july?? whet??? how sway??
the year is breezing by and (as i called it back in december 2014) we’ve had an epic soundtrack to guide us along the way. june was black music month, so of course everyone decided to cut up and drop heat. let’s get into the best of june!
tamia x love life
tamia’s latest album dropped at the top of the month and essentially took over my life. as much as I tried to listen to other artists, i always landed back under “love life”. this album is the best pr marriage has ever had. i’m accepting any and all proposals, in person or via dm. i’ll serenade you with one of my faves, “like you do”.
tink x i like
i’ve considered tink the new queen of r&b back in 2012 and she has yet to make that a lie. she dropped “i like” and i was finally able to snap out of my tamia addiction. always reppin’ for the ladies, tink’s new release talks that real in a way only a Chicago girl can.
#omeeka x all eyes on you
i love hood love, so obvi the hood love champions of 2015 would land themselves on my ‘best of june’ list. the song isn’t going to be classic 20 years from now, but it def feels good in this moment. hey chris brown!
chris brown x liquor
speaking of maurice…even though he’s forever cuttin’ a fool and turning into a sing-rapper, i still love the kid. i’m still bangin’ his “x” album and “liquor” is the leading track from the album that is to come. lyrically, “liquor” is still on that rapper masquerading as singers wave, but breezy is singing down on this jawn. i can’t deny this song.
latocha x knee deep
latocha scott is one of the best singers of all time. she was mutha in xscape and now she’s going solo. sampling ciara’s “body party”, tocha’s “knee deep” is that knock! it’s very true to her sound, without sounding aged. i’ll be bodyrolling to this jawn all summer.
tiffany evans x on sight
there is a subgenre of r&b that i call “dancer music”. these are songs that may not get the general public hype, but the perfect track to hit some choreo to. tiffany evans’ “on sigh” falls into that category. featuring fetty vandross, i’m patiently awaiting the sick dance routines that’ll be popping up over youtube to this summer jam.
the last week of june was audio stress! the albums were all released within a week. how is that even legal?
the internet x ego death
the internet really put my faith back into my generation. musicianship isn’t dead and they are the receipt. at this point, the internet is 3 for 3 for albums. ego death also sees a huge maturation of syd’s voice. she sounds more assured in her ability to carry songs and it really makes this album shine. i saw them last night at babys all right and hearing the songs live will blow you away!
thundercat x the beyond/where the giants roam
i mean…it’s thundercat. did you expect anything less than an obnoxiously incredible album? fly-lo, kamasi washington, miguel, and the incomparable herbie hancock make appearances throughout. it’s vibes on vibes on vibes.
emily king x the switch
emily king is your fave musician’s fave musician. cutting her teeth all over nyc, she deserves everything she’s getting. the switch is a great (full length) follow up to her cult classic, seven. emily has always been a great singer, but the vocal arrangements on “the switch” had me looking at my comp with the “oh, well sing den sis!” face.
miguel x wildheart
i’m still not completely sold on miguel, but i co-sign anything j*davey is associated with. as writers and producers on the new record, jack and brooke refined miguel’s sound. they have a way of writing about sex in a sexy way and although miguel insists on being on that cornily-raunchy trey songz tip, there are def gems on the album. “the valley” seems to be the crowd favorite (i like it too), but i would actually love to hear jack davey, zoe kravitz, or lionbabe do a version. and big shouts to miguel for including my winter jam “nwa” on the full length album. snoop is so lit on this jawn!
bilal x in another life
as his career progresses, bilal morphs into this cool music cat a la the 1920s and 70s. i’ve been obsessed with bilal since around 2000 and it looks like that won’t be changing any time soon.
janet x no sleeep
mama is back! lesser, hope you had fun!
in closing this epic month, I linked up with one of my fave people and ‘six questions with’ alum, andrea k. castillo to create, quite frankly, the best playlist of all time. listen to “black superhero music” here.