BK…Bridget Kelly

Bridget Kelly

During early February of 2009, I was a concertgoer at Jay-Z’s The BluePrint 3 Tour stop in Greensboro, NC.  Jay-Z is on stage performing one of his huge hits at the time, “Empire State of Mind” with this girl who comes out and everyone starts screaming and going crazy because we thought it was Alicia Keys, but it was some unknown singer named Bridget Kelly. Who is Bridget Kelly??

Bridget Kelly who is often referred to as BK, signed to Roc Nation in 2008 to her first major recording and publishing deal. Bridget honed her performance skills early in her career, having toured with JAY Z (Blueprint 3 Tour), Estelle (BET Music Matters Tour), and performing at this year’s Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. She also released a remix to singer Miguel’s song “Quickie” that garnered her some attention in September 2011. During October of 2011, BK also released her eight song EP, “Every Girl”. The EP contained the stand out single “Thinking About Forever.”  BK can also add to her list of accolades, Grammy winner. She is a Grammy-award winning songwriter, penning the song “Einstein” from Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger album, which won Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

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“With her debut single, “Special Delivery,” Bridget does just that, delivering honest, heartfelt lyrics, over powerful vocals, singing about the struggle of coming to a crossroads in a relationship and the difficult decision of ending it and moving on.”


Check out her video for “Special Delivery” below:

BK initially sang the song “Thinking About You” (her version was entitled “Thinking About Forever”) that was made famous by singer Frank Ocean.  Frank Ocean initially wrote the song for BK during a studio session with her and Roc Nation producer, Shea Taylor.  According to Bridget, Frank decided that he wanted to take the song back, and ultimately he leaked his demo version of it. Since Frank was a more known artist at the time, his version became more popular and was a hit for him (See the 2nd video below at the 3:17 mark to hear her side of the story)…I think that her version is pretty dope too! It will be included on her upcoming album,”Something Different” along with the singles “Special Delivery” and “Street Dreamin” that features Kendrick Lamar. Bridget Kelly will be an artist to watch in 2014!

BK’s acoustic version of “Thinking About Forever”/”Thinking About You”

Bridget Kelly gives the scoop on the Frank Ocean penned “Thinking About You”/”Thinking About Forever” at the 3:17 mark

Check out the “Every Girl” EP here!!

Sources:
http://www.bridgetkelly.com
Complex Magazine

Can Anyone Stop Kendrick?

Kendrick Lamar. K Dot. King Kendrick.

However you wish to address him, this man is heating up in the hip hop scene. The Compton, CA native who cites major rap icons Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre as two of his biggest influences is making a name for himself with his controversial lyrics and bold personality. Since the release of his mixtape Overly Dedicated in 2010, Lamar’s prominence has skyrocketed.

In 2011, Lamar was included the cover of hip hop magazine XXL’s annual “Top 10 Freshman Class” release. Just over a year later, his debut album with a major record label entitled good kid, m.A.A.d city was released. The project opened with 241,000 copies sold in the first week and has since gone platinum. 

Lamar has been praised as one of hip hop’s more lyrical emcees. Despite his success, however, many fans of the genre had not truly began to take notice of his talent. Lamar’s reputation changed in August 2013 when he was featured on an unreleased track from fellow rapper Big Sean’s upcoming album. Taking the second verse of the record “Control,” Lamar spits one of the most aggressive verses in recent hip hop memory, verbally challenging his peers in the industry. Here is an excerpt:

“…..I’m usually homeboys with the same n-ggas I’m rhymin’ wit
But this is hip hop and them n-ggas should know what time it is
And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale
Pusha T, Meek Millz, A$AP Rocky, Drake
Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller
I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you n-ggas
Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n-ggas
They dont wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you n-ggas…..”

Lamar’s verse sparked a series of responses from other rappers that took offense. But the self-proclaimed King Kendrick didn’t stop there. Recently, at the BET Hip Hop Awards, Lamar brought out more strong words, allegedly attacking rapper Drake and reinforcing his statements from “Control.” Listen to his full verse below:

So what do you think? Does Kendrick have a firm grasp of the hip hop game? Can he be mentioned in conversations with the likes of Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Kanye West, Eminem, and other greats? Or will he meet his match when challenged by his fellow contemporaries. Only time will tell, but hip hop is a competitive game. If Kendrick Lamar accomplished one thing, its that there is now a huge target on his back, with countless hungry emcees aiming for his spot.