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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.