Yeah, it's a Tuesday. But it's my birthday. Sept 12th.
It's a bit of an emo list but fall makes me emo.
Sam Smith Too Good At Goodbyes
Nosaj Thing ft Zuri Marley Way We Were
Everything Is Recorded ft. Sampha, Ibeyi, Wiki & Kamasi Washington Mountains Of Gold
Mike WiLL Made-it Heart of a Lion
They sampled Von Miller's heartbeat. For an Adidas commercial.
Von Miller makes this face in the commercial:
SAINt JHN Roses
VanJess ft GoldLink Through Enough
Anna of the North Lovers
Kanye West Can’t Tell Me Nothing
Graduation, Kanye West's third studio album, was released September 11, 2007. Which makes this ten years old. I remember Vernon Wells' had this as his walk up song briefly. It's apparently West's favourite thing he's ever done.
Connie Mitchell's background vocal. The Hype Williams video. Oh Kanye.
Kanye West ft. Dwele Flashing Lights
Another classic from Graduation. This video was co-directed by Kanye and Spike Jones. It always felt like these went together, maybe because they both had videos set in the desert and Connie Mitchell sang the hook.
The girl is named Rita G. and she's a photographer now. She has the most insane body.
I know it's been a while, sweetheart
We hardly talk, I was doin' my thang
I know it was foul, baby
Aye, babe, lately, you've been all on my brain
And if somebody would've told me a month ago
Frontin' though: yo, I wouldn't wanna know
If somebody would've told me a year ago
It'll go get this difficult
Feeling like Katrina with no FEMA
Like Martin with no Gina
Like a flight with no visa
First class with the seat back, I still see ya
In my past, you on the other side of the glass
Of my memory's museum
I'm just sayin', hey, Mona Lisa
Come home, you know you can't roam without Caesar
Jay-Z Heart of the City
Also released on September 11th, but six years earlier, was Jay-Z's The Blueprint.
It's good to link it to Kanye because Kanye produced four of the tracks. And this was before Kanye was Kanye. Though it is pure Kanye West- blues/soul hook which just sounds like he perused his mom's vinyl collection but with a beat, horns, strings and Jigga.
And I pack heat like I'm the oven door?