I used to dig for records in the cellars of dusty record stores, pawn shops, and flea markets. I don’t think I’ll ever lose the joy of discovering new music. The internet makes it simpler, but there’s so much more to sift through now. So it’s my job to make things a bit easier for you. Here are 5 songs you need to listen to this month.
“Gonna Miss You” feat. Raphael Saadiq
Yeah, yeah, I know I’m a little late with this one. I finally listened to “Crown” right after I finished the last write-up. I should have listened a lot sooner. This 9th Wonder produced banger rocks with no hook… peace to Shaq & RZA. Rapsody lets us know everything she’s gonna miss (Obama, Prince, etc.) but no line hits as hard as…
“…like Tip told Phife, Mos told rap, Kobe told ball, I’mma tell all y’all I’m (gonna miss you)”
“The Best Party”
I first heard Russ’ music watching Gary Vaynerchuk’s DailyVee video blogs, which usually has some dope music during cut scenes. In addition to featuring songs, Gary also mentioned hanging out with Russ in one of his videos. With Gary’s history of picking and investing in winners (Facebook, Twitter, Uber, etc.) I figured I might want to give Russ a listen.
I was impressed. The NJ-born rapper/producer was named one of the fastest growing artists of 2016 by Allmusic.com. 2016 also saw Russ sign a deal with Columbia Records. He also releases a stream of music via his SoundCloud page which is where I found “The Best Party”. Russ has some dope records but I wasn’t expecting bars over break beats. There have been a few new artists not paying respects to the OG’s, but not Russ who tells us there are “…too many J-Kwon’s, not enough Raekwon’s”.
Bell Biv Devoe
“One More Try” feat. Boyz II Men
Especially with the New Edition movie airing last week, it’s not like BBD needs any intro. Side note, BET needs to hook up with Hulu for all of us who cut the cord. Anyway, summer can’t come fast enough… I need this record with the windows down and the sunroof open.
…and the last two really don’t need much of a description. Perfect mood music for the times… just listen and understand…
“Make America Great Again: Mafuckin’ U$A”