Latasha Alcindor has a lot to say, and there's so much style in the way she says it.
"What's next" is an amazing sonic journey from her past and background as a black girl from the hood, to the future she is creating, the tomorrow she wants to see...
This is not just a song about falling in love. It's as delicious as one, but better.
Born Luis Roberto Julião, Sorry Drummer is a Brazilian drummer and producer who brings a soulful approach to hip hop. His music is awesome, but I believe he also deserves credit for being able to reunite amazing artists and make it even better, like he does in this song.
Art and music are indeed some of the most efficient and fit platforms to address social problems. Besides, being as subjective and democratic as it is, music is meant to entertain but sometimes it might also make you think.
The whole point of this playlist is to encourage open-mindness through music, and to celebrate art as a powerful tool to find both what's universal and what's unique about each human being.
That being said, "Happen ending" by Epik High fits "Music to Dali & Jay-Z lovers" in so many levels that it's hard to describe...
We’re going to have some instrumental tracks in our playlist too and this is a great one to start with!
What’s awesome about tracks with no vocals is that they leave space for you to fill the instrumentals with whatever’s going through your mind. You can just jam along to them and think about anything you want. The production gives you a clue of which directions your thoughts may go, but it’s up to you to step into the suggested journey or create your own and just take the song as the soundtrack!
"Old versus new" discussions are recurrent in so many fields, and hip hop is not immune to it.
American DJ Statik Selektah and rappers Talib Kweli and Styles P released “The thrill is gone” in 2010, expressing their anguishes about how contemporary hip hop is all about “funny clothes”, “Auto-Tunes” and is full of “too many vultures” but has little from the culture it is supposed to channel.
What’s amazing about South Korean rapper Tymee is her ability to go from super cute and sweet, to super dark and deep, to super badass and fierce, and then back to super super cute, but always sounding genuine and plausible in all these styles.
We haven’t had much melodic vocals so far in this playlist - the closet thing to singing was Tássia Reis.
Hip hop is surely the biggest inspiration for “Music to Dali & Jay-Z lovers”, but it doesn’t mean all of our songs must be rap songs (check our brand statement here).
The track of the week is Jhene Aiko’s “When we love”, a track from her album “Trip”, which is pretty much a soundtrack for a mental and/or spiritual storytelling trip through a story of love and pain.
“Love is love”, it’s simple like that.
If you truly feel it, you will automatically share it, enjoy life and respect people.
“Love is love”. It doesn’t need much more than these three words and an one minute and a half song, like this. As long as love is what keeps your heart “flowing, going, jumping, pumping”, you won’t need more than this to understand.
This song is a primarily example of their music, because it brings all the right elements of that movement - and also, of what we value in “Music to Dali & Jay-Z lovers”: the peaceful vibes, the jazzy sound (with a sample from Jimmy McGriff), the intriguing lyrics.
Here’s one more talented Brazilian woman giving us the grace of her music.
It’s hard - and unfair - to label Janine Mathias.
She was born in Brasília, Midwest Brazil (also its capital city), and started her career in Curitiba, South Brazil; but the observable manifoldness in her music doesn’t stick only to the fact that she collects influences from all those places.
As much as the rap of Nitty Scott, MC sounds like a Ladybug Mecca revival, what’s interesting about Nitty and the album from which we got this amazing track is the spiritual touch she brings.
This playlist would make absolutely no sense if I relied only on American artists or male artists. We’re here for diversity, creativity, freedom, courage and self-expression; and as a woman and proud Brazilian, I feel like I have the right and the responsibility of giving space to female artists and Brazilian artists, especially when there are so many making good music that sounds perfect for this playlist.
Jay-Z is not in the name of this playlist only to create a punchline, rhyming with Salvador Dali - by the way, my first idea was to actually put a female rapper’s name. “Music to Nicki & Kandinsky lovers” seemed good. Nicki, Kandinsky, nice rhyme, nice references. I love Nicki Minaj’s music and Kandinsky’s paintings.
Digable Planets were the kings of chill, with Ladybug Mecca as their Queen Bee (side note: she’s Brazilian, I’m so proud).
Thoughtful, lovers of good black music and with 0 f*cks to give, their attitude was the definition of class, and this song is an example of why.
Beenzino is one of the classiest and most creative artists in the Korean hip hop scene.
This is one of his songs that makes you feel like you're smelling really good and opening the door of your new luxurious apartment, with super white walls, a gleaming floor and minimalist decor.