NZs first ever annual neo Soul, Jazz & Hip Hop festival is going to kick off today at Western Springs and I’m ULTRA excited. Can.Not.Wait – seriously! The line-up is bad ass!! I mean just look at who they managed to score!! Amazing!!
And maaaaayn! Massive shout out & thank you to my awesome friend Johnson Raela who shouted me a ticket so I could go – he pretty much made my year lol!
I haven’t done a playlist in a while so thought I’d put a quick one together featuring the artists we’re going to see perform live later on today. I asked Johnson to help me so we’ve each put in our Top 2 for each of the artists featured. Let us know your faves in the Comments!
1. PRETTY WINGS
My #1 & Johnsons #2
This was literally one of my break-up songs – when it came out I was going through a break-up with an ex & could really relate to “you toyed with my affliction, had to fill out my prescription, found the remedy, I had to set you free …. away from me, to see clearly, the way that love can be when you are not with me, I had to live, I had to leave, I had to live, I had to leave”
Wrote the whole song out for dude, met up with him, gave him the song and was like this is it, let me go please! The dramatics of this girl haha! aaand thats my Pretty Wings story lol!
Johnsons #1 – This womans Work
This track has always inspired me in a kind of YOLO sort of way especially when I’ve been finding things a bit hard cos “I could let my life pass me by or I could get down and try, work it all out this lifetime”
D’Angelos songs always remind me of my teenage years and he was fricken sexy as! It was really hard to narrow it down to my Top 2 but I’ll go with Lady and Untitled. Johnsons picks were Brown Sugar & Untitled.
I’ve also included a couple of my fave duets – Your Precious Love with Erykah Badu & Nothing Even Matters with Lauryn Hill
2. UNTITLED (How Does it Feel?)
BONUS: Nothing Even Matters w/ Lauryn Hill
Your Precious Love w/ Erykah Badu
I think my favourite album of Commons would be “Be” – again it was really hard to narrow it down to just 2 songs but my top 2 would be ‘I used to love H.E.R’ and ‘Faithful’ and I’ve always loved ‘Love of my Life’ with Erykah Badu
Johnsons top 2 are ‘Retrospect for Life with L-Boogie & Southside with Kanye
1. I USED TO LOVE HER
RETROSPECT FOR LIFE
SOUTHSIDE ft KANYE WEST
BONUS: LOVE OF MY LIFE with Erykah Badu
Not too familiar with Mos Def so I’m just gonna run with Johnsons picks which are …..
1. HISTORY ft TALIB KWELI
2. LIFE IS GOOD
I hadn’t really heard too many of Anthony Hamiltons songs until I came across this awesome post by one of my fave writers on The Smoking Section – Justin Tinsley – about this song ‘The Point of it all’ so of course it’s going to be my number 1
1. THE POINT OF IT ALL
JOHNSONS TOP 2 –
1. CAN’T LET GO
2. SISTA BIG BONES
We were in-sync with our Angie picks!
1. NO MORE RAIN
Missed him when he performed in NZ last and everyone who went said he put on an awesome show so I’m looking forward to seeing him live!
This has always been my fave Musiq track …
1. GIRL NEXT DOOR
1. WHO KNOWS
2. TEACH ME
Ooh! Radzy! Really hard to narrow it down but I actually did an Aaradhna playlist here (before her last album came out) and mentioned some of my fave songs from the ‘Treble & Reverb’ album here but the one thats really grown on me would be this one …. and don’t you reckon when the beat kicks in it kinda sounds like the Game/50 Cent ‘Love it or hate it’ beat? or is that just me?
1. YOU DON’T LOVE ME
1. SIT WITH A SLOUCH
My cuzzy Bella lol! She doesn’t have vids for the tracks Johnson and I like but you can check out her EP Time & Space. My faves would probably be ‘Happy’ and ‘Kick’