Friday, August 22, 2014

Noelz Vedere - "Censored Love" (feat. Kiara Lanier)

Coming off the success of Noelz Vedere’s debut studio album, Bittersweet Victory, Noelz releases visuals for his sentimental single, “Censored Love,” featuring American Idol contestant Kiara Lanier. Noelz strays away from the braggadocio rap style heard in previous singles, “Out of Focus” with Freddie Gibbs and “High Class” alongside Sir Michael Rocks, and dabbles into his more introspective side.  In doing so, he explains the purpose of the song in saying, “I’ve always wanted to make a great love song, but wasn’t sure how to do it in a creative way which wasn’t ordinary. Aside from my current situation, I’ve never had genuine relations with someone that didn’t seem masked – so I used that exact concept to create this song based on past experiences.” The video reflects this aesthetic with images of Noelz going through conflict with past lovers in relationships matched with themes of adultery, jealousy, and drug addiction, featuring quick jump cuts juxtaposed to Noelz rapping with Kiara in a field.

“Once again the unplugged type production from Alex Isaak, the smooth keys from pianist Moses Hall, along with receiving vocals from Kiara Lanier set the mood for a story telling track of harsh, but truthful romance,” Noelz explains. In doing so, he discusses the idea of broken, unsatisfied relationships which creates a sort of censored love. He raps, “She really wanted ‘Mr. Right Now’, instead of ‘Mr. Right Eventually’/ rather live for the moment than live for the longevity.”

Holding as a genuine testimony to real life issues with a bit of flashy flavor, Chicago rapper Noelz Vedere has released his debut album, Bittersweet Victory, to critical acclaim. VICE music blog Noisey, has stated that “Vedere scans less a contemporary of Chief Keef and more of a hard-spitting, new-school hardhead in the mold of Twista,” and HotNewHipHop  stated that “…Vedere bears his soul and provides the listener with sultry tracks while simultaneously spitting the cold hard truth. Bittersweet Victory is a soulful and cohesive album from a Chicago emcee with a story to tell.”

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“Censored Love” (feat. Kiara Lanier):

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