You’re both carrying the torch as the leaders of the new generation. How do you define musical genius?
KENDRICK: Somebody that don’t really have any boundaries, that’s not confined to the traditional structure of a song or traditional sounds. When you listen to “Adorn,” it feels like he’s not even trying to structure a radio joint. He just felt the music, felt the instrumentation and wrote the track.
MIGUEL: Good looks, bro. My favorite artists always took whatever they loved out of music and made it their own. It was their take on it. Kendrick is one of those people where I can hear Ice Cube’s first two albums’ influence. I get the street edge, but then I hear like the poetic player, smoothness, creativity and smart street savvy of Andre on Aquemini. That juxtaposition is what I hear in Kendrick, but it’s his own take. If you listen to my shit, you’re gonna hear Prince, Marvin Gaye, Led Zeppelin or a little bit of the Beatles. That’s where I’m pulling from.
Jermaine catches feelings and a body in his new video featuring Miguel. Jealousy is a muthafucka. Despite the dark imagery, Cole insists, “No R&B singers were harmed during the making of this video”. Save the date: Born Sinner drops June 25
Talib Kweli charms his way with the ladies on his new ballad featuring Miguel. This is off his forthcoming album Prisoner Of Conscious dropping on April 23.
Alicia Keys’ “Set The World On Fire” tour stopped at the Barclays Center last night in Brooklyn. During Miguel’s set, he was accompanied by J.Cole for the first live performance of “Power Trip”. Video coming soon.
From war to poverty, Miguel holds his candle to some of the world’s on-going issues in his brand new video. Kaleidascope Dream in stores now.
“It’s so easy to ignore what’s right in front of us sometimes. I wanted to create a song and visual that addressed my everyday concerns of life as I know it in the world that we live in.”
Produced by himself, Jermaine reunites with Miguel for the new single off his sophomore album, Born Sinner. Don’t trip, Power 105 has a rip. Says Jermaine:
“I’ve always wanted to use my voice to shift culture, even if just a millimeter. This song is one of my strongest to date and I look forward to hearing fans reactions.”
Following a series of EPs, Miguel dodges the sophomore jinx with the release of his second studio album, Kaleidoscope Dream. He sets the mood with the modern day classic “Adorn” and inspires more sexual healings on “Don’t Look Back” and “Do You…”. Behind the bedroom doors, he shows his tender side (“Use Me”) but then quickly takes control between the sheets (“Pussy Is Mine”, “How Many Drinks”). Things only get better when he glides over the 808s on “Arch & Point” and uses the Labi Siffre-sample to his advantage on the title track. Sweet dreams.