A quick recap of my soundtrack for the past quarter. Projects and songs. Can’t nobody tell me nothing. Full playlist below.
- “Rodeo” – Lil Nas X
- “Bussin” – Devin Morrison
- “Make It Better” – Anderson .Paak ft. Somkey Robinson
- “Pimpin” – Megan Thee Stallion
- “Sweet Memories” – Rahsaan Patterson
- “Enough” – Fantasia
- “RICKY” – Denzel Curry
- “My Type” – Saweetie
- “See Me” – Kelly Rowland
- “Concentrate” – Lucky Daye
Anderson .Paak | Ventura – After not really jumping on the .Paak train until “Tints,” I finally saw the light with his latest release. A fresh take on traditional R&B sentiments, Anderson displays his ability to bridge the past (“Make It Better”) while pushing forward (“King James”). My only qualm is “Good Heels” has no business being that amazing in only a minute and thirty-eight seconds.
Devin Morrison | Bussin’ – The singer/writer/producer dipped in the archives for an album that felt every bit of BET Video Soul. From the title track to the duet with Joyce Wrice, this R&B project was all that and a bag of chips channeling 90s R&B’s earliest touchstones. This is Uptown Funk for R&B lovers who preferred Jodeci to Boyz II Men.
Megan Thee Stallion | Fever – It’s officially a Hot Girl Summer as H-Town’s very own raptress raises the heat. Right off the growth of Tina Snow, Meg propels with this “mixtape,” with assistance from DaBaby (Cash Shit) and Juicy J (Simon Says). She placed an explanation point at the end of her sentence with a spot on this year’s XXL Freshmen list.
Rahsaan Patterson | Heroes & Gods – The underrated vocalist returned with an exceptional record. Pristine vocals, superb songwriting and evoking production reminds us all that traditional R&B is still prevalent. Standouts include “Silly, Love, Fool,” “Sweet Memories” and the surprisingly clever cover of Luther’s “Don’t You Know That.” Only Patterson could do a legend justice.
Lil Nas X | 7 EP – The former Twitter troll and TikTok star found super stardom on the wings of his trap/country jingle “Old Town Road.” Months later his official remix with Billy Ray Cyrus has owned the Hot 100 for 12 weeks. In the midst of the success, he drops his first project, traversing genres like it’s 2004. Both “Panini” and “C7osure” channel the emo pop-rock of TRL, while the Cardi B-featured “Rodeo” is the perfect follow-up to his infectious number one hit.