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Plays: 10
Song: A Case of You
Artist: James Blake
Album: Enough Thunder

Whenever I listen to this song I picture a silhouette of a man, he’s stumbling like the piano, bottle in hand. He’s standing across the frame from a woman who’s just standing there. Probably with her arms folded. I can’t see her face but it’s probably a “God, you’re so drunk again” expression. And he’s explaining, pretty much the lyrics. They’re standing in the snow too, in the forest. It’s not thick though, just a couple trees. I can feel the pain and desperation in his voice. It makes me shiver.

I don’t care if it’s a cover. There isn’t a single James Blake song I like more.

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Plays: 190
Song: Bed Peace (feat. Childish Gambino)
Artist: Jhené Aiko
Album: Sail Out

This song’s been out for a while but Jhené’s EP is coming out tomorrow (and already leaked) and if you’re not up on this, you should be.

She’s been all over everybody’s album and she has some really solid tracks on her EP. Excited for her debut next year.

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Plays: 60
Song: 3005
Artist: Childish Gambino

kingnaij:

Childish Gambino - 3005

I didn’t think it was possible but his music is starting to sound even more indie influenced. This and “Yaphet Kotto” both feel really light and floaty, which is not at all what I’ve come to expect since the movie and now the instagram photos.

On the vocal side, I’m impressed with how he switches up his flow a few times. For a bit there, he sounded like Chance the Rapper. Not surprising and honestly kinda cool since I’ve never heard anyone else rap like Chance before. I’ve always liked Donald’s singing too so I’ll be listening to this a lot, most likely.

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Plays: 1,091
Song: Dawn Chorus
Artist: Boards of Canada
Album: Geogaddi

One of the most amazing things I’ve ever heard. And I’m not just saying that.

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Plays: 1,123
Song: Aim High
Artist: John Legend
Album: Love in the Future

This song makes me imagine John Legend and Pharrell as house musicians in a jazz lounge. Just groovin’.

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Plays: 19
Song: Somewhere in America
Artist: Jay-Z
Album: Magna Carta... Holy Grail

Hey guys, I think MCHG went over people’s heads. I know that could be an easy way to explain-away poor quality, but I’ve really thought about this. Childish Gambino has a line where he basically says that rappers don’t get the benefit of listeners understanding any subtlety or subtext in their lyrics and Jay Z doesn’t seem to be immune to that.

I didn’t love it when it came out. Then recently I realized it’s actually a good album up through “Heaven.” Take out “Versus,” “BBC,” and “La Familia” and I think we have a 8-point-something on out hands easy. Maybe give “Part II” to Bey while we’re at it.

I’m posting “Somewhere in America” because I think it’s a pretty simple example of the difference between what Jay was doing and what reviewers thought on day one. I’ve read a couple reviews that talk about Hov name dropping throughout the album. But I don’t think he’s doing it to seem relevant or anything. This is a guy who drops like 6 Italian words in “Fuckwithmeyouknowigotit” knowing damn well we don’t know Italian. Maybe he’s trying to portray different things with those lyrics but in my opinion, he’s really just using whatever he can to be effective.

Is Miley Cyrus’ twerking all the rage right now? Yeah. It’s got buzz. But because we know all about her and her career, the lyric makes perfect sense when you think about it as an example of how hip-hop and black culture are invading the mainstream. I mean, think about it. Miley Cyrus is fucking twerking. Hov’s giving himself some credit for that (“You see I’m still puttin’ work in”) and he’s earned that. No one can say he’s not one of the most influential figures in the genre ever. Not saying every line is a classic but spend some time on RapGenius and a little more time thinking about some of the lyrics and I think it’ll grow on you like it did me.

I’m still working on “I don’t pop molly, I rock Tom Ford.”

browniesandlemonade:

Big Sean Ft. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica - Control.
With Hall of Fame only a couple of weeks away, Big Sean decides to unload a erroneous yet blazing track featuring Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica. K. Dot really steals the show, with a nonstop barrage of ferocious flows and wordplay.

When you ask Kendrick fucking Lamar and Jay fucking Electronica to be on your song, you’re just asking to get bodied. That said, Sean still went in. THAT BEING SAID, Kendrick still bodied him. This song is 7 and a half minutes long and they’re all dope.

browniesandlemonade:

Big Sean Ft. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica - Control.

With Hall of Fame only a couple of weeks away, Big Sean decides to unload a erroneous yet blazing track featuring Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica. K. Dot really steals the show, with a nonstop barrage of ferocious flows and wordplay.

When you ask Kendrick fucking Lamar and Jay fucking Electronica to be on your song, you’re just asking to get bodied. That said, Sean still went in. THAT BEING SAID, Kendrick still bodied him. This song is 7 and a half minutes long and they’re all dope.

Anxiety attack treatment.

Anxiety attack treatment.

Miguel on some ole vulnerability shit. I absolutely love it.

So I actually like this #Beautiful song by Miguel & Mariah Carey, but not enough that I felt Tumblr needed to know. However, now that A$AP Rocky has jumped on the remix, I feel it’s something I need to share.