Rap/HipHop: Adam’s Monthly Playlist – February 2017

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The view from my room in Florida

By: Adam Pasternak

With the short month of February nearing its end, it’s time for my February playlist! This month’s playlist includes some newer music as well as some older. I was fortunate enough to spend a week in Florida over reading week, and so this playlist is heavily influenced by the sunny weather down there. Let’s get to it:

Outlet – Desiigner  

Desiigner finally released Outlet this month, after the song (and Desiigner himself) made a cameo in an Adidas ad. The beat is fire, which saves us from the fact that you can’t understand a word the guy says.

Purple Dinosaur – nobigdyl 

nobigdyl came across my computer screen three weeks ago thanks to Apple Music. Purple Dinosaur sounds a bit like Saturday in the Park by Chicago, but nonetheless it is very catchy and uplifting. The music video is also hilarious, as we see nobigdyl and his friends reenact openings from some of our favourite 90’s TV shows. Check out the video below, and make sure to listen to his album Canopy – it’s great.

Dollar Bills – Syd 

Syd is a former Odd Future artist who recently released her album Fin. She has a great voice and unique stories to tell. The album is actually fantastic. If you are a fan of R&B, then Fin is a must listen.

Bombay and Lemonade (feat. Wiz Khalifa, Chevy Woods & Juicy J) – Taylor Gang

Wiz and his Taylor Gang crew dropped TGOD Vol. 1 a while back, but there’s nothing like sitting by the pool listening to some Wiz. The summer weather brings out the Wiz Khalifa fan in me, and my trip to Florida was no different. Bombay and Lemonade could be my favourite Taylor Gang song, as it see’s Wiz, Chevy and Juicy trade bars over a very relaxing beat.

Brand New (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Wiz Khalifa) – Taylor Gang

Another fire song from Wiz and friends. Dolla and Wiz brag about their spending habits over a dope acoustic-guitar-heavy beat. Again, there’s nothing like listening to some Wiz in sunny weather.

Mezmorized – Wiz Khalifa 

My summer (in this case, Florida) anthem.

Average (feat. Kallitechnis) – Lou Phelps 

I came across this song a couple weeks ago while scrolling through Apple Music’s top hip-hop songs, and I haven’t stopped listening to it since. It has that New York hip-hop sound to it and reminds me a lot of Joey Bada$$. Lou Phelps takes care of the rapping while Kallitechnis sings smoothly over this airy beat.

Rolex – Ayo & Teo

This song is nothing special musically or lyrically, but it is catchy as hell and I can’t get it out of my head.

Sacrifices (feat. Migos) – Big Sean

Big Sean has had a huge month thanks to the release of his album I Decided. With help from Migos, Sacrifices has become my favourite song off the album. Whether its the relevancy of Migos or just the fact that the song just bumps – it is Sean’s best work in a long time.

Owe Me – Big Sean 

Another favourite from the album.

It’s Too Late – Wale

Wale’s Summer on Sunset mixtape came out in late June last summer, but due to the sunny weather in Florida, I had to bring it back. In my opinion, this mixtape flew under the radar and didn’t get the attention it deserved. This is Wale’s best work in a long time and I highly recommend listening to the whole thing. For now, check out It’s Too Late, Day By The Pool, and LAX. 

Day By The Pool – Wale 

LAX – Wale

Zaddy – Ty Dolla $ign 

This song came out this summer on Ty’s Campaign project, but I had to add this to the playlist for my trip to Florida. I am a huge fan of almost any song by or with Ty. His voice can fit on pretty much any song, and any type of song. Zaddy is by far my favourite song off of Campaign and I have a feeling it will be yours too.

Anita – Smino 

No idea who this guy is, but I saw it on Cabbie’s weekly top 10 thing he does on his Instagram page and I loved it right away. It has that old-school hip-hop feel to it and can definitely get stuck in your head. Check it out:

La La – Lil Wayne 

Thank’s to Johnny Manziel’s Instagram story, old school Weezy was brought back into my life. La La is one of the many great tracks off of Tha Carter 3, and one of my favourite Weezy songs of all time.

None of These (feat. FatKidsBrotha, Key! & Jace) – Two-9

Two-9 consists of Curtis Williams, Key!, Jace, CeeJ, Cartier Dave, Lightskin Mac11 and DJ Osh Kosh. I’ve only ever heard of Key! as he’s been in a few Post Malone songs. Regardless, their new album, FRVR, is actually pretty good. None of These is my favourite from the album. Check it out below:

Comin Out Strong (feat. The Weeknd) – Future 

Does this guy ever sleep? Two albums in a week and now there are rumours that a third album could be on its way very soon. Comin Out Strong is from his newest album HNDRXX, which is fantastic by the way. The Weeknd and Future have only put out bangers together, and this is no different.

Selfish (feat. Rihanna) – Future 

Also from HNDRXXSelfish see’s Rihanna and Future team up for the first time. The song is essentially a duet. Rihanna’s seductive voice together with Future’s auto-tune voice results in a very cool sound.

Draco – Future 

Off of the first album he dropped last week, entitled Future, comes Draco. It’s a classic Future song, but it bumps nonetheless.

Dante’s Creek – THEY.

R&B duo, THEY. is here with their new album, and thus their new song Dante’s Creek. It sounds like a cover of something, but I can’t figure out what. Regardless, I love it and I think you will too.

Slide (feat. Frank Ocean & Migos) – Calvin Harris 

Best song of 2017 thus far. Hands down.

Myself – NAV

After seeing NAV featured on many different artists’ songs, we finally see his first solo album entitled NAVMyself, Some Way and Lonely are my favourites from the album. Check them out below:

Some Way (feat. The Weeknd) – NAV

Lonely – NAV

Re-Up (feat. NAV) – Belly 

Toronto artists Belly and Nav link up on Re-Up – by far the best song on Belly’s album Inzombia. The two have very similar sounding voices, and they fit the hazy beat perfectly. I highly recommend “re-upping” before listening to this song, if you know what I mean.

Everyday We Lit (feat. PnB Rock) – YFN Lucci

PnB Rock could be my favourite artist right now (he was also heavily featured on my January Playlist) and YFN Lucci has definitely grown on me as well. When I saw they had a song together, I knew it had to be good. I wasn’t wrong. Everyday We Lit is a very chill song that I found perfect for listening to by the pool. The beat isn’t overly complex and neither are the lyrics, but it still gets the job done. Check it out:

Look at Me! – Xxxtentacion 

This guy is in prison right now, but still somehow managed to tweet/complain about Drake “stealing” his flow. I’ll be honest – I’ve never heard of this guy before I saw those tweets. Anyone who starts shit with Drake ends up getting more attention then they deserve (i.e., Meek Mill) and Xxxtentacion is no different. I only gave this song a try because of this beef (if you even want to call it that), and to my surprise – it was actually pretty good. Now if he could only release a diss track from prison….

Down – Marian Hill

I heard this song on the new Apple Air Pods commercial (as I’m sure many of you have as well) and I couldn’t get the beat out of my head. After a quick Google search, I found the song and have not stopped listening to it since.

The Let Out (feat. Quavo) – Jidenna 

The “Classic Man” is back, this time with one of my favourite artists, Quavo. Any song featuring Quavo is usually dope, and The Let Out is no different.

That’s it for my February Playlist! Keep your eyes (and ears) open for next month’s March Playlist coming soon!

What do you think of Adam’s selections? Are there any songs missing? Any songs you recommend? Comment below!

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