Music Monday! NEW Drake, Pitbull, Dr. Dre, and Tough Love

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Happy Monday!

This week’s Music Monday features a few new songs that I am totally in LOVE with!

Of course, after the Meek Mill vs. Drake debacle, it was only right to include Drake’s new single, which I am sure is going to be a hit.

Let’s get started!

Drake – “Hotline Bling”

I am so in love with this track! I went to visit my family this past weekend and my little sister introduced me to this song. I have been playing it on repeat since then. I really think that women are going to make this song a hit. It appeals more to women with it’s clever lyrics and simple flow. Even Lorde agrees! Forget about the beef with Meek Mill, you NEED to listen to this track. It is now available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and Soundcloud.

Pitbull – “Piensas” ft. Gente de Zona

If you have attended one of my Zumba classes before, you know I am OBSESSED with Pitbull. I have been a Pitbull fan since the tender age of 14 when Pitbull released his debut album M.I.A.M.I., lead single being “Culo” . It was the soundtrack choice of quinces and parties for the next few years. If you remember this was before Pitbull put on a suit and became the AMAZING artist and business man he is today. Piensas, the second single released November of last year from Pitbull’s album Dale, is a smooth reggaeton mixed with salsa beats from Gente de Zona. A Spanglish version of the song with Shaggy was released on July 24, 2015 on Spotify. Dale is now available on iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify.

Dr. Dre – “Talk About It” ft. Justus & King Mez 

After a 14-year hiatus, Dr. Dre is back with a soundtrack for the biopic, Straight Outta Compton, based on the life and times of N.W.A. For a person of his success and status, I expected the album to be well thought out, but mediocre in overall delivery.The album is surprisingly good and it really elevates Dr. Dre as a producer and overall artist. My favorite song so far on the album is Talk About It, which features up-and-coming rapper King Mez and little-known Dallas rapper Justus. Dr. Dre is known for finding new talent and transforming them into legends. I love this song, because in simple terms, it goes HARD. Dr. Dre’s new album was released on Friday, August 7, 2015 and is available now on iTunes.

Tough Love – “Pony (Jump On It)” ft. Ginuwine

With Tough Love’s rendition on Ginuwine’s Pony, it is clear that the late 90s/early 2000s are making a comeback! I don’t know about you, but I miss me some R&B. Tough Love mixes the original Pony with EDM elements to create a song that appeals to today’s generation without losing the “sexiness” of the original. I love this mix and will definitely be adding it to my workout playlist this week!  The single was released on Friday, August 7, 2015. You can find the song on iTunes and Apple Music.

These were my top picks for the week!

What new songs are you loving this week? Let me know in the comments below!

Stay in love,

Anali

Nos Vamos a Colombia! Meeting the Love of My Life and Getting Ready for Our First Big Trip

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“First of all, it’s COLOMBIA, not Columbia.”

I sat in my apartment as I read this message and could not stop laughing. For weeks, I had been texting with Julian and the whole time I was misspelling the name of his beloved home country. I felt so embarrassed and wished I didn’t have to see him again in lab the next day.

If you have read our story before, I met Julian when I least expected it. Fresh from a bad breakup, I was running late to class after another night of bawling my eyes out. When I entered the classroom, there was only one seat open. I rushed in and sat down without really paying attention to anything or anyone, for that matter. The TA instructed us to form lab groups of 4. I looked to my right and saw two men and looked left and saw one man. I rolled my eyes and asked, “Y’all wanna be a group?” They all agreed and our group was set. Studying Civil Engineering, I was always one of the only women in my classes. I was tired of men and I was upset that, yet again, I was the only women in my group. Continue reading

Abuelita Juanita: A Story of My Grandma and My Faith

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My grandmother on my father’s side passed away this past Sunday, May 3, 2015 around 3:00 AM. Ever since my grandfather passed away, she slowly started not eating and getting sick. She basically past away from being lonely. Her whole life after being a nurse, she dedicated her time to God, the Church, and my grandpa. Like most old-school Hispanic women she catered 100% to my grandpa’s wishes. Once he passed, I guess she didn’t have as much purpose to keep living.

When I got the call early Sunday morning, I wasn’t sad. I felt bad for not being sad. I still feel bad. I honestly was happy for her. She lived a great life and now she is able to be with my grandpa again.

I believe in God and in Heaven…and in hell. I believe that what goes around, comes around. I believe that if you are a good person, eventually good things will come to you if you wait. I have faith. Faith in that everything will turn out the way it should be. Faith in family. Faith in God. If I inherited anything from my grandma, it would be this…faith. Continue reading

Book Review: Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement

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This is my first review for http://www.bloggingforbooks.com/!!! I received a free copy of this book from bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for my honest opinion.

Book Information:

A haunting story of love and survival that introduces an unforgettable literary heroine.

Ladydi Garcia Martínez is fierce, funny and smart. She was born into a world where being a girl is a dangerous thing. In the mountains of Guerrero, Mexico, women must fend for themselves, as their men have left to seek opportunities elsewhere. Here in the shadow of the drug war, bodies turn up on the outskirts of the village to be taken back to the earth by scorpions and snakes. School is held sporadically, when a volunteer can be coerced away from the big city for a semester. In Guerrero the drug lords are kings, and mothers disguise their daughters as sons, or when that fails they “make them ugly” – cropping their hair, blackening their teeth- anything to protect them from the rapacious grasp of the cartels. And when the black SUVs roll through town, Ladydi and her friends burrow into holes in their backyards like animals, tucked safely out of sight. Continue reading