Seven days have passed and the Christmas holiday is over which means it’s time to return to our regularly-scheduled programming! On the third day of every week, I’ll drop ten songs that tickle my eardrums. Variety of tracks will range from hip hop/rap, EDM, country, singer/songwriter, Americana, R&B and everything in between— something for everyone depending on what I’m jamming that week.
The theme to this collection meets in the middle with soothing sound and brings something just a little bit different to switch up your sesh. Here’s the tracklist:
Track No. 1: Stay Down — Lil Durk, 6LACK, Young Thug
Lil Durk surprised everyone by dropping his new album The Voice on the 23rd, and he brought some of his friends along. The flow on this one is my favorite and Young Thug is always welcomed.
Track No. 2: I’m Your Oilman — Big Jack Johnson
Take it home Big Jack.
Track No. 3: Rapp Snitch Knishes — MF DOOM, Mr. Fantastik
I was recently introduced to MF DOOM and his rhyme-dense lyrics pair well with a morning toke to get the day started. It’s rare that I’ll enjoy a British rapper, but his whole flow is fast and fun without the typical accent-broken choppiness that I don’t typically connect with.
Track No. 4: The Look of Love, Pt. 1 — Slum Village
If you were to take everything that epitomizes old school hip hop/rap and put it on one track, this would be the result. You know what love is!
Track No. 5: Scottie Beam — Freddie Gibbs, The Alchemist, Rick Ross
This is probably a top-three Freddie Gibbs track for me, and that says a lot. He joins forces with Al on his most recent album, which is a combination that simply cannot miss and then he brings Rozay on for a verse to put the cherry on top. *chefs kiss*
Track No. 6: Black Qualls — Thundercat, Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington, Childish Gambino
One of the most unique releases of 2020, Thundercat dropped It Is What It Is back in April. An all-star crew hopped on the jazz-infused funk album and struck gold with Black Qualls. You’ll feel it from your head down to your toes, which you’ll find tapping right along as you drift off to another planet.
Track No. 7: Damage — H.E.R.
H.E.R. has been on one of the previous Tuesday lists, and she’s back again this week. You can feel the emotion in her voice as she vibes out on this longing love song that doesn’t stray too far from her powerful vocals.
Track No. 8: In Her Voice — Moneybagg Yo
On the other end of the love song spectrum, Moneybagg Yo goes hard on a booming kick drum with a quick high-hat pattern.
Track No. 9: E. Coli — The Alchemist, Earl Sweatshirt
I’ve been all over The Alchemist this week and this is one of his most well-known pieces of work. It also just so happens to be one of my favorites.
Track No. 10: Hero — Pivot Gang, Frsh Waters, Dinnerwithjohn, Saba
Simple, easy, smooth. The flute on this one lulls you in while the four unique artists come together to bring styles that are just different enough but fit together in a coherent manner to break it up.
(The playlist may not refresh on its own below, but if you click out to Spotify and hit like, it’ll pop right up and you can follow along!)
Looking for last week’s music?! Here is every delicious ditty to ever grace this list: