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New Music Monday: Lana Del Rey, Kanye West and Pearl Jam

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"New Music Mondays" is a column that highlights recently dropped music from prominent artists.

This week’s New Music Monday features a slew of tracks from popular artists ranging from Kanye West to Lana Del Rey. To hear more, check out this week’s playlist on Spotify.

“Nah Nah Nah” by Kanye West

Kanye West’s first single since announcing a write-in bid for president lives up to its title. Although the instrumental is somewhat playful with the flute-incorporated sound, “Nah Nah Nah” features forgetful lyrics and a whiny voice that don’t take advantage of a somewhat above-average instrumental.

“Nah Nah Nah” did nothing to help Kanye regain the support of any fans disappointed by his presidential bid.

“Get It Back” by Pearl Jam

“Get It Back” is Pearl Jam’s latest single since their album, “Gigatron Supreme,” released earlier this year.

There isn’t really anything special about the single as Eddie Vedder and the rest of the group are not pushing any boundaries with this relatively mellow track. That said, the guitar solo toward the end of the track makes it worth listening to once or twice.

“Before” by James Blake

James Blake is back with a four-song EP. On his first project since “Assume Form” in 2019, Blake doesn’t bring anything new to his sound. Sticking with the same high-pitched vocals and electric-esque instrumentals, “Before” sounds similar to much of his past music. However, “Do You Ever” does bring a more upbeat vibe to his normally "sad-boi-hours" sound.

"Let Me Love You Like a Woman" by Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey is gearing up to release her newest album since “Norman F**king Rockwell,” and “Let Me Love You Like a Woman” is likely the first single for her imminent album. If that’s the case and this track sounds anything like the rest, then Del Rey’s new album should be a nice follow-up to last year’s grammy-nominated album.

“Let Me Love You Like a Woman” plays on her soothing vocals and a smooth piano instrumental, something reminiscent of “Born to Die” or “California.”

Person 1: This song slaps.

Person 2: Your mom slaps.

Person 1: Thank you, my mom is a kind and wonderful lady.


 Person 1: I’m so sick of alcohol.

Person 2: I don’t know, I’m getting stronger every day. I love it.


Person 1: Do you do the vegan wrap here?

Person 2: We can do the chicken wrap with no cheese?

Person 1: I’ll take the Beyond Burger please. 


Person 1: Oh my God! I feel like I know you somehow…

Person 2: Yeah, we went to high school together. 

Person 1: Oh! *walks off*


Guy 1: Is the black market even real? Has anyone ever been on it?

Guy 2: I tried once but I couldn’t figure out how to get on.


Guy 1: I stayed up until 2 am watching Disney plus

Guy 2: I told my girlfriend I fell asleep but I was actually watching the Mandalorian.


Girl 1: How long have you guys been dating?

Girl 2: Since the summer, well actually for like two years but it’s a long story.


Girl 1: Who are you looking for?

Girl 2: This guy, wait I found him. Fanny pack boy. He flipped off my professor after a test and ran out of the classroom.


Girl 1: How did you choose KU? 

Girl 2: Honestly, I flipped a coin. 


Boy 1: Did I tell you? I think I had a threesome this weekend.

Boy 2: Woah, hold up. You think?


Boy 1: I was born a Phi Delt.

Boy 2: Please don’t ever say that again.


Girl 1: How do you get your boobs to look like that?

Girl 2: I don’t ever wear a bra? I don’t know. 


Girl 1: I just really want a guy to bend me over you know?

Girl 2: How do you know? You’re a virgin!


Guy: Sometimes I wish I could just be a dog and sleep all day. 

Girl: You wake up at like three every day. 

Guy: I know.

Girl: So…

Guy: So does that make me a dog or something?


Girl 1: I wish I was a little bit taller.

Girl 2: I wish I was balder.

Girl 1: I wish I had a...wait, wait, wait balder?


Guy 1: Let’s slap dicks

Guy 2: You ever pee and it feels like throwing up?


Woman 1: *holding baby* He would have been safer at the Hawk

Woman 2: Oh absolutely.


Girl 1: I would never date that guy.

Girl 2: Well, it depends how much money he has.


Girl 1: I’m going to the doctor to see if I have bronchitis before I hook up with him again.

Girl 2: Yeah that’s smart so you don’t give it to anyone else. 

Girl 1: No I mean I want to make sure I infect him.


Guy 1: I'm cutting some of my unnecessary costs, starting with Juuling.

Guy 2: Ight man, good luck.

Guy 1: Actually I might just start chewing


Guy 1: How was work?

Guy 2: My manager was chastising me for not dressing up in a Halloween costume, she doesn’t understand I’m strictly here to get paid.


Guy 1: I am so tired of this week, man

Guy 2: Dude it’s Monday

Guy 1: I know


Person#1: I want to be on the first ship to mars

Person#2: Not me, I doubt they have Wi-Fi

Perons#1: Yeah but at least they’re evolving up there. We’re all just devolving.


Girl 1: Um, I don’t eat pig.

Girl 2: You eat bacon all the time, bitch.


Guy 1: You better get going. 

Guy 2: Yeah, see ya. I’m off to get some Adderall.


Girl 1: Are you home right now?

Girl 2: Yeah, why?

Girl 1: I bought a cat


Girl 1: I just don't understand what fishing is for.

Girl 2: I don't know. Food, maybe?


Guy: I’m just gonna have to like carry an entire box of spiders up the hill tomorrow.

Girl: What?

Guy: Yeah, just like a hundred spiders in a box.


Guy 1: Sometimes ya just gotta give yourself a haircut.

Guy 2: Dude, you shaved half your head. That’s not a haircut, that’s a mess.


Girl 1: Can you eat fruit raw?

Girl 2: How else are you supposed to eat it?


Girl: That class is killing us. ​But they say rest is for the dead.

Guy: Well, at least we'll be rested.


Girl: She's not in class this semester

Guy: Maybe she's dead

Girl: Or studying abroad