So I’m gonna try to do this in a stream of consciousnesses style. For those who are not English majors or currently/recently in school that basically means I’m just gotta let my thoughts flow as they happen. I’m gonna expand a little on everything afterwards but the key is to get my initial response in real time. Also – if I don’t speak on it – I had nothing to say about it.
Variety is the spice of life. When it comes to music, if you lock yourself into one or two genres you are literally missing out on a behemoth of wonderful music. And, when you branch out into other genres you may even see some overlap between genres you thought had no connection at all. The key to being able to appreciate a variety of genres is having an open mind when listening to the music and not being ashamed of the fact that you enjoy it. One of the most open minded people I’ve ever met when it comes to music is Kenya Parks and this is why I’ve collaborated with her for this Numberless List. Kenya is a YouTuber specializing in album reactions and reviews for Rap and R&B with the occasional pop artist too. Her insight and the way she describes music stuck out to me from when I first found her channel and now I’m happy to call her my friend and supporter. With these albums I gave her no type of context so she would go into it completely blind and I could get the most genuine and unbiased response possible. These are all my personal favorite non – rap albums of the year and she will be giving her take on them.
Album of the Year lists guarantee two things: Disagreements and complaints. With every website doing one there is sure to be those who think certain albums should be higher, lower, added, removed etc. This has caused many people to view these lists as completely unnecessary – specifically the ranking aspect of them. This is why me and Edward Alexander of DJBooth and Central Sauce have come together to create a “Numberless List” as we call it. We both have our personal favorite rap projects of the year and decided to give our takes on the other’s choices. Some things we agreed on, some things we completely disagreed on but in the end we were able to give each other new perspectives on the projects. This concept is a prime example of how two people can listen to the exact same project and have completely different reactions to it.
For the conclusion of the Song of the Day Series I headed to SoundCloud. I already know several artists with their music on there and I think they’re all wonderful. That’s why this one is titled Series 3: Kings and Queens of SoundCloud. I’ve complied a playlist of seven songs from my mutuals that you should definitely check out. From the hard bars of iamaura to the acoustic beauty of MATINEE to the late night vibes of Brandy B. there’s something for everyone in this list. Everyone in this list has supported and continues to support me in all that I do so it’s only right that I do the same for them. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them as they continue to perfect their craft. Follow each of these artists on their social medias to stay up to date on what’s dropping next or just keep up with what they’re up to outside of music. Listen to the playlist here Continue reading “(Interlude) Song of the Day Series 3: Kings and Queens of SoundCloud”
This week the Song of the Day series continues with Series 2: Soul. These songs come straight from the heart when it comes to the lyrics, the vocal ability or the instrument playing skill. The moods range from empowering to solemn to laid back. Throw this one on while you’re reading or cleaning and the minutes will float on by as you submerge yourself in audio bliss. Check out the playlist here and here
It’s safe to say this was the most anticipated album of 2018. After Travis announced it in 2016 before his album from 2017 had even dropped we’ve been waiting. The hype built so much, died a little and came back over these past two years as more information and theories came out here and there. People commented “Drop Astroworld” on everything Travis posted and as time went on it began to show up in the comments of any rap artist that posted something. Essentially it became a meme. Then on July 30th we got an official album trailer and then the album itself on August 3rd.
For the month of August I’ll be doing a daily Song of the Day Series. You can see each song the day I post it via my Instagram or check back here next Tuesday to get the full list at once. Week 1 is called Series 1: Hip Hop. I selected songs where lyrics and flows were not only the main focus but, executed excellently. These songs all feature moody, ominous production to compliment the aggressive and confident flows of the various MCs. These songs also are ones you may have not heard before and I hope you become a fan of one of these artists due to hearing the song I selected by them. You can listen to the playlist here and here Continue reading “(Interlude) Song of the Day Series 1: Hip Hop”
“I was thinking about not making CDs ever again… Only streaming. The Yeezus album packaging was an open casket to CDs r.i.p”
– Kanye West, 2016
As of the day I’m writing this (July 8th) I’ve decided “1999 WILDFIRE” by BROCKHAMPTON is one of the smoothest songs to release this summer that doesn’t have typical “summer vibes”.
When you and your friends disagree on something do you stop talking to them? Depending on your maturity level you might or you might not. The right thing to do is respect their differing opinion and agree to disagree. As humans with our own individual minds, we are created to have different viewpoints and perspectives on everything. Disagreeing is simply a basic art of human interaction. And yet, people often treat it like it’s something that’s not supposed to happen! But, what about when you don’t agree with something one of your favorite artists has done or said? Do YOU cancel them? Or, do you separate the art from the artist?