Culture Clash: Babeheaven

Cultural obsessions explored…

West London’s Babeheaven is a project driven by friendship.

Jamie Travis helms the production, while Nancy Andersen’s vocals sweep the music up towards another dimension. It’s the implicit trust between them, though, that sense of connection, which allows Babeheaven to succeed. 

Reincorporating club tropes within that soulful pop framework, their textured, nuanced work is packed with detail.

New album ‘Home For Now’ is out now, and it’s the broadest, deepest assessment yet of Babeheaven’s artistry.

Clash caught up with Nancy Andersen to uncover her extra-curricular activities…

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TV

So I can watch the worst TV and also swing over to the chicer side of stuff. Over lockdown I started watching the Real Housewives of Beverley Hills from season one so I have been battling my way through that, with the excitement of knowing there are other destinations to move to.

I also have a serious addiction to watching cookery shows, I love cooking so much so I really enjoying learning new things or hearing about something I should try out. Anthony Bourdain is great because it’s half cooking and kind of half anthropology.

What other trash do I watch… The Undoing – The Queens Gambit – I actually love a period drama haha!

BOOKS

Reading is an escape for me so I find that generally I read fiction, I have a good collection of graphic novels which are great if you’re not in the mood for really reading but want to take something in other than a screen.

I read the new Phillip Pullman books over lockdown. I loved His Dark Materials, so I was really happy to be back in that world again. I find that I also read autobiographies of musicians I like so stuff like Just Kids by Patti Smith or Girl In A Band by Kim Gordon (typing this and realising I only read about women in music!)

MUSIC

The most un-answerable question ever. I listen to different things every day, and I love different things every day. It can depend on the weather, my mood, the journey my bus is on. At home I put an album on and potter around, but I find that I make three big playlists a year jammed with different genres which somehow all make sense to me.

At the moment I’ve been listening to BEA1991’s album ‘Brand New Adult’, I have been a big fan of Bea for years. Also still listening to the Baby Rose album, her voice is so incredible.

FILM

I could easily watch only romcoms but luckily I live with people who make me watch intellectual things which I would never choose but end up loving.

During lockdown I watched a film a day spanning from Gone With The Wind (which took three days to watch) to Andrei Rubliv (which I fell asleep in). The ones I really liked were things like La Belle Verte (it’s soo good go and watch it), Happy as Lazarro and Adaptation, but there’s nothing like watching When Harry Met Sally on a Sunday evening with a cup of tea!

GADGET

iPhone (surely that’s everyone’s first answer) can’t live with it, can’t live without it. Also my AIAIAI headphones. The speakers and amp in my living room. My laptop. I don’t have anything very exciting to say about them but all the gadgets have a place and a reason and serve a purpose. The ones that play music are the most important ones though…

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Babeheaven’s new album ‘Home For Now’ is out now.

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Culture Clash: Tolani

Cultural obsessions with the rising Nigerian artist…

Afro-pop star Tolani is carving out her own lane.

An artist who allows her pop ambitions to intermingle with her heritage, the Nigerian riser’s formidable touch has made her an international presence.

Born in Lagos, bred in London, Tolani is part of a generation re-shaping West African sounds in a trans-Atlantic context.

New single ‘Badman’ is the latest viral smash to emerge from the studio, and its trailblazing path is set to match previous phenomenons ‘BA MI LO’ and ‘Liar’.

Clash tracked down this genre-blending sensation to chat cultural obsessions…

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Book…

I like to escape reality for a little while, I think it’s healthy… and so fantasy fiction is probably my favourite genre. I find them to be crazy exciting because authors can do really interesting things when they are not constrained to writing about what’s possible.

When I was in boarding school, I discovered a novel series called Earth’s Children by Jean Auel and I was totally obsessed. Even though I’ve read many great books since then it stays one of my favorites because it was my first mind blowing reading experience, I read all six books back to back in like two months.. I love, love it.

TV…

Hmm the last thing I watched that I adored is a show called Kingdom… a K-drama series based on a Korean comic series. It’s this heady mix of political drama amidst a zombie apocalypse with a historical setting.. power grabbing plots, intrigue and zombie gore mixed with historical culture & gorgeous costumes. Very nearly perfect TV for me. 

Music…

This is a really tough one.. it is utterly impossible for me to choose a favourite album because I have so many that I love for different reasons, at different times in my life… I’m currently obsessed with one song at the moment. Alice Charter-two of us. Can’t watch the video without my skin raising.

Film…

I like watching period films, based in another time… and preferable in another place. Filled with cultures other than my own that I can get lost in.

So one of my all-time favourites, that ticks all those boxes, is The Last Samurai. Even though the plot is relatively simple; a classic anti-hero to hero story, the telling of it is completely poetic to me – a story of sacrifice, duty, honour and belonging told in stunning visuals. And let’s not even talk about the absolutely phenomenal score by my godfather Hans Zimmer!

The experience of the movie doesn’t end with the credits for me, it stays with me a while. Totally inspirational.

Gadget…

I’m actually a bit of a gadget junkie. I’ve got too many…

Some really useful ones like my fitbit, some fun ones like this TC Helicon vocal device that lets me modulate my voice .. keeps me busy for hours! Haha!

And then I have some completely ridiculous ones like these weird onion goggles to stop me crying when I cut up onions (so silly, I know). But right now I’m really taken with those therapy gun things that pummel you to within an inch of your life. I’m a huge fan of deep tissue massage and having your own portable masseuse gadget is just epic.

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Culture Clash: Daphne Guinness

Catching up with the multi-faceted creative…

Daphne Guinness has deep rooted cultural fascinations.

A friend of Alexander McQueen, her interest in fashion, music, and the visual arts coalesce in her own work.

New album ‘Revelations’ is a spectacular return, one that allows the songwriter to move into a fresh space.

Constructed alongside noted Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti, it allows Daphne Guinness a chance to re-connect with a formidable influence on her life.

The two have worked on a pair of studio albums previously, while the producer personally requested she be interviewed as part of the V&A’s David Bowie Is exhibition.

The new album was laid down on analogue tape in Paris, and it sits somewhere between Bowie’s flamboyance, and Serge Gainsbourg’s entrancing take on disco.

Out later this year, Daphne Guinness has just shared her latest video – the perfect time for a cultural catch up with Clash, then…

Book…

I collect books and I am a voracious binge reader – I recently read all the Ian Fleming Bond books sequentially over a couple of days. My perennial reading matter is always Shakespeare. I find his works endlessly inspiring – He covers every facet of human behavior and emotion.

I love the rhythm and wordplay of iambic pentameter and it has been a huge influence on my lyrical process.

TV…

I liked the first three seasons of Penny Dreadful, it is about as near as it gets to perfect TV for me. It seems like a strange idea bringing the main characters of Gothic fiction into one place but incredibly, it works – Magic, intrigue and the supernatural – and excellent costumes. It is very well filmed and lit and Eva Green is exceptional as the medium Vanessa Ives.

Music…

I have so many favourite albums but I’m going to say T.Rex and ‘Electric Warrior’. It had a massive influence on me musically. I remember poring over the liner notes as a child and wondering ‘who is this mysterious producer Tony Visconti?’ Little did I realise that I would one day be making records with him.

I am also really into classical music especially Glenn Gould’s repertoire. I love the way you can hear him singing and humming along as he plays.

Film…

I like watching films on the Criterion channel. Fellini’s Roma has always been a favourite particularly the fashion show sequence – truly surreal.

I’m also a big Kubrick fan – I especially like 2001: A Space Odyssey. He really created the visual palette that all space and sci-fi movies have followed since. It’s visual aesthetic is beautifully paired with classical music notably Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss and The Blue Danube by Johan Strauss. It is also incredibly technologically prescient in many ways – there are video calls and iPads and this was made in 1967!

Gadget…

I do like gadgets. I love microphones, synths and recording equipment but my favourite gadget is the iPod. I have loads of them including the swim pods. They are very robust and I love the idea of having my music in a solid state form, I can load up my iPods with high quality music files and I know they won’t float off somewhere into the cloud!

I also have quite a collection of headphones, my current faves are Bose.

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In Conversation: Julianna Barwick

The Los Angeles artist explores her remarkable new album in-depth…

Just a few days ago Julianna Barwick released ‘Healing is a Miracle’, her first album in four years.

It’s the summation of a period of transition for Barwick, who moved to Los Angeles after more than a decade in New York, and it shows in the sounds of the record. This shift is most evident in the collaborations with her fellow LA residents: Mary Lattimore, Jónsi and Nosaj Thing, but even in the other tracks there is a brightness and positivity that radiates out.

Clash called Barwick in her Los Angeles home to discuss ‘healing’, her process, how those collaborations came together, and her desire to work in scoring for film and TV.

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‘Healing Is A Miracle’ is your first album for Ninja Tune, how did they come into the picture?

They hit me up out of nowhere. It was like two weeks after I moved to LA, so that was like January 2017, and they just basically said that they loved my music and wanted to see what I was up to. I met with them, and we just started talking about working together.

So by summer 2017 I’d signed a record deal with them. It was one of these things where I already knew they were very cool, but then every time I would run it by friends of mine in the biz like “I’m talking to Ninja Tune,” the unanimous response was “No way! Love them!” So, I figured that was a pretty good omen.

It’s a three record deal. I’ve kind of reached a point where I want to slow down the album release cycle. Instead of every two or three years, I want to look at releasing an album every four or five years. So we’re going to be working together for next several years, and I’ve just loved working with them so far.

It’s just been such a weird time to work on promotion; we’re all in quarantine, but they’ve really come through and have been working so hard and I really appreciate their excitement. 

‘Healing is a Miracle’ is a great title, and I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently, not just in terms of physical healing, but in terms of mental healing and societal healing as well. Did you have all these things in mind? Or were you just thinking about cuts?

I had it all in mind. I mean, initially it started with the physical healing, just nerding out – I burned my hand on the oven and then, you know, two weeks later it’s like it never happened. It’s kind of Marvel comic book superhero-esque, in a way, but it’s just how our bodies work. And I was thinking about that; it’s miraculous, but it’s just how our bodies work.

The phrase ‘Healing is a Miracle’, I just thought I thought it was a cool phrase and it just kind of stuck with me. Thinking about emotional healing, not just myself, but people in my life and things that have happened; thinking about people and how it takes time and real work to heal.

Of course, I had no idea how apt the title would be in 2020. I decided to stick with ‘Healing is a Miracle’ last year, having no idea what would happen with COVID and then all of the stuff that’s been happening here with the protests. It’s kind of crazy.

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I think people would say that you’ve always made kind of healing music; it’s very soothing and it’s good for that kind of restorative time. Would you agree with that?

I believe that; it feels healing to me when I make it, or at least transportive or cathartic – definitely cathartic. Projects that I’ve had over the last few years have had parameters I had to think about, but with this record it was just new music and I could just let it rip.

Basically, the first time I started making stuff for this record, I totally cried because I hadn’t just plugged everything in and made stuff up off the top of my head in a long time. So it’s very cathartic for me. And I’ve heard from a lot of people that ‘The Magic Place’ in particular has gotten a lot of people through some dark times in their life, so I’m really glad for that. That makes me feel really good when people tell me that it helps them during dark times because I’ve definitely seen my share and I know how therapeutic music can be to make and to listen to and to heal to.

Immediately on pressing play on this record, it sounds like a much fuller, denser record. Has much changed in your process?

Not a whole lot. In fact, ‘Inspirit’, the first track on the record, is basically one take; the vocals are one take, and then the bass is one take. So it’s two tracks in GarageBand. It’s kind of funny when people ask me like, “how do you record?” and I’m just like, “on GarageBand, like I have since like 2007.”

I guess the main difference this time around is I was recording using monitors. I’ve always been GarageBand and headphones this whole time. Of course with the exception of ‘Nepenthe’, which I made in Iceland with Alex Somers who had like proper equipment proper studio – not GarageBand with headphones.

Jónsi and Alex gifted me some studio monitors last year for my birthday and I started recording with those and there’s an obvious difference – just in feeling the bass and being enveloped in sound, the way you would if you were listening to your favorite music. And of course, the collaborations are not an entirely new avenue, but the kinds of collaborations were very different than the ones on my last record, where I had Mas Ysa’s Thomas Arsenault sing on a couple tracks, Maarten Vos play cello, but they sent me stems from other countries.

These three collaborations on ‘Healing Is A Miracle’ were made sitting side by side, which is kind of new.

What was it like receiving that gift of those monitors? It must be quite overwhelming?

It totally was. I had a birthday party last year and suddenly there was a giant pile of presents, I wasn’t expecting that like at all; I felt like I was 12 years old. I carted it all home, and there were these two giant boxes from Alex and Jónsi, and I was like “what in the world did they get me?”

Just the nicest gift, because I recorded most of ‘Nepenthe’ in their house in Iceland; Alex had his little home studio and that was so long ago. So it was really neat to come from them especially.

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So cool. Let’s talk about those collaborations; you were sitting in the room with all three of them, and was it quite difficult to share that creative space that’s going to be on your album?

Not at all, I was kinda feeling pretty free with this one. And I had known for a long time that I wanted to do something with Mary [Lattimore], Jónsi and Jason [Nosaj Thing], so I was really excited about it. Initially I wanted it to be a Nosaj Thing produced record, like way back, but we just couldn’t get it together, schedule-wise, so I ended up doing most of it myself.

But yeah, I just wanted to have those voices on my record. I have special relationships with all three of those people, and it’s super interesting because Jason’s from here, but Mary moved here not long after I did after 13 years in Philly; I moved here after 16 years in New York; and Jónsi moved here a few years ago, after living in Iceland forever. And so here we all are like, we all live in LA suddenly. That was kind of a special component of my new life here in LA, having these old friends that had moved here also. The collaborations kind of speak to that a little bit.

Jason’s a new friend since I moved here, but Mary and I toured together a bunch of times, we’re best friends, and I opened for Sigur Rós for 20 shows back in 2013 on the bus, lots of memories with Jónsi and they’ve seen me go through a lot of changes and vice versa. It’s just really special to have their voices on the record as part of my new Los Angeles world.

Amazing. What I love about Mary Lattimore is that you can just always tell it’s her whenever she’s playing on anything. And even in this world, where you kind of mess with her sound a bit, you can still like tell it’s her. Did you kind of find a middle ground between your sounds; how did how did it work?

I mean, I know that about her. My favourite kind of musician is sort of an inimitable one, and always has been. I love that. I love that when someone is just singular, it’s just kind of mind blowing. Jónsi’s the same way, you know, and Jason and his music, so it’s just so fun, it’s almost like having their person in the song. I just wanted Mary to do her thing on the song. I sent it to her ahead of time, but I knew that I knew she didn’t even really need that because she’s classically trained and just a master improviser on top of it.

So she just came over and we did like something like nine passes, and then I just put her all around the clock like pan-wise, so it’s just like this circle of Marys. It was just an afternoon; we recorded it here at my house and it’s amazing. I love it.

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It is amazing. And then Jónsi, you’ve known him for a while now you’re pretty close with him, but was it intimidating to invite him onto a track? His voice is so well known and powerful.

I wasn’t super intimidated to ask and when I asked him he’s like “sure, anything for you” – that wasn’t intimidating. What was intimidating was getting into the studio with him, because I’m very loosey goosey in the studio; I go with the first take a lot of times. Even if I hit a blue note, I’ll just make it work. And that was just definitely not the way it was working with him. I sent him this demo, it was these dark scrapey strings with me muttering something, and I wanted him to just sing, you know, harmonize not even saying words, which is most of my songs. But he was like, “Okay, great. Yeah, I want to work on this but you need to write lyrics.”

And of course, I’ve never sat down and written lyrics for any of my songs ever before, but I figured if Jónsi was asking me to do that – and he is literally one of my most favorite musicians of all time, my favorite singing voice in the world – I should probably do what he wants me to do; do what he asks and push myself. I’ve never been confident in writing lyrics, it’s just never been my strong suit, I gave up on that a long time ago, but he asked me to do it.

He wanted me over at his studio at 10 in the morning, and I was writing them at like 9:20, of course, which is classic me – put it off to the very last second, under pressure that’s the only way I get things done, that’s always been the case. I went over to his studio so we could work on it and he had me re-record all the vocals and sing the words. So this is a whole new world for me. And not only that, but I’ve got headphones on and I’m singing into a quiet room with Jónsi listening. I felt just a lot of pressure to do it well and not waste his time. So by the time I got home that evening I was just pooped; I was just worn out from pushing myself – but it was the best kind of pushing myself I’ve experienced in making my own solo music.

And then he tinkered around with and sent me the track, and he had he had put all those harmonies in. To hear that was just amazing and I could have curled up in a ball and just cried about it all day, because it was so surreal and awesome and it sounded so beautiful and I was just so happy and grateful in that moment, and still am every time I hear it.

Even when we made the music video a few weeks ago, just to hear it playing was so awesome. Anyway, I could go on and on and on about that, but it’s pretty it’s still a pretty mind blowing thing.

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Yeah, sounds like it. And let’s go on to ‘Nod’, the collaboration with Jason – Nosaj Thing to me. Is this more like what a Nosaj Thing-produced album would be like, do you think?

That’s definitely his vibe, as an electronic artist he makes beats for people, he’s not singing on anything. I wanted his influence to be on it; amazingly beautifully produced music with amazing bass and beats and things like that, which is not what you think of when you think of my music. I wanted to expand the sound; I didn’t want to reinvent the wheel with my own music, but I just wanted his expertise in the studio and his vibe to come through, and that’s definitely what ‘Nod’ is.

I sent him some vocal loops I made and then I went over to his studio, just like I did with Jónsi, and played around with the keyboards and everything. Jason has this kind of amazing electronic music producer vibe and as we worked together it was just obvious to me that his voice was shining on the song, and that was really awesome. Especially because we connected years ago, he just got in touch randomly and he said that ‘The Magic Place’ was a very special record to him. So it was kind of a mix of all those connections. It definitely sounds like Jason to me for sure.

As you said before, a lot of times you can’t even hear words in your songs – maybe one or two words. So do when you’re singing those vocal parts do you have something in mind that you want to channel?

It’s just sort of this visceral emotive improvisational process. It starts with complete improvisation, like within ‘Inspirit’, that was me messing around with my vocal pedal and that melody just came out of nowhere, and I just pressed record so I wouldn’t lose it.

It’s kind of interesting how it just magically appears, and it’s all rooted in emotion so it’s very immediate. It’s just right there in that moment, whatever comes through, whatever I’m feeling, whatever I’m thinking about, and there’s really no altering it later; I’m not tinkering with lyrics or anything.

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And then when do the song titles come in?

That’s always the last thing I do on any record. Literally, we’ll be submitting the art for the record and I have to name the tracks, and I’ll sit and do all of it in a day – or in an hour. Usually when it’s time to name the tracks they go from ‘8.28’ or ‘9.30’ – which are dates – to ‘Oh Memory’ or ‘In Light’. I listen to the tracks and I’ll think about what they sound like to me; sometimes I’ll even use a thesaurus so instead of it being like ‘Victorious’ it’s ‘Prizewinning’, or something like that. Just the feeling I get from the song and then I’ll name it.

So I’m curious about ‘Flowers’ because that doesn’t sound like flowers at all to me – it’s quite dark.

I know, such a weird song, I love it. I thought I heard me say “flowers”, and then I thought that would be a cool thing to title the song, because flowers are so beautiful and delicate and the song is so kind of weird and crunchy and dark.

You have a desire to do some work on TV and film soundtracks, where does that come from?

I’ve been obsessed with soundtracks since I was a kid. I used to bring home soundtracks from the library and play them at home and teach them to myself on the piano.

I still know how to play some stuff that I taught myself when I was like seven-eight years old. I know how to play most of the music from Somewhere In Time, which is a really old movie that I have no idea why I was seven years old and that was like my favorite movie – that and ‘Yentl’ and ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’. It’s kind of cute to think about, like, seven-eight year old me teaching myself soundtrack music on the piano; it just seems kind of destined that’s what I would end up wanting to do.

I feel like that kind of music making is wholly different from how I make music for my solo records. It has those parameters I was talking about before, but also very much uses that instinctual response to emotion or visuals that comes in handy when I’m making my own music. So far I just scored a couple friends’ shorts. That’s my dream, and I’m still hoping that that comes together someday – and I think it will, eventually.

Yeah, I can totally picture it. We’re in a golden age of TVs and movie scoring at the moment. Are there any particularly enjoy?

This is an older one, but Jon Brion’s music for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is incredible; I really want to teach myself those tracks – I’ve done it before, but I but then I won’t play them for a while and I forget how to do it. Jóhann Jóhannsson’s stuff is very beautiful. Of course, Alex Somers is killing it right now with all of his soundtrack work he’s doing – that’s so awesome and exciting to see that happen with him, he is so talented.

I saw a screening of Dawson City: Frozen Time that he scored a few years ago, and, to me, Alex has a very unique specific sound and the music that he made for that movie was just so inventive, out of nowhere – not what I was expecting at all, which really impressed me.

It just showed that he has a real ability to come up with something totally new and not lean on the sounds he’s used to making, which I thought was so impressive.

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‘Healing Is A Miracle’ is out now.

Words: Rob Hakimian
Photo Credit: Jen Medina

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Culture Clash: Rhys Lewis

Cultural touchstones with the youthful songwriter…

Rhys Lewis has a lightness of touch that emphasises his maturity.

Still emphatically youthful, his work seems to reach for the timeless, matching melodic restraint to a fine way with words.

New album ‘Things I Chose To Remember’ is out on July 10th, a record that has been a long time in the works.

Taken from the LP, new single ‘The Sun Will Rise’ is a hymn to optimism and recovery, one that couldn’t come at a better time.

Clash caught up with Rhys Lewis to chat cultural touchstones…

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Books…

One of my favourite books from last year or so would probably be Travels With Charlie by John Steinbeck.

It’s a journal of his time traveling around America in a camper van with his dog. It’s a great snapshot of the U.S in the early 60s and it’s full of wise words and philosophical thoughts about life from one of the all-time greats.

TV…

I don’t really watch much TV so I’m probably not a good person to ask for recommendations in this department, but I’ve been getting into The Great British Menu on the BBC whilst in isolation.

It’s a cooking competition where the best chefs in the country design a five course meal that’s fit for a themed banquet at the end of the series. They battle it out and get judged by Michelin Star chefs until a winner for each course is chosen.

It’s funny how quickly you become a culinary “know-it-all” when you get into these shows. I caught myself saying “his chicken mousse looks far too dry” whilst watching an episode the other day… 

Film…

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly is up there as one of my favourite films. I loved westerns as a kid and this is as good as they get. It’s an epic story and all the characters are so memorable, not to mention how good the soundtrack is. I’ve got it on vinyl I love it that much. It’s also part of a trilogy so I’d you end up liking it there are two more incredible films to get into.

Album…

An album I played to death growing up that I still listen to often now is ‘Led Zeppelin II’. It’s the record that made me fall in love with the guitar, and one that still inspires me to this day. The musicianship on that record is unreal, every time I put it on it seems to jumps of the speakers in a way no other record does.

Gadgets…

I don’t have many gadgets so this is probably a really boring one, but I have this wine pump thing that essentially vacuum-seals wine bottles once you’ve opened them. It stops your wine going off as quickly, so you don’t have to rush through the bottle and can enjoy a glass every few days without worrying about wasting it.

Being a lonely single man, it’s good to have a device that gives you one less reason for drinking a whole bottle of wine on your own in the middle of the week.

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Rhys Lewis will release new album ‘Things I Chose To Remember’ on July 10th.

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Walter Benjamin – Your House Lyrics

It’s so windy back home
Little girl
Where the TV screen goes to sleep
And your tiny dances should rule
The outside world
I am a glad outsider just to watch you dance
I am a glad outsider just to watch you dance
Will you let me in sometime
Just enter the gate
And go upstairs
Like God?
I’ve heard you used to bash the keys
In the morning
Before it all started to make sense

It all made sense to you
But I have never seen the truth written in your books
I have never seen the truth written in your books
It was left on the ashtrays
Where we used to finish our cigarettes
– and they’re over now
Will you let me in sometime
Just enter the gate
And go upstairs
Like God?
Your ghosts look beautiful to me
Your ghosts look beautiful to me

Thundamentals – Overdosed Lyrics

[Chorus: Jeswon]
I still can’t rely on your love
So I’m brushin’ the dirt off my shoulders
I guess I was high off the buzz
I was drunk, now I’m searching for sober
I guess that I overdosed
I guess that I overdosed
I guess that I overdosed
I guess that I overdosed
Oh oh whoa oh whoa

[Verse 1: Jeswon]
Girl, your love is addictive, yeah, your love is addictive, girl, your love is the dope
It was getting me lifted, it was getting me lifted, now I feel like a hoax
Yeah, I feel like a dickhead, yeah, I feel like a dickhead, yo, that’s par for the course
I was asleep on that comatose, but I awoke from that overdose
You were one in a million, that’s what I thought, though I got cold feet, I got frozen toes
Just as sure as the cold wind blows, can’t feel my face, you’re that dose of coke, better blow my nose
But my nose done grown, I told more lies than Pinocchio
But that’s just life when your life’s on drugs, tried to hold you close but I can’t quite cope
Yo, I might just ghost, hit the open road, somewhere so remote, no remote controls
No DVD’s, flat screen TV’s, plus no 4G for my mobile phone
I just write quotes from my mobile home, the homeboys gloat like, ‘I told you so’
But your love’s like white, got me wired all night, how’d I get so high when I feel so low?

[Chorus: Jeswon & Bea Moon]
I still can’t rely on your love
So I’m brushin’ the dirt off my shoulders
I guess I was high off the buzz
I was drunk, now I’m searching for sober
I guess that I overdosed

I guess that I overdosed
I guess that I overdosed
I guess that I overdosed
Oh oh whoa oh whoa

[Verse 2: Tuka]
She said, “I like the way you f*ck me, Tuk, too bad you’ll trust me but”, I said
If you ever learn to love me we can share a little more than company, oh snap
Nothing’s ever that simple, I’d hold back, but I really can’t sit still
Cold facts you’re just into for a quick fix, soul clap, I’m in it ’cause I think you are a big deal
I swear an angel answered my prayers, she came to my aid when she saw the pain on my face
Now she’s standing right there, running her hand through my hair, saving my grace
And healing my wounds, she is my queen bee, speaking my truth, I dare
You can place your feet in my shoes indeed, you can even have the keys to my room, it’s free, see if I care
Yeah, best believe that I do, take a look in these eyes, they’re lookin’ at you
I’m right here, I hope you don’t mind when I stare, I’ve been gettin’ ideas, gettin’ hooked on that view, “like yeah”
My God, my gosh, there we are at it again, I guess, yeah
You’ll be leaving once you get what you want, but to be honest that is never quiet clear

[Chorus: Jeswon & Bea Moon]
I still can’t rely on your love
So I’m brushin’ the dirt off my shoulders
I guess I was high off the buzz
I was drunk, now I’m searching for sober
I guess that I overdosed
I guess that I overdosed
I guess that I overdosed
I guess that I overdosed
Oh oh whoa oh whoa

Disregarded Thoughts: Bishop Nehru Interviewed

"I’m aiming to reach a different level with my music, that’s what I’m really chasing…"

Considering he’s only 23, Bishop Nehru has been making music for a long time.

He first attracted attention when MF DOOM, DJ Premier, and Madlib all featured on his debut mixtape ‘Nehruvia’, released when he was 16. Since then Nehru has been releasing a steady stream of music and navigating his way through the music industry, all whilst staying independent.

His latest album ‘Nehruvia: My Disregarded Thoughts’ is due for release on May 8th, a date that hasn’t shifted despite the state of the world at the moment, and he’s currently conducting the press run via Zoom – an app we’ve all become intimately familiar with over the past few weeks.

We connect, get ushered in to the virtual meeting and find out what’s happening in Nehruvia now we’re confined to our houses…

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Hey, how’s it going, are you coping with isolation?

I’m driving right now actually. I’m usually always home, that’s the funny part, but now that everyone’s in the house I’m outside. Not intentionally, but I had to go out for a few things.

I’ve been trying to get in contact with my barber too but that’s not happening, which is an issue.

Has it affected your album schedule?

Nah, I’m still going to drop the project on the 8th May, I feel like this situation wouldn’t take away from any of it anyway. If it lasts until 8th May people will still be in the house and able to listen to music anyway.

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There are a lot of different influences behind the album, how do you make them all fit?

The easiest way to explain it is that it’s like a TV. Imagine we’re watching a TV show and I switch the channel to something different; it’s still my TV but now we’re on a whole different vibe. I’ll just go into the studio and make a song and whichever ‘channel’ it fits in, that’s where I put it. I’ve got a lot of different projects on the go, I don’t wanna say how many but it’s a lot, so there’s always one that a song will fit with. 

‘My Disregarded Thoughts’ is my venting album. It’s all just problems and issues and I’m just talking about exactly what I’m going through, which is what I feel like people relate to the most. I just wanted to do the transparent thing, regardless of whether I get called a cornball for doing it.

My ultimate aim is to make an album that’s just amazing outside of the genre it’s in. That’s why I don’t have an issue with recording in all these different styles, because I’m aiming to reach a different level with my music, that’s what I’m really chasing. Hip Pop, still lyrical, still hip-hop, but with a way to make everyone relate to it on a grand level.

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The new project has been finished for a while, hasn’t it?

Yeah the project has been done for about a year now, but I wanted to get everything lined up perfectly for it. Ironically there’s been this global mishap that’s outside of anyone’s control, so that’s messed it up in a way. I’m taking it as a lesson though, because it means I could’ve put it out when I first wanted to. You can try and control stuff as much as you want, but you never know how it’s gonna turn out.

I waited because I wanted the project to have a life beyond the first couple of weeks, so I felt it needed the right PR behind it, the right tour, all of that stuff. I didn’t see eye to eye with my sort of manager at the time either, and I’m very stubborn when it comes to art, I don’t like people telling me how to do it – that held it up a little bit.

It was nothing personal, it’s just that if I do your idea and it doesn’t work, I feel like I might as well be doing my ideas instead, because even if they don’t work at least they’re mine.

Do you find it harder waiting to release projects and lining up the PR and tour?Is that why you’ve stayed independent?

Honestly the reason I stayed independent is just good business. I want to own as much of the stuff that I do as possible, and that comes from seeing all the other people that did the same. Jay-Z, Puff Daddy, Dr. Dre – all billionaires and all started independent, it just makes sense.

When I first started out I literally wanted to be Dr. Dre, I wanted to mix, I wanted to produce, I wanted to be that guy who did all that. It just so happened that whilst I was doing those things I built a little bit of a following and I decided to just focus on attacking the things I can attack to grow that core.

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There’s obviously a creative side to it as well, the freedom to do what I want, I’m not signed to some label pushing me one way or tied into working with a certain producer trying to find common ground or anything like that. – I’m just me.

I feel like a major label can get you heard, but that doesn’t mean people are gonna like your music. When I put out music it’s just ready for whoever likes it to gravitate towards it. There’s plenty of talented artists who got where they are through a label, but I don’t feel like it’s for me right now.

Maybe I could sign with a label, but is it gonna be the situation I want it to be? Are they gonna let me own everything that I own now?

How do you stay driven?

I guess I’m just really passionate about making music. If I was gonna quit I would’ve quit a long time ago, to be honest – I would’ve quit three or four times. To me it’s like going to medical school. If you wanna be a doctor, you’re gonna put in the years and even if you fail a couple of tests or whatever, you’re gonna pick yourself up and go again. That’s how I feel about music, it’s not some quick cash scheme, it’s just what I love doing.

I’ve seen some of the worst things you can imagine happening to an artist and I still want it, so I almost feel like I don’t care what happens at this point, I’m gonna go get it.

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‘Nehruvia: My Disregarded Thoughts’ drops May 8th.

Words: Jake Hawkes

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AJR – Role Models Lyrics

[Intro]
3, 4

[Chorus]
All my role models are on TV for the wrong reasons
And, I will unravel if you rip away my best pieces
Would’ve never come so far, without someone there to start again
I truly love the art, when I kinda hate the artist
But, All my role models are on TV for the wrong reasons
Wrong reasons

[Verse 1]
This time of year, I’m feelin’ weird, might be allergies
Wanna move out, but when I move out, who’ll be proud of me
Thought I was made, from [?], put that crown on me
Thought I was made, from Louis C.K

[Chorus]
But, all my role models are on TV for the wrong reasons
(Ah, Ahhhhhh, Ah, Ahhhhhh.)
And, I will unravel if you rip away my best pieces
(Ah, Ahhhhhh, Ah, Ahhhhhh.)
Would’ve never come so far, without someone there to start again
I truly love the art, when I kinda hate the artist
But, All my role models are on TV for the wrong reasons
(Ah, Ahhhhhh, Ah, Ahhhhhh.)
Wrong reasons

[Verse 2]
I used to say, just what’s on my brain, cause you always did
You used to be, so special to me, now you’ve taken it
Look at this mess, should I forget, what you gave to me?
Look at this mess, wake up Mr. West

[Chorus]
Cause, all my role models are on TV for the wrong reasons
(Ah, Ahhhhhh, Ah, Ahhhhhh.)
And, I will unravel if you rip away my best pieces
(Ah, Ahhhhhh, Ah, Ahhhhhh.)
Would’ve never come so far, without someone there to start again
I truly love the art, when I kinda hate the artist
But, All my role models are on TV for the wrong reasons
(Ah, Ahhhhhh, Ah, Ahhhhhh.)
Wrong reasons

Would’ve never come so far, without someone there to start again
I truly love the art, when I kinda hate the artist
But, All my role models are on TV for the wrong reasons
(Ah, Ahhhhhh, Ah, Ahhhhhh.)
Wrong reasons

Damian Marley – Patience lyrics

Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, yonkontê
Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, kiye ni kêra môgô
Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, yonkontê
Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, kagni ni kêra môgô

Some of the smartest dummies
Can’t read the language of Egyptian mummies
An’ a fly go a moon
And can’t find food for the starving tummies
Pay no mind to the youths

Cause it’s not like the future depends on it
But save the animals in the zoo
Cause the chimpanzee dem a make big money
This is how the media pillages

On the TV the picture is savages in villages
And the scientist still can’t explain the pyramids, huh
Evangelists making a living on the videos of ribs
Of the little kids, stereotyping the image of the images

And this is what the image is, you buy a khaki pants
And all of a sudden you say a Indiana Jones
An’ a thief out gold and thief out the scrolls
And even the buried bones
Some of the worst paparazzis I’ve ever seen and I ever known

Put the worst on display so the world can see
And that’s all they will ever show so the ones in the west
Will never move east and feel like they could be at home
Dem get tricked by the beast

But a where dem ago flee when the monster is fully grown?
Solomonic linage whe dem still can’t defeat
And them coulda never clone, my spiritual DNA
That print in my soul and I will forever own Lord

Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, yonkontê
Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, kiye ni kêra môgô
Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, yonkontê
Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, kagni ni kêra môgô

Huh, we born not knowing, are we born knowing all?
We growing wiser, are we just growing tall?
Can you read thoughts, can you read palms?
Huh, can you predict the future, can you see storms, coming?

The earth was flat if you went too far you would fall off
Now the earth is round if the shape change again
Everybody woulda start laugh
The average man can’t prove of most of the things
That he chooses to speak of

And still won’t research
And find out the root of the truth that you seek of
Scholars teach in Universities
And claim that they’re smart and cunning

Tell them find a cure when we sneeze
And that’s when their nose start running
And the rich get stitched up, when we get cut
Man a heal dem broken bones in the bush with the wed mud

Can you read signs, can you read stars?
Can you make peace, can you fight war?
Can you milk cows, even though you drive cars
Huh, can you survive, against all odds, now?

Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, yonkontê
Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, kiye ni kêra môgô
Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, yonkontê
Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, kagni ni kêra môgô

Who wrote the Bible, who wrote the Qur’an?
And was it a lightning storm
That gave birth to the earth
And then dinosaurs were born? Damn

Who made up words, who made up numbers?
And what kind of spell is mankind under?
Everything on the planet we preserve and can it
Microwaved it and try it
No matter what we’ll survive it

What’s hu, what’s man, what’s human?
Anything along the land we consuming
Eatin’, deletin’, ruin, trying to get paper
Gotta have land, gotta have acres

So I can sit back like Jack Nicholson
Watch niggas play the game like the lakers
In a world full of 52 fakers
Gypsies, seances, mystical prayers

You superstitious? Throw salt over your shoulders
Make a wish for the day
‘Cause like somebody got a doll of me
Stickin’ needles in my arteries but I can’t feel it

Sometimes it’s like ‘pardon me
But I got a real big spirit’, I’m fearless, I’m fearless
Don’t you try and grab hold of my soul
It’s like a military soldier since seven years old

I held real dead bodies in my arms
Felt their body turn cold, oh
Why we born in the first place
If this is how we gotta go? Damn

Charli XCX – Over You Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Just a little girl on a TV screen
Stuck inside a silver cage
Body tangled up in chains
Looking for the light in the misery
Trapped behind the windowpane
Everyday I feel the same

Close to giving up, giving everything
Struggling for air, I’m blue
Fucking with my head, confused
Sick and tired of drinking your sympathy
Fighting back, not gonna lose
It’s true, I’m through, flying with you

[Chorus]
I’m so over you
Tell me, baby, are you over me?
I’m so over you
Tell me, baby, will you ever regret me?
I’m so over you
Tell me, baby, are you over me?
I’m so over you
Promise, baby, that you will never forget me

[Verse 2]
Breaking down the doors, I’m invincible
See if you could stop me now
Super heroine, no doubt
Treating me like I was invisible
Thought that you could shut my mouth
But now I’m gonna burn you out

[Chorus]
I’m so over you
Tell me, baby, are you over me?
I’m so over you
Tell me, baby, will you ever regret me?
I’m so over you
Tell me, baby, are you over me?
I’m so over you
Promise, baby, that you will never forget me

[Bridge]
I want to get out of here
I want to get out of here
We’re breaking up, I’m breaking down (Woah-oh-oh)
I want to get out of here
I want to get out of here
I’m moving on, we’re over now, over now (Oh!)

[Chorus]
I’m so over you
Tell me, baby, are you over me?
I’m so over you
Tell me, baby, will you ever regret me?
I’m so over you
Tell me, baby, are you over me?
I’m so over you
Promise, baby, that you will never forget me

Mick Jenkins – What Am I To Do Lyrics

[Intro]
Well I sbet ya
Well I bet ya
Well I bet ya
Well I bet…

[Verse 1]
Ali’s jabbin’ them shit feel like hooks
The less you got stuffed in your pocket books
The more these policies just sound like crooks
They give me sloppy looks
They gave us nothing, had to hustle same way coffee cook
Early morning grind trying to help these niggas wake up
Etch A Sketch flows, I got the shit to shake up
Niggas switching clothes
Niggas even switch their face up
But these clowns could never really switch their make up
Family’s in your genes
Fuck is that, Mesquite?
My triple beam onto bigger schemes
I’m on these waves
Don’t expect a hand clap cause you swim upstream
I’m expecting sand traps, I be in the green
If we talking green backs I’m back in the black
Been having the formula since Similac
Delicate flows under heavy metal bars but they’re still intact
What’s a nigga to do?
When you call the police but the trigger’s on you
Shit crazy man

[Chorus]
What’s a nigga to do?
Cause I be streaming black they’ll beat me to blue
Put it on TV then tell you what’s true
What’s a nigga to do?
What’s a nigga to do?
When you call the police but the trigger’s on you

[Verse 2]
Pull up on ’em shining CeCe Winans with the C notes
Redefining everything the black man denotes
I could devote time
How many times have we rewrote lines to get it perfect
Miss me with inertia I’m on dirt
You gon’ need assumptions, almost certain
My assertion we gon’ see if you got gumption
We gon’ see if you gon’ play it smart or you gon’ be on dumb shit
Wrong answer, we go dumb shit
Slow you up on some speed bump shit
On some ski jump shit
I’m taking flight cause all my flows cold
Setting bars, no [?]
I never blow smoke unless it’s unleaded
I guess you won’t know my worst
No unedited stress
Go on wax, I mean

[Chorus]
What’s a nigga to do?
When you tell ’em who you is and they be like “Who?”
What’s a nigga to do?
Yeah, what’s a nigga to do?
Cause I be streaming black they’ll beat me to blue
Put it on TV then tell you what’s true
What’s a nigga to do?
What’s a nigga to do?

Chance The Rapper – Wala Cam lyrics

[Intro: Chance the Rapper]
Wala, Wala, Wala, Wala, Wala, Wala, Wala
Wala, Wala, Wala, Wala, Wala, Wala, Wala

[Chorus: Chance the Rapper]
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam

[Verse 1: Chance the Rapper]
Big ol’ booty gotta jump, gotta juke me
Gotta plan, gotta duty
Gotta dance, gotta boogie
I’m a fan, gotta stan
Gotta cam, it’s a movie
Make my ‘gram look like Cannes, like in France
My momma, my mamma mia
Tell me what your momma feeds you
You getting that cornbread and choreo
Let me throw you on the story though
Trying to be like story mode
You belong on the war zone on
Wala, Wala

[Chorus: Chance the Rapper]
Wala, Wala, Wala, Wala, Wala, Wala, Wala, Wala
Wala, Wala, Wala, Wala, Wala, Wala, Wala, Wala

[Verse 2: Chance the Rapper]
Nigga you can’t dance
My feet like my hands
Your feet like quicksand
Something I can’t stand
Something I just hate
I’m not on no date
Car don’t got no roof
Works, don’t got no brake
Girl don’t got no waist
Watch don’t got no face
Jet don’t got no plates
God don’t got no cape
Shoes don’t got no J’s
Don’t got no style, don’t got no taste
Bank don’t got no card, don’t got quickpay, don’t got no Chase

[Chorus: Chance the Rapper]
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam

[Verse 3: Supa Bwe]
Watching DBZ
Shorty stuck to me
Like she lowkey USB
I just want some head, want some lowkey guillotine
Police watching me like I’m lowkey new TV
Like I’m serving twenty p’s
Like I lowkey used to be
Over the seas with my girl cause she over achieving
Don’t put nobody over her king
Love my life
Shorty ride my face like bike
I’ma beat it like Mike, not Ike
My spliff broke, sh*t! oh life
I might spent on you
All year, all night
I might some f*ck some ads up
Or f*ck your mans up
I might f*ck some bands up
Switch the plan up
Leave the country like right now
Shit, I might go flight
I might take off tonight
I might, I might, I might
Tonight I might

[Chorus: Chance the Rapper]
Wala, Wala, Wala, Wala, Wala, Wala, Wala, Wala
Wala, Wala, Wala, Wala, Wala, Wala, Wala, Wala

[Verse 4: Chance the Rapper]
You need name tag
She got the same ass
Same drawers, same car
Same bag, damn fraud
Shake it up, shake it up, shake it up, shake it up
Pop pop pop that cork
Pop it like July 4th
Shorty don’t move like yours
She get it from a store
You get it from the Stork
They don’t do this up North
They always end it [?]

[Chorus]
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam, Wala Cam
Wala

Rich The Kid – Lot On My Mind Lyrics

[Intro]
I see you. I see [?]
Haha, you dig?
I see you haters having problems
Way too many problems
Mic check, check, check, check, check, check
Check, check, check, check

[Verse 1]
Ooh, where my mic check?
These bitches, they been all at my neck (lil bitch!)
These bitches, all in my call log
You ain’t put your team on, you ain’t a boss, dog
Can’t even let these niggas close
Jealous homies set you up and now you smoke (now you smoke)
You just spent up all the money, now you broke (now you broke)
You been internet flexin’ for these hoes (hoes)
Whole lot of friends turned to enemies
Smile in my face and said they proud of me
Now they lookin’ at me like I hit the lottery
‘Cause I’m rich but bitch, you ain’t gotta lie to me
Ooh, I done watched some niggas change up
They hit for me a couple pieces, we don’t chain tuck
Too much ice, bust down, I’m still rained up
And if some niggas wanna try me, get your brain fucked
She gon’ fuck me ’cause I’m famous, post my picture up
I call Boris, that’s my driver, he gone pick you up
Couple losses but more wins, we still racked up
On the road, doin’ shows, I’m so booked up

[Vocal Break]

[Verse 2]
Ooh, Cartier on me
Made my first mil’, shit I was still hungry
Back then all them hoes, they was flexin’ on me
See me on TV, now she sexin’ on me
Got the Maybach, finna cop the Wraith on ’em
Naw, for real they gon’ hate on me
And I got your bitch been missin’, she gon’ wait on me
Told double XL I was straight on it (haha)
I’m finally rich, I knew that they would hate on me (rich!)
They ran up in the crib and had the K on me
I was slippin’, thank God that I’m livin’
‘Cause it all could’ve been different
‘Bout to put these stars in my ceiling
‘Cause my bitch straight from heaven
Rich Forever, bitch I’m in it
Get a check then I spend it

[Outro]
R.I.P X, man
You know what I’m sayin?
Young niggas get that bag, man
Get that bag, stay humble
Ya dig, and that’s that
Get a rack packs and back backs

Florida Georgia Line – Talk You Out of It Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Girl I know you had a long day
You ain’t feelin’ them downtown lights
But I got a bottle at your favorite place
Just waitin’ for us in a bucket on ice

Damn, I didn’t think it’d be that easy
‘Cause now you’re gettin’ ready
I’m just sittin’ there watchin’ TV
Here you come lookin’ like a grown man’s dream
Damn, I can’t believe, I can’t believe

[Chorus]
I talked you into slippin’ down the hall, baby, turn it on
Your playlist you play when you’re in the shower
Talked you into taking up my time, making up your mind
Switching back and forth for an hour
And now you’re lookin’ like a line from a Vandross song
I’m looking at the fine little dress you got on
Don’t get me wrong, girl, I love it
Now I just wanna talk you out of it

[Verse 2]
Yeah, as cool at it would be
Watchin’ people wonder who you are
Oh, we should just say we did, we can start with a kiss
And pretend we just got back from the bar

[Chorus]
I talked you into slippin’ down the hall, baby, turn it on
Your playlist you play when you’re in the shower
Talked you into taking up my time, making up your mind
Switching back and forth for an hour
And now you’re lookin’ like a line from a Vandross song
I’m looking at the fine little dress you got on
Don’t get me wrong, girl, I love it
Now I just wanna talk you out of it

[Bridge]
Yeah, it’s a little cold outside
The music’s probably way too loud
To hear you laugh
And there’s a look in your eyes
Looks like we ain’t leavin’ now
Girl, I’m so glad, I’m so glad

[Chorus]
I talked you into slippin’ down the hall, baby, turn it on
Your playlist you play when you’re in the shower
Talked you into taking up my time, making up your mind
Switching back and forth for an hour
And now you’re lookin’ like a line from a Vandross song
I’m looking at the fine little dress you got on
Don’t get me wrong, girl, I love it
Now I just wanna talk you out of it

Elliott Smith – Some Song Lyrics

Hello, hello, hello
(This is a rock song.)
Loud, loud, loud

It’s a junkie dream, makes you so uptight
Yeah it’s halloween tonight and every night
See you scratch your skin
Your sandpaper throat
You’re a symphony, man, with one fucking note
Charlie beat you up week after week
And when you grow up you’re going to be a freak
Want a violent girl who’s not scared of anything

Help me kill my time
‘Cause I’ll never be fine
Help me kill my time

You went down to look at old Dallas town
Where you must be sick just to hang around
Seen it on TV, how to kill your man
Then like Gacy’s scene a canvas in your hand
Better call your mom, she’s out looking for you
In the jail and the army and the hospital too
But those people there couldn’t do anything
For you

Help me kill my time
‘Cause I’ll never be fine
Help me kill my time
Help me kill my time
Help me kill my time
‘Cause I’ll never be fine
Help me kill my time

Katy Perry – Nothing Like the First Time Lyrics

[Verse 1]
The leaves were falling I was seventeen
We’d been locking lips, grabbing hips, smoking cigarettes
We took a drive in your 1990 the hand me down
From out of town I was California
Oh my legs were not shaved
And you had dirt between your fingers
They told us to behave, but hey

[Chorus]
It’s not like riding a bike
It’s not like flying a kite
It’s not as easy as pie
There’s nothing like the first time
Not like taking a bath
It’s not like having a laugh
Not like reading a map
There’s nothing like the first time

[Verse 2]
I had seen it in the magazines
We would change the channel on the TV screen
‘Cause it’s such a sin what you did to me
Straight to hell is what they sell if you done the deed
Oh but what could be so bad
Oh if everyone is guilty
I guess we want what we can’t have
‘Cause I’ve heard…

[Chorus]
It’s not like riding a bike
It’s not like flying a kite
It’s not as easy as pie
There’s nothing like the first time
Not like taking a bath
It’s not like having a laugh
Not like reading a map
There’s nothing like the first time

[Bridge]
Do you remember? Do you remember?
Do you remember? Do you remember?
La la la la la la la la
There’s nothing like the first time
La la la la la la la la
There’s nothing like the first time

[Chorus]
It’s not a walk in the park
It’s not a shot in the dark
It’s not a juvenile crime
There’s nothing like the first time
It’s not like tying the knot
There’s no connecting the dots
And in case you forgot
There’s nothing like the first time
There’s nothing like the first time
There’s nothing like the first time
There’s nothing like the first time

[Outro]
Its not like reading a map..oh ya you give me laugh
There’s nothing like the first time

Snail Mail – Static Buzz lyrics

Shutters on my house
Keep the sunlight in
If that’s not enough to keep the people out

Then I don’t wanna know what’s on the other side

Turn on the TV
I wonder who thinks of it all
We could be watching the same thing

But I always shock myself when I plug it into the wall

So should I ask?
Are you home?

I can’t keep anything down
All I hear is static buzz
And it’s all echoing through my bedroom wall

Cover me in flies
They’re breaking through the door
That’ll show the garbage man
What everyone else is always so bitter for

So should I ask ? Are you home?

I can’t keep anything down
All I hear is static buzz
And it’s all echoing through my bedroom wall

Paul Luc – Idol lyrics

I turn the television on
To hear those songbirds carry on
I tune into that drab recital
They’d claimed I’d find a brand new idol
It felt like something good was dying
Oh, something good was dying
She sang a ledgendary song
With something desperately wrong
There were fourteen-thousand notes inside
A space where four plain notes should reside
It felt like mastur~bation on the TV station
Oh, it felt like something good was dying
Oh, something good was dying
Asked about the music she was raised upon
Was it Paul, George, Ringo Starr, and John?
With her mini-skirt and her bashful eyes
Claimed she’d never heard of those four guys
She’d been singin’, “Hey Jude don’t make it bad.”
And now my whole world was sad.
Oh, it felt like something good was dying
Oh, something good was…
So I jumped into my car to drive
I flicked the radio alive
And I heard another shallow song
I turned the dial, that same song was on
Every station; It felt like indoctrination
Like no one’s even trying
Oh, it felt like something good was dy~ing

Saba – BROKEN GIRLS lyrics

[Intro]
I’m in love with broken

[Chorus]
I’m in love with broken girls, girls, girls
Hey girl, girl, girl, girl
I’m in love with broken girls, girls, girls
Girls, girls, girls, hey girl

[Verse 1]
Really I’m broke myself, and I think she might help
Really I love a story, and I think she might tell
Really I’m not your crutch, really you not my girl
Really she usin’ me, but it’s cool, we use each oth’
I’m in love with contemplatin’ ’bout the pressure
Conversations ’bout depression
Confrontation cause we care too much about each other
We know it ain’t permanent but temporary
Releasin’ your Issa Rae, insecure
Collect them like Pikachu, Venusaur
We go ’til you done or my penis sore
Sleep with the TV on then we don’t speak no more
And I know when I’m with you, or maybe when you’re with me
Even if I don’t feel a thing, for a second I feel complete
I still’ll keep ya in my back pocket
I know that I’m not shit, I know that it’s toxic
I know that a part lives, that is where your heart is

[Chorus]
I’m in love with broken girls, girls, girls
Hey girl, girl, girl, girl
I’m in love with broken girls, girls, girls
Girls, girls, girls, hey girl

[Verse 2]
Tread light like broken glass, really I’m not my past
Really I snatched your soul, really that’s not to brag
Really when I’m alone, really I’m not to have
Really I know you’re empty but I think I can fill your glass
Fantasizin’ all your problems
I wanted you more since I found out you heartless
Harborin’ feelins’ for niggas who hurt you
Know you on the surface but not on a personal level
I play the game of hearts
Missin’ piece, we ain’t apart
Depend on me until I’m bored
I return your heart as quick I return your call
Tables turn quicker cause after a weekend I miss ya
I don’t want you but I’m conflicted
I know that back and forth yo-yo shit over with
But you gon’ take me back, I’m gon’ convince ya
Pain ain’t never looked so temptin’
Lonely never looked so distant, we just gon’ ignore the tension
You know we both not shit, I know that shit toxic

[Chorus]
I’m in love with broken girls, girls, girls
Hey girl, girl, girl, girl
I’m in love with broken girls, girls, girls
Girls, girls, girls, hey girl

[Verse 3]
This whole time, been obsessed, being sad
She was my, quick escape, made me forget
Hear her speak, see her weak, made me feel big
Crowned me, she downed me, treat me like shit
Second time, round two, what I learn?
She weren’t mine, that weren’t love, I weren’t hers
I’m not hurt, anymore, took some time
Found a girl, now I’m hers, and she mine
And she make me, feel whole, heal me
And it’s, mutual, and we still in love

[Outro]
Can’t you care for?
Can’t you care? Can’t you care?
Can’t you care for?
Can’t you care? Can’t you care?
Can’t you care? Can’t you care?
Can’t you care? Can’t you care?
Can’t you care? Can’t you care?
Can’t you care? Can’t you care?

070 Shake – Rewind lyrics

(feat. Lil Yachty)

[Verse 1: Lil Yachty]
You know you was wrong
And you know you fucked up when you left me
And you know that I’m headed so high
Your new guy, your new guy is going so down
Your new guy, you can’t bring around me
You can’t bring around us
Cause if you do, you found me
You know you was wrong
That’s why when you see me on your new TV
You change the channel
Cause you know you was wrong
And now you know that I’m gone
Oh, I’m gone, I’m so gone
And you wish
Oh yeah, you wish that you could return the time
You wish you could rewind
You wish you could rewind my mind

[Verse 2: 070 Shake]
My crew is so fucked up
Take it in and get your doses up
If they ask you, you don’t know of us
And they’ll go, they’ll go so hard for you
Pitty-pitty-pitty
She been asking why all around the city
Don’t be asking why, I ain’t even kidding
You know what you’ve done
Giving me your back cause I dont like the front
Now you got some offers I don’t need none
You wish, you wish you could rewind the time
LA come all of the lights
Smoke it all up til we dry
We become vamps in the night
Vamps in the night

Dan Bull – Fallout 76 Rap Song Lyrics

{Whistling}

[Verse 1]
The night before the morning after
What life was like before the blast?
I’m sure I couldn’t recall or tell you now
What good’s a fallen past?
Life inside these walls is all I have
And all I seem to know
But we need fresh water flowing
For the seed to grow
I’ve been in this vault for twenty years
And witnessed the fall of as many peers
But there aren’t any enemies here
Except the lack of fresh frontiers
And since the bomb hit
I’ve been sitting in
Living in this little hovel
As a model citizen
With everything
To keep me alive
But not to keep me living life
Sick of being inside
I’d give my TV to see the other side
There’s a new world to behold
So open an ice old Nuka-cola
Stroll on through the smouldering ruins
Wiser now you’re clued up, older
Life will knock you to the floor
The rifle stock will bruise your shoulder
But beauty still finds refuge
In the eye of the beholder
We’re the sole hope
To keep our people’s home from defeat
With our control vault complete
We hit CTRL ALT DELETE
Reset the whole of humanity’s travels
Unravel the rope that is holding us back
‘Cause now that the commies and anarchists
Aren’t in the plan
We can finally follow the path
Come up from below deck
Of the vault-tec ship
It’s all wrecked
And behold breadth never told
Trek through a whole sector
Of old America
Feel old yet?
You will when you feel the cold breath
On your bald flesh
On your cold neck
In a cold sweat
Feel the rush there isn’t any gold left
Oh heck
This wasn’t in the control test
I guess it’s time to settle old debts
So get ready for more heavenly hits
From me
The Soldier of 76

[Chorus]
I don’t want to set the world on fire
I just want to start a flame in your heart

I don’t want to set the world on fire
I just want to start a flame in your heart

I don’t want to set the world on fire
I just want to start a flame in your heart

Heart~

The Internet – Come Over Lyrics

Hello
Hey
You at home right now? (x2)
Nah, not yet
Hit me up when you get home
Call me when you get home
Like 15 minutes
You busy later?
Just keep me posted
I’ll probably be at home honestly
Call me (x3)

Know you wrong
But ‘sho you right
Home alone
For the night
I can turn you on
With my dirty mind
Say I won’t
Worth a try
Puppy love
Butterflies

Made you blush
You made me smile
What you want
Baby you decide
Why we grown
Wasting time

You’re beautiful babe
You’re really something
Stylin’ I gotta say
T-shirt designer jeans
You got me open
Filled with emotion
Living in ecstacy
Just want you next to me
I’ll bring the champagne
Don’t turn me down babe
We can play simon says
Or watch TV in bed
Wake with the sunrise
Sleep in it’s alright
Ain’t even gotta sex

Mmm but, I know what you like
Baby
Can I come over, come over
You’re wasting your time
Baby

If you just let me come over babe
If you just let me come over babe

Know you wrong
But ‘sho you right
Home alone
For the night
I can turn you on
With my dirty mind
Say I won’t
Worth a try
Puppy love
Butterflies
Made you blush
You made me smile
What you want
Baby you decide
Why we grown
Wasting time

Steve
If you just let me come over babe
If you just let me come over babe

Know you wrong
But ‘sho you right
Home alone
For the night
I can turn you on
With my dirty mind
Say I won’t
Worth a try
Puppy love
Butterflies
Made you blush
You made me smile
What you want
Baby you decide
Why we grown
Wasting time

(DIAMOND RANG$)
Aye yo you call yourself being rude to me?
Fuck you too you lil…
You lil broke, yo-

These bitches want diamond rings
Birk bags and other bling
I just don’t feel the same
Vanity’s not my thang

These bitches want diamond rings
These bitches want diamond rings

Jain – Hope lyrics

J-A-I-N
J-A-I-N

Uh-ah Uh-ah

[Chorus]
Try to keep up around
Try to keep up in a road
Try to make it better, better together
Try to keep up around
Try to keep up in a road
Try to make it better, better together
Try to keep up around
Try to keep up in a road
Try to make it better, better together
Try to keep up around
Try to keep up in a road
Try to make it better, better together

[Verse 1]
Every day, every time
There’s a street and here we are
We are people make the world how it’s going down
So we walked into your lives
No one look deep in the eyes
Except you, take my smile
That’s the only thing I have

[Pre-Chorus]
Hope you’re fine
Hope you’re great
Hope you’re not alone in this town
Hope you have good friend to talk
Hope you will soon find a job
Now you smile right back at me
You see that is what I need

Loving, hoping get for free
I’m gonna need it
I’m gonna use it
I’m gonna need it
I’m gonna use it

[Chorus]
Try to keep up around
Try to keep up in a road
Try to make it better, better together
Try to keep up around
Try to keep up in a road
Try to make it better, better together
Try to keep up around
Try to keep up in a road
Try to make it better, better together
Try to keep up around
Try to keep up in a road
Try to make it better, better together

[Verse 2]
You have dreams, too many in a depress of society
For my hair, far to rare stuff
Stop watching TV
I’ll go outside, I’ll walk some more
To see what is next to me
And I saw you and then I knew
How your smile can give some peace

[Pre-Chorus]
Hope you love
Hope you’re strong
Hope you will not get it wrong
Stop your bullshit, then make freak
Love is hard but it’s unique

I’m gonna need it
I’m gonna use it
I’m gonna need it
Yeah, I’m gonna use it

[Chorus]
Try to keep up around
Try to keep up in a road
Try to make it better, better together
Try to keep up around
Try to keep up in a road
Try to make it better, better together
Try to keep up around
Try to keep up in a road
Try to make it better, better together
Try to keep up around
Try to keep up in a road
Try to make it better, better together

Daniel Caesar – Take Me Away lyrics

(feat. Syd of The Internet)

[Verse 1: Daniel Caesar]
Now it’s time to sit back and enjoy creation
See what Jah has done
Every time she tops me off, it’s celebration, yeah
What has life become?
And we don’t talk too much
Could this be a strange new love I’ve got
Plus she’s always got that loud pack
Inspiration for this soundtrack
Every time she throws that ass back, all she says is

[Chorus: Daniel Caesar]
Take me away
Take me away
Take me away
Take me away

[Verse 2: Daniel Caesar]
Every time I go inside of your protected
Place with reverence
I’m reminded of a time I was neglected
It seems you’re heaven sent
She loves to top me off
She’s cut from the finest cloth, my love
Plus, we like to take it easy
All she wants to do is please me
Every time I’m on that TV, calls me up, says

[Chorus: Daniel Caesar & Syd]
Take me away
Take me away
Take me away (Won’t you please take me away baby, ‘way baby)
(Won’t you please take me away)
Take me away (I like the way you say my name baby, name baby)
(Won’t you please take me away)
Take me away
Take me away

[Outro: Syd]
Wherever you go, just take me, take me, take me
Would you take me, baby
Take (Take me away)
Want you take me away, take me away (Take me)
Take me away, take me away
If it’s the last thing
Want you to take me away, take me away (Take me)
Take me away, take me away
Take me

blackbear – i hope your whole life sux lyrics

[Intro]
​beartrap, yeah

[Verse 1]
Sittin’, thinkin’ slow
I’m all alone in my hotel, I think it’s Albuquerque
I forgot what day it is, you fuckin’ hurt me
I don’t know, I’m flyin’ girls around the world to validate myself
I think it’s funny, yo
Lololol’s the only L’s I’m takin’ shots at myself, that’s the truth
Close my eyes, this girl I barely knew felt just like you
Instagram be feelin’ like the grocery store, I pick and choose
I got a lot in my account but I ain’t got shit to lose

[Chorus]
The truth
Yeah, is I’ve been up for days on cocaine
The truth
Is I’ve been up for days tryin’ not to think about you
I hope that I’m the reason that you can’t sleep
I hope that your whole life sucks without me
The truth
Is I’ve been up for days thinkin’ ’bout you
I’ve been up for days thinkin’ ’bout you
I’ve been up for days thinkin’ ’bout you

[Verse 2]
Once again, you ain’t made no time for me, ain’t no surprise to me
All my friends are really dead, this ain’t no “XO Llif3” for me
Mama wasn’t ’round that much growin’ up, it’s all good
Rather pay the mortgage than to see my bro in the hood
Daddy saw me on TV, he proud that he adopted me
He called me bugging out ’cause now his radio play “do re mi”
But everybody wants something, he ain’t ask for nothing
Every time I wanted something, he said mow some lawns
“Get a job, have a backup plan B and a C
And have fun in moderation, work harder, ain’t shit for free”

[Chorus]
The truth
Yeah, is I’ve been up for days on cocaine
The truth
Is I’ve been up for days tryin’ not to think about you
I hope that I’m the reason that you can’t sleep
I hope that your whole life sucks without me
The truth
Is I’ve been up for days thinkin’ ’bout you
Is I’ve been up for days thinkin’ ’bout you
Is I’ve been up for days thinkin’ ’bout you

Jessie J – Dopamine lyrics

[NOT FULL]

Open up your eyes now
Turn the TV on and watch the news now
The world is blowing up but we’re liking pictures
The police be gunning up, fuck celebs that distract by beefing
Way up in difference
Oh man, we trippin’
They got us talking ’bout shit we playin’ some mission
Some real, some fiction
Man, fuck the system
They got us tweeting hype, to hide the issue
We’re addicted to the dopamine

Cardi B – With That lyrics

[Hook]
Hundred band, hundred band
I’m ’bout my bread I got to get this shmoney man
They fuck with my shmoney I’m sending them shots I watch them do the running man
I’m with the shits if a nigga want this he gon’ have to buy all of that
I’m with the shits if a nigga want this he gon’ have to buy all of that
He just want to splurge and its ok I’m so cool with that
5 thousand on a purse yeah baby boy I’m so cool with that
Fuck him so good he gonna want to go spend all that
Pussy got him on the jugg he gonna re-up and come right back

[Verse 1]
No I’m not cool, ’cause bitch I’m bool
And I’m been jacking that ever since school
So don’t be a fool
Run up on me got mechanics with tools
And they ain’t scared to lose
They had me on snooze
Now when I host it’s is a zoo
When the host is a zoo
Got me a check I got a check
Feeling so blessed
Doing a lot more than what they expect
I’m in my prime everything in effect
And I’m so cool with that
This hustle not new to that
Sell out these spots got ’em thinking like who did that
This new bitch from the Bronx
The one that you slept on for so long so cool all that, cool all that

[Hook]
Hundred band, hundred band
I’m ’bout my bread I got to get this shmoney man
They fuck with my shmoney I’m sending them shots I watch them do the running man
I’m with the shits if a nigga want this he gon’ have to buy all of that
I’m with the shits if a nigga want this he gon’ have to buy all of that
He just want to splurge and its ok I’m so cool with that
5 thousand on a purse yeah baby boy I’m so cool with that
Fuck him so good he gonna want to go spend all that
Pussy got him on the juug he gon’ re-up and come right back

[Verse 2]
He want to dab in this pussy but I don’t think he get the picture
He ask me what I want I tell him, make me look like Sub-Zero sister
I’m talking that ice, just ignore the price or I might just dismiss ya
Don’t do broke niggas, ain’t no joke nigga ’cause the pussy delicious
Bitches mad at me cause I’m on my shit
I know they doubted me cause I used to strip
Blew on IG on some regular shit, then she to TV on some degular shit
When I pull up on that bitch for talking that shit amnesia kick in and I swear they forget
Then I think to myself they ain’t fuck with my money then I keep it pushing watch out lil’ bitch

[Hook]
Hundred band, hundred band
I’m ’bout my bread I got to get this shmoney man
They fuck with my shmoney I’m sending them shots I watch them do the running man
I’m with the shits if a nigga want this he gon’ have to buy all of that
I’m with the shits if a nigga want this he gon’ have to buy all of that
He just want to splurge and its ok I’m so cool with that
5 thousand on a purse yeah baby boy I’m so cool with that
Fuck him so good he gonna want to go spend all that
Pussy got him on the jugg he gon’ re-up and come right back

Kehlani – How We Do Us lyrics

(feat. Kyle Dion)

[Verse 1: Kyle Dion and Kehlani]
Love shouldn’t be defined
Love is one of a kind
What we do is crazy baby
All the ways you make me feel
The way you do me like that
The way you do me like that
We just understand what nobody else can
[Kehlani]
You know how to put it down
How to pick me up and never cause me stress
Every day’s a rush
You always cracking jokes and always make me blush
I could stand the world if it was just us
Every day you love me so
Never let you go
When I say it’s on you’ll never tell me no
That’s love baby
That’s us baby

[Chorus: Both]
You know ain’t explaining all this love we making
They think that we’re crazy but it’s us
Cause this is how we do us baby
This is how we do us baby

[Verse 2: Kehlani]
Don’t you hate it when they get to asking all them questions ’bout the way we rockin’
Like, we gotta have a separate title or something
Gotta be on TV like the idols or something
Cause baby boy this ain’t no way that I could ever begin to explain
The way we love
The way we trust
The bond we have
It’s just for us
Just for us
Telling me, yeah we’re soul mates
I knew it ever since our very first date yeah
You the truth
I need the whole thing
But I won’t risk putting this love at stake
For a simple explanation to a simple muthafucka
Who really don’t know us
Really don’t wanna
I mean it when I say it, that I only wanna love ya
That other shit is extra
Baby far above it now
I know sometimes I do a little much
I know sometimes you got a little problems with your trust
But that’s love baby
That’s us baby

[Chorus: Both]
You know ain’t explaining all this love we making
They think that we’re crazy but it’s us
Cause this is how we do us baby
This is how we do us baby

[Bridge: Kyle Dion and Kehlani]
[Kyle]
You’re the only one I want and I can never leave your side
You’re always here down to ride
You’re always here and that’s why
I fu-u-u-uck with you
[Kehlani]
Said he fucking with me cause I’m down
He know every single lyric
He at every single show and
Baby that’s why I’m in love with you

[Chorus: Both]
You know ain’t explaining all this love we making
They think that we’re crazy but it’s us
Cause this is how we do us baby

Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert’s Reality Show Coming Next Year


Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert have landed their own reality show and its coming next year.

Teyana already dabbles into acting and gained even more fame for herself when she appeared in Kanye West’s “Fade” video. The cut went viral for her dance moves which she performed in a workout outfit while showing off her killer body. She also got more attention for her appearance at the New York Fashion week during the summer when she rep Philipp Plein.

Now Teyana Taylor and her entire family including husband Iman Shumpert and their daughter will have a chance to be on your TV a lot more often. Deadline reported that the couple signed on to a new deal with VH1 for their very own reality TV show that will be called Teyana & Iman. The first season episodes will cover their life leading up to Teyana Taylor’s big NY Fashion Week debut. The couple says the reason that they signed on for the reality show is to be a positive symbol of black love.

“Not just black love, all love,” Teyana Taylor said. “It is to inspire all love period. There’s nothing more special than showing young folk that you could be in love and married.”

The show will focus mostly on Teyana Taylor and how she balances family and fame but we may also see some footage of Iman Shumpert basketball career and his plans to dabble in hip hop a little.

.@TeyanaTaylor & @ImanShumpert represent Black Love in an all new series. ?? Catch #TeyanaAndIman MONDAY February 19 at 10/9c on VH1! pic.twitter.com/ifitLU7eRX

— VH1 (@VH1) November 14, 2017