Cut Through the Noise: Macklemore, Miley Cyrus, Bhad Bhabie (Week of Sept. 29)


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Yonit Krebs

Welcome to “Cut Through the Noise,” a new column from the St. Louis Park Echo covering new music releases. Every week, a different Echo staffer will take on the role as writer, reviewing recent releases aiming for success.


Ain’t Gonna Die Tonight (feat. Eric Nally)- Macklemore: ★★★★

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The first song on Macklemore’s Gemini album, released Sept. 22, sings of the Seattle native’s immense success in the music business. Catchy? Yes, especially with its Eric Nally sung chorus. But relatable to all of us non-millionaires? No, it is not.

Yet, the empowering self-important message of “Ain’t Gonna Die Tonight” is a perfect song to listen to when you feel on top of the world. It certainly boasts immortality and fame with an allusion to Queen’s famous anthem, “We Are The Champions.”  

“Ain’t Gonna Die Tonight” highlights Macklemore’s success as a rapper. The upbeat vibes Macklemore’s new song gives off makes it worth listening to.


Week Without You- Miley Cyrus: ★★

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Miley Cyrus disappointed me with her boring and repetitive promotional single,released Sept. 21, “Week Without You.” In the beginning of the song, I was hopeful, but when nothing in the song grabbed me, I gave up hope. The chorus and the verses were almost indistinguishable, but neither were all that good.

Cyrus sings about what she would do without her lover for a week, and although it isn’t a break-up song, “Week Without You” stops only a couple feet short of being one. I don’t think of myself as having any aversion to country songs, and although going back to her country roots worked for some of her previous songs, for “Week Without You,” Cyrus didn’t even hit within 10 feet of the bulls-eye.


Hi Bich- Bhad Bhabie:

You may know Danielle Bregoli from her viral explosion this past year. Known as the “Catch Me Outside” girl, Bregoli recently signed with Atlantic Records, but her new music is an utter disappointment. Her first single, “These Heaux” (pronounced: Hoes) was met with some

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harsh review, and this one, “Hi Bich,” might be worse.

The song is only one minute and 45 seconds, but the background music over which she raps is enough to make your ears want to bleed, and the things Bregoli has to say aren’t any better.

Yet, I must respect Bregoli’s unapologetic attitude, since in “Hi Bich” Bregoli responds to all the people who criticized her. Now 14 years old, Bregoli’s music might be garbage, but through what many thought would be only 15 minutes of fame on Dr. Phil, she’s managed to extend her career beyond expectations. Her first single garnered over 33 million views and her newest single currently has 11.5 million. Granted the song is no piece of lyrical or musical genius by any standard, but her desperate attempt to stay in the limelight seems to be working.