If you haven’t heard of 070 Shake, we hate to break it to you, but you’re missing out on fantastic music. Luckily, here at The Honey POP, we love to help our readers discover new music to add to their playlists.
070 Shake, whose real name is Daniella Balbuena, is changing the game in the alt-hip hop—experimenting with soulful and synth-pop beats and collaborating with artists like our favorite material girl Madonna and alt-rockers PVRIS.
Two years after the release of her debut album, Modus Vivendi, 070 Shake has announced the upcoming release of her sophomore album, You Can’t Kill Me. The exact release date has yet to be announced, but we’re crossing our fingers that for sooner rather than later. In addition, 070 Shake is getting ready to head out on her North American Tour, kicking off in Detroit on May 7.
In celebration of the new album announcement and tour, here are five 070 Shake songs to get to know this innovative artist, and hopefully, you’ll be adding them to your playlist in no time.
‘Skin and Bones’
The first song on our list is the first single from 070 Shake’s forthcoming album. ‘Skin and Bones’ is a transfixing track filled with experimental synth beats and hip-hop influences. The track is infectious and will make you feel like you’re levitating. Lyrically, the song talks about spirituality and mixed emotions with lyrics like, “Reminisce ’bout back when our spirits used to dance with each other/ We been smokin’ gas, yeah, this is so romantic… You treat me like I’m more than a pair of skin and bones.” ‘Skin and Bones’ is getting us excited for what’s to come for 070 Shake.
‘Use Me’ (Collaboration with PVRIS)
070 Shake has collaborated with many notable artists in the past and her appearance on PVRIS’ ‘Use Me’ from their third album of the same name is an underrated gem. 070 Shake’s verse on this track makes the song genuinely great. The coarse tone used for her verse blends beautifully with the synth-rock sound that PVRIS is known for. ‘Use Me’ talks about wanting to be used by someone you are infatuated with. We would love to see more from these two in the future because this collab was everything!
‘Under The Moon’
The third track on our list is featured on the soundtrack for Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why. 070 Shake taps into electro-pop and hip hop elements for ‘Under The Moon,’ giving the song a retro vibe. The song demonstrates 070 Shake’s musical versatility. The track talks about how we are all going through similar struggles under the same moon. In addition, ‘Under the Moon’ conveys that we are not alone in our struggles and do not feel so isolated in this big world.
Off her debut album Modus Vivendi, ‘Guilty Conscious’ tells the story of a man reflecting on his mistakes to his partner. The music video for the track opens with a poem written by Dani Moon—an alias for 070 Shake. The poem describes the message behind the song. The rapper writes, “Although I’m not a boy/ I wanted to display a boy/ Being broken/ How he manages his sadness/ When he is not allowed to cry.” ‘Guilty Conscious’ demonstrates how the rapper views everyday life issues and addresses them from her perspective.
The last song on our list is ‘Trust Nobody,’ an early 070 Shake gem. The track is filled with trap-heavy beats. The song’s title gives away the message of trusting nobody in this world. 070 Shake raps about not feeling afraid of losing friends and doesn’t have anything to lend after giving so much. When listening to ‘Trust Nobody’ after the rapper’s current music, listeners can hear the evolution of 070 Shake. And, even with being released six years ago, ‘Trust Nobody’ is still a bop and forever will be.
We can’t wait to see what 070 Shake has been cooking up with her upcoming album You Can’t Kill Me! Until then, we’ll be streaming ‘Skin and Bones,’ along with all her discography. Make sure to catch 070 Shake on her North American Tour this summer.
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