If you’ve ever been through a situationship, relationship, or whatever title you may have with your significant other and things didn’t work out (and you’re high key still feeling a type of way about it), Master is for you. Often times, we may feel like our friends don’t understand us while fighting our counterpart to make them understand.
I can’t speak for anyone else, but myself, when I say that trying to make a guy understand where he fucked up, how he did it, and how it made you feel, is useless when he ultimately never cared in the first place.
For a debut project via RCA Records, Mariah The Scientist certainly did the damn thing. Whether it’s questioning her self destructive habits while being fully aware of them, questioning if she’s capable of love, or being taken for granted, the 21-year-old bares all on the ten-track effort, executive produced by Tory Lanez.
You can certainly hear Lanez’s influence throughout the project, especially on “Hotel,” which is reminiscent of the end of his I Told You LP-cut, “Guns and Roses,” along with the Mansa-assisted track, “Disclosure.”
I say all that to say this: Mariah The Scientist has gained a new fan after streaming this project and I can’t wait to see what the body of work she’ll release as a debut album.
Scroll down to read by track by track reaction.
Note To Self
Here, Mariah The Scientist demonstrates self-awareness. My favorite part of the song is where she questions love. Is it real? & if so, is it even worth it? How do I even find it within myself? Judging by this song, she must be an overthinker like I am.
And they talking ’bout love, what is it?
Didn’t know it existed
Now they telling me it’s within myself
But, baby, what is love?
A figment? Tell me am I imagining shit?
Thinking about the lies I tell myself
2. In My Nightmares
I felt this record. A dude can easily become a nightmare in ways you could have never imagined.
3. Note to You
THIS SONG GOES OFF IN MY CAR. I felt every single word and have already learned all the way. You ever get sad when the one person you want to call doesn’t call, anymore? And then you get upset and ask yourself why do you even care cause he played you mad times? This song is for you (and me).
Why do I still contemplate picking up the phone when I know you used to dub me?
4. Hotel (Interlude)
As aforementioned, this record to me mirrors Lanez’s “Guns and Roses” record. However, I could be wrong. Anywho, the autotune was very fitting for this record. I could certainly relate to the words on this.
I tried my best to buy us time
And you didn’t even notice it
Now you’ll never notice it
Hard to figure out my type
When I’m focussing on you
I didn’t like this record when I first heard it. I think it was because when I first heard the record, it was with the video and I was expecting something totally different. However, when I was listening to the project in the car, “Reminders” came on and I realized how I perfect it went with the EP, and it totally has Tory Lanez written all over it.
6. Thanks 4 Nothing
I easily connected to this song when I heard the opening lines. Sometimes when you get played in certain situations, the jokes on you because at some point the person told you who they were, but you didn’t wanna believe it.
Some things never change
You’re crawling under my skin
But I ain’t had no business being in my feelings
One of the slower records of the project, Mariah was lowkey dropping some bars on this record. “Beetlejuice” is the story of an emotional rollercoaster … more on your end than his. Having no consideration for your feelings, but you continue to follow.
Another song I consider a banger (ESPECIALLY THAT LAST VERSE). Sometimes you need drugs to help you feel numb. It’s bad, we know. But when love makes you feel a pain you’ve never felt, you need something to help you escape.
Out of all us in this universe, And I still chose to put you first. Said I love you and I meant it, but you can’t comprehend it anyway.
9. Disclosure (ft. Mansa)
This record introduces fellow One Umbrella artist, Mansa. Listening to his verse, he certainly could be Tory Lanez’s protege. You honestly can’t convince me otherwise. I like his response to Mariah’s prior verse and the way Mariah closes out the record.
10. Not a Love Song
My third favorite record (and by favorite, I mean I have it on repeat at least 5 times). She had bars on this record as well. If I were to introduce someone to Mariah The Scientist’s music, I’d probably play this first. But it’s the perfect outro to the project.
My mama said she saw your new bitch and she’s gorgeous.
You know how I love to avoid shit
You know how I think that the internet is poisonous
I wasn’t good at it, competition
Take your phone and go and block all of your mistresses
Guess I’m possessive or I’m sensitive
These days I don’t know what the difference is
Before becoming signed, a young Mariah The Scientist, who was known as Mariah Buckles, was asked by Rolling Stone to finish the following sentence, “When the crowd is responding to my music I know…” and Buckles replied, “I’m not alone.” The Atlanta native certainly succeded.
There are no happy records on Master which is great because sometimes you just want to be in your feelings and reminisce on what could’ve been without someone badgering you to get out of it.
Mixtapes of The Decade
At the beginning of the decade, the release of mixtapes were at an all-time high and we were further introduced (or reintroduced) to artists who now reign as legends: Fabolous (“There Is No Competition 2”), Lil Wayne (“No Ceilings,” “Sorry 4 The Wait”), Nipsey Hussle (“Crenshaw,” “The Marathon,” “Mailbox Money”), Kendrick Lamar (“Overly Dedicated”), Meek Mill (“Dreamchasers”), Jeezy (“Trap or Die 2”) and J.Cole (“Friday Night Lights”), just to name a few. However, as the years went by, the meaning of mixtapes began to change.
After the Atlanta raid and arrest of DJ Drama and Don Cannon in an investigation by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the organization responsible for certifications of albums, on allegations of bootlegging records onto mixtapes, these projects slowly began being capitalized off record labels, as artists were no longer rapping on a Hot 100 single, but instead rapping over original beats, as a method of getting out of their label’s contract.
In 2015, Fabolous restored the feeling with his Summetime Shootout mixtape with Tory Lanez to follow after with Chixtape 3. Shifting the culture into a much better place where bars began to matter again, Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex started a freestyle series, that can be seen exclusively on Youtube, further reminding us that lyrics matter.
Though the lines of what a mixtape is and what an album is have become blurred, we’ll never forget what it used to be.
In partnership with Dinnerland, Boston’s own miixtapechiick asked the opinions of artists, editors and journalists what their favorite mixtape of the decade was and why.
See what they had to say below.
How Mariah The Scientist’s ‘MASTER’ Album Saved Me from Me
Love songs don’t sound the same anymore. With the exception of Jhene Aiko, Snoh Alegra, Sabrina Claudio, H.E.R., and a few others, most songs are focused on getting back together versus spending permanent time apart. Though I’ve reviewed the project on my personal site, I wanted to write how much Mariah The Scientist’s MASTER project has truly helped me.
Through feeling guilty about the decisions I’ve made the past couple of years, I’ve discovered the first part of moving on is owning up to my self-destructive ways. Pride is one hell of a drug. Imagine not owning up to your shit because you don’t want to be the bigger person; but then again, everything isn’t always your fault. There comes a time in life where you start to realize not only forgiveness is for yourself, but it doesn’t require a reconnection with the other party.
I was never shown what love looked like. Romantic films gave me an idea, but when I started going through my own journey, I soon realized that everything was a fairytale and the guys I was going for was a reflection of how I felt about myself. I lacked self-love and was constantly looking for a void to fill. I never thought of myself as having control of any situation and has even gotten to a point where I believe love doesn’t really exist.
“What is love? A figment? Tell me am I imagining shit? Thinking about the lies I tell myself.”
“Note to Self” was the drag I needed and helped me see just how toxic I was towards myself and I’ve always wondered if that was something people saw when they first approached me. However, when listening to “Note to You,” you realize the actions of others formed who you are today and not everything is completely your fault … but, the signs were always there.
“Hard to figure out my type, when I’m focusing on you.”
Which brings us to “Hotel (Interlude).” Though only 46 seconds, Mariah talks about her efforts going unnoticed and never exploring her options because she’s stuck on one person and doesn’t know what she would go for if she were to let go. This interlude, believe it or not, saved me from the suicidal thought I had been experiencing, along with “Thanks 4 Nothing” and “Not a Love Song.”
However, “7Am” saved me the most. Imagine getting high on top of high because you didn’t want to feel anything anymore. That’s where I was, probably still am. But “7Am” reminded me of all of my triggers and realizing there was nothing I could have done differently to make someone reciprocate feelings that I’ve felt all along. I listen to this song every morning during my commute to work. It sometimes makes me question what a letter sounds like would if I decided to end it all. But I always remember there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I just haven’t reached it yet.
Finally, there’s “Disclosure.” A record that helps you come to the realization that closure doesn’t always come. Even when you try to rectify a situation a thousand times, sometimes the outcome is always the same. Though it was something that I always found myself obsessing over, I realized that I thought forgiveness was for everyone else but myself. I used to hate when people would say things like, “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Maybe because while I was in bed sulking and being suicidal, the other person had moved on like I never existed.
Mariah The Scientist’s MASTER album saved me from me. While I do sometimes find it hard to breathe and the world is crashing, this project helped me realize that I wasn’t the only person feeling resentment and trying to move on by practicing forgiveness.
Originally posted on BLUNTIQ.
Happy (617): Here Are This Year’s 17 Artists From Boston (and Massachusetts) You Should Pay Attention To
We’re now halfway through 2019 and today (June 17) marks Boston’s official day by area code, 617.
With Boston being engulfed with talent from 23 different neighborhoods (one may only count six or seven), you normally can catch your favorite local artist at a Good Music Showcase, Black Cotton Club or in magazines like Dig Boston or the now debunked Improper Bostonian.
We hope this post and website overall will be on your list of ‘go to’s’ when looking for what music is buzzing in the city of Boston and state of Massachusetts (you know I had to sneak a few people in).
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