So, I should have written something about Bruno Mars‘ 24K Magic album sooner, but I was too busy listening to it on repeat. Honestly speaking, this album is unskippable, man! I’m not even sure if unskippable is a word, but that’s the only way to describe this album, son. In nine songs, Mars legitimately chronicled all of Black music since the early 1970s. With that being said, I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about this masterpiece.
Now, when I say that Bruno made a Blackity-Black ass album, I’m referring to the fact that it references so many past legends. “24K Magic” is essentially a Zapp song, “Perm” is a James Brown song, “Versace On The Floor” is a Freddie Jackson song and “Finesse” is vintage Teddy Riley. In those four songs alone, Bruno was able to synthesize different styles from across three different decades. He basically made an album of Top 40 songs that references Top 40 songs from past eras. Honestly, it’s fucking uncanny how he was able to replicate some of these sounds, man. On the aforementioned “Finesse,” which is my favorite song on the album, I’m convinced he stole some of Teddy’s keyboards, bro. The sound is way too perfect, son.
Ultimately, I could keep going, but there’s really nothing else that needs to be said. If anyone is a fan of Black music, they’ll definitely be a fan of this album. Side note, let’s be real, damn near ALL music stems from Black music. Don’t even try to fight me on this, son. In any case, I’m just happy to see an artist breathe new life into some of these genres, man. In addition, I’m hyped to hear musicianship again. When I listen to a lot of music these days, I wonder if some of these “artists” even know what an instrument is. Then again, that’s a discussion for another day, son. Now, go listen to that Bruno Mars album! Good day.