How Daniel Caesar’s Feeling About the Love and Pressure

 


 

Daniel Caesar seems to be handling pressure well. With success comes expectations. Fans of the smooth singer wonder if he’ll be able to surpass his Freudian album’s gorgeous collection of songs and those in the industry have touted him “Next,” as in the next great R&B singer, the prince that will soon be king. Having so many believe in him is a gift and something to appreciate, sure. But it can also be stifling mentally.

Daniel Caesar | Next?

For Flaunt Magazine, Caesar and I spoke recently about what it means to be that guy and how he’s managing the new attention.

“When I’m in my room with my guitar,” he told me, “that’s definitely when I’m in my safest space.” He doesn’t get to spend much time there anymore.

Give it a read. Coincidentally, NPR just dropped Daniel Tiny Desk performance. Songstress H.E.R., who I’m a big fan of, also makes an appearance. Peep that, too.

Jeremih and the Stuff that Happens ‘Later That Night’

“I don’t want to do ‘Birthday Sex’ forever.”

And that’s the reason Jeremih keeps cranking out the hits. I spoke with him recently for Billboard about his new single “ I Think of You,” which is the lead cut from his next album Later That Night and features Chris Brown and Big Sean.

Jeremih Talks Chris Brown & Big Sean-Assisted Single ‘I Think Of You,’ New Album and Solo Tour

Night, he says, will be the soundtrack for what happens after hitting the club. Crushing a waffles, bacon and grits combo at the diner. The afterparty. Awkwardly waking up in a stranger’s bed. All that and more is the stuff jams are made of.

Check out my Q&A with Jeremih to find out about his plans to tour, how his Chance the Rapper collab album came together and what his pitch to Chris Brown for dance lessons was.

PartyNextDoor Px3 Review for Billboard

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Px3 album cover

 

Here’s the Billboard review I did for Party’s new album. Excerpt below: 

On his latest studio effort PARTYNEXTDOOR3 (P3), Party is picking up where he left off two years ago when he dropped his PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO (the follow-up to his self-titled 2013 mixtape). To say he’s matured would be an overstatement. PND’s remained the same topically, keeping his subject matter acutely focused on his relationships with the opposite sex. He’s three projects in, but a fan probably couldn’t tell you much about his family or political views from his catalog. Thankfully, he continues to do what he does well — lifestyle music with vibes fit for chic, chill nightspots where downtown studs and beauties collide, be it in his native Toronto or Los Angeles.