music

What I’m Listening to: My ” 6inch Tims, Bubble Vest, Third Rail Hat music” playlist

I recently got a Tidal subscription (I know, I know…) but my reason for doing so has nothing to do with Jay Z, thinking I will actually listen to all of the music that they claim they have (they definitely do not have EVERYTHING) or any other reason that most people seem to get a music streaming subscription.  I actually think it’s insane to pay a subscription to “rent” music that you can pay a one time fee and actually own but that’s my flaw, get your money music streaming sites.  I feel like I was forced to get this subscription due to my recent iPhone debacle.  In short, I upgraded, got a new iPhone and for the first time in my Apple history received a lemon.  The phone randomly deleted all…ALL of my music collection three separate times.  I’ve done some research and can’t find an answer that makes sense.  The only thing that I can come up with in my conspiracy theory laced brain is that all of the newer Apple iPhones are flawed when it comes to Itunes  and their algorithm because they want us all to eventually move to an Apple music subscription.  Apple has already made it clear that they are moving forward with cloud subscription based programs and the introduction of Apple music’s new platform was the beginning of the end for owning music via mp3’s or downloads in my opinion.  So after being frustrated with having to re-download thousands of songs and getting a replacement phone, I decided to take advantage of these student discounts that some of the music streaming services offer and skip the drama of losing my music again.  However, I REFUSE to give in and get an Apple music subscription so I decided to give Tidal a shot and I must admit, it’s not bad at all…for a music streaming service.

So after a few weeks of getting used to not having any real music that I own on my phone, I decided to create and share a 90’s hip hop playlist, mainly because I couldn’t find a really good one.  These are songs that I grew up listening to, songs that I’ve missed and songs that in my opinion go harder than ANY OF THIS NEW SHIT PLAYING RIGHT NOW.  If you have also  been forced into getting purchased a Tidal subscription, do check out my playlist below.  If you haven’t jumped ship yet, I’ve provided the song playlist below so that you can check out the songs on your own.  I don’t think you can listen to more than a few seconds of a preview without a Tidal subscription but you can always purchase the tracks or vibe out on youtube.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

These are songs that were on my original playlist but the mighty Tidal did not have them in its library, FAIL:

Crooklyn Dogers “Crooklyn”

Crooklyn Dogers ’95 “Return of The Crooklyn Dogers”

Queen Latifah “Jersey”

Da Bush Babees “Remember We”

A+ “All I See”

Lil Vicious “Nika”

I’m not sure why these songs aren’t in the massive Tidal library.  I kind of understand why the soundtrack songs would be more of a challenge to get on a music streaming site (New Jersey Drive for The Queen and Crooklyn and Clockers for the Crooklyn Dogers) but the rest are regular singles that I thought would be there.  I found Nine’s “Whatchu Want” for crying out loud, WHY is there NO Lil Vicious on Tidal (that one random song doesn’t count)?  Anyway, take a trip back in time and check out the playlist on Tidal here or you can view the selected tracks below.  Enjoy!

90's HH play

What I’m listening to: @TheoCroker “Escape Velocity”

New jazz alert!  I recently discovered Theo Croker’s music via a Tidal jazz playlist called “Not Your Parent’s Jazz” and was pleasantly surprised at this gem of an artist!  You can visit his site to hear samples of his music,  purchase the new album “Escape Velocity” and learn more about the artist.  Enjoy!

theo-croker-escape

Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story on TV One

After seeing the trailers for this ALL DAY LONG ON MEMORIAL DAY, I have to say, I’m looking forward to TV One’s first feature!  Ha.

Seriously, I really am looking forward to the film AND I respect the heavy promo.

Alicia Keys “In Common” video

AK47!  This video is so New York and classy.  I love it and I honestly didn’t like the song when I first heard it a few weeks ago.  I left it alone, revisited it and it started growing on me.  Now seeing the video, I’m sold!

Youtube’s 1st 360 livestream performance featuring Dawn Richard

I’m excited about anything that Dawn does but this is groundbreaking and I’m glad that she is the person kicking off this new way of capturing and broadcasting live performances.  It all happens Wednesday 4/20/16 via The Verge. You can read about the Verge’s 1st 360 livestream with First Lady Michelle Obama here and see the video to get a sense of what will likely take place.  Check out her latest single “Not Above That” below.