What a week! Of course, the highlight was J. Cole’s return, but I’ve been pretty heavy on the shuffle button this week. 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.
There’s a good variety of rap, Kentucky soul and vibes this time around. Here’s the tracklist for the 24th edition:
Track No. 1: 95 . s o u t h — J. Cole
J.Cole is back. The Off-Season came with high expectations and I was fully prepared for a letdown. Nope. Straight bangers. When PUT YO HOOD UP started, I almost swerved off of the road.
Track No. 2: Clueless — The Marias
Very mellow, super groovy. Add in a bit of synth “horn section,” and you’ll be vibing.
Track No. 3: The Way — Ariana Grande, Mac Miller
Ariana got married in secret over the weekend and I’ve been in my Mac bag pretty heavy. This song needs to make a comeback this summer.
Track No. 4: Mercy — Cole Chaney
All east Kentucky does is produce talented musicians and hardship. There’s something to that.
Track No. 5: Homeward Strut — Tommy Bolin
Classic rock guitar shreddin’.
Track No. 6: Let Loose — Mt. Joy
I am always so delighted to rediscover Mt. Joy. I don’t know that I had ever heard this track before and really gave it a proper listen. It’s delightful.
Track No. 7: Shadowboxin’ — GZA, Method Man
GZA and Method Man came together to topple their metaphorical challengers. That should explain it!
Track No. 8: In the Morning — Mac Miller, Syd, Thundercat
Like I said, I’ve been on (another) Mac kick this week. This song in particular doesn’t get the credit it deserves as one of his best.
Track No. 9: Without You — Mike Williams, Felix Jaehn, Jordan Shaw
Anthemic, summer dance music. It’s pretty soft, but it fits great on a backyard playlist.
Track No. 10: p u n c h i n ‘ . t h e . clock — J. Cole
Um, J. Cole is back. You didn’t think he wouldn’t get two songs, did you? This is my favorite of the less “popular” tracks. The Lil Baby and 21 Savage features get enough credit, I thought I’d illuminate something a little more out there.
(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: