Mussie Fitsum

I love listening to r&b, hip-hop, rock, reggae, and pop. But, I am also trying to expand my taste in music as much as I can to appreciate the different amount of genres out there. Outside of listening to music, my other interests are meditating, playing basketball, and reading books (including graphic novels).

Slipping Away – LEISURE

8 July 2021

“Slipping Away” is a soulful masterpiece from LEISURE (a talented band from New Zealand) that plays with pop, psychedelia, and r&b sounds. When I first listened to this song, I felt like I was in a trance because of how smooth and mesmerizing the production is.

BEST INTEREST – Tyler, The Creator

9 April 2021

“BEST INTEREST” is an R&B/Hip-Hop loosie that Tyler, The Creator released despite not making the final cut on his most recent album, Igor. Interestingly enough, Tyler performed and produced this song. This was one of my favorite songs that…

Soft Plans (v1) – Alan Lili

25 February 2021

Shout out to Maria for recommending this track it fits perfectly with the vibe of this playlist. “Soft Plans (v1)” is a smooth and psychedelic R&B experience from up-and-coming artist Alan Lili.

Sweet Life – Frank Ocean

21 January 2021

For this week’s picnic track, I am going to shine the spotlight on one of Frank Ocean’s classic songs, “Sweet Life.”

Guru – Ladi6

18 December 2020

“Guru” is a chill r&b song with a dreamy soundscape that is perfect for a picnic on a sunny day. The musical production is very stellar and transports listeners to a different place. The beautiful keyboard melodies and otherworldly synths…

Gonna Love Me – Teyana Taylor

11 November 2020

“Gonna Love Me” is a cozy r&b masterpiece from the talented Teyana Taylor. The warm and sunny music production combined with Teyana’s soulful singing voice creates a perfect song to play during a picnic. On the production side, I love the sweet guitar melody layered over the vintage drums, which create a nice blend of old-school and modern r&b sound…

Roots (feat. JID, Charlie Wilson) – Aminé

7 October 2020

“Roots” is the perfect song to play on a warm, sunny day. The silky-smooth slow hip-hop production and soulful performances from Amine and Charlie Wilson are pure vibes…

I See Lightning – Tobi Adey

9 September 2020

Not only does Tobi Adey impress with his performance, but also with poetic lyrics about finding healthy ways to heal during dark times.

Beach Day 04 – j solomon

5 August 2020

“Beach Day 04” is a nostalgia-fueled indie folk song that takes me to a beautiful place on every listen. The combination of reminiscent lyrics and hazy musical production takes me back to the days of being a little boy with an enormous imagination…


16 July 2020

I stumbled upon the up and coming New York City band, MICHELLE, while doing some browsing on Spotify. And the sheer versatility of this music group is very shocking. After listening to “THE BOTTOM,” I classified them as an indie rock/pop band. Then, I heard MICHELLE’s latest song, “SUNRISE,” and was surprised to hear something completely different.

4 Leaf Clover (feat. Steve Lacy) – Ravyn Lenae

17 June 2020

“4 Leaf Clover” is a brilliant neo-soul/r&b record from Ravyn Lenae and Steve Lacy. The production done by Steve Lacy is very outstanding…

Egyptian Luvr (feat. Dana Williams & Amine) – Rejjie Snow

13 May 2020

“Egyptian Luvr” is a perfect fusion of funk and hip-hop that complements the vibe of a picnic. Kaytranada’s production features a balance of groovy drums and bright synths to create a chill atmosphere…

El Camino – Orion Sun

15 April 2020

“El Camino” is a super chill r&b song that also features a little bit of hip-hop…

A Song About Time – Jack Greenwood

18 March 2020

Jack Greenwood is a rising indie-rock artist with an excellent album that he released in 2019 called, Flying Softly

Applesauce – Sam.Sts

10 March 2020

“Applesauce” is a fun and quirky pop song that features elements of hip-hop and jazz. After listening to his other two tracks on Spotify, I believe Sam.Sts (AKA Sam Latty) is a talented and underrated independent artist with a bright future ahead of him…

Lost In Yesterday – Tame Impala

25 February 2020

“Lost In Yesterday” is one of my favorite songs off Tame Impala’s new 2020 album, Slow Rush. The anthem’s psychedelic pop style complements the vibe of an outdoor picnic very well…

Nevada – River Tiber

4 February 2020

“Nevada” is a jazz-infused r&b paradise created by Canadian singer-songwriter, Tommy Paxton-Beesley (AKA River Tiber). With this 2019 single, River Tiber proved to be a jack of all trades by being responsible for the vocals and most of the instrumentation on the track…

Story – Odie

7 January 2020

“Story” is a poetic blend of r&b and hip-hop from rising Nigerian-Canadian artist, ODIE. During 2018, I could not stop listening to ODIE’s Analogue project, and “Story” is still one of my favorite tracks on the album. 2017 was a very rough year for me, but listening to ODIE’s album throughout 2018 helped me develop a healthy mindset…

Vibe – Valencia

4 December 2019

I am very impressed with this track submission from up and coming artist, Valencia. “Vibe” is a relaxing, summer-themed r&b track with a captivating groove and fitting elements of hip-hop…

CYANIDE – Daniel Caesar

5 November 2019

I found Daniel Caesar’s 2019 project, CASE STUDY 01, to be a pretty enjoyable R&B album. In my opinion, the best song on the project is “CYANIDE”…

Wanna Love You – Ela

9 October 2019

“Wanna Love You,” is an affectionate pop song made by Ela with strong elements of r&b. I was very happy with this track submission. Not only does the sound of the music fit the theme of this playlist, but it’s also a well crafted song…

Feel The Vibe (ft. Anderson .Paak) – BJ The Chicago Kid

18 September 2019

BJ The Chicago Kid and Anderson .Paak team up to create a soulful blend of hip-hop and r&b. In Anderson .Paak’s verse, he raps about how much he appreciates the childhood and adolescent years with his family despite the financial hardships they went through…

For the Record – Winston Surfshirt

21 August 2019

Winston Surfshirt is an Australian music band that specializes in funk and hip-hop. Their 2018 single, “For the Record,” is a pleasant r&b record with elements of jazz and funk. Also, the song is very laid back and radiates a summer vibe, which makes it perfect for a picnic playlist…

Eternal – Chance the Rapper ft. Smino

31 July 2019

Last Friday, Chance the Rapper dropped his debut album, Big Day, three years after the release of Coloring Book. While the album as a whole is pretty bloated and missed the mark for me, I enjoyed some of the songs on the project very much. One of these songs is “Eternal,” which features elements of neo-soul, funk, and rap…

EARFQUAKE – Tyler, The Creator

23 July 2019

On Tyler, The Creator’s recent 2019 album, IGOR, he pushed the boundaries of his creativity to new levels. As Tyler croons and raps about his broken heart throughout the project, he also experiments with intriguing instrumentals, flows, and features. The most popular song on the album and this week’s picnic track is, EARFQUAKE

Mother May I – Wxsted Txlent

16 July 2019

Shout out to Matt from Music to Escape Reality for sharing this dope song with me. On their new single, “Mother May I,” Wxsted Txlent lays down a great tune with elements of old school funk and hip-hop…

C7osure (You Like) – Lil Nas X

8 July 2019

During a mini cookout I had with my friends recently, C7osure (You Like) by Lil Nas X was playing in the background at some point. This Lil Nas X track is already one of my favorites of the month, but after the cookout, I realized that it would be perfect for the picnic playlist. In the song, Lil Nas X expresses his desire to look out for his own interests and grow into the best version of himself…

Wildin’ – Berhana

3 July 2019

Berhana’s 2018 single, “Wildin’,” is a funky R&B jam that also tells a cautionary tale about fame and success. The wavy instrumental was produced by Pomo, which features some rhythmic drums, glistening synths, and delightful guitar melodies. Berhana’s soulful singing combined with bouncy instrumental makes for an enjoyable short tune while picnicking…

Mad (Feat. Lil Wayne) – Solange

25 June 2019

On this week’s track, Lil Wayne and Solange display outstanding chemistry while expressing an uplifting message for their listeners. The neo-soul instrumental was produced by R8DIO, David Longstreth, Sir Dylan, Solange, and Raphael Saadiq. Additionally, the beat features crisp percussion and soothing piano sections layered over a subtle bass guitar…

Reality Check (Feat. Eryn Allen Kane & Akenya) – Noname

19 June 2019

The term, “reality check,” is used negatively most of the time. Mostly to point out the ignorance of individuals and groups in situations. However, Noname’s inspiring hip-hop track, “Reality Check,” uses the term to empower the listeners. In this song, “reality check” refers to recognizing that one’s difficulties shouldn’t stop them from seizing opportunities…

Troop (Feat. Smino) – Tobi Lou

28 May 2019

Tobi Lou is a rising hip-hop artist from Chicago with a unique style. In most of his songs, Tobi tends to rap about personal issues related to mental health or love. But, Tobi usually balances his somber lyricism with his energized melodic delivery and colorful instrumentals. These elements are present on his single, “Troop.”…

Sunday – Easy Life

30 April 2019

Easy Life is a talented UK rock band and it was very refreshing to be introduced to their music. They are bold enough to experiment with different genres like r&b and hip-hop, while still making tunes that are enjoyable to hear. “Sunday” is one of the tracks on their Spaceships Mixtape project that shows off their versatility and talent very well…

Feels Like Summer – Childish Gambino

17 April 2019

April has always been a tricky month for me. My ambition gets stifled and getting out of the bed starts feeling like a mission. The transition from Winter to Summer should be filled with excitement and positivity. But during the Spring, I usually feel more anxious and doubtful of my future. Yet as soon as May arrives, I am generally fully adjusted and back to my normal mood…

Loving Is Easy (Feat. Benny Sings) – Rex Orange County

27 March 2019

Loving Is Easy is an earworm indie pop song from Rex Orange County. One of the track’s strengths is the innocent and playful instrumental. Specifically, the fun piano melody and the simple drum pattern as it gives listeners an easy going vibe. Also, the dream-like violin sections in the background sound like they belong in a Disney movie…

New Light – John Mayer

5 March 2019

“New Light” is John Mayer’s 2018 soft rock single with a beat that sends listeners back to the 80s. In fact, No I.D. and John Mayer produced the track together. No I.D. is well known for his hip-hop production, which makes his work on this rock song even more impressive…


26 February 2019

“Just Me,” is a groovy neo-soul track crafted by the talented producer and singer duo called, LION BABE. The silky smooth beat crafted by Lucas Goodman lays a solid foundation for the track. Specifically, the warm and melodic guitar coupled with the hypnotic drum patterns is absolutely addicting…

Anywhere (feat. Snoop Dogg & the Last Artful, Dodgr) – Anderson .Paak

19 February 2019

Anderson .Paak is one of the most talented musicians in the industry. The man can play instruments, sing, rap, etc. It was only a matter of time before one of Anderson’s soulful tunes would make it on this playlist. On “Anywhere,” Anderson blends elements of hip-hop, r&b, and funk with the help of Snoop Dogg, the Last Artful, and Dodgr…

Island In The Sun – Weezer

6 February 2019

This week’s track is a throwback from Weezer’s classic self-titled “Green Album.” The addicting summer anthem, “Island In The Sun,” is a potent rock song that expresses the longing for an escape of everyday life (towards paradise)…

SUMMER – The Carters

29 January 2019

The powerful married couple of Jay-Z and Beyonce join forces to deliver a serene anthem for the warm weather. “SUMMER,” is an R&B/Hip-Hop track about a harmonious couple (Jay and Beyonce) expressing their love for each other…

Banana Clip – Miguel

22 January 2019

The innovative R&B artist, Miguel, and his “Banana Clip” song make a perfect addition to the picnic playlist. The track is about Miguel promising a girl that she will have his love and protection in this dangerous world…

Photosynthesis (Feat. Jean Deaux) – Saba

16 January 2019

Another Chicago team up for this week’s track with Saba and Jean Deaux. On “Photosynthesis,” Saba and Jean are expressing the hardships that they faced while growing up in Chicago and how it shaped their characters. The dreamlike instrumental on this song was produced by Phoelix and Saba himself…

D’Evils – SiR

9 January 2019

Time to kick off 2019 for the playlist with a track from the soulful R&B artist, SiR. “D’Evils” is a neo-soul summer anthem with a hint of reggae influence. The multi-platinum producer, D.K. The Punisher, crafted a very addicting instrumental with a smooth rhythm…

I Feel It Coming (Feat. Daft Punk) – The Weeknd

18 December 2018

If someone told me that Abel Tesfaye (aka. The Weeknd) could be featured on a picnic playlist in 2012, I probably would have laughed in disbelief. But here we are in 2018 and The Weeknd’s chart-topping 2016 single, “I Feel It Coming,” is my track of the week…

Pink + White – Frank Ocean

11 December 2018

The new track of the week comes from the modern day legend, Frank Ocean. “Pink + White” is a sweet and poetic neo-soul/pop song. The song contains themes of love and mortality that can be interpreted in many different ways…

Netflix and Dusse – Smino

5 December 2018

The newest addition to the playlist this week comes from the dynamic St. Louis hip-hop artist, Smino. “Netflix and Dusse” features a perfect genre blend of reggae, R&B, and hip-hop that sounds amazing, especially on a sunny day during a picnic…

Love Nest – James Bambu

28 November 2018

This week’s track is from a rising R&B artist, the criminally underrated, James Bambu. “Love Nest” is a serene neo-soul track that accurately depicts the honeymoon stage of a relationship. Even the production carries a very natural and paradisiacal atmosphere…

LSD (feat. Chance The Rapper) – Jamila Woods

21 November 2018

In this week’s track, Jamila Woods and Chance The Rapper team up to deliver a dreamy r&b/hip-hop track. The title of the track, “LSD,” doesn’t refer to the hallucinogen drug. As a matter of fact, in this track “LSD” stands for Lake Shore Drive,…

After The Storm (feat. Tyler, The Creator & Bootsy Collins) – Kali Uchis

21 November 2018

This week’s track is a group effort from Kalis Uchis, Tyler, The Creator, and Bootsy Collins. “After The Storm” is an uplifting and smooth funk r&b track about loving ourselves through the struggles we face in life because we are the only ones that can save ourselves…