Hip Hop may be my go-to genre but there are other genres that gauge my interest as well. Specifically R&B and Pop. EDM, & Alternative, are slowly but surely making their way up there as well. Just like my previous list, I picked out ten random songs out of random genres to compose this list out of. It was a tougher decision but in the end, it all worked out. You already know how this works so let’s get right to it with Uncle Snoop.
Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Kendrick Lamar; I’m Ya Dogg; BUSH
I like the song for the smooth/funky vibe it offers. Snoop is seen as an artist who can be pretty versatile with his material. Pharrell assisted on the boards, Ross and Kendrick also chipped in with their guest verses, in addition to Charlie Wilson on the vocals with Snoop. It’s one of those songs where I can simply enjoy any time/anywhere day or night.
Disclosure & Sam Smith; Omen; Caracal
Sam Smith and Disclosure make good music together. It’s proven due to their recent history. I’d even argue Sam Smith is at his best working with Disclosure. Omen is another example of the good chemistry between them. This sounds good from an instrumental standpoint and as always Smith comes through on the vocals. The elements of the song matchup well with each other.
Imagine Dragons; Trouble; Smoke + Mirrors
A song from the Alternative genre makes the list! We did it! I’m not too into the genre so therefore if I like a song/album/group from that area of music that means something. The Las Vegas native band Imagine Dragons are cool with me even though the opinion on them may be mixed. This song specifically is distinct in sound, a sound that I like. The vocalist Dan Reynolds performance on the track is also a plus.
Deep Cotton & Jidenna; Let’s Get Caught; Wondaland Present; The Eephus
The lovely and brilliant Janelle Monae launched her record company called Wondaland Records. To kick things off, her and her collective released a five track EP called the Eephus. Two of the guys listed above put together a pretty solid song in Let’s Get Caught. I don’t know too much about Deep Cotton or Jidenna (aside from Classic Man) but they’re two guys I’ll be checking out for. The melody of the song is something I can groove out to not to mention the vocals have a factor into that as well.
Justin Bieber; Sorry; Purpose
Honestly, if you don’t like this song but would like to sub in any other Bieber songs made this year, I am fine with that. I must admit, the Canadian singer has made good strides this year in what has considered to be “a comeback” year. The guy can make hits and seems like a hard worker. This song succeeds in getting some guys I know in their collective bag (except me because I’m stone faced & emotionless). However, I appreciate the emotion he put into the song with the added dance-pop cadence. Bieber has not hit his ceiling yet, but he has progressed.
Tori Kelly; Should’ve Been Us; Unbreakable Smile
The California native had a nice breakout year and this song was one of the reasons why. Her songwriting and singing abilities are overall good. She’s influenced by many past R&B/Pop vocalist which explains a lot. Should’ve Been Us isn’t her best song to me but it’s the first song I was introduced to. Which led me to her other stuff. This song is my favorite simply on the fact that it was a gateway to other music she produced. It is still a good song neverless.
Anderson .Paak & Dean; Put My Hands on You
There’s just something about this song that just makes me feel good when I listen to it. I tap my foot in rhythm to it or bop my head in a certain way. Or both. The hook here is money and the overall makeup of the song speaks creativity. I don’t know too much about Dean but he sounds good on this track. I’m well acquainted with Anderson .Paak and I appreciate his creativity and artistry. Kudos to the two.
Janet Jackson; Night; Unbreakable
Janet’s eleventh studio album Unbreakable highlights her vocals and ability to create a contemporary yet familiar sound. The range of sounds she uses in her music is a wide amount. Night has a bit of dance-pop/soul in it and those styles appeal to my taste. However with singers like her, I’ll listen more closely to her singing rather than the other aspects. And yet, with this song I buy right in to it.
The Weeknd; Tell Your Friends; The Beauty Behind the Madness
Another Canadian artist makes an appearance. I’ve always wanted to root for The Weeknd to succeed but it was hard to because I was not feeling the first album. His sophomore project was something I was feeling. This track receives an assist from Kanye West (G.O.A.T.) on the boards and Abel cashes in on it. His music overall is dark but he finds a way to make it sound appealing to the masses. I can also compare this song to The Morning which is a part of his older discography and is also a song which I like.
Erykah Badu & Andre 3000; Hello; But You Caint Use My Phone
Erykah Badu can make great music. She usually hits on whatever she’s trying to do. Her singing is full of soul and calm vibes. So on this latest mixtape, I found it to be very enjoyable. The most enjoyable part of this song was her duet with the great Andre 3000. The two legends in their respective genres have history with each other so the chemistry is there. This song gives off a feel of happiness, togetherness, and loyalty. Badu and Andre are pretty dope by themselves and are even better when with each other. Although this track happens be a favorite of mine, it is also a reminder that three stacks continues to tease us with all of these great guest features :(
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