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What’s in my earbuds: summer edition

on August 31, 2010

2010 has been a great year musically. waaaay better than 2009. like by LEAPS AND BOUNDS, in my opinion.

This summer has been a scorcher–literally and musically. And the fall hopes to bring even more awesomeness our way as the HIGHLY ANTICIPATED next album by The Foreign Exchange Authenticity is coming out right after my birthday. I think I may actually go cop a hard copy of this one. If not, definitely an iTunes purchase like I did for LIAB.

as the summer ends– though not quite yet really for us in the Sunshine State 🙂 allow me to share with you some of the music that has been my summer’s soundtrack:

Thank Me Later. I know, I know. But I really did bump this. It still would be in my car but I gave my CD to someone just for him to tell me he hated it–LMAO. Twitter made a mockery with #OhYouFancyHuh but anybody that knows me knows that “even when I used to rock Polo, I was fancy” so…yeah, nothing new to a G! lol. People pretty much either loved or hated TML. In addition to “Fancy” which is pretty much played out from oversaturation aka folks running stuff in the ground–I enjoy “Unforgettable”  “Up All Night”—and while I am not a Nicki Minaj fan, when she said “I look like yes and you look like no” I laughed.  Been saying it ever since. HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE THAT? That verse was missing her usual antics–what I’ve seen many refer to as the ODB flow homage–I’m not calling it that though, because I like ODB, lol.  “Light Up” was a dope track as well and the surprise banger favorite for me is “Miss Me.” I’m not the biggest Weezy fan either–I either prefer Hot Boyz simple rapping of the early 2000s or mixtape Weezy but he spit on this one.

Teflon Don. I mean who wasn’t bumping this when it first dropped? I just removed it from the car CD player maybe last week. Seriously. The only other Rick Ross joint I have ever acquired was Deeper than Rap, and I thought it was pretty decent too. I still wouldnt’ consider myself a serious fan, more like a casual listener. I didn’t care who he was outside of radio/club singles until I moved to FL.  I moved at the height of “I’m So hood” and all things Khaled and T-Pain so of course I became more involved with Rozay–not necessarily by choice either, lol. Teflon Don sounds like a movie to me! I visualize music, and this album definitely makes it easy. Crisp instrumentation, soulful melodies. Just dope–I can’t front on it. I think “Tears of Joy” with Cee-Lo may be my favorite. As well as “Maybach Music III. ” Of course Hov goes off on “Free Mason” and Ye gets it in “Live Fast, Die Young.” Super High was a fave from the earlier mixtape that talks about all that flashy ish that and of course I love Ne-Yo’s voice, even though Ross definitely overdid it with the bitches. No comment on BMF and MC Hammer aka the same song with different lyrics. I’on wanna be none of them n*ggas. Yeah I said it. Consider me contrary. lol


More About Nothing. People that talked music with me before I started the blog know how much of a Wale fan I am. Was? Am. Yeah. I’m still a fan. I loved all his mixtape music and this one is no exception. Part 2 to the acclaimed Mixtape about Nothing, this one is even better, I believe. As soon as the beat drops on “The Problem”–sampling the OG pretty boy El Debarge, I knew I was in for a treat. All the ladies that love a good sexy joint have been keeping “The Trip (Downtown)” on repeat. Others I love are  “The Soup” “The Breeze” “The MC” and “The War.”

Summertime: The Mixtape. I was late to this one, like summer is pretty much over! but better late than never. I had heard buzz here and there but just got lazy with downloading–you ever been overwhelmed with new music? not knowing what to cop? thats me. Plus my laptop’s hard drive is diminishing by the seconds and I have to always remember to hook up the external HD just to get my music fix. Anywho, I have quite a few Jazzy Jeff joints in my collection and I knew I wouldnt’ be disappointed by this collab with Mick Boogie (have a few joints by him as well). Also, if you ever have the chance to go to a DJ Jazzy Jeff party–please go! OMG I went during CIAA in 09 and we danced nonstop. With bangers by Kool and the Gang, The Commodores, Michael Jackson, Nas, LL Cool J, ATCQ, Jodeci, Dilla…I mean the list goes on and on, and its a niiiice blend. check it out here.

Sunstorm.After vibin to the classics featured on the Summertime Mixtape, I had to round it out and end this with some soulful R&B. Hip hop typically dominates my summers for some reason–something about having your windows down blasting it, but I did enjoy this Zo! project as well. Its like when I’m tired of the hard hitting, I need this to calm me down, mellow things out. The Foreign Exchange affiliate teams up with the usual Phonte, Yazarah, Darien Brockington, Carlitta Durand and other features as well such as Jesse Boykins III, Eric Roberson, and more. It really is just beautiful music and it makes me happy. Which is what music is supposed to do! “This Could Be The Night” is two step official, and “Make Luv 2 Me” is #freakyfriday official. Sooo sensual. Its hard to choose favorites because this knocks from beginning to end. If by some crazy chance you’ve never heard of Zo! check out more about him here.

There are a lot more selections I have peeped this season–such as the new Roots, and I’ve been rocking out to MJ too since the good folks at Soulbounce dropped a few nice compilation mixes as they declared this The Summer of Michael Jackson. So I’ve been indulging in a few aural delights, however the music featured above is what has/had been in the heaviest rotation.

So tell me, what were your favorite summer jams? Are you looking forward to more good music coming out in the fall? In addition to The Foreign Exchange project, I’m looking forward to Ne-Yo and Jazmine Sullivan’s projects. Let me know in the comments.


14 responses to “What’s in my earbuds: summer edition

  1. I’m definitely feelings Thank Me Later & that DJ Jazzy Jeff Summertime mixtape (I got that late too!) as well as the Wale mixtape. Haven’t heard the Rick Ross – I’m just not a fan. And my boy was just putting me on that Zo, so I need to cop that.

    BTW, I thought FE was only selling the new album on their website…just FYI, tho I could be wrong.

  2. Tracie says:

    Love your blog…even though I am only hip to a couple of these people. No lie just this morning a 4th grader told me his favorite artist is Rick Ross–don’t know how I feel about that, but it’s way better than Nicki Minaj–but I digress. I’ve been rocking Drake this summer as well which is so RANDOM of me but I love it from top to bottom. Kanye has also stayed in heavy rotation 808’s and Heartbreaks–I know–but I’m finally over him, and just recently Late Registration fav “drive slow” “…and you ain’t convinced that you should go on and kiss it just a little bit” I love that white boy with gold teeth. Marvin Gaye…I want you album is the soundtrack for my summer love 🙂 Might scoop Rick Ross…maybe Oh yeah please believe about Jazzy Jeff>>>>>>>>>>>>I was there!!! LOL I think that was one of the best CIAAs at least for memories…Snow storm journeys to the airport…yeah last year was whack.

  3. Erika says:

    Confession – I had no idea who Wale was until someone recited that “Pretty Girls” line to me and was hit with me “What is that?” face, lol.

    I STILL haven’t heard anything by him. *hands you my late pass and grabs a seat*

  4. mixtape about nothing is hands down the best project to come out this summer. and thank me later is still trash. i ought to mail you back that garbage.

  5. K. Rock says:

    I loved TML. I though it was a really smoothe rap cd. Drake’s voice is annoying as hell but it was good nonetheless.

    I also enjoyed Rick Ross’s album. It would be sooooo much better if….Rick Ross was not on it. He is terible. But the beats and hooks kept me coimng back.
    Not into Wale and I did get that Summertime mixtape but I wasn’t impressed with it.

    Loved that new Big Boi! I guess you weren’t rocking that one.

    I’m excited about FE and the new Kanye album. Oh and Faith.

  6. Reecie says:

    I did like Big Boi! that was the earlier part of the summer. forgot all about it! I need to revisit it, I did like it but then I forgot about it…

  7. @milesfan79 says:

    word! you know i’m a William(rick ross) fan!! good line up, summer 2010 was pretty good i must say. my summer picks:

    Trap or Die 2-jeezy started summer strong but didn’t live up to my expectation

    TML_only the rappin tracks: lights out, unforgettable, the resistance and miss me; the rest you can have

    teflon don-RAWSE enough said!

    More About Nothing-def was got heavy rotation

    Pilot talk(Curran$y)-sleeper album of the summer

    how i got over-The Roots best album from them since “things fall apart”

    how can you not lok forward to Kanye album tho?? lol yeah i said it lol

  8. Reecie says:

    I’ve said in other posts (uhm your post @milesfan) that I’m looking forward to Kanye! Thats a given. But on the R&B tip, I was trying to provide some balance! LOL

  9. HU_goldenboy says:

    I’ve only heard two of those albums, thus far, Drake and Rick Ross. Both of those albums had some cool cuts. I defintely agree with your assesment re: Teflon Don in that its “soulful” melodies and easy visualation makes it very likeable.

  10. Streetz says:

    2010 Summer has been excellent music wise

    Thank Me Later – THis album is a definite hit in the car! Up all night where Nicki delivers a TUFF verse (hate if you want), Light up, miss me, unforgettable, Fancy, Over(although single wise it was played), Fireworks – You really cant front on the majority of this album.

    Recovery – Em went off on this album. I like the insiring em he seems to found his coherency and groove back lyrically, which is awesome. Love the way you lie, Cinderella Man, Cold Winter Blows, some of my favs

    Teflon Don “Teflon Don sounds like a movie to me!” That is the epitome of Rick Ross music. He picks the type of beats that make you feel like you’re in Sony IMAX. I call it Cinematic Hip Hop. I wish he’d be in the studio when Nas records his next album and just picks beats. This album IS the Summer of 2010. Aston Martin Music (extended with Drizzy verse), Im not a star, tears of joy, BMF is self explanatory… sheeit if u take that track with Diddy and Trey off it would have no blemishes!!

    Wale mixtape was cool but for whatever reason I havent listened a lot.

    Roots is solid

    DJ Green Lantern just dropped an Invasion radio mixtape that is crazy to me. Rappers need to employ him and Cookin Soul to produce. Word up.

    Anythign Joell ortiz related went hard too. That boy is a Monster(and so is that single)

    Great post!

  11. Nattie Jean says:

    Ever since The Blueprint 3 dropped, I have been non-stop happy with music these days. Real Talk. Now, for the Summer of 2010:

    USHER V USHER! Great album. Welcome back family…

    Thank Me Later – Facorite Tracks:Karaoke,
    Unforgettable, Fireworks

    Love King (The Dream) was decent.

    TEFLON DON – Like you, I am a casual fan of his, but this album goes hard. My gosh!

    *Kanye’s leaked tracks. his album will be fire. Welcome back Yizzy

  12. Diggame says:


    The Roots- How I got Over
    Slum Village- Villa Manifesto
    Big Boi- Sir Luscious Left Foot

  13. I’ve been listening to some of everything mentioned above, but being that I respect your taste in music, I thought you would like this new artist (if you haven’t heard of her):

    Her name is Suai and she is uber talented. Plays multiple instruments, strong voice, writes her own material. Interested in what your opinion of her is plus I just like putting folks up on good, fresh music from new artists. lol

  14. Reecie says:

    I remember Suai from I think Baldwin Hills on BET. I really liked her voice. I’ll have to check out her site. Preciate the recommendation!

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