Have you guys been enjoying the playlist? I hope so! Let's get right onto the review...
Forever by Justin Bieber (featuring Post Malone and Clever): Okay, wait. Have you ever heard such distinctive instrumentation on any song? Seriously?! And then Clever's voice. Oh, my heart. Clever's voice is like thick honey dripping off a honey comb 🍯 and you just want to say: yummy (yes, I went there 😆).
Feel Me by Selena Gomez :Did I think about the Justin-Selena drama before I placed this song right after Justin's? Yes. Do I have opinions on the Justin-Selena drama? Yep, and maybe I will share them with you guys if you are nice to me 🤪. Outside the drama, the beauty of this song is undeniable. Since Selena started working with Julia Michaels, the quality of her lyrics have been top-notch. I mean, really? If this song is truly about Justin (which I don't think is any of our business, honestly), then it's true what they say: hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
Jore by Adekunle Gold, Kizz Daniel: Okay, who doesn't love this song? It was like this beat was made for Kizz Daniel's voice. I can't lie: I am not really a fan of Kizz Daniel, but you cannot deny his artistry. His voice is like melted butter on a pancake 🥞.It just goes, you know? And yes, before the AG babies come for me, I know that the song is actually Adekunle Gold's song. Although Kizz Daniel "makes" this song for me, you can see AG's artistry all over the song like expensive perfume.
Zion by Efe Oraka, M.I. Abaga: This song is so deep--the water well attached to the pumping machine in my backyard seems shallow in comparison. I wasn't sure whether Efe was talking about God or a lover. You almost get the sense that she is referring to both, in a way. She weaves the metaphors together so seamlessly that you seem to understand that she is comparing her lover's treatment to how the Lord treats her/His own. It's not the same, and she is baffled by that. In the chorus, over and over, she wonders, "why are you lying?" It's almost like you can hear what she is not saying: "This is not what love looks like. This is not what the Lord's love looks like, so why are you lying, why are you rejecting me?"
Show Love by Harper Still, Jamie Grace, Morgan Harper Nichols: I love, love, love, love Morgan Harper Nichols' voice. It just does stuff to my emotions. Plus, I am always game to listen to any Jamie Grace song - she is a beast with the lyrics and instrumentation. Can I just say that MHN and JG killed this? Yes, ma'am, they did.
Alive by Dami Oniru: Auntiedammy, dammy. E ku ise ma. There is this irreproducible quality in Dami's voice that makes you just want to stop and listen. You know? And the message in this song just about blows you out of your chair when you get that she is re-enacting a conversation between her and the Lord. 🤯
Like You by Gospel Hydration, Limoblaze, TBabz: Okay, okay. Y'all know, Limo baby is my baby (not to quote Jore or anything, hehe). But this song is so groovy, so vibe-y. How can you not like it? As always, when you sing with/for the Lord, it just hits different. And of course, TBabz with the adlibs. Well done sir.
Intentions by Justin Bieber, Quavo: I think this song speaks for itself. I mean, how can you NOT love Justin?!
Famous For (I Believe) by Tauren Wells, Jenn Johnson:This song always hits when it comes on. I almost cannot put into words how this song helps put life in perspective when you hear it. You realize that, yeah, God has been God before I was born. He has taken care of thousands of people before me and He is famous for that. He can do it for me, too. It's pretty cool.
Anyone by Demi Lovato (Clean version): I think, in one way or another, all of us can relate to the sentiments that Demi portrays in this song. I think it sucks especially when you have so many people around, like she does, and it seems that no one cares. I think it sucks even more when you then, as a last resort, pray to whoever is listening and you still don't feel heard. This story, I think, is so beautiful because you can see how, in real life, the Lord saves her from dying of an overdose. I have felt this a despondency akin to this before and I can tell you, the Lord has always shown up for me!