Part two of a two-part playlist. Listen to part one here.
Fela Kuti - ‘Gentleman’
Growing up, Fela Kuti was played around the house by my dad. Fela is an amazing musician. I like this song because it reminds me who I am and where I'm from. I guess it has influenced me in the sense where I don't really care too much about how others perceive me and if there is something on my mind, then I speak it (to be fierce is a typical Nigerian upbringing); Fela was a revolutionist/activist. I have a piece of that in my heart from my dad – I’m just not as outgoing as some!
King Krule - 'Easy Easy’
I chose this song because it sometimes gets me through the day and helps me look at things on the brighter side. I like this because what he is saying is real - everyday issues - and he's very straight forward and bold with what he's saying; no sugar coating. It has influenced me in the sense that if 'positivity seems hard to reach, I keep my face down and my mouth shut'. Sometimes you shouldn't let negativity get the best of you - in fact, under no circumstances.
GoldLink - 'Sober Thoughts’
GoldLink is just a G for this song right here. I like it because the message is relevant to my life. I relate to the story. It hasn't really influenced me but it reminds me that no female, apart from those in my family worth suffering for, can hold me down. It also gives an insight of our generation.
Tupac - 'Changes’
People need to remember songs like this. That’s why I chose it. Tupac had a good heart. I studied his work from a very young age and a lot of people misunderstood him as a person, but I think it’s key to be open minded to the way people act. A lot of people thought he contradicted himself by "preaching" one minute and then disrespecting another minute, but they forget how many albums he did and that people change over time, but that they never change who they are at heart. So songs like this remind me that Tupac is probably the most relevant artist in hip-hop. This song made me find peace at heart; sometimes we get misled and songs like this kept me in check when my parents couldn't. It was my ‘thinking song’ growing up and going through some rough times. Tupac as an artist makes me want to work harder.
BJ The Chicago Kid - 'Other Side'
I’ve always been in love with R&B since a kid. When BJ dropped ‘Pineapple Now & Laters’, it completely got to me. This song always gets to me when I’m going through heartbreak!
The Pharcyde - ‘Runnin’'
I first started listening to The Pharcyde when I was 16 and this was the first song I heard from them. From the get go, it took me to another place, especially when I found out J-Dilla produced it.
Sampha – 'Without'
This is another one of those songs that brings back a lot of memories. When I first heard it I was definitely blown away, from the synths to hearing Sampha’s tone for the first time. Incredible.
TOKiMONSTA ft. Anderson Paak – 'Realla'
I didn’t start listening to Anderson Paak until recently, yet it was just before Dr. Dre’s album dropped so I guess it was perfect timing! The synths, his tone and the lyrics! Amazing stuff.
A Tribe Called Quest – Jazz (We Got)
I love the saxophone line and how simple the beat is, so it gives more space for Q Tip and Phife Dawg’s rap delivery to kind of punch in.
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