Happy Friday! If this is your first Friday newsletter, be aware that today is all about the music. Fridays also means ALL-NEW PLAYLISTS!
Scenario: You love rap crews like Roc-A-Fella, G-Unit and MMG but would prefer to not hear from the main artists on the label all the damn time
Playlist: CREW LOVE. The best rap crew/record label crew records that don't feature the main artist on the label.
Scenario: You love soul music and want to hear a lot of it.
Playlist: Soul! Good stuff from all over the US (Florida/Ohio/Philly/Chicago) and Northern Soul from the UK. Play on shuffle for best results.
Scenario: You were alive during the 90s and 2000s. Or, you weren’t alive until the mid-2000’s (!!!) and want to dig in to some songs you may have never heard before:
Apple Music listeners: As promised, a bunch of my playlists on your preferred platform!
It’s a bummer that this weekend would have been the annual Pitchfork Music Festival here in Chicago. Every year for damn near a decade now, I threw a party at my house (and then in a few different venues) called Shaqfork.
I made a playlist of all the music I ever played at Shaqfork in one place for anyone who might be feeling nostalgic like I am.
Getting old is weird.
For those who might be new here, we stan Dr. Melissa Arnette Elliott in this house.
The above tweet means: Missy + Timbaland made The Rain, Sock It 2 Me, Hit Em wit da Hee, Best Friends and Beep Me 911 in TWO WEEKS????
Speaking of Sock It 2 Me, please enjoy if you’ve never heard it. Truly one of my favorite songs of all-time:
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