LAMI Wants You To Dance

LAMI Wants You To Dance

You don't have to be any good either, it's all love

If you like infectious rhythms, story-driven lyrical content and true musicianship, then you’re going to love the new EP Year In Review by budding USC artist LAMI.

I had the opportunity to sit down with LAMI and delve into his history as a musician; finding out how he works as an artist as well.

With music that makes you want to move your feet, LAMI’s personality is just as inviting. This shines through in his song “Silhouette”. After the vision had been developed by LAMI himself, his manager (Hector Garcia) brought Matthew Carieri onto the team, and they produced a dance centric and fun-loving video that perfectly displays the vibe of the song. Watch it here:

Thanks to a multicultural household, LAMI was able to escape the homogeny that exists in his hometown near San Pedro and Palos Verdes. With his mother hailing from Burundi, a country in eastern Africa, and his father of Liberian and German descent, LAMI had a world of music and inspiration at his fingertips growing up.

These influences led LAMI’s musical knowledge to be that of jazz (his father had a long career in jazz piano), funk, cultural African music, and motown. As LAMI said it himself, he is a musician first. Proving that actions speak louder than words, LAMI’s output of music clearly showcases a talent that has been exposed to many forms of music.

In addition to these world influences, the LA area did help to shape his sound as well; creating a relaxed and “chill” vibe. You could be at a party, family gathering, chilling with friends or enjoying music alone, and LAMI’s sound would always be applicable. That’s no small feat for an artist.

This stems from all of the backgrounds LAMI has. There’s a sense of unity within his music, which is exactly the message he wants to put forth. Focusing on jazz while growing up, when choosing what to study at USC, LAMI made the decision to pursue a degree in the popular music program USC offers. This major allows for the culmination of all of the genres LAMI loves, and relates to the hip-hop/funk sound that he is releasing.

HAVE YOU SEEN HIM LIVE? You should. I attended his performance at the TreeHouse recently, a music venue that holds events hosted by a student run production collective known as La Mala, and it was full of energy and excitement. The interesting part about a LAMI set is that you can never predict it. Thanks to his jazz upbringing and the level of musicianship within his band, usually USC students as well, LAMI is able to create a unique performance for every show. Each song could go into multiple directions as LAMI and the other band members engage in a musical dialogue of riffing, call and response, and whatever else they can think of on the spot.

So who does LAMI listen to? He loves Snarky Puppy, Anderson .Paak, Smino, and greats like Stevie Wonder. However, he draws a lot of his hip-hop inspiration from artists like Chance the Rapper, Kanye, and Kendrick Lamar.

In the coming months, LAMI intends to continue doing shows and has ALREADY begun working on his next musical venture.

This is just the beginning for LAMI, so get ahead of the curve’ll be hearing more from him!

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Lil Yachty's 'Lil Boat 2' May Not Be Enough To Keep Him Afloat

Here's what you need to know about "Lil Boat 2."

On March 9, Lil Yachty dropped his newest album, “Lil Boat 2.” The album consists of 17 songs, most of which were probably better off not being on the album and seriously failed to impress me, despite its early success on iTunes.

In all of the reviews I have ever written, I normally organize it song-by-song, giving feedback to each track. This time, however, I think I can save all of us time on this article by just being completely honest about Lil Yachty’s “Lil Boat 2.”

Most of the songs from 1-10 on the tracklist are NOT worth listening to.

Other than those three, every other song from the top ten songs on the tracklist were absolute garbage.

The beats to the songs weren’t that bad but, overall, it just sounded like Lil Yachty and his features were WAY too high to be in the studio.

Yachty’s flows, bars and rhyme schemes were ALL weak throughout the entire album, and if it weren’t for the final six songs on “Lil Boat 2,” this review would be nothing but bashing Lil Yachty.

From the 12th track on the album, "MICKEY" (ft. Offset, Lil Baby) the album runs through much more smoothly, regardless of how basic those last couple of songs are.

I imagine Lil Yachty’s fanbase consists mostly of teenagers who eat Tide for Internet views and anybody who knows nothing about what a real rapper is.

Seriously. I cannot stress how elementary this album is. If you’re looking for new rap music to listen to, check out Tory Lanez’s album, “MEMORIES DON’T DIE,” or Logic’s “Bobby Tarantino II.”

Both of those albums are so much better than “Lil Boat 2” that they make Yachty look like an amateur — which he is.

Final Score: 5.8/10
Cover Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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Did Draco Malfoy Ever Get The Clout He Deserved?

Yes, he was literally the worst for a majority of the series. But does this one moment make up for it all?

The new trailer for the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” series just dropped and I have a LOT of feelings. Mainly:

With the release of this new trailer, the only natural thing to do is to binge watch the "Harry Potter" series. Now, if you don’t know about "Harry Potter" series, I’m going to assume that you were born literally minutes ago. For those of you who do know what I’m talking about, let’s chat.

Throughout the series, we see some pretty rotten witches, wizards and muggles. The worst being Bellatrix LeStrange, in my opinion.

*Side note: Voldemort killed meticulously and with his own “reasoning” that supported his actions. Bellatrix killed for sport. No reason was necessary to support her choices. Regardless of who I thought was worse, it doesn’t change the fact that they were both 100% assholes.*

Throughout the movie, and even more so throughout the book, we are able to see slight character arcs for a majority of these lesser-evil villains, such as Petunia Dursley, Narcissa Malloy, Snape, and Draco Malfoy.

After Snape, Draco had one of the biggest character arcs in the series. He saved Harry and, ultimately, through his actions, gave Harry one last chance to defeat Voldemort. How? Well, Pottermore explains it best, but to put it simply, he refused to give Harry, Ron, and Hermione up to Bellatrix and the Snatchers.

This moment is so pivotal and apparent in the books, yet on screen, while it’s still a huge moment, it still gets downplayed. The weight of the moment isn’t truly felt and could be taken as more of a mistake on Malfoy’s part. That moment, if not understood correctly, could change many viewers' opinions about Draco's transformation from elitist, bigot, selfish snob to a (slightly) unknowingly ignorant, scared, defeated teen.

Damnit, J.K. Rowling, you’ve done it again. Even after all these years, somehow I still always seem to find something new.

Now let’s talk about how the new movie will allow the Ministry to apparate onto Hogwarts?!

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