Luke Christopher: Album of the Year

Luke Christopher released his debut album today…

TMRWFRVR might be my favorite project of 2017 so far. Don’t get me wrong, Kendrick is still king but Luke blew me away with this album. When I first heard Section.80, I saw something special. I get the exact same feeling listening to TMRWFRVR.

 

The beats are incredible and Luke’s voice fits perfectly over each, switching between rapping and singing with jaw dropping grace.

 

The awesome thing about this project is that each song feels like a completely unique masterpiece. I can’t even name standout tracks because they are all that good.

Click here to buy the album… You will be so happy you did.

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Ultimate Party Playlist

I believe I’ve created the formula for the perfect playlist to get everyone on the dance floor at a party.

  1. All songs must be danceable… No slow jams.

 

  1. The lyrical content needs to fit the party atmosphere. Nobody wants to hear life lessons when they are drinking. There is a time and place for conscious rap and it isn’t at a party.

 

  1. At least 75-85% of the playlist needs to be made up of popular songs that people know. This doesn’t mean play only songs from the past two years. Look over the past 20 years and dig up some throwbacks. In college, I tried playing underground artists like Kendrick and J. Cole before they were popular. Unfortunately, this resulted in guests constantly requesting song changes. On the whole, people don’t want to be introduced to unfamiliar artists at a party. They just want something they can jam to.

 

Click here or follow the link below to check out my ultimate party playlist.

What do you think of the playlist? Is there a different kind of playlist you’d like to see?

 

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Five Mixtapes You Might’ve Missed (Volume 2)

Due to the massive amount of free music floating around the Internet, great music often goes unnoticed and underappreciated.

 

Here are a few mixtapes that might’ve slipped under your radar that are worth checking out.

To see the previous list click here

Bacc 2 Old School Vol. 1 by Daz Dillinger

In 2013, Daz Dillinger released this mind-blowing mixtape that takes the listener back in time. The rapper uses exclusively funk music in all of the songs, presumably in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Snoop Dogg’s “Doggy Style” in which Daz played a part. The old school west coast funk sound is awesome and pays homage to artists like Snoop Dogg, 2pac, and Dr. Dre. Standout tracks include “Got 2 B Real” and “Mr. Groove”. I’m simply upset that we have yet to see any signs of Bacc 2 Old School Vol. 2.

Click here to listen and download Bacc 2 Old School Vol. 1

 

 

Orientation by Ohana Bam

At the end of 2016, Ohana Bam released a seven-track mixtape featuring vintage Kanye beats. Orientation’s a great introduction to the Chicago native. If he can create a full-length album with this level of quality, Ohana will blow up… Bam!

Click here to listen and download Orientation

 

 

Hotel by Yelawolf

Yelawolf’s 2015 album, Love Story, marked turning point in his career. His new sound and style fit him well and made me a huge fan. In October 2016, Yelawolf released an EP called Hotel. The project further solidifies his new country-rock style of rapping that defined Love Story. If his upcoming album, Trial By Fire, sounds anything like these two projects then we’re in for a treat.

Click here to listen and download Hotel

 

 

Unplugged: Live from Smith’s Olde Bar by Scotty ATL

This is one of my favorite mixtapes from 2016. The project was recorded during a live performance. Not only does this showcase Scotty’s impressive stage presence but it also shows that he only needs one take to perfectly deliver the lyrics. Fellow Atlanta artist, B.o.B, appears in a song as well. The two rappers frequently collaborate so it didn’t surprise me that Scotty had his buddy there to drop a verse. The beautiful background vocals and live instruments are the cherry on top of the already great mixtape. A few months later, Scotty released Daily Bread, which was also recorded live.

Click here to listen and download Unplugged: Live From Smith’s Olde Bar

 

 

Soul Searchin by Dizzy Wright

In 2011, before he got a big record deal, Dizzy Wright was just a kid trying to make a name for himself. The young lyricist poured his heart and soul into this mixtape and it really shows. The deep subject matter, vivid storytelling, and thought provoking opinions are all part of what makes Dizzy Wright so unique. Standout tracks include “Here He Go Again”, “Hit Me When You Comin”, and “I Wonder If Heaven Gotta Ghetto”.

Click here to listen and download Soul Searchin

 

What was your favorite on the list?

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Best Mashup EVER

Woah…

Two days ago, T-Pain appeared on “To The Beat With Kurt Hugo Schneider” and delivered a mind-blowing mashup performance.

T-pain’s by far one of my favorite musicians of all time. His NPR Tiny Music Desk performance took the Internet by storm and I hope this video receives the same well-deserved popularity.

 

 

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Chance the Rapper: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Finally!

The full video for Chance’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert is here! It’s one of the best I’ve seen in the series. Chance has an interesting personality filled with humor, depth, intelligence, and relatability.

 

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Aloe Blacc – King Is Born

“King Is Born” is the first single off Blacc’s forthcoming album. It surfaced in a recent press conference promoting the upcoming Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather fight. The fight is happening on August 26th in Vegas.

 

I think Aloe Blacc is the perfect artist for commercial purposes. Ten thousand dollars says the song appears in Marvel’s Black Panther movie.