Somber Sunday Vibes

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Ever just wake up with that melancholy feeling that you can’t quite put your finger on? For some reason last night I felt this rush of emotion that I had been holding in and had a really good, long cry . If you find yourself in the same predicament here are some tearjerker songs that could help you get in touch with those feelings and work through them.

  1. Burn One-Brent Faiyaz
  2. Like a Tattoo- Sade
  3. King of Sorrow-Sade
  4. X-Factor- Lauren Hill
  5. Miseducation of Lauren Hill
  6. Out my Mind-Just in Time
  7. Emotional Rollercoaster-Vivian Green
  8. H.E.R- Avenue
  9. Maxwell- This Woman’s Work
  10. Sampha- Too Much
  11. The Roots- Hypnotic
  12. Red Hot Chili Peppers- Porcelain
  13. Corrine Bailey Rae- I’d do It All Again

 

Fall R&B Playlist

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Everything! I’ve yet to hear a song from her that I don’t like. She definitely fits into the new R&B kids but she has a distinct voice and sound quality that adds layers to her music and she comes off as a seasoned artist, I read something about her and she was a child music prodigy but I stopped because I didn’t want to completely ruin the façade. You’ve probably heard her cover of Drake’s “The Jungle” but check out the rest of her catalog. Disclaimer: She will have you in your feelings.
Bryson Tiller- Trap Soul, enough said lol but I actually like some songs off of his last album, True to Self. Some have mixed feelings about it but here’s what I like.
1. -No Longer Friends
2. -Don’t get too high
3. -We Both Know
4. -You Got It
5. In Check
6. -Money Problems/Benz Truck
Jorja Smith
-Where did I go
-Beautiful Little Fools
-Teenage Fantasy

6nTww8shBrent Faiyaz- He sang the hook on Crew, his voice is like velvet. Check out his project Sonder Son.
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I started listening to her recently and this album was a great introduction. It’s R&B with some fusion and electronic sound, I like it a lot.

 
Gold Link- The whole “At what Cost” album not just “Crew”!6734597272f1bb15d1df2954e5391353.1000x1000x1.jpg
Sampha- Process album and Can’t get Close, Too Much, Without.
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Keke Wyatt feat. Avant (Arguably one of the best R&B duos)-“Nothing in this World”
Jazmine Sullivan feat. Bryson Tiller-Insecure
Erykah Badu- Time’s a Wastin

 

 

Afro Punk Shenanigans🤘🏾

 

Afro Punk is something everyone should experience once in their life.The carefree atmosphere is swirling with creativity and great vibes. I could go on and on about how lit it was to see Sza float across the stage while simultaneously possessing the energy of the Energizer Bunny, or hear Princess Nokia announce that this was a place of love and healing then proceed to rap over Ratchet songs like “Bruja” (I mean ratchet In the best way possible) and have the crowd turn into a moshpit, however…you’ll have to experience that for yourself because this is a recounting of all the events that ensued After the excitement was over.loll
In the beginning of the Summer me and my pledge brothers, (I’m a member of Alpha Kappa Psi) decided to embark on this trip to Afropunk. As the date got closer we all figured out our best mode of transportation and lodging. Me and a few others decided to just make a day trip leaving early in the morning and taking the Megabus back to D.C. at 3am….I know, it seemed like a good idea at the time. So As the festival came to a close we realized we were all left out of power ,out of a charger or out of data. Smh Even the portable charger I bought for $25 there they swore would last all day was out of juice. So we did what any other red blooded American would do. We headed to the nearest Starbucks. However only to find that they were locking up and turning the lights off to make sure we wouldn’t try to come any closer. Then we got really desperate, checking trees with outlets that were all turned off. Thank goodness one of us was smart enough to ask a concierge if we could sit in the apartment lobby and charge our phones. And that is where the squatting began. We had to be there for atleast an hour. We stood out quite dramatically, our brown faces, colorful dashikis and Afro prints against the white wall and marble floors of the swank NYC apartment lobby. I’m sure a few who walked in wondered who the rif raff was sitting there charging phones and bickering about where to eat while sprawled out from post festival exhaustion. In the midst of a seemingly endless purgatory of regrouping I saw a very well dressed woman glide through the revolving doors of the lobby, IT WAS SHIONA TURINI !! If you don’t know, GOOGLE HER! I was awe struck, staring at her and wanting to say something but the only thing I could think of was “ Your So Bomb” and “I like Crop tops too” L.O.L. but my Icky all day festival grime just didn’t seem like the best first impression. So she flounced passed with a look of confusion and haste. It just goes to show you Afro Punk and NYC, really, can bring people together from all walks of life from the thrill seeking College student to the established Fashion editor and Stylist. Soon after we were asked to leave because the nice concierges’ shift was soon ending but not before he offered us donuts for our travels. And I’ll always remember him for that.

The place we settled on was Skylight Diner. A no frills spot in manhattan near our Megabus pickup spot. By that time it was around 11ish and our bus didn’t leave til 3:30 am. Needless to say we would take our time eating. We ate our food and joked a bit as we got our second wind of energy and the fatigue of the day didn’t feel so apparent. But for some reason when it was time to pay and leave around 12:30 everyone suddenly got so tired we just fell asleep on the bill. All four of our heads down in unison. I figured we can’t get kicked out if we’re all knocked out at the table and it’s not like the place was packed anyway. I mean if you can’t squat at a diner, Is there no safe place to squat?!?! The answer is Yes, NY is void of 24 hour Walmarts with soft furniture so we were really out of options at that point. Thankfully they left us alone, and there were a few groups in there catching Z’s before their Greyhounds. After we woke up and made a blanket run to Duane Reed time flew by and we were suddenly on our way back to D.C. I got home around 8:30am and stumbled in bed soon after. All in all It was a great weekend spent enjoying music, seeing avant garde melanated people and avoiding my responsibilities with people I can’t live without.But next time, I’m getting a hotel room!

5 Sunday Vibez

Sunday is a day for rest and relaxation. Here’s a handful of songs you should check out when your vibing to your Sunday routine.

 

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In the Waiting Line-Zero 7-

This down tempo track will be a great addition to relaxing on a Sunday. If your into Sia, Zero 7 is a group you need to know about. She’s done some amazing music in collaboration with them.

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Mr. Magic(Through the Smoke)- Amy Winehouse

One of the most unique voices in music, Amy Winehouse released her debut album ,Frank, in 2003 to critical acclaim. This soulful track will give you classic Amy, honest, bold and biting in her delivery depicting a relationship gone sour.

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Sweet Life-Frank Ocean

I was late to the party on the greatness that is Channel Orange. This euphoric melody mixed with Frank Ocean’s vocals is the perfect sound to carry you into the week ahead. “Palm Trees and Pools,” ahh I wish!

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Tell Me- Groove Theory

This throw back will forever and always be a R&B classic. Enough said, and if you’re into groove theory check out, Amel Larrieux. The lead singer has had a formidable solo career.

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Makeda- Les Nubians

This Afrocentric French duo has created one of my favorite albums of all time, their self-titled project is packed with melodies that keep you in a Sunday vibe. But keep an open mind. Warning: The song/album are entirely in French. Good thing music transcends any language barrier.

 

 

7 Sunday Vibes

 

Whether you’re cleaning your room, relaxing or finishing up some homework thats due at 11:59 pm these songs can for sure be the soundtrack to your chill sunday vibe.

1.Skywalker-Miguel
This light,fun,upbeat track makes you want to ride around all day soaking up the sun and good vibes, but what else would you expect from Miguel?

2.Honey Molasses-Jill Scott
Just hearing the honey drenched tone of Jill Scott’s voice automatically puts me in a sunday kind of mood. This classic never gets old.

3.Another Life-D’Angelo
You can never go wrong with anything from the man I’ve proclaimed to be the King of RnB Soul. This track from his last album will give you a hint of prince as well.

4.Borderline(An Ode to Self-Care)-Solange
The title is pretty self-explanatory. Sunday is the day for self care. Take Solange’s advice and mentally/physically/emotionally prepare yourself for the week ahead. Cus you know there’s always a manager,professor, or peer thats gonna try it! Lol

5.On & On (Jazz Mix)- Erykah Badu
This Fast-paced, Acid Jazz Rendition of her classic hit “On & On”, will keep you going on your work out or Sunday cleaning marathon.

6. Time Flies- Groove Theory
This throw back will have you reflecting on the week, month or year that flew by and before you know it, it will be time to start the week again. For some reason it makes me think of doing laundry. Take a listen and see what you envision.

7. Portuguese Love- Teena Marie
An exceptional ballad from the Ivory Queen of Soul. Her nocturnal crooning is the perfect soundtrack for cooking a romantic dinner for your significant other or jamming during meal prep.  Sing till your lungs give out!