I consider Normani’s 2019 ‘Motivation’ possibly the greatest video of all time. As I wrote in a post after first seeing it, it is a “mesmerizing display of grace and athleticism.”
If you choose to read that as code for “Normani is a goddess, and this video depicts her writhing seductively in various states of undress,” that is up to you.
Cardi B made history with ‘Up,’ the song currently at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100.
When the track hit #1 earlier this year, it made her the first female rapper in history to score two solo #1 hits. The first, of course, was her breakout ‘Bodak Yellow.’ Whatever you think of her music (and I don’t think much of it), you have to give her credit for breaking new ground.
Cardi B shows up again in Billboard’s #2 spot, in support of Maroon 5 on the song ‘Girl Like You.’ Maroon 5 is such a consistent hit machine at this point it’s almost silly. No other band churns out hooky pop tunes like this one. They have had 29 songs on the Hot 100, 14 in the Top Ten and three at #1.
‘Girls Like You’ is a good song but an even better video. Edited to look like one unbroken take, the video puts Adam Levine in the middle of a room as a succession of notable women appear and disappear behind him. Gal Gadot, Camila Cabello, Ellen DeGeneres, Tiffany Haddish, Aly Raisman and on and on. Here’s a list of all 26 women in the order they appear.
‘Despacito’ was the undisputed Song of the Summer last year. Could Cardi B’s ‘I Like It’ be the second track sung primarily in Spanish to claim that title?
It’s a catchy multi-cultural hodge-podge, with a “trap salsa” beat, a prominent sample of a 60s boogaloo song and rapped verses by Cardi along with Puerto Rico’s Bad Bunny and Colombia’s J Balvin.
Cardi B makes another appearance in the eighth spot of Billboard’s Hot 100, lending a verse to the track ‘No Limit’ by G-Eazy. A$AP Rocky shows up on the chorus as well.
G-Eazy is the third male rapper in the top ten so far, and the third white guy. I guess I haven’t been paying enough attention to the rap scene, and apparently the days when Eminem was the only legit white rapper are long gone.