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Journalist Bae | RED LIGHT PLAYLIST (Part 2)

Today is New Music Monday, the day is almost over, so here we have the second edition of the Red Light Playlist inspired by Moore Music Radio’s “Midnight Meltdown”. Now, while this R&B playlist is carefully curated, it’s presented in no particular ranking or order, just catch the vibes and let me know which song stood out to you. Hopefully you can find a few that are brand new to you! Check out part 1 here. Also, can we give an honorable mention to Transparency by 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, and Usher…

10. Warm December – Sabrina Claudio

Kicking off the vibes, we have a very sultry holiday ballad from the Miami-native. I could personally listen to this song all year the way her voice just runs like water. I’ll let you be the judge, but don’t sleep on the Florida baddie.

9. Truth or Dare – Tyla

Speaking of water… Next we have South African breakout star, Tyla with this lively ultimatum – “Truth or dare, is it true you care?.” Well, do you? It’s just enough of a crossover to be a beautiful R&B song.

8. Get Close – Ari Lennox

This is still fairly new and hasn’t quite jumped out as a favorite, it’s giving filler music. Elevator music for the bedroom. Really chosen for the sake of variety and the feeling of the sound. Lyrics aren’t deemed relevant in this case.

7. Nothing Even Matters – SIR

Not brand new, but a great addition nevertheless. Who could imagine such a voice from such a man!? The entire song, from production to visuals, fantastic!

6. Simple – Coco Jones, Babyface

As the song suggests, a very simple song from the duo. Though it’s minimal, it can be labeled effective.

5. Calm & Patient – Jhene Aiko

A social media fave right now, are the smooth sounds of Cali-born, Jhene Aiko. You can’t help but feel both patient and calm. A real feel good vibe just showers overs.

4. Finding Peace – Summer Walker

If you’re having a real self-care/aware moment, this sound would be essential. Maybe I’m bias because I’m a Summer fan… You decide…

3. The Divine Feminine – Savannah Cristina

This song has a fairly different feel than the rest on this playlist, however it does what needs to be done. I am bias this time to the soft life, but again, let me know what you think…

2. Sensational – Chris Brown, Davido, Lojay

A MASTERPIECE! SENSATIONAL, if you will! I am not disappointed in this song in any shape or form. This can be played at anytime. 10/10!!

1. Bosses In Love – Kehlani, Ty Dolla Sign

It’s got volume! It’s got body! There is no way to possibly make this song better. “You know what’s going on…” they belt out. If no other song, you have to add this one.

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Journalist Bae | Today in Hop-Hop History 9.15

Drake has been a KEY PLAYER in Hip-Hop for more than a decade now. I can’t mention Drake without announcing his new single with Sza and his highly anticipated, 8th studio album,”For All the Dogs”, which comes out a week from today. Yet, there are certainly many mixed reviews on the Canadian rapper and his style. However, one thing that no person can deny is that Drake has come a long way from his breakout mixtape…

Introducing Hip Hop’s “Drake Era”

September 15, 2009 — So Far Gone (Prod. by “40” Shebib/Boi 1da) was released as an extended play (EP) under YMCMB/Universal Motown Records with 5 tracks from the independently released mixtape of the same name, as well as 2 additional unreleased songs.

The label bidding war over Drake was arguably one of the most notable in hip hop since the likes of 50 cent, which was just cause for the re-release. The project essentially served as a solidification of the partnership between Carter/Graham and introduced us to ‘The Drake Era”. Now, you can’t turn on the radio without hearing Drake in some capacity.

‘So Far Gone’ debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200 chart. It stayed in the top 10 for the first two weeks and sold over 100,000 copies. Just a year later, it was certified gold by RIAA. Even with killer features and a track list full of favorite songs – to this day, it is still Drake’s lowest selling project. Nevertheless, it is well on its way to platinum status!

Did You Know? After Drake did this EP, he did his first studio album Thank Me Later. The EP ends with the words that begin the album, “Money can change everything/Money just changed everything”.

“Fear” / “Fireworks” (feat. Alicia Keys)

Discography of ‘SFG’


“Successful” (feat. Trey Songz & Lil Wayne)**

“Best I Ever Had”***

“Uptown” (Feat. Bun B & Lil Wayne)*

“I’m Goin In” (Lil Wayne & Young Jeezy)****

“The Calm”*


*unranked on chart

**Peaked No. 17 on Billboard

***Peaked No. 2 on Billboard

****Peaked No. 40 on Billboard

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