Birthday Song — “2 Chainz ft. Kanye West”
2 Chainz and Kanye West’s new collaboration is filled with their birthday wishes. Off 2 Chainz’ upcoming Based on a T.R.U Story, the rappers make some pretty hefty requests for their next birthdays. 2 Chainz keeps things down to earth, asking only for a “big booty girl” but to win Kanye’s heart, his lady is going to have to work a little harder. A new sweater isn’t going to cut it, and neither will jewelry from the West End (do you know who you’re dealing with?) I’ll give the guys props for a pretty catchy track though. By delivering quality music like this they can ask for whatever they want.
“Firefly” — Childish Gambino
While Childish Gambino just released a new album Royalty, he’s not done releasing singles from his first album Camp. “Firefly” plays out like a mini sci-fi film about a young Gambino look-a-like who takes a drug to enhance his life. It’s like the Bradley Cooper movie Limitless, but way more interesting and with a better soundtrack. Sure the track is a year old, but it still works as a single and since the lyrics are about how he’s suddenly found himself flying on the kite of fame, it’s a single that could not come at a better time.
“Laura” — Bat For Lashes
English singer/songwriter Bat for Lashes aka Natasha Khan, is back with her first single in three years. “Laura,” off her upcoming album The Haunted Man, is a slow, heartfelt ballad, written as a tribute to a fading celebrity friend. Khan is simply breathtaking in the video. She sounds vulnerable yet passionate, singing slowly and gently over a quiet piano and getting louder and louder with each chorus. In the video, we see Khan move from her dressing room to a big, lit-up stage, taking Laura for a final dance. The whole thing looks like it could be a sequel to Moulin Rouge! with great styling and setup. The Haunted Man hits stores on Oct. 15.
“La La La” — Snoop Dogg
From the first three seconds of Snoop Dogg’s new single “La La La,” you know this isn’t going to be a typical Snoop jam. For one, Snoop has a Jamaican accent. Second, it’s produced by Diplo from Major Lazer. Third, the man singing isn’t Snoop Dogg, it’s Snoop Lion, Snoop’s alter ego created for his upcoming all-reggae album Reincarnated. As ridiculous as I thought this idea was, I must admit, the track blew me away. Singer Jovi Rockwell’s sweet vocals are the perfect complement to Snoop’s rough yet laidback voice and the track sounds like it would fit right in with Bob Marley classics.
“Under the Sun” — Cheryl Cole
Oh, Cheryl Cole. Ye of beautiful stature and little clothing. Cheryl Cole is hot and she knows it. And as much as I want to hate the woman for being so damn beautiful and perfect, she definitely knows how to work her assets. Cole literally just has to strut down the street and sit on cars to make everyone within a five mile radius drop their jaws, as demonstrated in the video for her new single “Under the Sun.” Produced by Alex Da Kidd, the song has a summery vibe, and showcases Cole’s sweet voice well. While Cole didn’t make it on the X-Factor, she is definitely doing well for herself solo. Catch “Under the Sun” on Cole’s new album A Million Lights. Watch the full video here.