Blogify: Kanye Samples

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With the release of Swish Waves next week, Blog decided to take a look back at some of our favorite Kanye samples. Drawing on almost every genre imaginable, Kanye’s samples—which serve all sorts of purposes, like providing a song’s backbone or providing a single lyric—may be even more diverse than his own discography. The subsequent playlist is as wacky and whimsical as the man himself.

If you want to follow along, check out The Verge‘s guide.


Blogify: Where is the Love?

While the Biebers and Grandes of the world have tons of popularity, there are tons of incredible artists that don’t have the same reach. To quote William Adams Jr., Stacy Ferguson, Allan Lindo, and Jaime Gómez, “Where is the Love?”

For this week’s Blogify, we’ve compiled a playlist of staff favorite tunes that don’t have millions of Spotify plays, or billions of YouTube views. In fact – with a couple of exceptions – they have fewer than 100,000 listens on Spotify.

You heard ‘em here first.

Wake Up – Lawrence
This song is an irrefutable jam. Plus Lawrence is headlined by Clyde Lawrence ’15 – and just opened for Blues Traveler. Get it into your rotation.

Mayor Bloomberg (Giant Margarita) – Awkwafina
It’s hilarious. A satirical-ish song about a girl worrying that giant margaritas are also going to get banned as part of NY’s almost-ban on large sugary drinks. “Please don’t take my freedom, my giant margarita.” This song is the voice of a SWUG generation. –Steph Hojsak

HiyHiy by Lostboycrow
So. Fucking. Catchy. Makes me feel like a badass walking to work. –Sydney Mondry

Demo – King Mez
King Mez has river-like flow, was featured thrice on Dr. Dre’s Compton, and his highest played song only has 12,000 plays on Spotify? Messed up.

285 – Kitty
When she raps, she’s got all the flow and wit (maybe even more) than ‘mainstream’ rappers. Along with some wonderful rapped lyrics, the song also has a techno-pop hook and chorus. Like come on. ‘Never bitter, never sounding rude/and positive, I milk it like a cow, I moo’ – Steph Hojsak

Tonight – Matt Simons
Ok I’ll admit I cheated on this one – it’s got the most listens on Spotify on this playlist (438,000) but it really should have 43.8 million at least. So its inclusion is justified. See also, Can’t Have by Steven A. Clark.

Halfheartedly – The Rare Occasions
They are a local band (students from Tufts and Berklee) but they are amazing musicians and have won major national songwriting awards. –Julia Ella

Go Back – Darlingside
They have beautiful harmonies/arrangements plus the song is sorta based off Back to the Future. –Sarah Campbell Tucker

Cry, Cry, Cry – Judith Hill
You will like this jazzy jam if you like Amy Winehouse, or just music in general.

But in the Movie Baby – Band of Gold
“A great ‘walk to class with swag’ song (especially in the rain)” –Charlotte Bilski

Iko Iko – Aaron Carter
This song was included because I was shocked to learn that a song I listened to over a hundred thousand times in second grade actually has fewer than a hundred thousand plays on Spotify.

Tea, Milk & Honey – Oh Pep!
I discovered the song / them on NPR Tiny Desk Concerts, and it sort of feels like two songs in one, which is fun. Really beautiful folk-y tune, and awesome vocals. –Sydney Mondry

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Blogify: Upcoming Freshness

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For this week’s Blogify, we’re bringing back the “Fresh Albums” segment, where we feature some great new music that will (hopefully) be released in the coming months. This collection of musicians tends to sway towards rap and R&B, perfect to help gently get the blood pumping after a tiring Halloweekend. While we wait for these albums to come out, we’ve compiled a playlist featuring some of the artists’ best work up to this point.

Skizzy Mars: Alone Together

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Despite pushing back his Alone Together tour this fall, the NYC native has been dropping new music on a monthly basis. His most recent releases, Chemistry, Changes, and Weekend Millionaires are among his best yet, in my opinion. Produced primarily by Michael Keenan, each track continues to impress fans and critics alike. Continuing on an upward trajectory since Red Balloon Project, his first major studio album, Skiz looks to have a bright future at only 23 years old. To really get a feel for his music, check out his SoundCloud! Continue Reading


Blogify: Trick or treat and chill?

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Excited for Halloween? So are we. Of course, the only thing scarier than a CS course is being left without a killer playlist for the big day. Whether you’re ready to put on your sexiest Donald Trump costume and crash every ball on RISD’s campus, or curl up with an armful of Reese’s and watch reruns of American Horror Story: Asylum, BlogDH has you covered with the Halloween musical essentials. Candy not included.

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Blogify: Back to the Future

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Great Scott! For those of you who haven’t checked your calendar, today is October, 21, 2015 — today is the day that Marty McFly visits the future! To channel our inner sense of time traveling adventure, we’ve compiled a playlist with songs that quite literally travel through the years. Take a moment to think about the fact that after 4:29 p.m. today, all of Back to the Future will be in the past. UGH.

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Blogify: Mailroom Jams

New York’s hottest club is: the Brown University mailroom. This school year, we came back to our beloved Brunonia to find a completely renovated mail room with an entirely different system for getting packages and letters (Bye Bye Bye, mailboxes). While many Brunonians anticipated the mailroom facelift, I’d be shocked to find someone who knew that the our new mailroom would double as the most uncomfortable nightclub of all time. 

 

Check out that new mailroom in JWW. Game hath been changed, Brunonia.

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With the newly ample space and upbeat music, everything about that room screams dance, aside from the fact that you’re standing in line to collect an ambiguous jury duty letter in the middle of the day. One can barely get away with the tapping of a foot without looks of confusion from fellow line-waiters.

What makes the mailroom’s music so great is its vast variety of songs that all make you want to dance always. For this week’s Blogify, we’ve created a playlist with our assorted favorite mailroom jams, so that you can finally dance to them in the comfort of your own dorm. (That being said, if anyone wants to make mailroom dancing a thing, we’d be cool with it.)