Kai Album Review

By :Shanise Lachelle

Now Kais Mmmh was my introduction to his group exo and we all know how I feel about exo. So all the thanks to my guy KAI. BUT it was his single Mmmh that caught my attention and made me curious about lips.

Now I’ll admit I’ve seen some of the bts/exo fan wars, and how everyone was comparing jimin and kai. And how bts stans called kai ugly and exo stans called jimin ugly. And before I branched out into other groups I was appalled that ANYONE could compare kai to THE PARK JIMIN.

Once I came out of my hole and realized there were other amazing kpop groups and bts wasn’t the ONLY one, I was able to fully embrace kai and enjoy his music. Not to mention kai and jimin are good friends, and remind me so much of each other. I literally call them lips and lips part two. And Kais not ugly at all. Can’t believe I used to feed into that fan garbage. I’m sorry kai.

Anyways his solo album is AMAZING!!! Kai is usually shown for his charisma and dancing, And I had no idea he could sing THIS well. His album is full of smooth R&B bops and I was honestly so shook. I’m fully a kai stan now. And there’s no going back. This album totally sold me on him.

Favorites:

1. Amnesia

2.mmmh

3. Hello stranger

Give his album a listen!! You won’t regret it. I’m excited to order the hard copy and to be able to listen to it over and over in my home.

In this house we respect and stan KAI.

Solo JESY?

By: Shanise Lachelle

Now I know said I would completely support solo JESY, but now that she’s actually doing it I don’t know how to feel. It’s feeling a little zayn-ish if I’m honest.

What I got from her letter is that she was completely taking a step back from the spotlight to work on her mental health. But now she’s hinting and posting about music and I’m just confused.

It’s also concerning as the girls aren’t commenting on any of her posts anymore, and before jesy left they always did and always hyped her up. It this split was a mutal thing and they were still good, I feel like they would still be in touch.

Granted jesy wants nothing to do with little mix, so maybe they’re trying to publicly distant themselves from her and support her in private. Either way all of this seems very suspicious and makes me kinda side eye jesy. If she wanted to go solo , that’s all she had to say.

Writing a letter saying you’re leaving to protect your mental health and take a step back from the spotlight, but you’re constantly on social media then working on solo music?

I love jesy and will try and support her but I’ve seen this before. With zayn and camilla. I want her to be happy and successful, but this whole thing just feels messy to me.

What do you think mixers?! This isn’t hate towards jesy, I just wasn’t expecting solo JESY this soon.

The Problem with Little Mix and Blackpink

By :Shanise Lachelle

Little mix is my ULTIMATE Favorite girlgroup of all time!!! I’ve been with them since xfactor when they were just babies with GORGEOUS voices. And Blackpink was the first Kpop group I ever got into and that was all BECAUSE of how much little mix and jade talked about wanting to work with them. And they’re two of the biggest girlbands in the world!! ( It’s a fact, whether you like it or not).

But what kills me is how poor their labels and teams are. For one blackpink have been together since 2016 and only recently just made their first full length album! The thing with Yg and their producer teddy, is they like to make people wait and really anticipate Blackpink. They think the fans will be even hungrier when they finally release something. And although that tatic works every once in a while, it’s not good to do all the time. For one, you loose fans and the public’s interest!! And over in south korea there’s new kpop groups being born every second. Blackpink as talented as they are could easily be replaced. As a fan, the long waiting in between eras and comebacks is BORING and annoying. The girls don’t much as a group, and as soon as their little promo month is over, they go back into their caves. Not separate LATLEY with covid and all, they’ve been doing more solo things to keep the fans happy. (Lisa’s dance movies, being a mentor, jisoo working on her drama, rose solo is coming and jennie has her youtube channel)

But together, they don’t do enough, which causes the fans to be bored and get into useless drama. I believe if Yg held more fan live streams and let them perform more, even if it’s like little acoustic online sets, the girls and fans would be so much happier.

Now little mix, if you’ve followed me for a while you’d know how I feel about their management and team!! They switched labels two years ago and NOTHING has gotten better. Confetti didn’t do as well as it should have and we lost jesy. I honestly don’t think they have more than two more years left if they continue this way. And I just so desperately want them to succeed because they’re so talented , but it’s like at what point are they going to want change like they claim!?

Compared to every other album , honestly confetti is probably their weakest album and the songs feel empty and too short. That’s not to say it’s a bad album( I love it)!! It’s just a thrown together, random, party album with no theme. Little mix doesn’t have a bad album but Confetti definitely falls short and sounds like the album they should have made after Dna.

I really just hope Blackpink and Little mix get it together. Because they could honestly have really long successful careers if they changed a few things, but it doesn’t look like it’s gonna happen anytime soon.

First look at Pretty Savage

By : Shanise Lachelle

Last night on the James Corden show, BlackPink gave us an official first look at their pretty savage performance. As a blink I was SHOOK and so impressed. They’ve already performed Pretty Savage a few times and I loved it each time and it’s also one of my favorite tracks from them. But I was excited to see how big they would do it for their concert this upcoming Sunday,( I’m going!!) And let me just say- THEY KILLED IT AND THEY LOOKED Amazing. I’m pretty late into stanning them, but upon research and looking at those Coachella outfits( was NOT a fan), I was pleasantly surprised to see everyone looking GOOD. Looks like the stylist did their jobs for once. And I may be bias, but miss jennie kim stole the show for me!! Pretty savage is just her moment hunny. And apparently I wasn’t the only one who thought so, she trended not once but TWICE on twitter. All by herself!!! Miss jennie kim did THAT. SHE LOOKED ABSOLUTELY STUNNING . This just made me hype for Sunday and I honestly cannot wait.

Honorable mention : Miss Lisa with the bangs and long hair- HONEY I APPROVE.

FAVORITE kpop Songs at the moment

By: Shanise Lachelle

Here’s my list of favs for the month of January. The songs I’ve been OBSESSED with and listening to nonstop. And of course they’re all Kpop Songs. What can I say? I’ve got good taste

1. Not Shy- itzy

2. How you like that- Blackpink

3. Mmmh -Kai

4. Black Mamba- Aespa

Not only are these bops but the videos are FULL of visuals!!! Western artist’s need to start taking notes.

If you love Asian Culture, you have to love Asian People as well…

By: Shanise Lachelle

Now I’ll be the first to say I’m not the slightest bit racist and I was raised to treat everyone fairly. And I think the majority of decent human beings would say the same. But it hasn’t occurred to me until recently how MUCH ignorance and racism occurs towards the Asian Community . I can talk for years about how being black in America and being a Black Woman period, is an everyday struggle and Everytime it feels like you take 1 giant step forward for black people by breaking the “loud, ghetto, stereotypes” you take 1,000 steps back. It’s an ongoing cycle. But what I’ve noticed about the Asian Community, especially this year with (Covid-19) , is that we’ve all been guilty of being a little ignorant, even if we didn’t mean to. We’ve all made fun of the nail shop women, we’ve all said chinese food is rats and bats, and some of us have made fun of the shape of their eyes. And yes all of that is RACIST. Am I racist? No!, Have I done those things? Yes and of course I’m shamed. Because I wouldn’t want anyone to make black jokes and think it’s funny, when it’s not. Why is it okay for us to constantly bash them ,joking or not, but CONSTANTLY TAKE FROM THEIR CULTURE? We wouldn’t have half of the coolest things if it wasn’t for Asian culture. I’m talking chinese food, kung-fu movies, those same amazing nail shop women hooking out nails up, sushi, sailor moon, and some of the most amazing artists in the world .

When covid happened , Everyone became extremely racist against Asians. Because they didn’t want to catch the” chinese virus”. Which in itself is ignorant, because as soon as they found out about it ,they tried to contain it. And not all Asians are chinese . These people started to loose business in their shops and even asian Uber drives couldn’t get work.

It’s also extremely racist and WEIRD to be OBSESSED with asian culture, especially if you’re not ASIAN. You can appreciate the culture without going overboard and being offensive. Meaning ,if you are gonna wear certain symbols, know the actual meaning. Same goes for tattoos, if you don’t know what it really means, don’t get it tattooed. And DON’T befriend or only date someone because they’re asian then proceeded to only talk to them about karate and sushi etc., I can NOT stress enough how offensive that is and RACIST. and will make them highly uncomfortable. Not all Asians like karate or eat sushi, just like not all black people like fried chicken and watermelon.( I HATE watermelon). Just be considerate and be NORMAL. Don’t be creepy.

Before I got into Bts and K-pop, I was one of THOSE people who bashed it . Not ruthlessly, but I didn’t get it. I didn’t understand the hype around the “pasty Asians”, ( trust me I cringe now when I think about it). It wasn’t until I took all the underlining xenophobic thoughts out of my head ,was I able to fully enjoy a whole new genre of music and TALENT. Because oh man, Asian artist’s are just on a whole different level ENTIRELY. But I think that goes for the entire of Asia. They just seem to be living in future. Back to the point , I’m now made fun of for liking Bts and Those “Asians”. And people are constantly telling me they ” DON’T GET IT” and asking me”you really like Asians?”or just recently I said I wouldn’t mind dating an Asian guy/girl and my coworker said” okay where do they hang out at?” , as if they’re entirely a different species. Whether you know it or not, you contribute to xenophobia when you say things like that, even if you don’t necessarily mean it that way. Asians are people too. Hate to break it to you, but they bleed blood, poop out of their bum holes and walk around on like normal people just like Americans. This could also be the reason why alot of them are not fond of foreigners and americans and trust me I get it. But I think americans as a whole need to do better. You are HUMANS first and americans next. You can’t love a entire culture but hate the community it comes from and treat them like shit. ( Much how people hate black people but CONSTANTLY steal from black culture). This is not coming from a korea-boo ( I don’t want to move to korea) , or a weeaboo( I don’t watch anime). This is coming from a human who’s made alot of those same mistakes but has learned from them and grown to love and appreciate the Asian culture. I’m writing this to say, if you love Asian culture, you have to love Asian people as well. You can NOT have one without the other.

Ps. It is not lost on me how the industry treats Asians as well. We rarely get any all asian cast films, or tv shows and the Asian artist’s get treated like crap when they come to America and not taken seriously. And They rarely get nominated for big awards( grammys, oscars). America as a whole is extremely XENOPHOBIC AND THAT NEEDS TO END ASAP!!

The Craft is finally here.

The Craft REBOOT OR REMAKE…I’m not quite sure which, but it’s finally here! Well the poster and trailer that it is. It seems to be trying to do something a bit different than the original while copying the original story line. So I’m honestly a bit confused on how it will play out. First impressions from the poster, I was HYPED. first impressions from the trailer, I’m big worried. It does look decent and the acting seems fine, it’s just when they’re showing the girls using magic it looks a little *disney* to me and cringe. I know sometimes trailers suck and don’t do the movie Justice. So I’ll hold out until I can actually watch the entire film to judge. I’m still excited for it, and of course it can’t replace or beat the original. But maybe it’s not trying to and it’s continuing the legacy, hence the movie name. They do make a few references to the original, so I’m very curious to see how it all plays out. You know the plot already, new lonely cute (white) girl moves to town and befriends a bunch of other lonely cute girls. I will say I like the little diversity we got going on this reboot. We have a CHOCOLATE black actress, a trans actress, a Jewish actress and then our white lead. I’m a fan of the actresses by themselves, so I’m also curious to see their on-screen chemistry. I also LOVE that it’s being released during October and just in time for the best Holiday ever-Halloween. It already gets points from me for that. Guess we will just have to wait until October 28 to see if it flops or it’s a Bop. I’m sure I’ll enjoy it either way. Are you down for the remake or over remakes ?! Let me know down below.

Steady are we READY?!?

Listen…. I have such small but high hopes. My girls are talented… So talented. But the lack of promo and decent videos of the last two singles has got me a little worried. Will the album be Amazingg?! I’m sure, if it’s one thing little mix does well every single time.. it’s produce an amazing album!!! They give us visuals with the album artwork and they always deliver VOCALS. IM just worried about the roll out of promo, since that’s their weak spot. At the moment they’ve been doing more promo for their new tv show and the album had kinda taken the backseat. Am I excited!? Yes, am I also super nervous? Yes! Do I even care about the new tv show!? Not really, but it’s a boss move and it’s good promo. They’ve recently filmed ANOTHER video for another single… And PERRIE has been hyping it up.. but they also hyped up holiday. And although the song was great, the video and promo was lackluster. Not to mention we had to wait a whole month for the video. I’m trying to refrain from doing to many reviews until the actual album comes out. So we will see with this new single+video. Fingers crossed little mix finally get it right.

BTS

Maybe I’ve been living under a rock or maybe I was just ignoring all the glory that is BTS. I think the toxic part of their fandom and the hysteria turned me off to be honest. And I ran as fast as I could from BTS. I didn’t want a repeat of my one direction days. But alas after hearing dynamite (watching the video and becoming CURIOUS), I’ve become a full blown fan within a month. I don’t know how it happened… Or when it happened or WHY it happened. But I’m now a bts stan and LOVING EVERY BIT OF IT. I WAS A BIT overwhelmed at first trying to catch up on 7 years worth of interviews, music videos and albums.( I’m still not caught up). These guys are truly the whole entire package and I’m not even the slightest bit KIDDING. Their dance routines ALONE are super intricate and complex. And every time they perform THEY BASICALLY TURN IT INTO A BTS CONCERT. THEY ARE INSANE. not to mention they have vocals to match their dance skills ANDDDD they have a rap line. Who are absolutely ridiculous in their own right. Them being cute just puts the icing on the cake of their massive talent. And they happen to be extremely humble about all of their success. Which you don’t see often , especially with stars that young‼️ they aren’t flashy and for the most part stay out of the tabloids . I could go on and on about how talented they are,and how HARD THEY WORK, but you truly would have to see it for yourself. I see them often being compared to one direction in terms of fandoms and how famous they are, and as a one direction stan I have to tell you… ONE DIRECTION COULD NEVER. THEY CAN’T SIT WITH BTS, THEY CAN’T BREATHE THE SAME AIR AS BTS AND THEY MIGHT AS WELL BE ON ANOTHER PLANET FROM BTS. BTS are truly the group of this generation and in a league all their own!!!! Stop sleeping on them because their fans are mostly teen girls and you’ll be surprised. They have bops on top of bops. Check them out for yourselves!!!!!

They prove that language has no barrier when it comes to great music!!!!