Kendrick Lamar S(a)mpler

Jk... it's the 1st of April, so you should be expecting to get fooled. Instead of a Kdot sampler we have something very special for you guys today.  You know Steve Martin?  Yeah that comedian guy that was in all of those classic comedies as well as the weird Pink Panther reboot.  Well, he actually makes music … Continue reading Kendrick Lamar S(a)mpler


Bad Brains Sampler

If any of you readers have ever been at all interested in hardcore punk, then most likely you have heard of this band. What I didn't know was that this band from DC that I didn't know about in all my years living there and that they essentially created not only the DC hardcore scene … Continue reading Bad Brains Sampler

Kid Cudi Sampler

To complete my writing on emotional rap, today I've got a Kid Cudi playlist for you. For those unfamiliar, a lot of Kid Cudi's stuff deals with feelings of depression and isolation.  His first album Man on the Moon is a groundbreaking classic.  Unfortunately, since then, he has been unable to match that standard. But I … Continue reading Kid Cudi Sampler

The Smiths Sampler

You either love them or hate them, but it's undeniable the impact of the Smiths on popular music. I mean, if you start indie rock, people are not going to be super happy, especially those people who enjoy the type of heavy, distorted sound of 80s hair metal that usually features a lead singer who … Continue reading The Smiths Sampler

Raury Sampler

Here's a throwback to the 2015 XXL Freshman Class. Raury is a southern rapper with a unique indie vibe.  You may not know his name, but chances are you've heard his music.  He has been featured in soundtracks to many popular movies, including the blockbuster Logan, as well as on FIFA 16's soundtrack. Anyway, he's super … Continue reading Raury Sampler

K. West: Family Man

Sorry for the intermittent posting, but we should be getting back on schedule this week. Anyway, keeping up with the emotional theme of this/last week, here's another playlist.  This one is about Kanye's relationship with his family.  Whether it be his connection with his mom, Donda West, or being a new father, West explores the … Continue reading K. West: Family Man

Drake & Heartbreak

Continuing with the theme of the last post, we've got another moody playlist for you. Drake, along with Kanye West and Kid Cudi, revolutionized and popularized being emotionally vulnerable in rap.  From Drake's Take Care, Kanye's 808s & Heartbreak, and Cudi's Man on the Moon, their sounds have served as inspiration for many modern rap artists.  Drake's emotion and … Continue reading Drake & Heartbreak