Naughty By Nature: Hip Hop Hooray

Naughty By Nature is one of those rap groups that will have their music forever played on the radio stations due to their pop sensibilities. The group released a string of hits in the 90’s that made them quite popular with the mainstream public. Their anthematic songs are all catchy with amazing wordplay.

“Hip Hop Hooray” is a celebration of hip hop with its fun loving mood. Check it out above.

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Nas: Suspect

Nas is the greatest rapper of all time with his street poetry and lyrics on contemporary life. He has produced album after album that keeps him in the forefront of the hip hop game. There are many that claim to be the best but none come close to Nas.

“Suspect” is storytelling at its best with production by L.E.S. This song is hard hitting and relentless. Check it out above.

Kendrick Lamar: Alright

Kendrick Lamar has been having a stellar year after releasing his second studio album “To Pimp A Butterfly”. He has done a lot for his community and hometown of Los Angeles. His new music differs tremendously from his past record with a focus on black stereotypes, struggles and alienation.

“Alright” is a positive song in the face of constant police brutality against blacks. The song tries to show that there is hope in the face of all the chaos that is going on. Check it out above.

Sunday Soul- Barbara Lewis: Would You Love Me

I first heard of Barbara Lewis at a bar where the DJ was spinning obscure soul songs from the 60’s and 70’s. Her voice completely threw me off guard and I had to ask the DJ who was this singer. From then on I have listened to countless songs from Lewis and I am quite astounded that she never garnered fame like her contemporaries.

“Would You Love Me” has a rockabilly feel withs its quick pace and guitar chords. The organ is the featured instrument that works wonders with Lewis’ voice. Check it out above.

The Neighbourhood: R.I.P 2 My Youth

Good news today; The Neighbourhood are releasing their second album entitled “Wiped Out” in October. The band has been gaining major exposure ever since their single “Sweater Weather” topped the charts. Their melancholic and noir inspired atmosphere sets a certain mood when listening to them. Their music videos are shot in black and white and are quite minimalistic.

“R.I.P 2 My Youth” is the new single from the forthcoming album and it follows in the same vein as their other songs but is more thematic in scope. Check it out above.

Mac Miller: 100 Grandkids

Mac Miller is finally back with a new studio album entitled “GO:OD AM.” The first single from the record is “100 Grandkids” which showcases Mac’s penchant for humor and offbeat music production. Ever since his stellar second album Mac has been putting out a stream of music that keeps getting better and better. Check out the music video above.

De La Soul: Sunshine

De La Soul seems to always produce music that makes you listen up and unburdens your mind. “Sunshine” from their album ‘Stakes Is High’ features a memorable beat and introspective lyrics. It is without a doubt one of their best songs from that album alone. Check it out above.

2Pac: Do For Love

Back in high school I listened to nothing else but 2pac. I burned all of his albums to CD’s and would play it loud from my small radio in my room. Years have gone by and I don’t listen to him as often as I used to but every now and then I revisit his music. Laidback 2pac always catches my attention in contrast to his gangsta persona.

“Do For Love” is one of 2pac’s greatest songs with its smooth vibe and 2pac’s flow about trying to commit to a relationship. Check it out above.

Vince Staples: Nate

With production by Scoop DeVille on “Nate”, Vince Staples talks about wanting to be just like his father and what it was like growing up with him. Staples flow is direct and not nostalgic as he talks about the reality of his life. Check it out above.

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