Esteemed Bass + Jazz Rap Playlists

Boost your mood with some non-EDM bass.

I recently read a study that found bass heavy music boosts feelings of empowerment and confidence. The study data is likely over 6 years old, and there may be updated research on the topic (feel free to share in the comments if there is).

I think when most younger people hear “bass heavy”, they think of EDM music. If, like me, EDM is not your cup of tea,  have made a playlist and found a Spotify playlist that offer some bass alternatives.

ESTEEMED BASS (by yours truly)

This is a multi genre playlist with songs from Jaco Pastorius, Herbie Hancock, Pink Floyd, Primus, Labi Siffre and many others.

JAZZ RAP (by Spotify)

Spotify has some excellent compilation playlists. I did not know jazz rap was an actual genre (I’m honestly surprised the name is both so on the nose and also sort of a catch all for any hip hop that has jazz in the background? I’m still sorting it out), but to me, every artist and song in this genre is excellent. Most of the artists and songs were big in the 80s-90s (Digable Planets, The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, and others), but there are a fewer newer artists (most notably one of my favorite gemini men Kendrick Lamar, MF DOOM, and Anderson. Paak).

This is my favorite song from that list:

The track is a stunner, and the backstory makes it even more interesting.

So, I’m not sure where any of you are at in your life, but if you need a boost, hit dat bass.

Persistence with Lil’ Troy

Inspiration from the unexpected.

I am blessed with a plethora of astrologically inclined friends, and in case you don’t have those, I’ve got news for you: Mercury is in retrograde (so I hear).

Do I really believe in astrology? I’m going to go with a blanket “No, but it’s good to keep an agnostic mind about a few innocent things [i.e. the existence of a higher power/being, aliens, and other phenomena we cannot really answer with 100% certainty].” Just as menstrual cycles sync up with the moon and the moon controls tides, I am open to a the magic of outer space and the moon.

So maybe I don’t have both feet in astrology, but I’ll be damned because if there were ever a time Mercury was showing me was in retrograde, it’s doing a great job.

During these times, I remember living in the dorms at UNO during the hot summer of 2008 with my friend Annie. We had to get up super early for work one day, and, at the time, we were both pretty miserable in general. I was standing in my room when I heard her very sadly and slowly sing this line from Lil’ Troy’s “Wanna Be A Baller”:

But there’s got to be a better way!
A better way, better way, yeah

Between the early morning loopiness and general exhaustion with our situation, I began laughing hysterically. How random and how true! And how wonderful that Annie and I were together in this time. We both trudged off to work, miserable but together, singing the line, like a lost version of two of the seven dwarves.

This line has stuck with me throughout the years when the going gets tough. The intonation of words in the song makes it difficult to tell if the line is one of hopeful desperation, persistence, or maybe even both. That is how I feel today: a little bit of it all and riding out the planetary shift today. Tomorrow. The next day. Forever

Closure with Circles: Mac Miller

My only familiarity with Mac Miller comes from when I worked a show of his back in 2013. The crowd was made up of many young teenagers wearing incredibly short shorts and their parent(s) who looked like they might prefer sticking their finger in a socket. So, I wouldn’t have really called myself a “fan”.

However, when one of my friends posted a note praising his latest album, dropped posthumously, I was curious.

It’s beautiful. And haunting. Maybe I am a fan now.

R.I.P.

Never Forget: New Zealand Banned Odd Future and All Media Outlets that Reported on The Ban Used The Best Photo of All Time

oddfuture

Title says it all for the most part. Details after the jump.

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“Cares Away” by Outlaw Cabo, Billy Ocean

An Irish Rapper and Billy Ocean Tale As Old As Time

It sounds like a funny: A white, Ireland-raised rapper with a website straight out of 2003 (and who also owns his own record label called Cracked Spud) and an international music legend collaborated and made what is one of my favorite singles of the year.

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