SOTD: “Tous Les Memes” by Stromae

This song is really something special and what makes it special is the video.

First, I came across the artist Stromae at my job. I work with children and recently they have created several classes dedicated to this arts. One of the classes is dedicated to music. Two different teachers, with one of them being this Simpson-esque looking guy that plays the guitar. Anywho, he was exposing the kids to new music. He played this song called “papaoutai” by this artist named Stromae. Nevermind the song was in French, I felt the emotion of the song but I really was interested in the artist. I can feel his emotion based on how he rapped and I thought it was the most creative I had heard in a while. So I went on YouTube and listened to his other music.

I love this video. For the fact of how artistic and beautiful it was. Stromae is an incredible dancer and he makes it a point to show it off in all of his videos. I love the concept of the video too; Stromae portraying the player type and the girl who is constantly being hurt and pretending to leave. Despite not knowing French, I feel like through his voice and the way he chooses to express his videos I really understand what he is saying. To me this is an genius example of how music crosses all barriers and can reach all of us in some type of way.

So listen & enjoy!

SOTD: “The Worst” by Jhene Aiko

I am not the biggest Jhene Aiko fan but I recognize greatness when greatness is present. The first time I heard “The Worst” I thought it was very clever of her to remix some Jay-Z and her revision of what seemed to be “From Time” by Drake. I hadn’t really listened to the lyrics much but I knew it was the song every one was listening to and talking about.

At the end of May, I attended a concert here in Rochester with musical guests Future, Jhene Aiko and Rico Love. I had already seen Jhene in concert before but it was way before “The Worst” even came out. Jhene comes out, performs some other songs and ends with “The Worst”. That was the first time I chose to listen to the words. And boy, did they hit me. I had recently been going through some boy drama and the words of the song literally to everything I felt. This song became my life within the next few weeks. I started walking around saying “Don’t take this personal, you ain’t shit, you weren’t special till I made you so, better act like you know” just like Jhene in the song. The words are really the reason why I love this song!

So listen & enjoy!