Playlist

The Best You Never Heard (Jan 7)

“Flava with a cocoa butta’ flow” What we’re listening to this week…

 

If people are still complaining to you about the lack of women rappers, it may be time to drop them from your 2016 roster. We’ve been rocking with London emcee Little Simz for the past few years. She is without question one of the hardest working artists in the game, and she consistently feeds the internet with quality material. Her latest album is AGE 101: DROP XWe’re loving the album’s lead track, Just A Dosea reflective and soulful track that prepares us for an album that showcases another style that the ferocious, rappity-raps that Simz is known for.

 

“America you need a miracle / beyond spiritual / I need a realer view / I hold a mirror to it”

The holidays have come and gone, and in case you missed it, the Cleveland police officer who killed unarmed, 12-year old Tamir Rice has come and gone from the courtroom without any conviction from the grand jury. The law enforcement officers who arrested and detained Sandra Bland in a Texas jail have also come and gone from the courtroom without consequences for her death. The Chicago police officer who killed unarmed, 17-year old Laquan McDonald has come and gone from the courtroom too, without any punishment for his actions.

And so, as has been the case for the past three Januarys, Americans of African descent begin the year contending for their right to live with dignity in this country. And we continue to shine a spotlight on the music that prepares the minds and spirits of the people for the work ahead. This week, we’ve rocking with Sunshine (feat. Jill Scott) by Pusha T. The song is on his new album, Darkest Before Dawn.

 

We’re fast approaching halftime of this winter’s cuffing season. For anyone who has been less-than-pleased with bae’s behavior in recent months, the new single First Love from Miami-area singer/rapper Stichiz is for you. This is music for the surprise pop-up, and for going through those Instagram DMs and Twitter mentions. Please try to work it out before slashing those tires…

 

For many of us, January is a month when we look at our bank accounts, look at all the friends and family we bought gifts for, look back at our accounts and ponder the deeper meaning of life. For everyone who has a few Broke and Chill weekends coming up, at least you can still hear great music. Our final selection this week is the compilation album Human to Human – Volume 3  from the Philly-based label Ropeadope Select. This is an incredible stew of afrobeat, house, jazz, rock, soul, and instrumental music. There is literally something for everyone on this album.

 

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