Top 5 from the Week #24 (ft. Prince, Blah Blah Blah, The Internet, Gallant, and Mereba)

I had no plans on trying Paramount+ originally, but having seasons 1-3 of Spongebob at my fingertips was too tempting to ignore, so I made an account earlier this week (and they give you a free trial, unlike SOMEBODY), and I’ve been watching Spongebob and Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide every night for the past five nights. I watched a lot of Disney Channel growing up (when we could afford cable lol), but Nickelodeon was where my childhood TV watching habits started. And I don’t know y’all. I might have to keep it! They have All Grown Up on there! I tried Disney+ and wanted to go back and watch the older shows on there, but I was nervous about the humor not holding up (I’d really only gotten it to watch Soul anyway so I swiftly canceled by subscription lol). It’s HOLDING UP on Ned’s Declassified (and Spongebob, but that was to be expected – I basically know all those episodes by heart), though. And I’m so happy about that. I’m hoping to go through some other shows at some point, so I can continue riding high on this nostalgia. Catch me singing the Zoey 101 theme song at the top of my lungs next week ❤ 

Speaking of cultural products from the past, I’ve been listening to a lot of older music from my Spotify library. I’ve spent a lot of time driving this week (sometimes you need to just leave the house with no destination), so instead of listening to N.E.R.D’s Fly or Die (2003) like I typically do in the car, I’ve been putting my Spotify on shuffle. Every other song has been by The Weeknd (Spotify is synced up with my heartbeat at this point), but I have been reintroduced to some of my older favorite songs. So this week’s Top 5 is comprised of some songs from varying degrees of the past. 

“Money Don’t Matter 2 Night” by Prince

I’ve loved this song for a long time. I started listening to Prince in middle school and began a fruitless journey of listening to his entire discography. I spent most of my time listening to Music from Graffiti Bridge (1990), Purple Rain (1984), and The Gold Experience (1995), but “Money Don’t Matter 2 Night” was one of the songs from Prince’s other projects that I really latched on to. I love an anti-capitalist musical moment (of which Prince was not a stranger to making), and this song is a significant reason why. I think there’s a lot of beauty in how simple the instrumentation on this song is as well. Paired up with the song’s message, Prince gives us a track that just feels…relatable. And hits you at the basic human level of just wanting to “[make] sure your soul’s alright.” He was such a POWERHOUSE ❤

“Girl” by The Internet

There were a lot of amazing projects that came out in 2015. Por Vida by Kali Uchis, M3LL155X by FKA Twigs, Wave[s] by Mick Jenkins, JMSN’s Blue album, Lupe’s Tetsuo & Youth, and The Internet’s Ego Death. And I was LIVING. Listening to “Girl” yesterday took me right back to that time. It’s such a great track, and Ego Death is a great album. I had started listening to Vic Mensa a couple of years before and was a big fan, and Miss Janelle Monae released “Yoga” not too long before Ego Death and was getting ready to release Eephus (2015) with the rest of Wondaland. So I was very excited to hear the two of them (and Tyler the Creator, of course) on this album. I still haven’t listened to any post-Ego Death Internet albums because I loved that project so much, and I don’t wanna be disappointed (which doesn’t make any sense because I was listening to them before Ego, so I know they make great projects. Welcome to my brain). “Girl” represents all of that for me. And plus….Syd ❤ ❤ ❤ I’d die for her.

“Haha No One Can Hear You!” by Gallant

I have NO CLUE how I was introduced to this song, but this is one of my favorite songs EVER. I love everything about this song. It’s one of those tracks that I hear the first 2 seconds of when I’m listening to my Spotify library on shuffle, and I immediately turn the volume all the way up. Which is exactly what happened when it came on in the car yesterday on my way back from Dollar Tree. Like…you just have to listen to it.

“Goodbye LA” by Blah Blah Blah

“Goodbye LA” and “Haha No One Can Hear You!” exist in the same musical space for me. I started listening to both of them around the same time (again, with very little clue on how I started listening to them), and fell in love with both pretty quickly. Blah Blah Blah doesn’t have a lot of songs, but I’ve been meaning to listen through a project or two from the band.

I also HIGHLY recommend “Soon As I Get Home” from Blah Blah Blah. I believe I heard that song first and somehow was led to “Goodbye LA.”

“Sandstorm” by Mereba (ft. JID)

“Sandstorm” is one of the most beautiful songs in the world. The first day I heard it, I listened to it 29 times – just over and over again on repeat. And I stayed like that for about a week. Between the original track on Spotify and this slowed version on YouTube (which I HIGHLY recommend), I probably spent 50% of my time listening to “Sandstorm.” I had to take a long break from it, so I wouldn’t start hating it, and I listened to it for the first time this year yesterday, and I almost fell down. I felt my soul leave my body. The piano at the beginning of the song, the way Mereba starts her first verse, her and JID harmonizing on the “You know I tried, and tried, and tried, and tried, and tried” – there’s just so much to love about this song!!!! It’s GORGEOUS!

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Top 5 from the Week #23 (ft. Erykah Badu, Kelis, Latrell James, and N.E.R.D)

Happy Halloween! I’m not a big Halloween person (my life is scary enough…this YEAR has been scary enough lol), but I have a good friend that’s very much into spooky season, so I try to be enthusiastic when I can. I guess a lot of my “meh” about it comes from having zero traditions that … Continue reading Top 5 from the Week #23 (ft. Erykah Badu, Kelis, Latrell James, and N.E.R.D)

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