Spotify's Found Them First.

Anyone who knows me knows I love me some Spotify! And for good reasons because not only are you able to stream full albums and more from your favorite known artists, but they make it super easy and fun to discover new artists on the rise. 

A lot of the artists I listen to religiously now, I discovered through Spotify and their curated playlists, which they have thousands of. So Spotify probably realized this and found a way to please the inner snotty hipster in all of us. You know the part of you that always feels the need to tell people you were listening to an artist before everyone else was. That one.

Spotify's Found Them First is fairly simple. It's a site you log into with your Spotify login and it goes through your Spotify playing history to see what artists you discovered before they made it big. Once it does, it generates a list of those artists, let's you know when you first listened to each artist and what percentage of their first listeners you are in.

For example let's take Hozier. Yes, Mr. Take Me To Church. He was the first artist on my list and I first listened to him (via Spotify at least) on August 1, 2014. Furthermore, I am in the first 4% of all his listeners. When it comes to A$AP Ferg, I first streamed him on August 30, 2013 and I'm in the first 8% of his listeners. SQUAAAAD!
I think FTF is a super dope idea and it's cool for the listeners to know who they helped to get the level of mainstream stardom. Another feature of FTF is you get to tweet the artist and let them know you were one of their first listeners. I mean Spotify is not only giving listeners some cool data about their listening ways but also helping the artists get to know their "early adapters" and solidify their fanbases as they blow up.

I got 14 artists that I "found first" but if I want to get my numbers up, FTF creates a customized playlist for you called Find Them Next, were they include artists on the verge of their breakthrough who you might become a fan of. And I just have to say that my Find Them Next playlist is pretty on point. 

I'm all for this and I can't wait to check in with FTF every now and then and see what other artists I was up on before the world was singing their praises. 

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Quickie: Gueringer the 13th's PMI EP.

All hail Gueringer the 13th and his glorious new EP, PMI! He pays homage to his hometown of Pontiac, Michigan with rapid flows and trippy, chill production. Listening to this project feels like I was on a road trip in the Midwest when randomly the sky started changing colors, the clouds were results of kush burning, and the weather became perfect. As my car started to cruise, I was allowed to take in my surroundings in pure bliss. And in that moment, I was in PMI.

Ever since I first pressed play on this EP, it's been on repeat. I'm literally in the office hitting that Bobby Shmurda jig like no one's business. To think that this was a project to hold the people over till Gueringer drops his album, Clifford, makes me even more excited for that project to drop.

So with all of that said, you might want to do yourself a favor and get into PMI! Enjoy the ride, thank me later.
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Always and Forever... Aaliyah.

It's been 14 years since we lost the amazing talent and beautiful soul that was Aaliyah. Her work continues to inspire artists and producers over the years and this is a quick playlist of their takes on her music. This playlist includes remixes, re-works, and covers from artists across genres.

Some people still can't understand why Aaliyah is is considered legendary and important to others today and the fact of the matter is that she was so ahead of her time. She helped open the doors for female artists to be the other kind of girl-next-door. The girl who wore baggy pants and jersey, kept her hair and makeup simple, and was an overall free spirit.

And most of all, she was indeed talented. She had a such a beautiful, smooth tone and her range was wide. She made it acceptable and even profitable to not be like every other female artist out. So hopefully that puts things into perspective for those who just don't understand why Aaliyah remains important to music today.

I will always love and miss Aaliyah. She had a big impact on me as a young girl and that impact continues as I continue to mature. May her legacy live on... always and forever.

Enjoy the playlist, share this playlist, and just dance your ass off... do it for her.

*Sidenote: Drake's label, UMG, came at people hard on Soundcloud after his recent album. They took down covers, remixes, and yes, my remix project. I am going to try to redo the project as a playlist and not one "mixtape-like" track, so y'all can enjoy it still. So bare with me.
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Netflix & Chill: Narcos.

I know the term "Netflix & Chill" to certain people has sexual intentions behind it but for a busy, single lady like myself, it literally means that I sit my ass down, browse through Netflix, press play on the chosen movie or show, and chill.

With that being said, I did just that last night and the choice for my viewing pleasure was the new Netflix original series, Narcos.  And here is quick synopsis of what this show is about:

Netflix takes on the infamous Medellín drug cartel in "Narcos," which follows the rise and fall of Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar and the Drug Enforcement Agency agents hunting him. The story is told largely from the points of view of Escobar, played by Brazilian actor Wagner Moura, and U.S. DEA Agent Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook), on opposite sides of what would become an all-out war. The gritty drama begins with the early days of the drug battle, when the biggest offenders were "hippies in flip-flops" caught with up to a kilo of marijuana, continuing to the violent, bloody battles between members of the cartel peddling tons of kilos of cocaine and drug agents from Colombia, Mexico, and the U.S. -- a struggle estimated to have cost at least 4,000 lives over two decades. Pedro Pascal ("Game of Thrones") co-stars as Mexican DEA Agent Javier Peña.
source: Google 

I'm really into crime television and film, as well as documentaries and anything non-fiction, so this series was right up my alley. I really only knew about Pablo Escobar because I would always hear his name in rap songs and then something about cocaine and money would follow the name drop. So watching this series is not only entertaining but really informative/educational.

The directors and writers do a good job of covering all bases/aspects of this story. From the effects on the Columbinan and American economy, the amount and brutiality of the violence, the complexity of Escobar and pretty much everyone involved with him, the DEA and CIA strategies in catching him, etc, etc, ETC. The acting is amazing and super believeable. The feel of the visuals-the visuals period are really dope. 

Only thing with this show, and they can't really help it, is that you're reading subtitles a lot. I mean the situation happened in Latin America and the majority of the people involved speak Spanish. And I actually salute Netflix for keeping as much of the Spanish speaking as they did because it adds to the authenticity of the series. But the constant reading is just something I really had to get use to. 

Overall, this series is amazing! Yes, I watched the entire season in one day because that is what you do it with shows on Netflix! Excited to see the next season and yes, I'm definitely adding this to "My List"
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Quickie: BASECAMP's Greater Than EP

I love me some BASECAMP and when their latest EP, Greater Than popped up on my Soundcloud home stream, I pressed play instantly. The Nashville group continues to warm our hearts and make our heads bob with their smooth, layered production and Aaron's vocals... can we discuss his voice real quick.

Aaron Miller's voice is like NSFW. His voice on this EP is like silk sheetson the bed in a candle light room, with the windows open on a warm summer night. Yes, it's that damn sexy. And on this EP, he really showcased the beauty of his voice.

Honestly, I like this EP more than their self titled EP because they really explored the boundaries of their unique sound. And this is some of the best music I've heard as of recent. Kinda sidenote, the re-work of Greater Than-Aaron, you're not slick and I'm still a Boss of Nova fan. So if y'all are going to re-work gems from those days, I need a re-work of Cold Tea-just saying!

BASECAMP is everything! And so is this EP, so press play and indulge!
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The Cycle.

Whether you are watching the news or keeping up with social media, a subject that is always on our minds whether we speak on it or not is police brutality and more specifically, police brutality against black people. It seems like everyday there is a new case of this matter and it unfortunately results in the death of an innocent person.

In an effort to not only start this conversation amongst people but to also conduct it in a productive manner, director Michael Marantz and Already Alive give us the short film, The Cycle. The Cycle is described as "a free tool to inspire important dialogue about the cycle of violence and fear that affects our communities." The film follows a NYC cop (played by Ade Otukoya) as he commits a fatal mistake and deals with the aftermath.

This film is literally only about 11 minutes long yet so much is told throughout. The story is so well written and the film is extremely well directed. I think that this film needs to be seen by everyone and I think the conversation to follow will educate people and allow people to open up and share their feelings. I also think it's awesome to use art in any shape or form to provoke a neccessary conversation that is affecting so many of us. 

Since this film is presented as a tool, there is also a free conversation guide you can use to engage in conversation with those who watched it with you.

I know that we can get tired of talking about these issues and it seems draining but if we don't talk about what is happening, nothing will change. We have to continue to have these conversations where we educate and share with each other. Due to the state of where we live right now... not having these conversations is like life or death. We have to be the change we want to see.

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The Light Phone.

Few months ago, I traveled to my home away from home, Nigeria, and unexpectedly was off the grid from most technology and the internet. Now Nigeria is not some desolate country, in fact, Nigeria is booming in all areas including technology. But due to the circumstances I was in, I didn't feel any of that "boom".

For the first few days, I was really pissed I couldn't access my email or check out my Twitter and Instagram timelines. But as time went on, I was glad I was off the grid of the World Wide Web because I was actually enable to enjoy... well at least experience what was happening around me. And I was able to enjoy the people around me too.

For those of us who would like to escape all the "extraness" of our mobile devices today, there is the Light phone. The Light phone brings you back into the time where phones were made to simply call others-nothing else. This light weight, simplified device connects with your current cell phone and while eliminating the notification buzz from email, social media, and apps. So while you may be missing notifications from retweets from Twitter or likes from Instagram, you won't miss a call from Mom or anyone else.

They say it's "your phone away from your phone". I like to think of it as a vacation phone. Often fellow family members may complain that you're "not being in the moment" and let's be honest, they're right. Even for someone like myself who literally makes a living off of social media and the internet, there are days when I don't want to be bothered by the constant "tapping of the shoulder" feel of those things.

The Light Phone is up for pre-order right now on the company's website. It's $100 for the device, the charger, SIM, and 500 pre-paid minutes. To me, that is actually somewhat affordable and I could definitely see myself copping one of these.

So you don't need to go out of the country to go off the grid. You can cop a Light Phone and go off the grid in the comfort of your home or your world.

For more on the Light Phone, check out:
Moo's Interview with Light Phone's co-founder, Joe Hollier
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No Sleeep.

Mom's homeee!!!Yasssss! Janet Jackson is back with some smoothness to get us right for this weekend with her new single, No Sleeep! It features J.Cole, who kills it! Janet definitely went back to her 90's vibe for this song and I am loving it!

I'm so excited that I can barely type! Janet Jackson is like everything to me and I will fight you if you try her-I dare you Meek Mill, I dare you! Lol But I'm so happy about this comeback of hers and it seems to be going really well and we are all excited for her. Love this song and I want the album now but I'll wait till Mom is ready to give it to us! Press play now, you know you want to!

Janet will be on tour for the rest of the year and the first quarter next year, so check out her website for all the dates!!!

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White Lightning.

When did this happen? Apparently, Aubrey and Shannon of former girl group, Danity Kane are now a duo called dumblonde. Here is the video for their first single, White Lightning, which is actually pretty dope.

I was a huge Danity Kane fan and was always upset about the disbanding of the group. But Dawn went off to have some solo success and for a minute, four of the girls got back together but obviously, that didn't last.

Finding out about dumblonde, I'm actually excited about them! Aubrey and Shannon were never really standouts in their early girl group days but they have found their lane and are riding quite well in it. Their vocals are very fitting for the electro pop vibe of the production they have been working with. I'm obviously not expecting powerhouse vocals from them but I like what they're doing.

The video is really cool. Simple yet intriguing. dumblonde... I'm liking this. Press play and enjoy. ...I'm gonna have go listen to Welcome to the Dollhouse now. =/

dumblonde's self-titled, debut album is available for pre-order on iTunes now!

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My Dawgs.

FatKidsBrotha went the goofy route with visuals for their song, My Dawgs, featuring Jace off of Two-9's B4FRVR project. The Max Hliva directed video shows FKB and Jace literally being dogs and it is absolutely hilarious. I was giggling the whole time. But I really like this song. It has a nice, chill vibe to it and would serve as the perfect soundtrack to any kick back. Press play and enjoy!

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Move Systems.

Caught wind of this unique artist named Georgia and her new single, Move Systems. Georgia started her musical journey as a session drummer and is now shaping her own sound with smooth pop vocals and bad girl rap flow. She kinda comes off as a cross between Charlie XCX and M.I.A. But Move Systems is fye and had me jamming on the couch. And in the video, she is having fun in one of my favorite places to be in, the beauty supply store!

Georgia's self titled, debut album drops 8.7.15 and before then, she will be live in NYC! Dates listed below. Also check out her Gen F feature on The Fader here.

NYC Show Dates
8.4.15 - Webster Hall w/ Hot Chip
8.6.15 - Baby's All Right

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Something Else About Bowie.

Four years ago, Atlanta's own ForteBowie dropped a classic project titled Something About Bowie and probably didn't even realize it at the moment. And in 2015, history has repeated itself with the release of his latest project, Something Else About Bowie. Forte continues to tell us his story through progressive melodies and production and honest lyrics. Project features newcomer Tate and legend in the making, Money Makin' Nique.

I could sit here and be like, "This shit is amazing! Dopest shit you're gonna hear this summer." And all of that is true. What I will say is, this is only the beginning. If you rate this project is 10/10, the music Forte has in his vault is like 50/10. So enjoy this project, live with this project, and prepare for even more greatness that is on the way.

On behalf of Forte and the 1990 LLC team, thank you and enjoy!

Watch: ForteBowie's chanelofhouston (Just Too Much) music video
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My Love.

Even though cuffing season is months away, I'm in search of bae. But not just anyone can be my bae- there is an interviewing process for that position. Majid Jordan's new single, My Love, is a great way to start the interview off.

This mid-tempo track which features OVO boss, Drake, consists of contemplating and insisting lyrics. And I love the melodies throughout the song. And Drake's vocals are strong too. So dance a little as you ask your potential the hard question of ,"Why do you want to be My Love?"

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Night Cap.

We all know there is nothing innocent about a text that reads,"We can watch Netflix and chill." And Florida based emcee, Alec Burnright will agree as he can perfectly describes the true intentions in that text with his song, Night Cap.

This song is like a movie and each verse is a new scene. The production has a vibe that I'm not hearing a lot these days but I really like it and it caught my attention immediately. If you tryna get a little sumthin', sumthin' tonight, just send your boo thang a link to this song. Thank Alec later.

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Still Chiefy.

Michigan's own, Gueringer the 13th reminds us of his chiefy ways with his latest release, Still Chiefy! This is release is part of his #TribedayFriday series where the people get a new song from him every Friday. This is leading up to his anticipated album, Clifford.

If you have been reading my blog for like the past two years, you should be familiar with Gueringer and his work and like I always say about him and other emcees, the evolution of his artistry is amazing. With this weekly series, Gueringer is spitting straight heat for us. His lyrical content and style is like on 10 right now. And he always give us his signature energy which is one of the main reasons why I'm a fan of his.

Check out his soundcloud and listen to the previous #TribedayFriday releases. Gueringer is about to give you a soundtrack to your summer, get ready!

Last week's release (and my favorite so far), Summers Mine!
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