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Underrated Artist Series: Tanerélle

Have you ever been on a trip to outer space? If not, listen to Tanerélle and have the same experience.

Tanerélle is an artist from Atlanta, Georgia and she is an actress and singer/songwriter. Her music is very intimate, taking her listeners on a journey through the ups and downs of love, sex, and self image. 

Her virtual concert, “Mama Saturn’s Virtual Concert,” has over 3.3 million views on YouTube. And rightfully so. Her music should be considered a type of hypnosis, and this paired with the simple yet well thought out visual cues (lighting and colors), it’s hard to look away. She’s not a drug, but her music will definitely give you a high.

Tanerélle not only has a strong voice, but a powerful aura and is definitely someone to look out for in the R and B genre. Check out her virtual concert below.

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The Underrated Artist Series: Victoria Monét

Victoria Monét is one of the most talented artists in the music industry. Not only does she have her own repertoire of music, with 4 E.P.s and an album out, she also has numerous writing credits for some of the biggest names in music. She’s worked with Nas, Fifth Harmony, Blackpink, and Selena Gomez just to name a few. She’s known for writing various songs with Ariana Grande like 7 Rings and Thank You Next. I’ve been a big fan of Victoria Monét for a while now, and wanted to share some of my favorite songs of hers with ya’ll.

First off, if you go to Victoria Monét’s twitter, her bio says, “Take a rainforest, throw glitter all over it and add ambient twerking! Das me,” and I couldn’t agree more. Her music is calming, yet so full of energy. Dark and moody, but full of bright accents of word play. Her music is full of antithesis. She puts opposite melodies together and makes them sound like they were meant to be. Prepare yourselves before listening, because I truly wasn’t ready for the magic that was about to play through my headphones.

Which brings me to the first song: 

  1. Ready

This beat gives me 90s vibes and makes me think of Destiny’s Child or Aaliyah. The lyrics are really top notch in this one. Instead of talking about what we, the listeners, may want to see in a partner, she says “Be everything you’d want to see in him, it’s only right,” which may make a few folks feel called out. But don’t worry. She’s on our side. Monét is simply stating that love within transfers to love with..out. She turns the usual “looking for love” storyline that you hear in most songs (The girl singing about what she wants or doesn’t want in a guy) on its head and talks about how she needs to focus on herself to be ready for the right one when they come along. 

  1. Moment

This song is a showstopper. The little sting of violins at second 23 gives me Motown vibes. The steady bass. The build up and then drop at the chorus. This song really lives up to its title because it truly is a moment in time. Also the music video? Cinematic masterpiece.

  1. Ass Like That

This is the most peaceful song about ass that I have ever heard in my life. The beat, how the drums are slightly lagging, it’s impossible not to nod your head to. Then she compares her butt to a plant that you have to water so that it grows. Genius. This is all just in the first 30 seconds. Then the horns come in in the chorus like a beautiful renegade. Please listen to this song.

  1. Go There With You

Monét loves to combine aspects of old school R&B with new school, and this song is a perfect example of that. The beginning gives you dirty guitar and bass, makes you want to make a stank face. Reminds me of Marvin Gaye. But the way that her voice floats over the beat in kind of a modern trap rhythmic sense? It’s a beautiful combination of old and new that works perfectly. 

Honorable Mentions:

Dive

New Love

Jaguar

Experience

Have you ever listened to Victoria Monét? What are some songs you think I missed? Who else do you think is an underrated artist?