The new James Blake album dropped but I, like many hip hop heads, gravitated to a track featuring… oh, you know, the annual new feature from Andre 3000. In fact, it was @hetalbot (my co-content creator from the Yasiin Bey show the other day) who put me onto this almost instantly after Assume Form dropped in full at midnight.
3K puts down a fast flow and you can visualize his head spinning as he questions how a flourishing relationship seems too good to be true (the theme of the whole song.) Witty wordplay ensues so press play and then flow with the rest of the dark R&B vibes from James Blake. I’m in progress at posting time myself. (He produced this song brilliantly too by the way.)
Eddie Supa’s easily in my top level of upcoming artists, whether from Chicago or anywhere. Here’s his quick set of new raps to match the thumpin’ beat he’s always cookin’ too. I’m a 90s wrestling fan, hence the line I highlighted in the title. More good ones above (and more soon-to be released heat to come…)
The smoothest R&B singer that you shouldn’t sleep on this year is Stan Sono. In fact, you should sleep to this one with your loved one as Sono slows it down and breaks it down with some creative lyricism both on the verses and the catchy hook. There’s just a raw, natural energy on this record that I think anyone can appreciate.
Great start to the new year here as Sono has backloaded his new tunes to release rapid fire style now that the holiday dust as settled. The video for “Fantasies” is already on deck (below), the full EP up next, and then I even got to hear his next-next releases after that last month after his live show in Chicago. Whoo! The motivational R&B anthems that are comin… 🔥🔥🔥 But first… keep the slow jams comin’…
In fact, it’s the freshest way to celebrate and remember the late angel Aaliyah on what would’ve been her 40th birthday today. 🙏
Chicago’s Marcus The Artist put down a brand new, bumpin’ house remix today of Aaliyah’s classic slow jam “Rock The Boat” and now the sultry single has a completely different (and equally effective) feel to it. I love the tempo and overall production Marcus put on this, it’s just simply superb.
You didn’t know you needed “Rock The Boat” for more than just the bedroom. Save this remix for the next time you’re on the way out on the town and you’ll get the energy up. Great tribute today by our friend and the multi-talented Marcus.
To the longtime GWHH followers: you already know we’ve been supportive of Mike’s career since the jump, and this week, he’s hitting another milestone. Posner’s new album, A Real Good Kid, drops later this week.
While many have noted his stark physical appearance changes throughout his career, in the wake of the #10yearchallenge no less, Mike’s also had some fascinating evolution in his music. With “Noah’s Ark” and the recent video for “Move On”, Mike is as revealing, personal, and introspective as ever. You can’t help but appreciate it. And I also love how he wrote and just released this without holding onto it. Would love to see more artists drop music at a better balance like this (without all the pre-release preparation that could diminish the energy of releasing it at or close to the time of recording. I digress…) Listen above and below to catch up before A Real Good Kid.
(And oh damn. A 3.5 GPA at Duke?! Better than my 3.0 at Minnesota. 😂)
It’s that time of year again! The time where you reflect on the year that was and set new intentions for the change in calendar upon us. The procrastinator in me decided to do just that… mere hours before the clock turns 2019. Haha.
The busy holiday season distracted me from one of my annual traditions: putting all my favorite new songs of the year into one giant playlist: the *Tibs Favs. of 2018.
This tradition has underwent some evolution. Ten years ago, I created two “volumes” of *Tibs Favs. — a hip hop and R&B side with just enough songs to fit an hour and twenty minutes so it can all fit on one burned CD. To top it off, DJ MinimaxX blended it all together.
So, without further ado, here is this year’s evolved Spotify playlist (with no DJ blends, sorry) and some of my fun observations — a director’s commentary, of sorts, in no particular bullet-pointed order.
Like this commentary, the playlist is in no particular order with the exception of the first 4 tracks for the default Spotify thumbnail. I had trouble pointing out which 4 “anthems” stood above the rest so I settled on 1 (“Pray for Me” because that was actually my driving anthem for the first quarter of 2018) and then the other 3…
Drogas Wavewas my favorite rap album of the year… favorite album of the year. “Sun God” was my repeat record in the car.
preme__xy continues to be my favorite rising artist and “Run D Chekk ⇪” was his most menacing rap track of the year. Plus, he’s got the best cover art in the game. Any artist. Period.
“This Is America”. Do I have to add anything? Most impactful song/video of the year? Yes.
The untimely passing of Mac Miller inspired a revisit to his catalogue. I noticed that I felt sad listening to most of his music again, except for his upbeat collab with Anderson .Paak that is the perfect LA sunshine tune. R.I.P. Mac forever.
We happened to go to the impromptu video shoot for “Crossing a Line” so this song has some sentimental value. Mike’s a down to earth dude too.
Picked out one track from all the G.O.O.D. Music releases (and Drake’s album for that matter) to encapsulate the summer of big-name drops. I coulda chose more but the exercise of just picking 1 proved fun and valuable.
dvsn’s “Morning After” technically came out in 2017 but I snuck it on here because they were my favorite artist to discover on tour in 2018. Saw them open up for Miguel and came away with a greater appreciation of the OVO duo in general. Lots of songs have been in my rotation since September but this one especially.
Cal-A… GTA… this all comes from 2K19. I don’t even think they’re great songs but… I play a lot of 2K19 and damn, they’re among the catchiest. “Sicko Mode” too, sorry, not sorry. (Though this meme deserves some credit also.)
Last thing: If you don’t recognize the artist — listen! Enjoy. I think you’ll find something new you like here, for any day, night, or mood you encounter in 2019. Happy New Year! 🎇