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life rewind 2013: music


[audio,,,,,,,,,,,, |titles=Justin Timberlake “That Girl”, Drake “5AM in Toronto”, Lil’ Wayne f/ 2 Chainz “Days and Days”, Lorde “Royals”, Jay-Z “Somewhere in America”, The Weeknd “Wanderlust”, Kanye West f/ Chief Keef & Justin Vernon “Hold My Liquor”, J. Cole f/ James Fauntleroy “Born Sinner”, Pusha T f/ Rick Ross & Kanye West “Hold On”, Jay-Z f/ Justin Timberlake “Holy Grail”, J. Cole f/ Young Jeezy “Kenny Lofton”, Drake “Hold On We’re Going Home”, Emeli Sande “Clown (live)” |loop=yes]

above is a playlist of some of my favorite music from 2013.  whether it was lyrics, pacing, production, content, etc., each song had something that kept in heavy rotation throughout the year.

as you listen, click on the pics below for the track list + a 7-words-or-less explanation for why i liked each song.


christmas in harlem

as a part of kanye’s 2010 g.o.o.d. friday series, cam’ron, pusha t, big sean, jim jones, vado & cyhi da prynce joined mr. west to celebrate “christmas in harlem”.  the track was produced by hit-boy & also features vocals from teyona taylor & musiq soulchild.  it’s the only christmas song that i play all year round since the sound quality transcends the season.  enjoy & merry christmas.

related: behind kanye’s mask


john legend “for the first time”

in a recent interview with xxl mag, john legend said that his new album love in the future is “his best album yet.”  while that’s something artists usually say near an album release date, i not only agree with him, but would also say that it’s the best album i’ve heard so far this year.

with kanye, dave tozer & legend taking the executive producer lead, john’s exquisite voice finds a home over production that you can tell was formed with painstaking care.  maybe the only bad thing about the 20-track project is that the interludes tease you and leave you wishing that they were stretched into full songs.  the album’s really that good.

but you don’t have to take my word for it.  give a listen to one of the bonus tracks, “for the first time” and let me know what you think.  you can also buy the full album here.

previously: video: john legend @ kean commencement 2011


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jay-z and kanye’s watch the throne didn’t fully match the hype (in part because the hype behind it was so high), but it still had a lot of great music on it.  this 10-min documentary, shot mostly in australia, gives us a peek at how the album came together.  a couple of my favorite moments are kanye rapping about russell crowe in front of russell crowe and seeing hov working on the lyrics to “why i love you.”  check out the video above as well as this interview with the director robert lopuski.  in it, he talks about the first time he bumped into kanye (literally) and what the film-making process was like for him as both a director and a fan.

watch the throne documentary


top 5 jay-z & kanye collabos

08/07/11 2 Comments

as we get closer to the release of  jay-z and kanye’s joint project watch the throne, here’s a look back at their five best songs rocking the mic together.  spoiler alert: “that’s my bitch,” “h.a.m.” and “otis” didn’t crack the list.

5. the bounce – jay-z f/ kanye

a slept-on track from bp2.   it brought jay back together with longtime collaborator timbaland and served as yeezy’s commercial debut on the mic (he wasn’t even listed as being featured on the song).

quotable:  “Business mind of a Ross Perot, but never lost my soul/ Crossed the line? I bought pop across the road/ Let em walk through the hood, where they up to no good/Slangin them O’s like a real O.G. should/ Oh, he’s good, no he would never sell out he’s so hood” – Jay-Z


kanye sent coachella 2k11 off in style with a larger than a festival stage setup, an army of dancers, a live look at the air yeezy 2s,  and most importantly, almost 2 hours of bangers.  watch the whole concert above and click below for the full set list.


kanye @ coachella 2011


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