Joey Bada$$- Paper Trails

Joey Bada$$ has a sound that reminds me a lot of 90’s East Coast rap. His flow is quite amazing as his words eclipse the beat. I started listening to his music a few months ago and I became quite impressed with his music. “Paper Trails” is a prime example of what Bada$$ delivers constantly on the beat. Check it out above.

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Portico Quartet: Ruins

Here is a wonderful gem for this chilly and gloomy Sunday. Portico is an eclectic band that specializes in jazz, ambient music, and synthpop. “Ruins” is one of their best songs with its down tempo vibe that showcases the bass and saxophone. Check it out above.

Top 10 Albums of 2015

2015 was filled with quite surprises from many artists who released stellar albums. Some records improved on an initial sound while others went in a completely new direction. From a new twist on R&B to a cry to stop police brutality and senseless violence here are the top 10 albums of 2015.

10. Jeremih: Late Nights

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9. Death Cab for Cutie: Kintsugi

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8. Marilyn Manson: The Pale Emperor

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7. Jamie xx: In Colour

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6. Vince Staples: Summertime ’06

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5. Drake: If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

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4. Earl Sweatshirt: I Don’t Like Shit I Don’t Go Outside

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3. Leon Bridges: Coming Home

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2. Young Thug: Barter 6

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  1. Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp A Butterfly

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Young Thug feat. Freddie Gibbs & A$AP Ferg: Old English

Young Thug has had a tremendous year. News that his next mixtape “Slime Season 3” will be dropping very soon has made his fans including myself excited in anticipation. The production quality as well as Young Thug’s interesting wordplay only continues to improve.

“Old English” is an interesting collaboration between three of the hottest rappers in the game. Young Thug delivers as always especially on the chorus. Freddie Gibbs and A$AP Ferg also spit some of their best verses. Check it out above.

Earl Sweatshirt: Faucet

I mentioned before how abrasive but repeat worthy Earl Sweatshirt’s sophomore album “I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside” is. “Faucet” shows that particular down tempo and minimalistic production that the album is. Sweatshirt speaks his mind without any filter as he lays into the track. Check it out above.

Rich Homie Quan: Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)

The music that has been coming out of the Southern rap scene especially from Atlanta is changing hip hop quickly. Young rappers Rich Homie Quan, Young Thug and Migos have developed their own sound that is very catchy and seems to be playing everywhere.

“Flex” is one of Quan’s most successful songs to date with its memorable chorus and dance that has been copied in various videos on Youtube. It is a fun-loving and upbeat song that has had me listening to it constantly over the past few weeks. Check it out above.

Top 10 Music Videos of 2015

2015 was a year of outstanding music videos that showcased new styles and interesting production. Some reflect our turbulent times with police brutality and excessive force while others showcase new dance moves. From hip hop’s weirdo rapper to a message of hope here are the top 10 music videos of 2015.

10. Drake- Energy

9. Marilyn Manson- The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles

8. Young Thug- Best Friend

7. Rihanna- Bitch Better Have My Money

6. Leon Bridges- Coming Home

5. Drake- Hotline Bling

4. Highly Suspect- Lydia

3. Vince Staples- Norf Norf

2. Young Thug- Constantly Hating

  1. Kendrick Lamar- Alright

 

Sunday Soul- Chuck Jackson: Any Day Now

I first heard of Chuck Jackson from the movie “Inherent Vice” where his song “Any Day Now” played during the ending credits. The song features a memorable organ riff and Jackson’s sweeping vocals that instantly instills nostalgic feelings. Check it out above.

Young Thug: Draw Down

For the past two weeks I have been listening to Young Thug on daily basis and his music keeps on surprising me. He recently stated that he dropping another mixtape “Slime Season 3” within the next few weeks and I must say I can’t wait to hear it. Young Thug’s work ethic is quite amazing; he seems to be constantly dropping a new single every few days.

“Draw Down” is a single from the first “Slime Season” mixtape. Young Thug’s rap style is quite infectious and seems to be all over the beat with its eccentricity. It has become one of my favorite songs and further makes me a Young Thug fan.

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