Over the past few months, I have been working on a hip-hop playlist on Spotify. Not just any ole playlist, but a chill hip hop playlist. I have always wanted to create a playlist for just relaxing, walking home from work, or cruising in your car. “Hip Hop Chill: Take it Easy” playlist features some of the most mellow and lyrically versatile songs that I think are the best of the hip-hop genre. It features songs from Pete Rock and CL Smooth, A Tribe Called Quest, Kendrick Lamar, The Pharcyde, Nas, The Roots, Common, and many other artists that have specialized in that chillaxing sound. I hope you all just sit back and take it easy to this chilled out playlist. Don’t forget to follow the playlist if you like it.

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You Blew It!: Sundial Song

You Blew It’!’s Abendrot was one of my favorite records of 2016 as the band ventured into a more slower and mature sound. The entire album is a joy to listen to and I still find myself returning to the album over and over again. “Sundial Song” is one of the best tracks from the album with its pop-punk sound and catchy chorus. Check it out.

Title Fight: Blush

Recently, after a long day at work, I have been listening to Title Fight on the way home. For some people decompressing might be the best way to relax after the mundanity of work, but I like to hear the roar of Title Fight’s music. I discovered this band two years ago and felt like I really missed the boat and had to play catchup. I’ve listened to their discography almost every day. “Blush” is one of my favorite songs from the band which is from the Spring Songs EP. This track completely goes off the rails with its relentless momentum and aggression. Check it out.

RS #497 The White Stripes: We’re Going to Be Friends

For a long time, I listened to The White Stripes on a daily basis. I couldn’t get enough of Jack White’s guitar skills. White Blood Cells comes in at #497 on Rolling Stones Greatest Albums list. This record was fun to listen to after so many years. I still enjoy “We’re Going to Be Friends” the most due to its simple and easygoing lyrics. Check it out.

Do Make Say Think: Horripilation

Do Make Say Think has become one of my favorite post-rock bands with their versatile sound. This band seems to create some of the most reflective music that I have heard come out of the genre. It is music for decompressing and thinking about the meaning of life. On their new album Stubborn Persistent Illusions the band further pushes the boundaries of their pensive sound. “Horripilation” is one of my favorite tracks from the record with its fantastic guitar riffs. Check it out.

Vince Staples: Big Fish

 

Vince Staples news is always good news. Last Thursday, Vince dropped a new single from his forthcoming album Big Fish Theory entitled “Big Fish.” The song follows in the footsteps of his Prima Donna EP with its electronic sound. Check it out.

RS #498 The Stone Roses – Waterfall

I had heard so much about The Stone Roses over the years that it took me a while to actually listen to them. I listened to their self-titled album about two years ago and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The Stone Roses ranks # 498 on the Rolling Stone Greatest Albums list. The song that I

The song that I enjoyed the most from the record is “Waterfall.” This track is jangle rock in its truest form with its ringing guitars reminiscent of the Byrds.

Album Spotlight: Daryl Donald – Solitude

Dary Donald’s debut album Solitude is a warm and vibrant instrumental release. It features some of the most chill beats that are reminiscent of Mello Music Group‘s catalog. There are elements of jazz and soul samples that really displays a versatile mix of influences. The album opens up with “Odessa” that really establishes the tone of it, with its easygoing sound and vocal samples. There are many standout tracks on the album including “Tender,” “Nothing,” and “Still Life.” The former track has a laid back sound that is driven by stuttering hi-hats and a vocal sample that shouts about moving your feet to the music. “Nothing” reminds me of a 90’s era beat that you instantly evokes a feeling of the prominent hip-hop hip hop scene. “Still Life” is my favorite track from the record and has a more somber feel to it with its soft piano keys and quiet drumbeat.

There are many standout tracks on the album including “Tender,” “Nothing,” and “Still Life.” The former track has a laid back sound that is driven by stuttering hi-hats and a vocal sample that shouts about moving your feet to the music. “Nothing” reminds me of a 90’s era beat that you instantly evokes a feeling of the prominent hip-hop hip hop scene. “Still Life” is my favorite track from the record and has a more somber feel to it with its soft piano keys and quiet drumbeat.

The album is a fantastic debut from a producer who has his ears glued to what music genres blend well together. Check out the album on Daryl Donald’s Bandcamp page: https://daryldonald1993.bandcamp.com/album/solitude

Bryson Tiller: Somethin Tells Me

Bryson Tiller’s career has been blowing up since the release of his highly successful debut album Trapsoul. His follow-up True to Self has become one of the most anticipated albums of 2017.  Last week, Tiller released two singles from the album including “Somethin Tells Me.”

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