Lucky for you, that’s what I like, that’s what I like…
– Bruno Mars
Did you know I actually listen to and enjoy music recorded after 2010?
2016 has been a dope year for rap and R&B. I’m already stressing my picks for my end of year Top 10 Songs / Albums lists. While I sort through the year’s releases for the crème de la crème, I’m playing the following new projects.
By the time most of you read this post, I’ll be ear-deep in the new J. Cole album, 4 Your Eyez Only. The first two singles, “False Prophets” and “Everybody Dies” are promising. “False Prophets” (the song and video) gives me A Tribe Called Quest vibes. “Everybody Dies” feels like vintage Yes-I-Rap-Better-Than-You Cole.
I’m loving the Smoke DZA / Pete Rock collaboration Don’t Smoke Rock. You know what I never knew I needed? Rick Ross floating over a Pete Rock track. Also of note: “Dusk 2 Dusk” featuring Big K.R.I.T., Dom Kennedy, and theMIND has one of my favorite beats this year.
John Legend’s latest, DARKNESS & LIGHT has a handful of songs I can’t stop listening to. The title track featuring Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes sounds straight off the jukebox in a blues club. “What You Do to Me” is the typical tension-filled Legend song about difficult but thrilling love. Miguel joins him on “Overload” for a perfect marriage of the crooners’ respective sounds.
Still obsessed with the CMA version of “Daddy Lessons,” by the way.
To hear these songs (and all my favorites of 2016) check out #SkinnyBlackJams: 2016 on Spotify.