Two more weeks in the books. Twenty more records worth hearing. Packaged together for your listening pleasure on one playlist. I’ll keep this short, as many of you are probably spending a good chunk of the day with family.
This is the 64th edition of The Highlight Reel, your biweekly playlist full of the best new releases. For the culture, always. I’ll always think of the number 64 in regards to grade school. 64% was borderline between passing and failing a class. Every once in a while, I got a little bit too familiar . . .
Soulection drops another gem via their Apple Music Beats 1 Radio show, and it’s Jhené Aiko‘s first release of 2016. Jhené has been performing “B’s & H’s” at live shows recently, but this is the first time we’ve been able to hear the studio version. The song is a cautionary one, as it details some . . .
Two of the things I stan for are cinematic music videos and dope acts and talent from my home state of North Carolina. Rapper Rex White checks both off the boxes off for me with the release of his “20 Grand” video. “20 Grand” is the rising emcee’s lead visuals from his sophomore project The . . .
Quick summary: One Hitter Trip, Jhené Aiko’s sophomore album, is an auditory hallucination, where we are witnessing the out-of-body experience of Jhené in all of her raw honesty and introspective lyrics. It’s as if Jhené emerged from the depths of lovers’ abyss to host a psychedelic party, with pieces of her mind as hors d’oeuvre. Fans of . . .
“Dancing, because life is just a party.” Lacree is living life to the fullest, and she’s making music that encourages us to do the same. The Virginia Beach native’s catchy TreySimmns-produced single, “Boom (Bye Bye),” turned some heads with its release in 2016. She breathes new life into the dancehall-influenced cut with a new visual . . .