GoldLink Sampler

So we're both from the DMV, so hearing the district (and Maryland) being shouted out in songs is pretty special.  Even though there are a few mainstream D.C. artists, you don't get all that many.  That's why I get hyped listening to GoldLink.  The man constantly reps D.C. and hearing that in song is just … Continue reading GoldLink 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

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

Kevin Gates Sampler

Kevin Gates is set to get out of jail later this month, so why not make a sampler for him. If you don't know who Kevin is, he is a rapper. Anyway, some highlights of his career include being named a 2014 XXL Freshman and his hit debut album, Islah, which was released early 2016. … Continue reading Kevin Gates Sampler

LUV Sampler

One of the biggest XXL Freshman from last year, Lil Uzi Vert, is definitely making his mark on hip-hop.  Like Lil Yachty, another Freshman we covered, Lil Uzi Vert has a distinctive style, a "lil" in his name, and dyed hair. Uzi gets criticism for having fairly shallow lyrics. Nevertheless he has become extremely popular … Continue reading LUV Sampler