Playlist for the week of December 17, 2018:
- Elevate by Dj Khalil f/ Denzel Curry, YBN Cordae, SwaVAY, and Trevor Rich: Off the Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack; great pump-up/workout song; love Spider-man so obviously I love the subject matter of this song
- Big Dancin’ by Earlly Mac: random song from my discover spotify playlist; mostly I like this song because it samples this: https://youtu.be/7yzulDOfFic (video below)
- Next Episode by Sly5thAve: recommended by my cousin last week and I’ve been listening ever since; kind of a Western Dr. Dre vibe going on that makes it great driving music
- King’s Paradise by Rakim: from the Luke Cage soundtrack and relevant for a couple of reasons: 1. I’m sad about the cancellations of all the Marvel Netflix shows and 2. my friend LJ sent me this on instagram and it reminded me how great “story raps” like this are.
- Mother and Child Reunion by Paul Simon: bought Paul Simon’s self-titled 1972 album for $10 last week and I’ve been listening to it non-stop; I love Julio and Duncan but this track really blew me away; digging the reggae vibes and I learned on genius.com that Jimmy Cliff’s backing band played the instruments on this
- Yellow by Amine: This track and the next one are special to me for a couple different reasons. As I finish my posts on my 30 day trip last year, I was transported back to that time through my journal and through the music I was listening to. Amine was a guy I had never really listened to but once I heard his Good For You album, I was hooked. His infectious energy kept me upbeat as I packed up my campsite or cooked dinner. This song in particular always got me moving and put a smile on my face.
- Bigger Than Me by Big Sean: As I said above, this track is special to me. Often times on my road trip, I would feel downtrodden or insecure; this song would assure me that I was doing the right thing. This whole album (I Decided), was a huge help to me as I went up and down the coast.
“With all the work that’s goin’ on I feel like
This is like my second time doin’ it so I know that sound crazy but
You know I just I don’t know why I always imagine myself as
Like someone who failed at everything he ever did at life
You know and I got to the end of life and just regretted it all and somehow
This is my chance to go back and get it all right
And when I wake up, with that in mind you know
It completely changes my hunger, how I approach the whole day
I mean you decide to live your life like that then pshh man
I guarantee we’ll live life to our best potential
It’s that simple. It’s all about living in the moment. Period” – Big Sean, Bigger Than Me
George Clinton Good Burger scene:
Rakim’s live performance of King’s Paradise as well as some of his other classics on the Tiny Desk concert series. The legend, the GodMC, Rakim: