with his sophomore album, Always Strive and Prosper.  Despite an awesome title and some solid moments (“Hungry Ham!”), folks did not partake of the album.  Maybe it was because it was more experimental … Continue reading A$AP Ferg, Still Striving | Top 5 Songs

Alicia Keys, HERE © RCA

Highlights: Alicia Keys, ‘Here’


★★★ Alicia Keys aims for big, socially conscious ideas on her sixth studio album ‘Here.’ Those ideas aren’t always executed seamlessly, however. Alicia Keys tends to take her time when it comes to releasing new albums.  Here, her sixth album, arrives four years after her last (Girl on Fire).  Here is different from previous Keys albums.  Throughout its course, she aims at bigger ideas, specifically … Continue reading Highlights: Alicia Keys, ‘Here’

Selena Gomez, Revival © Interscope

11 Songs Where the Innuendo is Out of Control


uSelena Gomez told the world that she “couldn’t keep her hands to herself.” Isn’t keep your hands and your feet to yourself one of the basic rules taught in every elementary classroom? Regardless, Gomez’s lack of control perfectly captures the sentiment of the 11 songs selected on this playlist that lack control of their sexual appetites. The innuendo is front and center and inescapable, even if the particular song has more transcendent aspirations.  One Direction say it best: “No Control.”

1) Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign, “Work From Home” (7/27, 2016)

Fifth Harmony, 7/27 © Epic

There’s no covering it up in the least; Fifth Harmony’s “Work From Home” is drenched in innuendo from start to finish.  Liken “Work From Home” to mashed potatoes smothered in brown gravy, or gravy of preference. How absurd is this irresistible pop hit? Absurd as your choice of a four-letter word. These girls essentially tell their boyfriends they “don’t gotta go to work” – a source of bread mind you – because they can “work from home.” UGH, really?  It’s further illustrated in the official music video with construction workers and parodied in hilarious fashion in Bart Baker’s twisted interpretation.

Sure, what guy wouldn’t want to oblige Fifth Harmony’s suggestiveness in an ideal, utopian world? Still, no matter how much “work” Fifth Harmony are willing to do with their bodies, is it realistically going to pay the rent, the car payment, the electric bill?  “Bills, Bills, Bills!” Destiny’s Child emphasized that back in 1999 with their The Writings on the Wall  classic! “Can you pay my bills…If you did then maybe we could chill / I don’t think you do / So, you and me are through.”

Get real Fifth Harmony – “tighten up” those harmonies! Lacking in substance or authentic emotion, “Work From Home” is the exemplification of sex on the track, built upon slang and swagger, and ultimately constructed tastefully if ridiculously and unrealistically.  It’s good for flirty, and suggestive fun, but prominent innuendo inhibits it from being transcendent.

2) Rihanna, “Kiss It Better” (Anti, 2016)

Rihanna, Anti © Roc Nation (1)

Simply say the title “Kiss It Better” to yourself.  Then, ask yourself, doesn’t it totally sound like child’s play? Of course it does because as children, many of us can remember mommy saying that she’ll “kiss it better,” referring to a “boo boo!” BUT the all-powerful innuendo gods and/or the pop songwriting/producing gods definitely weren’t writing an innocent pop song. Are there many innocent pop songs anymore? That’s a big, fat, bloated NO. Innocence in modern day pop? NEVER!

“Boy, ya know that you always do it right” definitely isn’t referencing morality but rather the quality of “the act.”  Face it, the double entendre is amplified to the nth degree, causing every lyric to be “read into.” “Do” simply isn’t do anymore, it’s “doing it.” “What are you willing to do? / Oh, tell me what you’re willing to do / (Kiss it, kiss it better, baby).” Translation – that three-letter word, sex.  Yeah, Rihanna’s “Been waitin’ on that sunshine” alright!

3) One Direction, “No Control” (Four, 2014)

One Direction, Four © Columbia

After a while, don’t all boy banders get sick of all the sweet bubblegum mess? Still, every boyband has to save face, particularly if it’s at a transitional point of their career – the great in-between of the tween years and young adulthood.  That young adulthood means that they are just dying to sing about sex, likely something many have already been “doing” beyond closed doors.  To cut to the chase, if “No Control” is supposed to be masking One Direction’s horniness, it does a poor job.

It’s clear lyrically that One Direction mean business.  They aren’t singing about emotions but rather lust and the physical reactions, rather stimulation behind it.  There’s no way that One Direction gets an “innocence” pass on lyric, “Waking up, beside you I’m a loaded gun, I can’t contain this anymore / I’m all yours, I’ve got no control.”  “Loaded gun” hey? Doesn’t seem to be one that shoots bullets…

It gets even more sensual, unsurprisingly.  “Taste, on my tongue / I don’t want to wash away the night before.” What is that taste, pray tell?  Maybe there’s less sexually-oriented activities that can be interpreted from such a line, but does that even seem possible from twentysomethings? Nah! This is Generation Y after all.

Continue reading “11 Songs Where the Innuendo is Out of Control”

A$AP Rocky, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP © RCA

25 Best Rap Songs of 2015


After flexing my muscles (writing, not biceps) and compiling the best songs and best albums of 2015, how about diving into genres? Here’s a quickie – 25 Best Rap Songs of 2015. Are there some ‘best’ songs that didn’t get loving from yours truly? Probably, but that’s life, and life’s a five-letter word that rhymes with witch at times. Enough rambling – you don’t need … Continue reading 25 Best Rap Songs of 2015

Jill Scott, Woman © Atlantic

25 Chart Takeaways: Jill Scott Earns Second Career No. 1 Album With ‘Woman’


  Is R&B back on an uptick? Too soon to say, but thanks to Jill Scott, at least the genre can lay claim to a second number one album. But that’s not the only takeaways on this week’s Billboard 200 charts. Here are 24 more takeaways where that one came from – or something like that! 1) Jill Scott scores her second #1 album with … Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: Jill Scott Earns Second Career No. 1 Album With ‘Woman’

A$AP Rocky, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP © RCA

Rap 2015, By The Numbers (So Far)


Last week, Brent Music Reviews was ‘blessed’ with R&B in 2015, By The Numbers (So Far). This week, enjoy the more fruitful Rap 2015, By the Numbers (So Far). The differences in the streaming and sales impact of rap in 2015 are dramatic. That said everyone knows that hip-hop has been one/if not the most successful genre of the year on the Billboard 200 this … Continue reading Rap 2015, By The Numbers (So Far)

Selena Gomez in the 'Good For You' music video (Interscope, YouTube)

Selena Gomez’s “Good For You” Is ‘Average for You’ At Best


Should Gomez leave the whole music thing along? Methinks. Selena Gomez • “Good For You” (feat. A$AP Rocky) • Interscope • Release Date: June 22, 2015 There are many times when being an objective music critic/journalist is tough – let’s keep it totally real people! Going into a new Selena Gomez single/song/album is particularly arduous, mainly because she just doesn’t appeal to me personally. While … Continue reading Selena Gomez’s “Good For You” Is ‘Average for You’ At Best