In the nearly 6 minute track, Nicki Minaj refers to herself as the "female Jay," and we have to admit, it's pretty accurate these days. With every hit she churns out, she continues to strengthen her fan base and increase her icon status. This surprise track has us pretty excited for -- dare we hope-- a new album soon? In the meantime, listen to her freestyle above.
"Dear Me, hold on to what you've got / Things are gonna change / But change is better than you thought." - Dear Me, Eric Hutchinson
Eric Hutchinson couldn't have opened up his new album with a truer song- change has come his way, and it manifests itself in the best way possible on Easy Street.
This record takes Eric back to his indie roots, parting from both his long-time manager and label. It's a massive challenge to self-fund, produce and work out distribution details plus, you know, write all the lyrics and music to an entire album. It is not, in fact, an easy street.
Pair that with the fact that while Eric was creating the record, he was waiting on test results to confirm whether or not he had inherited Muscular Dystrophy and struggling with low-grade depression. (Read his essay on it here. Perhaps bring a few tissues.)
Yet Eric is like a phoenix, rising from the ashes of all his challenges to create yet another incredibly well-written album that makes you self-reflect, relate and...dance. The album is not a singular emotion or thought- it's a complex layering of pain, hope and maturation.
Eric will also be on tour this fall in support of the new album. (L.A., he's coming here!) Check out tour dates here.