Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea – “Problem” Apr29

Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”...

Damn Idolator and Pitchfork already beat me to punch. That ubiquitous saxophone bleat is making a comeback here and here and now here with Ariana Grande’s monster hit. Shit the track just dropped on Sunday night during the Radio Disney Music Awards. I’m pretty sure that screaming girls at a teen-oriented award show presents a highly bias opinion, but even in a vacuum this track is a bio-engineered hit. Trap-lite. Rapper of the moment: Iggy Azalea (who I assumed replaced Big Sean who is relegated to hook whispering duty…the check still clears). But Ariana glides through “Problem” like young Mariah. You know she can sing stronger and higher, but this is dance-pop. Coast through and save the pipes for a real torch song....

Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX – “Fancy” Mar06

Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX – “Fancy”...

This is how I learned about the new video from Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX via normal ass vanilla Twitter. Iggy Azalea honors "Clueless" with new music video: https://t.co/dPEHn988Hr (best if watched on mute) — Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) March 4, 2014 …followed by this Iggy Azalea making her music video out of scenes from Clueless is my favorite thing ever: http://t.co/MgBajo5erx (via @Olivianuzzi) #90s — Amy K. Nelson (@AmyKNelson) March 4, 2014 These are my thoughts while listening to the song. I tried to not watch the shameless Clueless callback. My notes as punctuation and capitalization optional. “First things first, I’m the realest.” If you have to tell me, you ain’t that. female French Montana rooftop like we bringing ’88 back – Nas homage or bite? Charli XCX’s voice is a shrill counterpoint to Iggy Azalea’s contralto rapping voice Shrill has a bad connotation. I can’t think of a better word for Charli. Her voice just cuts through the jerk beat. And I really like Charli XCX as an artist. Iggy Azalea is the best white girl rapper Charli XCX has worked with so far. I hate the beat drop threat of “Tipsy” in the first verse. Chingy’s career should stay dead and buried. (Jacked from MTV Buzzworthy…go there for more animated...