'Thank U, Next' - Ariana Grande Album Review

'Thank U, Next' - Ariana Grande Album Review

It's her world and we're all just living in it.

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Just a few months after her Sweetener release and Ariana Grande returns with one of her strongest records to date, yet it seems like a lifetime for her. Fueled by the sudden death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, break up with her fiancee Pete Davidson, and her struggles with anxiety and depression, Grande delivers a catchy yet distinctively somber album. Without further ado, here's a track-by-track review of her latest album, thank u, next.

The album opens with her first single, "imagine". I have to admit that this one grew on me. I appreciate the RnB influence in the chord progression, as well as the "click, click, click, and post" line - it's a cute nod to romance in the digital age. I honestly think the song could do without the whistle tones at the end but for the most part, Grande's vocals on this song make for a very strong opener. Immediately after we get "needy", which I absolutely adore. TBHits does a really good job at keeping the production simple enough to let her voice shine, yet enhancing it at just the right places - I love the effect he ran the chords through. The melody is super catchy, and you can also tell by listening that she truly means every word she says. I love the message of flipping a term that is typically used to shame people and turning it into something empowering. Oh, and the strings at the end? Absolutely gorgeous. Yes. Yes. Yes.

Up next is "NASA", and as someone who's actually written a song using a space metaphor, it's a cute touch I can appreciate. I like how the 808 keeps the verses and chorus alive. It's not the greatest song on the album but it's a decent track, and I'm not surprised this one has stood out her fans, given the current NASA hype. "bloodline" seems to be another fan-favorite. It kind of reminds me of something Jessie J would have released in 2014, but I can't really hate it. The production is immaculate and the horns are an interesting addition. "fake smile" is another familiar sounding track, but it's one of my favorites from the album. I love the way the sample is incorporated, and she sounds super honest and up front on "f*ck a fake smile". And speaking of sampling... the rework of Mac Miller's "2019" on "ghostin" nearly gave me chills. The strings that build up through the song seem calculated but in a good way. It's one of the sadder moments on the album, and Ariana sounds beautifully depressing.

There are a few songs on this project that have good potential but don't quite pan out. The beat on "bad idea" is sick (the song as a whole kind of feels like a throwback to Fergie's "Glamorous"), and I love how dramatic the instrumental gets right before the last chorus, but the outro and the "Ari-Chan"s are completely unnecessary... the latter because the song has nothing to do with Japanese culture. "make up" is one of the dopest songs on the album but frankly, it's just too short. It feels unfinished. And despite its interesting lyrical premise, "in my head" feels over-produced, probably to compensate for the fact that it isn't that that catchy/nor does it really go anywhere.

Despite a few blunders, Grande finishes the album strong. "7 rings" is another track that grew on me, probably because the production finesse TBHits and Social House bring to the table is just too good to ignore. Speaking of which, "thank u, next" still remains one of my favorites from the record, and was definitely an instant, dare I say, smash, for a reason. I thought "break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored" was a pretty bizarre way to end the album, but it's still one of the best tracks here. The beat on this goes hard, the minimal sine that constitutes the production on the pre-chorus is great, and the vocal layering of "girlfriend" is nice too. I've been seeing her get a lot of backlash from the lyrics, which while I agree aren't the nicest, isn't really valid. I've seen plenty of rappers openly talk about philandering with multiple women whilst being in a relationship in their songs, and it's also a reminder that Gen Z's Queen of Pop isn't perfect - she's been through a lot this past year, and she'll continue to make mistakes.

Overall, I thought the majority of the songs on thank u, next were pretty good. I appreciated that she took the risk of deciding to take a darker approach, especially when her music usually, and still is, very commercial. Despite a few off moments it's an excellent album. She has a big team behind her with a lot of experience, so it didn't really have much room to fail.

Rating: 8/10

Favorites: "needy", "fake smile", "ghostin", "thank u, next", "break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored"

Least favorite: "in my head"

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10 Rappers Whose Lyrics Will Take Your Instagram Captions To The Next Level

Make your life easy by choosing a caption that's already been written for you.

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Finding the perfect caption for you Instagram post is something everyone struggles with. On the contrary, the best rappers in the industry right now seem to have no problem with it. Whether it be Cardi B or Kanye West, you can always count on fire captions. Taken from the rappers themselves, here are the best rap lyrics for Instagram captions.

1. Travis Scott

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  • "It's summertime, why they tryna throw shade?"
  • "Rollin' rollin' rollin' got me stargazin'"
  • "I got 'em stage diving out the nosebleeds"
  • "Anything can happen at the night show"
  • "This right here is astronomical"
  • "Valet park when I pull up in the ride"
  • "Pick up the phone, baby, I know you're home, baby"
  • "Oh my, what a wonderful time"
  • "She said 'where we goin?' I said 'the moon'"
  • "I been up sleepless late nights"
  • 2. Migos

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    • "Walk it like I talk it"
    • "In the kitchen wrist moving like a stir fry"
    • "Put my mind on it, put my grind on it"
    • "We live like sopranos"
    • "Diamonds on my wrist stay drippin"
    • "Addin' up checks, no minus"
    • "I can buy that car, I know that you can't"
    • "No human being, I'm immortal"
    • "Walk in the buildin', they start applaudin'"
    • "Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace"

    3. Cardi B

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    • "I like texts from my exes when they want a second chance"
    • "I went from dollar bills, now poppin' rubber bands"
    • "Why would I hop in some beef? When I could just hop in the Porsche"
    • "You know where I'm at, you know where I be"
    • "These expensive, these is red bottoms"
    • "I don't dance now, I make money moves"
    • "It's not a threat it's a warning, be careful with me"
    • "Poured out my whole heart to a piece of sh*t"
    • "Karma for you is gon' be who you end up with"

    4. Drake

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    • "This a Rollie, not a stopwatch, sh*t don't ever stop"
    • "I only love my bed and my mama I'm sorry"
    • "I get it how I live it, I live it how I get it"
    • "No new friends"
    • "Drinking every night because we drink to my accomplishments"
    • "This sh*t got me in my feelings"
    • "With your phone out, gotta hit them angles"
    • "My ex asked me, 'Where you movin'?' I said, 'On to better things'"
    • "My team good, we don't really need a mascot"
    • "Got new money, got new problems, got new enemies"

    5. Nicki Minaj

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    • "Imma keep it moving, be classy and graceful"
    • "In my kingdom, with my Timbs on"
    • "Uh, yo, watch your man, then you should watch your mouth"
    • "At least you took an L off your bucket list"
    • "Defend my honor, protect my pride"
    • "But to live doesn't mean you're alive"
    • "She just mad 'cause he never bought her ice like me"
    • "I fly with the stars in the skies"
    • "They paintin' me out to be the bad guy"
    • "All these b*tches is my sons"

    6. Mac Miller

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    • "My regrets look just like a text I shouldn't send"
    • "Driving with my eyes close, missing all the signs"
    • "I'm a monster with the heart of a lion, divide and conquer"
    • "I got a bone to pick like roses"
    • "I'll do anything for a way out of my head"
    • "Your love is not too kind to me"
    • "Yeah, I got a bad attitude"
    • "No matter where life takes me, find me with a smile"
    • "Imma give you what you came for"
    • "I don't know 'bout you, but me, I'm important, I'm so gorgeous"

    7. A$AP Rocky 

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    • "Same shit, different day"
    • "I got three phones: business, conversation, and relation"
    • "What the face say to the fist?"
    • "I look for ways to say 'I love you', but I ain't into makin' love songs"
    • "Paranoia got me losing all my z's"
    • "Make no mistakes, it's all a leap of faith for love"
    • "She ain't a stranger to the city life"
    • "Can't forget that I'm golden, can't forget where I'm going"
    • "Riding by the rules, I'll abide by it soon"
    • "Ain't a killer so don't kill the vibe"

    8. Kanye West

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    • "Yeah u so mother thick"
    • "Ball so hard, let's get faded"
    • "That sh*t cray"
    • "I'm tripping off the power"
    • "All of my kindness, is taken for weakness"
    • "I'm lookin' for the one have you seen her?"
    • "Don't let me get in my zone"
    • "Let's get lost tonight"
    • "Sun don't shine in the shade, bird can't fly in a cage"
    • "Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud"
    • "No you're not perfect but you're not your mistakes"

    9. A$AP Ferg

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    • "Gucci down to the socks"
    • "My jewelry glistening why I'm always chilly"
    • "I'm a one night savage"
    • "Put in work, put 'em in the dirt"
    • "Fergy be mobbin' all day"
    • "Ferg is the name"
    • "I'm on a new level"
    • "Don't pray for me pray for the weak"
    • "I was only 8 years old, watching Nick at Nite"
    • "I was fly like a bird"

    10. Lil Wayne 

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    • "Real G's move in silence like lasagna"
    • "I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to y'all"
    • "Okay you're a goon, but what's a goon to a goblin?"
    • "I got some weight on my shoulders, to me it's like feathers"
    • "I am more animal than the zoo allow"
    • "Money talks, bullsh*t walks"
    • "Every night's a long night, every day's a holiday"
    • "I'm a cool cat, but I'm on life nine"
    • "Haters can't see me, nose bleed seats"


    No matter what the occasion, it's always good to have creative Instagram captions on hand. Nobody knows how to make clever captions than rappers themselves. Whether you need creative caption for throwing shade at someone, or you have used only emojis for your past 5 Instagram pictures, rap lyrics make the perfect caption.

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    10 Songs To Add To Your Workout Playlist For That Extra Pump

    These songs will drive your workout routine into overdrive in the best way possible.

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    Below are ten songs that will give you that adrenaline rush for your workout routine. It's a mix of all genres ranging from heavy rock to rap to electronic with artists such as Brockhampton, Grimes, Show Me The Body and Vince Staples. Some tracks will throw that extra punch into your weight lifts, some tracks will help you run that extra mile you've been wanting to achieve.

    1. "Camp Orchestra" by Show Me The Body

    A great way to start out this playlist is with this insane track. This song starts out slow but my god does it build and build and BUILD. The build-up is extremely motivating and, by that two-minute mark, the song starts to get absolutely insane. It lights a fire under your ass which is what everyone needs when they're just about to workout.

    2. "New Orleans" by BROCKHAMPTON

    "New Orleans" first few seconds will already get your blood pumping through any type of workout. Whether it's running, lifting, legs, literally anything will fit the criteria for this song to pulse through your veins.

    3. "We Appreciate Power" by Grimes (feat. HANA)

    This industrial-pop nu-metal track by Grimes is such a sick female-empowering anthem. It's from the perspective of an A.I. girl group, and it will surely fuel your entire routine. It's a glossy machinery dream with Grimes pixie voice accenting a hard-hitting industrial instrumental.

    4. "Vox Turned D.E.D" by Liars

    This synth-heavy track will awaken all the physicality in your workout, especially if you're going for a 6 a.m. run. The drops are bass-filled and heavy, the voice is ambient and daunting. It's a mile run into an electronic dimension, with such a catchy hook.

    5. "Mehanizam" by Ontal

    Do you ever imagine what it would be like to work in an alarming refinery? Well, this song embodies that completely. It's a ringing alarm of a song to help get you through the sweat and tears of an intense workout. It's tar-like, electronic and the most intense wake-up call.

    6. "Talkin Greezy" by Cakes Da Killa

    Queer rapper, Cakes Da Killa, is one of the most talented rappers right now. His flow is insane, his beats are energetic and this track is definitely an example of that. "Talkin Greezy" will give you all the attitude and confidence you need during your workout session, it's a spotlight track right on you.

    7. "Opps" By Vince Staples, Yugen Blakrok

    This song was amazing in "Black Panther," and it's amazing when you're running miles after miles. "Opps" has such an infectious rhythm, its a full-fledged fight scene at its highest potential. The lyrics are fantastic, and will only make your blood pump faster to the beat.

    8. "Dead Weight" by White lung

    Just like all the other tracks on this list so far, this one starts out just as wild and ready. The vocals on this track are banshee-like but soft at the same time it's an insane fusion. This song is FAST... it's like a shot of lightning to your core especially as the song progresses.

    9. "212" by Azealia Banks (feat. Lazy Jay)

    Azealia Banks is one of the most exceptional lyricists in the rap game. Her classic hit track "212" checks off everything you need in an upbeat song that packs the ultimate punch. Her flow, range, smug talk, singing, and jaw-dropping yells make the entire experience for "212" a fierce one.

    10. "Get Got" by Death Grips

    This playlist has now come to an end with the experimental rap group Death Grips. This electronic lo-fi-fried punk-rap track is an aggressive piece of pure intensity. "Get Got" is a great way to end your workout session, it's just as hard-hitting as most of these tracks and an overall rapid track to workout too.

    Check out this playlist on Spotify here.

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