Friday, 20 June 2014

Drake, Lana Del Rey, Solange And Others Make The Concluding Music And Style Mash Up List - My List Of 10 Celebrities With Great Music And Equally Matching Style (II)

6.) West Coast - Lana Del Rey

   Being baddass doesnt really require you to reveal it all like a street side prostitute ! Lana Del Rey is a definition of a lowkey baddass lady that steals the scene anytime she comes around.
    From her latest album, ULTRAVIOLENCE, released this month, this song "WEST COAST" is a chill song. Talking about life in the tinsel town of the U.S, it just gives the listener an idea of a hip life, inspires cool and makes you want to keep it on replay!

If you are a hollywood entertainment lover, then you'd know that such a song also requires a kind of style to put a punctuation mark to that "Top Of The World Cool" Mood you would get.                    Lana, though a New Yorker; who are known for their street style and hip-hop inspired apparels, is every bit as stylish as her fellow glam queens in hollywood. With Jeans and Sweatshirts/T-Shirts as her casual go-tos , vintage looks for her jaw dropping photo-shoots and glam dresses on the red carpet, Lana Del Rey's baddass status is well represented but in her case, with a lot more taste and great appeal that makes her the BADDASS GLAM QUEEN that she is!

7.) Bad Girls - Solange Knowles
    Bad Girls have taste, class and ultimately, STYLE! Solange Knowles is infact one and when you think Afrocentric outfits, great patterns, glam footwears and hair that attracts the attention of all, Solange is definitely the go-to Bad Girl.
    The song Bad Girls speaks of teenage rebellion and realization. With songwriting skills and vocals like  Solange's , this song is like a double sided cassette as it is quite deep but gives that vibe that is hip, cool and gets you feeling like you are Badder than Tony Montana.

    Being a bad girl is not about proclamation alone, its has to show and Solange doesnt spare any detail when it comes to looking good with trend setting outfits that tabloids and observers love to love. If you are still of the mindset that she is still under Beyonce's shadow, with all these lined up and a successful music career, you are definitely not on the affirmative.
8.) Worst Behaviour - Drake
   Its been all about Bad Girls up until now ! Our deep rap sensation, Drake, with his latest turn has shown us that even the deepest of men have the worst behaviour!
    Worst behaviour is a song that or if not yet, should be on everyone's lips! A song that gives that feeling of liberty to do and say that which you have always wanted to say.

     Style wise, Drake dons looks mostly those inspired by hip-hop culture. With a GQ Magazine Cover and tabloids talking about his style journey, Drake is no doubt a stylish bad boy who the girls cant help but love and the guys love to emulate and also hate.

9.) Happy - Pharrell Williams
    Pharrell Williams has made his mark in the music industry as a great producer and musician. Meanwhile, the fashion scene has also felt some Pharrell magic as this teenage 40 year old, is a stylebuff in every sense of the word. 

    Happy, a song done as an original movie soundtrack for " Despicable Me 2 " is a song that goes in all moods, be you depressed, demoralized, elated or just stoic, its black american church instrumental flow and cool lyrics would get you groving and screaming along before you realise you are in outer space.

    Pharrell's style on the other hand is also Extra-Terrestial! No one rocks a short suit like pharrell does or works maxi hats and camo print like him. As he seems to have not aged over the years with his special fountain of youth, so also has his style sense stayed evergreen and keeps blooming and blowing us away with suprises everytime.

10.) Gentleman - Fela Kuti
      Taking it back to the roots, where our new school stars in Nigeria and Africa got their afropop genre from. The king of Afro Beats, Fela Anikulapo Kuti is a legend in all ramifications. With his outspoken nature and personalized lifestyle, Fela serves as a mentor to alot of people in Nigeria and the world over!

       For a dead man to make it to a list that consists of 9 young artistes shows that he cannot but be mentioned and for me, there is no other replacement for this specimen of greatness on this list!
       Gentleman, a song that speaks to men who think being dressed sartorially or being gentle means taking in all the nonsense that comes their way and in this song, Fela says "Act or Be Acted Upon!". This post has been about songs and styles that gives cool vibes but this particular song is special as it not only talks about being cool but defending your cool.

        People may wonder why i have Fela Kuti on a list of stylish celebrities but i say there is no need to wonder about this. High waisted pants for men have become a great trend in the past few years but back in the 70s, Fela has been there and done that. African prints are now all over the place but one person who owned this is also none other than Fela! With his high waisted print trouser ankle high, shirt halfway unbuttoned for a great sexual appeal and his afrobeat jams playing while he does his smooth staggering one two step dance moves, Fela Anikulapo Kuti is a man who has and would always be a legend in music, activism and an influencer of new age fashion.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Celebrity Music And Style Mash-Up - My List Of 10 Celebrities With Great Music And Equally Matching Style !

  Do You Know That Your Appearance Can Be Your Ticket To Attaining A Feeling Of Greatness As Well As Emotional Downfall ? By downfall i mean " My Heart Crashed From Everest's Peak" downfall! . But don't be scared because our celebs who work with chords and electrify the stage with their vocals have found a way to mash up their music and fashion sense to give us an undiluted style flow to go with their evergreen songs. So we can now learn from them and look hella fresh and feel cool while jamming up to their awesome tunes.

    Personally, i have a few songs by certain artistes in the "Big Apple" that i'd like to share with you complexes. These songs are songs with so much depth but not to be compared to the "Mariana Trench". Though deep in unique messages and basking in philosophical reasoning, they are songs that get you feeling like you own your world and the world over, songs that uplift your cool and slam-dunks your inner pessimist into a deep abyss which is obviously, deeper than the Mariana Trench!
In No Particular Order They Include :-
1.) Life Is Real - Ayo

   When I first heard this song i thought "What is this lady saying" with a confused face, because her style of music seemed totally weird to me, at the time ; this was about 7 years ago. But on picking up this tune over again this year, i realized that i had missed a great song for 7 years.
    Life is real talks about embracing one's complex... yes... complex! Your weird behaviours or really cool acts, doing what you please because you want to and you are real about it. As real as this and all of her songs on albums like "Joyful" and "Billie Eve" are, so is her fashion sense. 

     Very laid back, chick, almost hipster fashion but with alot of variations, she dons looks which would make you to just keep looking. Ayo, though not seen as a fashion icon by the tabloids and what not, has an impeccable style judgment that never gets old, just like her music.
2.) Dog Days Are Over - Florence And The Machine.

   The Dog Days Are Over And Here Comes Florence Welch Of The Rock Band, Florence And The Machine ! Yes, our renaissance lady whose vocal renditions reminds us of how we used to be, shows us how we are and how we would be, is a queen in every sense of the word.
   Dog Days Are Over is a song of freedom, a song that makes you chase that which you are after and leave that which hinders you. This song uplifts the soul and makes one want to bask in the summer sun for eternity. What also uplifts the heart ? ... Her renaissance blend of music and fashion !

   If i didn't know a thing about her, i would call her Da Vinci's Mysterious "Monalisa" because everything she does is synonymous to that of the renaissance revolution, overflowing in great aesthesia and ever growing mystery, from her sense of style to her pattern of music.
   Florence Welch definitely knows how to make the ancient seem like the future we do not know, even though its stares us right in the eyes.
3.) Flawless (Ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) - Beyonce

    Flawlessness is something that is far fetched here on earth. But wait... when Beyonce Giselle Knowles Carter Says "I woke up like this ... I'm Flawless" ?, best believe she is !
    As a guy, listening to this song can be quite intimidating but it is an ego booster because we men have been on a long journey to show the falseness of the adage,  "What a man can do, a woman can do better" . Yes we have proven ourselves as men but 'Yonce says "The battle aint over yet" with this song, FLAWLESS. With strong feminist lines and a great rendition of words by our very own Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, this songs sparks fire and cool in the hearts of all !

     Its no longer news that Beyonce knows how to work it when it comes to fashion. Whether it is casual, red carpet or fierce perfomance outfits that changes the term SEXY to BEYONCE, she reminds us that she is a girl who runs the world and is not ready to put a stop to that.
4.) Supersoaker - Kings Of Leon

   After three women who have proven themselves to have evergreen music and fashion judgement, the men also have come to take center stage and attention is coming from all corners of the world to the men of leather, boots, guitars and awesome vocals !

   This song, Supersoaker, is a song for the cool man. For the man who knows what he has, who he is and what he is worth. Though that give the hint of a proud man, but to be cool, a certain carriage is needed and this song inspires just that. With great vocals from lead singer, Caleb Followill, this track is one that makes you own the world even if you are still very "Nada" away from "Prada"!

    Owning a clothing line means "We Have Style And You Know It" and though many rock stars come and go, these guys have proven that they are here to stay not just in the music scene but with their style as well. If you are a fan of leather jackets, dark shades, boots, graphic designed shirts and rockstar hairstyles, i suggest you learn a tip or two or everything from The Kings Of Leon !
5.) Buzzcut Season - Lorde
    Someone came into view last year and it was the "Pure Heroine", LORDE ! . Being a 17 year old, one would think Lorde is still on a self realization journey but take a stop and look at her, then you know you are not in the affirmative.

    With vocals that showers upon her listeners ; Aweda Included, like rain drops from the sky and a style that get you thinking she is crazy at some point then saying she's the "IT GIRL" in the next, Lorde's carefree looks and lyrics with a poetic spice have been a huge advantage for her and would be a huge advantage for those who love maxi dresses, big soles, dark lips and steady high pitch vocals.

     Buzzcut Season became my favourite song on the Pure Heroine Album a few weeks ago, the lyrics about not being so on top or on top but still looking over that and living life as it comes and i haven't felt any cooler since then ; i was cool before then but you know... a "Upgrade" came along... you complexes know the rest. 

     It is a song that has different meanings to different people and is very dynamic, but I sum it all up to "Dynamic Representation Of Living Cool". Her fashion sense is very personalized and fresh, so if you are looking for a start on a self style journey even if it doesn't scream "OH LORDE!, OH LORDE!!" , she is and i think would continue to be a reference point.

    The list goes on but the curtain would be pull just right about here for now. I'm sure you complexes are wondering who else i have on this list or who i should but have on this list. The only way to get to uncover those thoughts is to visit the blog in the coming days for the wrap up on this list.
     Links to these songs are provided on each song topic because sharing the good stuff is what makes the world a better place. Share, Comment, Repost and Have A Musically Stylish Week.

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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

ATCM MUSIC (PREMIERE) - Counsellor By Astro Ft Reggie . Prod By Lucid

       Where there is music, there is life. Music makes you want to live life to the fullest, to think, to reflect and to relax. Music is LIFE.

       New music keeps springing up day by day but here at ATCM, the best is only what we release.

       Remember the group LMG who got a feature in the post for the upcoming artiste "Reggie" ? Well, one of the other crew members has decided to hit us with a steamy hot jam.

       Featuring Reggie on this track, Astro with "Counsellor" as his first main track shows that at LMG, no one is living under the shadow of the other. Having done other feature tracks like "Controversial" and "Party All Night", Your Man For The Night as he is popularly called, with this jam is proving his dominance on this track and building on past milestones. Also a student of the great Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science And Technology, studying Chemical Engineering, signed to Re-Bel Records, this musical engineer is going to turn up every fluid in your body system and get you turnt with this chilled hip hop tune.

        Hit The Link Beneath This Text And Learn A Few Tips On Counselling Guys And Chicks Alike, As This Jam Instills A Syndrome Of Being A Boss In You.

Counsellor By Astro Ft Reggie (Prod By Lucid)

For More Info About The Artistes, Follow Astro on Twitter @Astro_RB, Reggie Tweets @R3_GGIE and Lucid @Oloo_
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Friday, 6 June 2014

ATCM MUSIC (PREMIERE) :- BISI By Reggie Featuring Yadah ( Prod. By Lucid)

    The Nigerian Music Industry has seen alot of upcoming musicians become mega superstars because of their musical dexterity and application of strategies when rowing their musical boats against the greats waves of this highly competitive industry.

  We at ATCM are all about the simple becoming complex and also about the potentially talented becoming versatile. The Nigerian Music Industry A-Listers And Underground Giants are slowly on their quest to becoming volcanoes which erupt hot tracks dripping in a show of their unmatchable skill and versatility as well.

    Upcoming 18 year old artiste, Reggie, Mr. Pull Up In A Ghost, who we featured on ATCM earlier this week, is undeniably one of those on this great quest. After the release of his first major single "Grind" which showcased his hip-hop talent as one to be reckoned with amongst underground artiste, has now cooked up a new tune which is a blend of afro beat and hip-hop and as promised , is being premiered right here, first, on your favourite blog , ATCM.
   Produced By Lucid Productions with a dope instrumental that would get those reluctant feet shuffling various dance steps uncontrollably and Featuring Yadah, who adds some special nigerian spice into this dope track, the new single titled "BISI" is birthed.

     Though the song title seems a bit controversial regarding the Bisi Video Clip we all got to see, rather, this song is just about every girl who knows where her strong points are and isn't ready to wait a minute to work her girl power any sooner and for fellas who can't help but get down with the world's BISIs.

       Dont Wait Any Longer, Click On The Link Below, Trust Us At ATCM, You Won't Regret The Download !

BISI By Reggie Ft. Yadah. (Prod. By Lucid)

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Sunday, 1 June 2014

ATCM Music : Upcoming Artiste, REGGIE And His Works In The Nigerian Music Underground.

   There are 'upcoming artistes' and there are 'UPCOMING ARTISTES' . The difference between these two sets of people being that the former are just upcoming for certain unknown reasons that renders them as people of little importance in the eyes of people in the music industry. On the other hand, the latter consists of those who have content, who are driven by passion and who know their onions.

   One of such people is an upcoming artiste who just began in the underground named 'Reggie'. Born Amen-Omoregie Osamudiamen in the mid 90's, a native of Edo State "The Heart Beat Of The Nation", this guy has alot to offer and is doing everything possible to get these things done.
    He's a student of the famous Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science And Technology (KNUST), Ghana, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and just in his freshman year,has been nominated for the award of the International Student Artiste Of The Year in the school's music and social world.

     Driven by passion and spitting lines fueled by his wild imaginations, crazy punchlines and a sleek flow, he's bringing along with him a new age of music and slowly climbing up every ladder that comes his way.
      On release of his first single "Grind" Featuring Skyz which was a blend of hip-hop with a little afro flow on the chorus, he turned attention towards himself, making others know that there is someone to watch out for. The award nomination mentioned earlier was for the song Grind, a nomination for a first single shows that he is headed in the right direction. He's also part of a crew/label group called "Liquor Music Group (LMG)" with a group of other talented artistes.
                      L-R : TMD,  ASTRO, Lloyd AMT And REGGIE.
     With his sophomore single BISI, which as we heard from the artiste himself "The song Bisi is a lot more party oriented, very Nigerian but still true to my roots which is RAP" drops this week and would be premiered right here on the blog.

    Also a feature with fellow crew mate ASTRO titled COUNSELLOR and a proposed mix tape tagged "GHOST", this shows we would be hearing alot from Mr. Pull Up In A Ghost as he is popularly called alot more than we'd expect.
     Sure you have been wondering about the well-recognized song Grind that brought Mr. Pull Up In A Ghost Into Our Radar At ATCM, Check Out This Link And You Would Have Reasons To Get On Your GRIND.

      To get to know more about Bisi and all that REGGIE is upto, Follow on twitter and instagram @R3_GGIE or Look up the hashtag #BISI .