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Song of The Year-Boys Will Be Boys by Stella Donnelly

Song of The Year-Boys Will Be Boys by Stella Donnelly

by Dan-O

The debut album by tiny lady Stella Donnelly from Perth Australia has dominated my listening for the last week plus. Album cover is definitely off putting and the subject matter is so tense in its exploration of patriarchal savagery (in both personal and political spheres) I feel her eyes as I listen. What I didn’t expect was the emotional durability and craft in the album.

Beware Of The Dogs could easily have been a precious thoughtful album with high review scores but too tough to listen to, instead, it mood matches marvelously. It jokes and laughs at the problems it presents grooving while taking them to task. The melodies are composed to be sweet and soft as your heart gets broken. Her voice is really special and has layers to it that she uses extraordinarily well for someone on their debut album.

Can I tell you what I love the most about Stella? The writing is the toughest most spellbinding in the world to me. In this song she sings in heartbroken tones “Your father told you you were innocent. Told you women rape themselves.” You cannot misunderstand her songs. Her lyrics are dedicated to clarity while remaining deeply important and thoughtful.

Boys Will Be Boys is a vital spotlight change in the consensual sex conversation. The spotlight always seems to be on the poor young man whose life and reputation are in jeopardy because he was accused of rape and this song helps push our vision to the women who were betrayed and dismissed. None of this album is preachy, none of it sits from a comfortable place expounding upon the right ways to live.

Beware Of The Dogs is dedicated to the real damage patriarchy causes. The damage we always seem to ignore. It is my favorite album of this year because the narrator walked me through it all with kindness and humor while NEVER pulling punches. Stella believed in my ears enough to give me the truth as brutal and complicated as it is. So few have the temerity.

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Song Review-N The Traffic by Droop-E, J Stalin, and Nite Jewel

Song Review-N The Traffic by Droop-E, J Stalin, and Nite Jewel

by Dan-O

The first four times you listen to this song off of Droop-E’s Itunes EP Hungry and Humble you may only be able to focus on the beat. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind. He’s one of the best producers in hip hop today partially responsible for breathing new life into his father E-40’s music when everyone looks for a new direction from the trailblazer. His signature production sound is not merely ratchet. While you can hear the beat smack and bubble and know this is the bay; Droop-E has a masterful knowledge of voices and where they should be. He already released a project where he took Sade samples and weaved them into bangers. This time he takes Nite Jewel (a wonderful Sade-like singer on the label Secretly Canadian) and lets her liquid cool smooth out what he bubbles up. So it pops your trunk while lightly seducing you if that makes sense. Don’t let J. Stalin’s sucking and F_ing crazy talk bother you that’s kind of his thing and he’s great at it. Dude has been releasing largely sexual content (that jams) for years. He drops them for digital purchase not mixtapes which is why I don’t ever spotlight them (they sometimes lose steam part way through).

Droop-E has also gotten much better as a rapper, fully holding songs down by himself at times on Hungry and Humble where he used to need the assistance of posse cut bars. I’m glad he’s putting out material and I’m glad Kendrick gave him a feature on the great Rossi Wine. If you have spotify hit Hungry and Humble up and you’ll find more hypnotizing headnodding production with fun knucklehead lyrics.