WRITTEN BY: CECILIE BREE WILKINS
This week artists, Megan Thee Stallion, Lana Del Rey and Bon Iver released some of the most talked about projects, from singles to full length albums.
Megan Thee Stallion collaborated with fellow female rapper, Nicki Minaj as well as Ty Dolla $ign on the hot girl anthem, “Hot Girl Summer.” The soon to be song of the summer features samples from Miami rap duo, City Girls. This is the first single from Megan since her debut album, Fever, dropped in May.
Megan told ELLE.com in June, “a Hot Girl is somebody who’s super confident; somebody that’s just unapologetically them. A sassy attitude and doesn’t care what nobody has to say about them.” This sentiment was expressed perfectly through Nicki Minaj’s and Megan’s confident performances on this track which offset the more laid back vocals of Ty Dolla $ign.
Megan teased the music video, which should be releasing soon, while on Instagram live. The two rappers took to Instagram Live from the music video set. Minaj said, “All of my Hotties and my Barbies, we love y’all so much. We thank you guys for being so supportive and so loyal to us, and we love you, and we about to do our thing with this video just to show it to you.”
Lana Del Rey is known for her classic Americana imagery within the lyrics of her songs; she takes these references to a new level on her newest single from her upcoming album. Norman F-cking Rockwell.
This is one of Lana’s only ventures into discussing more social issues within her music. Lana said she wrote the song in response to the tragedies in Texas and Ohio, which she said affected her on a “cellular level.” Lana explores her idealistic view of America in this stripped down ballad.
Many were expecting this project from Bon Iver to release on August 30, however fans were excited to learn that the album would be available to stream ahead of time. The album features fellow artists, James Blake, Jenn Wasner, Bruce Hornsby, and Wheezy, who has producing credits on the project.
Bon Iver explained that his previous three albums all represented a season, “For Emma, Forever Ago” representing winter, the self titled album, “Bon Iver” representing spring, “22, A Million” representing summer and with “i,i” representing fall.
While visiting Annie Mac’s Radio 1 Show, Bon Iver said, “‘i,i’ is about getting through some tough times and getting to a point where you can feel vulnerable and grateful. It’s a big clearing, personally and artistically.”
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