6 Artists Equally Suited For An Aux Cord Takeover Or Solo Jam Session

6 Artists Equally Suited For An Aux Cord Takeover Or Solo Jam Session

Do it for you, and the people you make listen to your music.

Need some new music to listen to alone, or just wanna impress your friends with some cool tunes? Checkout these artists/songs.

1. Kehlani

Coming from the Bay Area of California, Kehlani is one of the most influential underground artists of R&B.

While underground is a bit of an understatement to her clout as an artist, I say it because she has not crossed over into the pop mainstream like artists such as SZA and Jhene Aiko have done, SZA having done so just this year.

Kehlani’s vocals are powerful and breathy at the same time, with melodies and influences of classic r&b that are simply undeniable. With a grammy nod under her belt for her mixtape You Should Be Here, the industry is not blind to the former front-woman of Pop Lyfe, a band that introduced Kehlani to her soon-to-be mentor Nick Cannon on America’s Got Talent in 2011.

In six short years, Kehlani has gone solo and amassed over 3 million followers on Instagram. Her latest album SweetSexySavage, released in January of 2017, sold out shows on her world tour and has proven her ability to create a meaningful show (I attended her Coachella and The Novo performances...she’s a must see)..can you tell she’s my favorite?

Songs to Play:

  1. The Way ft. Chance the Rapper (aux)
  2. Bright (alone)
  3. Distraction (aux)
  4. Everything Is Yours (alone)

2. Marina and The Diamonds

Marina has a deep and hypnotic voice coupled with beautiful melodies and interesting lyricism. She’s not afraid to take a stab at pop culture and call out its faults. However, she does this while simultaneously making pop-esque songs... they just make you feel a little more eccentric.

If you like Lana Del Rey, you’ll definitely feel like her sound is refreshing and unique.

Songs to Play:

  1. Froot (aux)
  2. Valley of the Dolls (alone)
  3. Sex Yeah (aux)
  4. How to be a Heartbreaker (alone)

3. Zo!

If you’re looking to experience some great musicality, Zo! is a must. At times creating tracks that would be suitable for a modern day Michael Jackson, Zo! is a producer that fuses jazz, hip-hop, soul, and electronica to create a sound you don’t normally come across.

Hopefully you will be pleasantly shocked by the intricate melodies and instrumentation that demonstrate true precision and craft. If you’re around some true musicians, this might impress them.

Songs to Play:

  1. Lifelines ft. Dornik (aux)
  2. For Pops (alone)
  3. Packing for Chicago ft. Muhsinah (aux)
  4. Lake Erie ft. Sy Smith (alone)
  5. ***These are all from the same album, definitely check out his other stuff as well.

4. Nathy Peluso

Nathy Peluso is a recent find for myself, and I think she tests boundaries. Although you can find her on a couple features (worth listening to) on Apple Music or Spotify, her Youtube music videos are where you want to go for the authentic Peluso.

Her videos are quirky and just straight up weird, and I dig it. If you’re into underground urban music, then this is for you. She’s a budding latin star and will probably be gaining major ground in the coming years, so you might be getting ahead of the curve by listening to her.

Be ready for a blunt vocal delivery and lyrics that’ll probably make you laugh just as much you do contemplate.

Songs to Play:

  1. KUN FU (aux)
  2. SANDIA (alone)
  3. OREEN ISHI (aux)
  4. Esmeralda (alone)

5. Soular System

Based out of Long Beach, California, this young band is creating ambient R&B/Soul that will leave your ears numb with satisfaction. The creativity and musicality is unreal, a new fav of mine. So, if you’re looking to sit back, enjoy some green scenery (ya feel me?), and blast this music from some quality speakers, then you won’t be disappointed.

Songs to Play:

  1. Put it in the Past (aux)
  2. Eclipse ft. MiloBloom (alone)
  3. Pressure (aux)
  4. The Real You (alone)

6. SURPRISE! Bonus Artist: Elijah Blake

Honestly, this R&B is classic and is suitable for listening alone or playing in the background of any get-together, it’s music to all ears. I added him in here so you are exposed to him because his music is just that good. Try matching his riffs and runs...the shower is a good place to do that (lol, don’t we all know). Either way, it’ll get you groovin.

Songs to Play:

1. Just play “Audiology,” his latest album, all the way through...you won’t be disappointed. (aux or alone, just play it)

If your ears like this music, or already knew about it, find me somewhere online or in person and let me know what you think..heck give me some more artists to listen to as well! I’m always trying to expand my library.

Enjoy :)

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Lil Yachty's 'Lil Boat 2' May Not Be Enough To Keep Him Afloat

Here's what you need to know about "Lil Boat 2."

On March 9, Lil Yachty dropped his newest album, “Lil Boat 2.” The album consists of 17 songs, most of which were probably better off not being on the album and seriously failed to impress me, despite its early success on iTunes.

In all of the reviews I have ever written, I normally organize it song-by-song, giving feedback to each track. This time, however, I think I can save all of us time on this article by just being completely honest about Lil Yachty’s “Lil Boat 2.”

Most of the songs from 1-10 on the tracklist are NOT worth listening to.

Other than those three, every other song from the top ten songs on the tracklist were absolute garbage.

The beats to the songs weren’t that bad but, overall, it just sounded like Lil Yachty and his features were WAY too high to be in the studio.

Yachty’s flows, bars and rhyme schemes were ALL weak throughout the entire album, and if it weren’t for the final six songs on “Lil Boat 2,” this review would be nothing but bashing Lil Yachty.

From the 12th track on the album, "MICKEY" (ft. Offset, Lil Baby) the album runs through much more smoothly, regardless of how basic those last couple of songs are.

I imagine Lil Yachty’s fanbase consists mostly of teenagers who eat Tide for Internet views and anybody who knows nothing about what a real rapper is.

Seriously. I cannot stress how elementary this album is. If you’re looking for new rap music to listen to, check out Tory Lanez’s album, “MEMORIES DON’T DIE,” or Logic’s “Bobby Tarantino II.”

Both of those albums are so much better than “Lil Boat 2” that they make Yachty look like an amateur — which he is.

Final Score: 5.8/10
Cover Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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Did Draco Malfoy Ever Get The Clout He Deserved?

Yes, he was literally the worst for a majority of the series. But does this one moment make up for it all?

The new trailer for the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” series just dropped and I have a LOT of feelings. Mainly:

With the release of this new trailer, the only natural thing to do is to binge watch the "Harry Potter" series. Now, if you don’t know about "Harry Potter" series, I’m going to assume that you were born literally minutes ago. For those of you who do know what I’m talking about, let’s chat.

Throughout the series, we see some pretty rotten witches, wizards and muggles. The worst being Bellatrix LeStrange, in my opinion.

*Side note: Voldemort killed meticulously and with his own “reasoning” that supported his actions. Bellatrix killed for sport. No reason was necessary to support her choices. Regardless of who I thought was worse, it doesn’t change the fact that they were both 100% assholes.*

Throughout the movie, and even more so throughout the book, we are able to see slight character arcs for a majority of these lesser-evil villains, such as Petunia Dursley, Narcissa Malloy, Snape, and Draco Malfoy.

After Snape, Draco had one of the biggest character arcs in the series. He saved Harry and, ultimately, through his actions, gave Harry one last chance to defeat Voldemort. How? Well, Pottermore explains it best, but to put it simply, he refused to give Harry, Ron, and Hermione up to Bellatrix and the Snatchers.

This moment is so pivotal and apparent in the books, yet on screen, while it’s still a huge moment, it still gets downplayed. The weight of the moment isn’t truly felt and could be taken as more of a mistake on Malfoy’s part. That moment, if not understood correctly, could change many viewers' opinions about Draco's transformation from elitist, bigot, selfish snob to a (slightly) unknowingly ignorant, scared, defeated teen.

Damnit, J.K. Rowling, you’ve done it again. Even after all these years, somehow I still always seem to find something new.

Now let’s talk about how the new movie will allow the Ministry to apparate onto Hogwarts?!

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