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Tuesday Reviewsday: Kanye West, Jacque Hammond and Chaka Khan




Vanguard Award winner Kanye West speaks onstage during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles.
Vanguard Award winner Kanye West speaks onstage during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles.
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From classic artists like Kanye West and Chaka Khan, to new voices like Rosie Lowe and Fortunes, Take Two's Tuesday Reviewsday recaps the latest and greatest tracks.

This week's experts are Oliver Wang from Soul-Sides and music supervisor Morgan Rhodes.

Oliver Wang

"Ultra Light Beams" and "I Love Kanye," by Kanye West on The Life of Pablo
Who knows if this album is “finished” yet or not…it still only seems to exist as a stream on Tidal. Welcome to the new form of the album. Still, some great material on here, especially this first song off the “album.”

"Buckshot," by Macklemore feat. KRS-One on This Unruly Mess I've Made
For all the (justified) heat Macklemore took for “White Privilege 2,” “Buckshot” seems like a follow-up track designed to remind folks that 1) he doesn’t just make awkward, navel-gazing social justice songs and 2) he can flow pretty nicely when he wants to. Just in case he needs to burnish his cred, he brings on KRS-One and enlists DJ Premier for the scratches. 

"I Love Myself," by Chaka Khan (single only)
First of all, I love that the song loops up some of the hums off of Donald Byrd’s classic version of “Cristo Redentor”. Second, it’s Chaka Khan. Third, it’s a song meant to combat bullying and proceeds go to domestic violence charities. Fourth, did I mention it’s by Chaka Khan? 

Morgan Rhodes

"Angel," by Fortunes on Jacket EP
Australia is quickly becoming a home/hub for underground future soul.  Melbourne Australia's Fortunes is the latest act.

"Control" and "For You," by Rosie Lowe on Control
Rosie Lowe said on the day her album was released that she felt a "huge mixture of emotions."  The album itself, is a huge mixture of emotions and themes - friendship, love, insecurity.  She describes the album as her therapy.

From Martin Parks to Black Fantastic to solo artist, Midwesterner Jacque Hammond has evolved sonically into acoustic soul-land, where introspection is the order of the day.