A weekly playlist of the music that made us and continues to make us.
Reanimator (feat. Yves Tumor) - Joji
Been playing this song non-stop because of this beat. It sounds like a videogame and I always appreciate songs like this. It’s sonically sophisticated, and effortlessly fits the mood. A formula that I am always drawn to.
Devil in a New Dress - Kanye West
Went back to this song since it’s already been 10 years since Kanye released MBDTF. A classic of an album and this song reminds me of so many memories. Ross killed this verse and I admire the history behind it, where Ye made him re-do the verse again because he knew he had much more in him. This ceaseless devotion to making something the best it can be inspires me.
Don't Cry - MorMor
I think this beat is so crazy, it makes me feel a sense of urgency, which I feel like how my mood has been lately. I feel like there has been a lot on my plate lately but I really enjoy it, and it feels like I’m almost there to achieve everything that I want to achieve, so I feel like the vibe of this song captures that pretty well.
Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst - Kendrick Lamar
I chose this song because I think this is one of Kendrick’s best songs. Every time I listen to it, it gives me chills and I think it’s a very powerful song. GKMC is one of my favorite albums of all time, so it also brings back nostalgia and has me itching for a new K Dot album.
Emotionless - Drake
A representation of my status within the social media ecosystem. We are living in a world where social media has altered the way people express themselves for good and bad, this has led to ripple effects of people doing things for others and failing to create from an organic place.
Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts - Funkadelic
This song has played a key role in my development as a young man, reminding me that my state of mind is dependent on the quality of my thoughts. As individuals we don’t have control over the majority of variables in life but we have control of our thoughts.
Mongolia [Feat. Hologram & Meyhem Lauren] - Action Bronson
Mongolia is an action packed magnificent art piece. Again, only for Dolphins.
Aries (YuGo) (feat. Pharrell & Station Wagon P) - Mike WiLL Made-It
I made that beat before Mike will made it, but Pharrell absolutely killed it. I’m not even mad.
Honest - Baby Keem
I chose this song because the sound he went for on this song is truly amazing. It differs from his older sound so much you don’t really know it’s him until he starts singing. The type of diversity Baby Keem is establishing in his music is out of this world.
In My Room - Frank Ocean
This song has made me feel a certain way that I’ve never felt before. When I first heard this song I instantly fell in love. Frank is an amazing artist , but this song is different. I can listen to this on repeat all day. This is a feeling I want to give others through my music.
Pick Up Your Feelings - Jazmine Sullivan
One of the queens of soul has returned with a vengeance, with two songs that speak volumes to her ridiculous range as a vocalist while also making you feel something. Whereas “Lost One” was a minimal ode to someone sifting through the emotional wreckage of lost love and vulnerability with an remorseful edge (“There is one thing I need for you to know/Just don’t have too much fun without me”) “Pick Up Your Feelings” sees Jazmine on the offensive, dismissing her ex lover with fangs and claws, unapologetic and sounding damn fine while doing it.
Jasmine (demo) - Jai Paul
Some songs are time capsules. You know exactly where you were when you first heard it, a before and after that stopped you in your tracks and truly made you listen. Despite living in such a rough form, jasmine sounded like the future. It sounded alive, viscous, watery, something organic, like an alien specimen bottled and brought to us after Jai’s long journey amongst the stars. And even after the fiasco of a unofficial leak and official compilation release years later, the far-reaching influence it has had on hip hop production and the shape of contemporary music today still intact, Jai Paul still sounds like he’s a time traveler from a future where we’ve already invented hyperspeed. One of a kind.
Wiseblood (Johnny Jewel Remix) - Zola Jesus & Johnny Jewel
I’ve long suffered from depression, and always felt misunderstood growing up, particularly by my father. We’ve had a strained relationship since my teens. I’d read David Sheff’s memoir, “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction,” which hit on too many levels at the time. When it was turned into a movie, I knew it would be difficult to revisit, but I felt compelled to see it. Of course, I cried many times, which at this stage of life, is less painful, and more cathartic, however, when this song came on, I balled my eyes out. There was something strangely familiar in the vocals. I realized the artist was someone my friend had worked with back in 2009 for his New York Fashion Week debut. Things circle back in life. Some things never leave. “This’ll be / My one remorse / That extremes kept me abused / And this dream / Is a long recourse / And time can make it new.”
We Stayed Up All Night (feat. Ardyn) - Tourist
I’d just finished a three day bender after a long bachelor party in Dallas. The rest of the party had left for Mexico City, but I flew to Seattle to go visit my wife who was there for work. I’d been to Seattle before and knew I didn’t love the city, however, as I often do, I like to get into the heart of wherever I’m visiting. I trekked into an offbeat neighbourhood one day and saw a poster that Tourist was playing in a grungy bar while we were there. I booked two tickets on the spot. That same day we secured the partnership between Microsoft and HXOUSE. I can remember standing on the upper balcony of the bar, listening to this song while I danced with my wife, and thinking of the sacrifices led to that moment. I’ll never forget how she looked at me that night. There was just so much belief in her eyes. I never want to lose that memory.