Jam of the Week – Lupe Fiasco – Jonylah Forever
Guns have led to tragedy after tragedy these last few weeks, including the death of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins in Chicago last Tuesday, to whom Lupe pays tribute in this song. Kimani Gray was shot to death by cops in Brooklyn last weekend, and waves of protests have been held in East Flatbush all week, though the media has done an insultingly bad job covering this. Tip of the hat to Lupe for talking about shit that matters.
Mashup/Remix – Blood Orange – Lay Down in Swimming Pools
Your favorite 90s British girl band Sugababes are back… to reinterpret Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools.” I did NOT see that coming. I also did NOT expect it to be this amazing.
Hip-Hop – Awkwafina – NYC B*tche$
So… Since I’m moving back to NY after I graduate, in great probability to Bushwick, I should probably be offended by her “they all live in Bushwick, they all love Bushwick, but I say fuck that shit” but I’m actually just totally honored to live in the same city as this perfect human.
Pop (Soul) – Har Mar Superstar – Lady You Shot Me
My dad is a 60s kid and will always be cooler than me (went to Woodstock, argument over) and I love this song because it reminds me of the mixes he would play in the car when he drove us places. A few selections from “Dr. Roger’s Groovy Mix” here and here and here.
Indie – Phoenix – Entertainment
Phoenix channels Korean melodramas, aka K-Dramas, in this overwrought silliness of a music video. I’m not sure I understand it, or why North Korean storylines make an appearance, but I do know that this makes me want to rewatch Coffee Prince.
Electronic – Bahwee – Back It Up
Sometimes when I love a song a lot and am overplaying it, I try to find videos that I can make fake music videos out of. As in, I play this clip of Alice in Wonderland, turn off the video’s sound, and play “Back It Up.”
Throwback – Lauryn Hill – Doo Wop (That Thing)
I never know what to comment on these “Throwback” songs because they don’t need any explanation. I guess thanks to my gurlz “DJ Dharma” and Winks for unearthing this and aggressively playing it at parties.