Take a quick ride with me today. Press play on this playlist and let it play all the way through. I’ll explain why.
“Cinnamon Apple” is the Brooklyn native, Fabolous‘ work, off of his latest album (released: Christmas 2014) The Young OG Project. Cinnamon Apple is about a 7th-grade fling that felt more like a lifetime together to Fab. It’s something that will probably continue to exist for eons to come in terms of a classic love-story scenario. It maybe represents the end of one relationship, which is something many people are doing in the New Year as well—starting fresh, starting new.
“You Made Us Change” is by Ephemerals, whose name randomly means: to last a very short time. Going from Fab’s ‘forever love” wishes to things that last only for very short moments, this song represents our last few cries of letting the past go, once and for all.
“Memories” by Waldeck is like the “wanting to stay high all the time” line by Tove Lo. It represents the jazziness of NYC along with the ways we sometimes drink to cope with memories long gone.
“Ryde or Die, B****” by L.O.X., Drag-On & Eve is life after you let those pasts go. Yes, pasts, as in plural because each love story is an individual past—like: books, per say. Let this year become your Ride or Die. Get what I mean?
“Anything” by Jay Z is a personal favorite of mine. Not only is my friend Duro the mix engineer on this, and if you are familiar with his work you know he also mixed “Hard Knock Life” for Hov, and won a grammy for it, but it reminds me of driving around NYC in the Winter.
Life behind a windshield can be pretty incredible in this town, but the perfect tunes can give so much music and life to scenes that would probably be mute anyway, since most likely your windows are up in the car and the heat is on. Anyhow, this song made many neighborhoods from Brooklyn to the boonies Upstate look like a music video to me when it dropped. The bottom end gives the road under your feet some life, and the hook brings out your inner child, who is incidentally the only person capable of painting vivid pictures in their minds, and the best of your imagination. At least it did for me, so if you happen to catch this on a drive then all the better.
“Jump Hi” by LION BABE & Childish Gambino is a simply another feel-good record that fits seamlessly into most of the cooler playlists today. It’s high-energy, awesome vocals, and has a great bounce to it so that we can all: feel it, embrace it, and dance.
Thanks for listening.