Twenty Eighteen (Thus Far): Music

I turn the radio on and I hear noise. Suddenly I hear words spilling from my mouth I’ve heard before.

“This isn’t music….Boy back in the day…concerts were $10 dollars…them niggas used to JAM”

That’s right – I’ve become my father. The same man who turned his nose up to crunk music and the foul-mouthed T-Pain has Benjamin Button’d himself into 30-year-old me. I cringe at King Combs lazily reusing Case’s Nutty Professor theme song. And I can live without ever hearing D J KAH LED scream over Santana’s perfect sublime “Maria, Maria.” These days I traverse my Sirius XM between SM Fly and The Groove – old school hip-hop & R&B and old, old school R&B.

Here are the songs and “projects” (since no one makes albums anymore) that I managed to enjoy this year thus far.


Gucci Mane – Peepin’ Out the Blinds

Craig David ft. GoldLink – Live in the Moment

Kendrick Lamar ft. Jay Rock & Future – King’s Dead

Joyce Wrice ft. Jamma-Dee – Good Morning

Brian McKnight – 10 Million Stars

Toni Braxton – Long As I Live

JeRonelle – More

Amber Olivier – Eyes On Us

Victoria Monet – Let Her Go

Chloe x Halle – Babybird

Leon Bridges – Bad Bad News

Ella Mai – Boo’d Up

Alina Barack – I Don’t Even Know Why Though

Tinashe – Ooh La La

Keke Palmer – Bossy

Cardi B – Bickenhead

Drake – Nice for What

Azealia Banks – Anna Wintour

En Vogue – Reach 4 Me

Tamia – Leave It Smokin’

J. Cole – ATM

City Girls – Where the Bag At

Lil Mama – Shoe Game

Sir Michael Rocks – I See

Luke James – These Arms

Jay Rock ft. Jeremih – Tap Out

Chaka Khan – Like Sugar

Mad Skillz – In a Minute

Tone Stith ft. 2 Chainz – Light Flex

The Carters – FRIENDS

Jessie J – Dangerous

VanJess ft. GoldLink – Through Enough


Jessie J | R.O.S.E.

Buddy | Harlan & Alondra

Mad Skillz | I’m the DJ…And the Rapper

The Carters | Everything Is Love

Leon Bridges | Good Thing

Cardi B | Invasion of Privacy

Chloe x Halle | The Kids Are Alright

Ludwig Goransson | Black Panther (Original Soundtrack)

Travis Scott | AstroWorld

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