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Wanna Love You - Ela

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Wanna Love You - Ela

"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…

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For the Record - Winston Surfshirt

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For the Record - Winston Surfshirt

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…

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Eternal - Chance the Rapper ft. Smino

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Eternal - Chance the Rapper ft. Smino

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…

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EARFQUAKE - Tyler, The Creator

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EARFQUAKE - Tyler, The Creator

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

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Mother May I - Wxsted Txlent

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Mother May I - Wxsted Txlent

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…

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C7osure (You Like) - Lil Nas X

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C7osure (You Like) - Lil Nas X

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…

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Wildin' - Berhana

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Wildin' - Berhana

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…

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Mad (Feat. Lil Wayne) - Solange

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Mad (Feat. Lil Wayne) - Solange

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…

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

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

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…

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Troop (Feat. Smino) - Tobi Lou

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Troop (Feat. Smino) - Tobi Lou

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."…

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Sunday - Easy Life

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Sunday - Easy Life

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...

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Feels Like Summer - Childish Gambino

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Feels Like Summer - Childish Gambino

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…

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

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

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…

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New Light - John Mayer

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New Light - John Mayer

"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…

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Just Me - LION BABE

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Just Me - LION BABE

"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…

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

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

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…

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Island In The Sun - Weezer

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Island In The Sun - Weezer

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)…

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SUMMER - The Carters

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SUMMER - The Carters

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…

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Banana Clip - Miguel

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Banana Clip - Miguel

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…

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