I’m going to let you in on a secret…
It’s that time of year again.
The world has very little information about R&B singer H.E.R., but I already know she’s my soul sister.
Joey Bada$$ is officially back on the scene, as announced via Twitter earlier this week. With the release of his video for “Land of the Free” which will be the fourth track on the upcoming EP, conscious hip-hop lovers everywhere should be sparking up, increasing chakras, and flocking to Amazon to purchase their Basquiat hoodies. The New York rapper’s new project, titled All Amerikkkan Bada$$, is set to drop April 7 boasting features from the J. Cole, Schoolboy and Styles P. Fans were treated by King Bada$$ himself when he shared the video for “Land of the Free” last week. Not only does the production mirror Joey’s (I’ve decided we’re now on a first name basis) signature smooth instrumentals with some 70s funk undertones, but the lyrics and video are equally impressive. The track was released January 19, fittingly before the 45th Presidential Inauguration of You Know Who. Common themes touching on politics and oppression that listeners have been exposed to from the rapper’s previous projects are present in “Land of the Free.” The hook opens with powerful words, preparing listeners for the …
If you enjoy a good mix of unsigned artists and hippy vibes, you’re going to love this playlist.
So this morning, like most Mondays, was rough. Getting out of bed was the ultimate struggle. Fixing my hair into something presentable was like war. The drive to work was literally a battlefield. And it’s cold outside. Therefore, the only thing keeping me alive (in addition to coffee) is my “Monday Blues Vol. 2” playlist. Once the first song started playing my soul began to awaken because… well, it’s J.Cole. Song number two is “Late Night” by Gold Link so by this point, I started warming up to being alive for the day. Once I got to “Love$ick” I was kind of feeling this whole overcoming the despair and destruction that is Monday thing. So I was pretty much at my desk like… Needless to say, I’m ready to tackle this week like a boss. Bring it on Monday. Image Credit: Giphy.com
Alcohol. I mean, how could you not. Once I realized Hilary wasn’t going to win last night, I needed something to help me sleep through the night. A great playlist. On my way into work, as I passed a “F*ck Trump” sign spray painted across Los Angeles City Hall fear set in. My stomach was immediately upset because things are changing and its terrifying. Once I arrived to work, my coworkers looked like zombies. After Hilary’s concession speech, I felt myself tearing up. By the time my coworker started comparing the United States to Germany and Iran I had to draw the line. So I grabbed my iPod and listened to my newest playlist. 3.Talking about it… In moderation. It’s always helpful to talk about things that bother you. But I learned today, that when you talk about a touchy topic too much you start stressing yourself more. I was upset before work, but after my coworker started coming up with all of these “end of the world” scenarios I had to remove myself from the conversation. 4.Positive …
Did you hit the snooze button 2 or more times this Monday morning? Did someone cut you off on your drive into work/class/wherever you go in the mornings? Was there a pile of work awaiting you once you arrived? Perhaps you have a new group project due in two weeks. Whatever the case, Mondays are rough but a good playlist can go a long way. Vol. 1 of my Monday Blues playlist is custom designed by yours truly with you and your Monday in mind. This playlist features chill songs to get your week started off right, vibe out to, and get over the Monday Blues. Turn this playlist on at work (I’m listening to it at my desk now,) when you’re trying to get some creative juices flowing, or when you’re just trying to relax to Smooth Hip & Hop and R&B.
We’ve all read the cliche articles about the best rappers alive, but what kind of music lover would I be if I didn’t do at least one blog post about mine? So let’s get into it.