“PrimeTime” by Janelle Monae ft. Miguel
Are there any ladies working in pop right now that are as fierce as Janelle Monae? With the exception of Beyonce, I think it’s safe to say no. Monae’s second album The Electric Lady has not received the stellar reviews of her first but, based on this song, I can’t see why. It’s an amazing duet that’s as sexy as you would expect a song featuring Miguel to be (is it just me or does he look like Carver from The Weekenders? I digress).
“Breakfast Can Wait” by Prince
There are so many awesome things about this video that I’m having a hard-time getting them down into a list: it has some of the most on point dancing I have seen in a recent music video, it’s a new song by The Purple One, Prince, it’s a song about how sexy my favourite meal of the day is (or at least it should be) and, not least of all, it was directed by and stars an 18-year-old. 18-year-old Danielle Curiel was apparently given complete creative control over this video, and does an amazing impression of Prince in the process. I can’t wait to hear the next set of songs Prince has waiting for us “The Lunch Rush” and “Dinner for Two” (A/N: those songs may or may not only exist in my fantasies).
“Change Your Life” by Iggy Azalea
Iggy’s newest song features her close friend TI and comes off of her new EP of the same name. It’s a fun video that features Iggy getting into (mis)adventures in Las Vegas, up to and including burning a car. Hopefully the release of this EP means that Iggy’s debut studio album (as of now titles The New Classic) will be on out iPods soon.
“Tamale” by Tyler, The Creator
Let me just start by saying that this video is very, very NSFW. Do not listen to it with your parents near by. Now, this is the first Tyler, The Creator song I have ever heard but I have been intrigued by him for a while. Is he a genius rapper? A weird dude? A brilliant performance artist? All three? I’m really never sure, but this video (which is set in his mind) is giving me some insights. It’s one part swaggy rap tune, with references to women and BMWs, one part political message (he makes a point about what does and does not have to be censored in America). After the initial confusion wore off I love it, and will be downloading his most recent album Wolf promptly. (I also encourage you to follow him on twitter, @fucktyler)