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Giving Thanks for Music

November 2016 has been a hell of a month, to say the least. I’ve found refuge in music outside the hot mess of classes, politics, and general concern about my life’s purpose. This being the week of Thanksgiving, here is some of the music that’s kept me going. I’m so grateful for everything on this list.

We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your serviceA Tribe Called Quest
ATCQ’s first album in 18 years!!!!!!!!!!!! No words; just listen. It’s straight fire. Thank you 4 your service, Phife Dawg. #RIP

Golden Swagger” — Dominic Glover, Gary Crockett, Jay Glover
For lovers of funk, soul, and killer horn riffs.

Hard Work”Theo Katzman
PSA: if taken seriously, this indie-pop single shows borderline symptoms of “Nice Guy Syndrome”. That being said, it’s sooo catchy, and now I’m antsy for the release of Heartbreak Hits in January 2017. Theo Katzman is also a member of one of my favorite bands, Vulfpeck.

Them Changes” — Thundercat (feat. Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington)
This future funk song has been stuck in my head more often than not over the last month. It’s a mesmerizing interpretation of heartbreak, with a drum sample from “Footsteps in the Dark” by The Isley Brothers. Everyone who worked on this song is mind-blowingly talented. Do yourself a favor and check them out.

Forever” — Ben Harper
Ben Harper is heartfelt, thoughtful, and beautifully folksy in this wedding-worthy song. I’ve caught a bad case of the feels. Hopeless romantics, you’ve been warned.

The Meters
It’s probably cheating to put an entire artist on here, but I love pretty much everything from these guys. They’re insanely funky and severely underrated. This month, I’ve been listening to “Give It What You Can” on repeat. “Hand Clapping Song” and “Cissy Strut” are also staples on any funk playlist. 10/10 would recommend.

Monday Morning” — Fleetwood Mac
A tribute to those agonizingly ambiguous, passionately complex people in your life. Cherish them.

Have a rad Thanksgiving, y’all.

Emily Tasaka

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gnovs’ groove: a traveling (or not) playlist

if you’ve gone home for thanksgiving, and theres a bus ride/train ride/long drive/plane ride involved, don’t you worry. i’ve got the playlist for you. this will make the longest of rides easy with an hour and a half of hip hop to bob your head to.

however, if you’re like me and you’re stuck thousands of miles from home, this is a great playlist to bump so you don’t miss home, quite as much. 

safe travels 

Sky’s The Limit (feat. 112) – The Notorious B.I.G.

Backwards – Tame Impala, Kendrick Lamar

Multiply – A$AP Rocky, Juicy J

Lean and Weed (feat. Problem) – Skeme

Can’t Stop (feat. Kanye West) – Theophilus London

Hol’ Up – Kendrick Lamar

See No Evil – The Game, Kendrick Lamar, Tank

Chaining Day – J. Cole

Who I Am – Pusha T, 2 Chainz, Big Sean

Sorry Momma – YG, Ty Dolla $ign

PMW (All I Really Need) – A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q

Do You Think About Me – 50 Cent

Drive Slow – Kanye West, Paul Wall, GLC

What They Want – Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz

God’s Reign (feat. Sza) – Ab-Soul

Blow My High (Members Only) – Kendrick Lamar

Driving Ms Daisy – Logic, Childish Gambino

Pain – A$AP Rocky, OverDoz.

Cold Blooded – Kid Cudi

Chapter Six – Kendrick Lamar

I Won – Future, Kanye West

Black People (feat. Kendrick Lamar) – Jay Rock

Ain’t That Some Shit (Interlude) – J. Cole

Jesus Piece – The Game, Kanye West, Common

hop out my lane



“Sunday Candy”: something to be thankful for (New Song)

this thanksgiving, i am SO thankful for Chance the Rapper, Donnie Trumpet, Peter Cottontale, and Nate Fox.

the four, commonly known as The Social Experiment, dropped a song on November 25th, with help from Stix on drums, vocals from Jamila Woods, Jabari Rayford, Eryn Allen Kane, and Macie Stewart, J.P. Floyd on trombone, and Patrick Paige on the bass.

the track, named “Sunday Candy,” is a single from Social Experiment’s upcoming album Surf, set to be released before 2015. 

and, as i said earlier, if you were looking for things to be grateful for during this lovely holiday break, search no more. this song is a blessing. the vibrant and upbeat trumpet accompanies a soulful, smooth beat that makes you want to sing at the top of your lungs, probably in the shower, or at all times, whatever works. 

another reason to fall in love with this song is the lyrics. the first verse Chance the Rapper raps about how much his grandmother loves him and Taylor Bennett, his younger brother, because of everything she has done for them. 


as if i’m not already madly in love with Chance

the second verse, Chance expresses how important his grandmother is to him. he says “I’m pessimistic on Monday if I had tweaked and missed you,” referring to the thought of skipping seeing her at church on Sunday. given how chance is relatively open about his skepticism towards religion/God, this speaks volumes to how much inspiration his grandmother provides. it’s just so cute, okay! Take a listen:

the song is about waiting to see someone that improves your day, your life, any aspect of yourself. its about cherishing the people who are important to you, which is so great to have on a day like today.

anyways, the song is awesomely put together, with so many contributions from so many great artists. Nico Segal (better known as Donnie Trumpet) is noted in The Fader as saying ”this song specifically is a great representation of [The Social Experiment’s] collaborative efforts. It’s my curation, but then bringing it to the table with all these beautiful people and including them in their own way. Jamila sang on that hook, then I brought it to the collective. Peter added some great layers of texture and helped produce, Nate added a bunch of drums, tons of our friends from Chicago played instruments and added their ideas.” 

everything about this song is feel-good, and the people involved are people that you can also feel good supporting. Nico Segal and Chancellor Bennett went to high school together, and have been making music together for years, like Zion released on Donnie Trumpet EP in July 2013 and Wasting Time released from Traphouse Rock EP in 2012. it’s amazing to see the two, and other Chicago natives, succeeding on a larger scale, and releasing an album together years later.

so now, i sit and wait for Surf.