Welcome to Discover (Last)Weekly – my attempt at holding myself accountable for actually listening to the songs on my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist. I’ve mentioned before how many amazing artists and songs have come to me from Discover Weekly – like Bren Joy, Latrell James, and Carter Ace – so I decided that it could be interesting to make it a weekly thing, where I dig into some songs from the playlist and give my opinion on them – sort of like a Bite-Sized Album Review, but for songs! Because there are sooooo many songs on the playlist (30!), I’ll be using a random list generator to compile the 30 songs into a random list, from which I’ll pick the first 15 for these. As the weeks go on, I’m sure I’ll add some elements to these, potentially extending the BSAR ratings to these songs and then average the ratings out for an overall Discover Weekly quality rating. But that’s not something you need to worry your sweet head about ❤ You can find the entire playlist – in order – below! Let’s jump in!
“Fiscal Thoughts” by Smoke DZA (ft. Wale and Phil Ade)
I love the production on this; it’s so smooth!
“Ap3X” by Shane Eagle (ft. Bas)
Y’all know I love me some Bassy! I do wish he’d switch up his flow more, but I think I’m at the point where I’m just going to have to accept that that’s what he’ll sound like on every song. I do really like this song. It’s like fancy dinner party music mixed with hip hop, which is a vibe I enjoy.
“Dream To Me” by Dom Kennedy
Lol, the “Yea, we at the Marriott, God damn you on ya period?” line in this song makes me laugh every time I listen to it. It’s not bad; Dom Kennedy is one of those rappers who have existed in my life for a while, but primarily on the periphery. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve heard from him, though.
“Know the Name” by LeRoyce
The “I Like It” sample in the production is G R E A T. Like, are you kidding???? What a great sample! And it sounds so good with everything around it. This is my first time hearing a LeRoyce song – really this is my first time knowing that his music existed – and I may have to listen to more of his stuff.
“Mirage” by Chris Keys and Quelle Chris (ft. Earl Sweatshirt, Denmark Vessey, Merrill Garbus, and Big Sen)
This song was a trip. I was replanting some aloe vera plants in the front yard (lol) when this came on. And it just creating such an interesting vibe. I knew from the beginning that this beat and Quelle Chris’s flow meant that there was going to be an Earl feature on here, which I loved. There’s also this part in Big Sen’s spoken word that I think is incredible:
“Like, what the fuck is going on around here? We all know something is, you know, around the corner. And we feel it in our souls. It’s manifesting itself in our art, even. The movies we make are largely dystopian, post-apocalyptic. I think we all just trying to make sense of it somehow. And that’s cool. Sometimes, it just be them seasons. Predatory capitalism. And all the -isms, you know what I’m saying? And err’ybody’s fed up. And people don’t know what to do, so we make our art and art is beautiful. But art is also the truth.”
“Bull Fighter” by Jean Dawson
I’m a big fan of Black people making songs like this. I feel like the bedroom pop genre is always filled with white folks and non-Black people of color that take aspects of Black music and back it with some dreamy guitar. Which is cool, but I love hearing Black folks on there. We just add something…special to it. Also would you expect this song from this cover?? Me neither lol.
“Sold Out” by Baby Rose
Wow! Her VOICE! I don’t know if it’s because I haven’t listened to a woman sing in a long time, but she sounds soooo good! I had to reach back into my memory – and into thursday email lol – and I remember her singing on Revenge of the Dreamers III (2019), and I remember really liking her voice. There was a deepness and soulfulness that was mesmerizing, and it pops OUT on this song. It’s different. It’s beautiful. I’m adding her newest project to my list of projects to listen to.
“Honey Jack” by D Smoke
This one was soooooooo smooth. “Since in the ghetto/ There’s a liquor store on every corner/ It’s easy like tea in a kettle/ Caffeine dreams, model chicks in stilettos/ Mainstream love pull your strings like Gepetto/” LOVE THAT. Terrace Martin playing the sax solo at the end???? LOVE THAT!!!!
“Winners Circle” by Anderson .Paak
I’ve already talked about how much I love this song on last week’s Top 5.
“HONEST” by Baby Keem
I really enjoyed this song. I haven’t heard much – any? – Baby Keem before, so this felt like a good introduction. I love the production.
“S.W.A.N.” by Bobby Feeno (ft. Xavier Omär)
The production feels like Chance the Rapper should be on here (sans recent cornball behavior). I love Bobby Feeno’s flow on here; his voice sounds like a mix between J. Cole and Towkio, which I’m kind of here for. I also really want the BEST for Xavier Omar. I’m so irritated he isn’t bigger than he is by now. He is so so so talented.
“Soul Food” by 03 Greedo and Kenny Beats (ft. Buddy)
YES! Kenny Beats came through with the FIRE production. I love the hook on this; it made my southern heart smile!
“Link Up” by Buddy (ft. Kent Jamz, Bas, Guapdad 4000, J.I.D, Ari Lennox, and BJ The Chicago Kid)
I love everything about this song except Ari Lennox’s voice in the background. I think I’ve mentioned before that there’s something about her voice that I’m not a big fan of sometimes, and this is one of those times. It just felt like they threw her on the track for the sake of having a woman’s voice on there. And it doesn’t really do her justice.
“whitegold” by whiterosemoxie
This song is a VIBE.
“Fly” by dylAn (ft. Quatho and Jaden)
Mm. If this song came on while I was at a function, I’d be ok with it. But I wouldn’t seek this song out on purpose.
since we’re talking about Discover Weekly…
As we’ve already discussed, when my Discover Weekly playlist from Spotify comes through, it really comes through. I began listening to Carter Ace around 2017 or 2018 – during the time where I wasn’t using my savior Last.FM, so I have no specific dates to offer. He had a great voice, great instrumentals, and seemed … Continue reading Bite-sized Album Review #6: Carter Ace’s ‘Music’s Better Than People’