Best Songs of The Month – Nov. 2016

New music is constantly being released on a daily basis, so missing a few tracks is definitely bound to happen. To stop such a horrible thing, we’ve decided to round up this month’s best songs.

Here are our favorite songs during this month:

1) We The People… – A Tribe Called Quest

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Months after the death of Phife Dawg, the founding member of A Tribe Called Quest, the “tribe” released their final album “We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service“. If you’re a fan of old school rap & hip/hop, this is definitely the right album for you. The album acts as the final chapter to their journey is jazzy, euphonious, and a bit political which features some of the most iconic artists and rappers in the music industry from both the 20th and 21st generation such as Elton JohnBusta RhymesTalib KweliAndré 3000Kendrick LamarAnderson .PaakJack WhiteKanye Westand Consequence.

Tribe are known for being political every now and then in their music. “All you Black folks, you must go. All you Mexicans, you must go. And all you poor folks, you must go. Muslims and gays, boy we hate your ways”, raps Q-Tip as he is basically quoting what you would hear in almost every neighborhood in America right now.

Check out ATCQ‘s live performance of “We The People…” on Saturday Night Live.

2) Sidewalks – The Weeknd ft. Kendrick Lamar

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Most definitely the best track from the album. In this song, Abel and Kendrick use the term sidewalks as a metaphor for their path from humble beginnings to fame and fortune. Both artists grew up in extremely dangerous settings. Abel grew up in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada which is an area with one of the highest crime rates in Greater Toronto. As for Kendrick, he grew up in Compton, California, which is considered as one of the deadliest cities in the world.

In his verse, Abel talks about how he grew up fatherless who managed to go from homeless to the Forbes list. He compares his rise to fame is similarly miraculous to when Moses was chosen by God to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt.

As for Kendrick, this is definitely one of his best features this year on an album. He briefly explains his childhood and what it was like to grow up in Compton. Whether it was the AK47’s or the drugs, growing up in such an atmosphere would be difficult for any kid.

He’s a genius. He is really a genius. I don’t know exactly what time of day but he came in the afternoon and left late at night. He did it there on the spot. He’d walk around. He played it over and over again. I played him songs, the Starboy theme of course which he incorporated into his verse. And he would just walk around, you know, we had food. He’s writing his verse in his head. He’d go into his phone, look at it a few, and put it back in, start walking around.

The Weeknd on collaborating with Kendrick Lamar over “Sidewalks

Purchase The Weeknd‘s album “Starboyhere.

3) Me And Your Mama – Childish Gambino

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This is probably the most played song on my phone for the past few weeks. It’s so calm and peaceful at the beginning, then BOOM! YOU CAN SENSE THE AGGRESSION AND PASSION FROM DONALD GLOVER! THE GUITAR, THE DRUMS, THE POWER! And then it goes back to being peaceful. It is extremely rare to feel both serenity and chaos at the same time from a song, and Gambino did that perfectly. Most probably the greatest intro I have ever heard for an album.

Listen to “Awaken, My Lovehere.

4) Penthouse Floor – John Legend ft. Chance The Rapper

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It’s catchy, passionate, and funky. “Penthouse Floor” features arguably this year’s most talked about artist, Chance The Rapper, where he delivers an outstanding verse that fits the song perfectly. Personally, I am not a huge fan of John Legend, but this track definitely did intrigue me to listen to his latest & 5th studio album, “Darkness And Light“.

Listen to “Darkness And Lighthere.

5) Redbone – Childish Gambino

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This is the type of song you’d be listening to at 2:00 AM while you’re scrolling through your Tumblr feed. This is the type of song you’d listen to after having a really good day and you’re looking for the right song to celebrate and make yourself feel good. This is definitely one of my favorite songs this year. I hope Donald Glover never retires.

Listen to “Awaken, My Lovehere.

6) Love On The Weekend – John Mayer

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When I first heard this song, I was actually expecting more from John Mayer. However, after listening to the song more and more, you eventually start to notice how beautiful this song is. It takes time to appreciate the lyrics, the groove of this song, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Instead of looking for the things you would want and expect to hear in this song, follow John‘s vision in particular. Give it a chance, listen to it wherever you go.

Listen to “Love On The Weekendhere.

7) Psycho (Pt. 2) – Russ

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This song got me goin’ psycho, got me goin’ down down down. Possibly one of Russ‘ greatest songs ever released. The Atlanta rapper certainly proves why he will be one of the hottest artists of 2017. The production of this song works perfectly in conjunction with his voice, as it delivers the right amount of passion and grooviness that everyone needs every once in a while.

Listen to “Psycho Pt.2here.

8) Gettin’ Old – 6LACK

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If you’ve heard of 6LACK prior to his debut album, then it is probably through his hit song, PRBLMS, that has a combined 10 million streams on Spotify and SoundCloud. However, there’s definitely more to the Atlanta based rapper than PRBLMS. The song that caught our eye the most was Gettin’ Old, mainly because how the impressive production works perfectly together with his deep voice. Don’t sleep on 6LACK, ya’ll.

Listen to “Gettin’ Oldhere.

9) Party Monster – The Weeknd

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This track is also one of Abel‘s bangers from his album “Starboy“. One of the top produced tracks on the album where the Canadian sounded as consistent as ever. The song talks about his usual daily lifestyle which basically includes sex, drugs, alcohol, and a lot of strippers. The Weeknd is no stranger to such things. The song features Lana Del Rey at the very end where she adds some final touches to the song in the most comforting way possible.

Purchase The Weeknd‘s album “Starboyhere.

10) On Hold – The xx

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The xx finally released a new single after their previous album Coexist back in 2012, and the band are definitely back and better than ever following Jamie xx‘s success with his debut album, In Colour, last year.

On Hold is the first track from their upcoming album, I See You, which will be released in during January 2017. If you’re an avid listener to the band, you can definitely notice the improvement in On Hold compared to their old music. This song is a marriage of Jamie‘s electronic, mellow production and the soothing vocals of both Romy Madly Croft and Oliver Sim.

Listen to “On Holdhere.

11) I Feel It Coming – The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk

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Most of us agree that “Sidewalks” is arguably the best song on the album. However, I truly believe that this track shows Abel‘s real talent. It certainly gives me a vibe similar to Michael Jackson. In my opinion, I think that this is Abel and Daft Punk‘s better collaboration than “Starboy“.

Purchase The Weeknd‘s album “Starboyhere.

12) Cocoon – Milky Chance

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Milky Chance came out of THEIR cocoon, after disappearing off the grid for nearly 3 years. The band finally released their latest track “Cocoon“, and it was definitely worth the wait. The single still gives off that vibe from “Stolen Dance“, doing what the German duo do best which is providing us with that groovy rocky feeling that makes you want to dance forever.

Listen to “Cocoonhere.

13) Versace On The Floor – Bruno Mars

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Easily 2016’s most romantic song. This song describes how Bruno is dancing with his partner under a chandelier where her Versace dress rests on the floor as they both enjoy each other’s company in such a romantic evening. The song reminds me a lot of Michael Jackson‘s “Man In The Mirror“, mainly because of the production of the song is so similar to the 90’s.

Listen to “Versace On The Floorhere.

14) Used To This – Future ft. Drake

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This is the celebration song for both Drake and Future, whether they’re partying with the real Madonna or spending stacks on purchasing luxury items, cars, and houses just because they can.

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“Man, i’m used to thiiiiiis”

Listen to “Used To Thishere.

15) 2100 – Run The Jewels ft. Boots

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After President-elect Donald Trump won the elections, Run The Jewels decided to release a song dedicated to their family, friends, and the scared citizens of America.

For our friends. For our family. For everyone who is hurting or scared right now. here is a song we wrote months ago. We weren’t planning on releasing it yet but… well it feels right, now. It’s about fear and it’s about love and it’s about wanting more for all of us. It’s called “2100”. We hope it finds you well.

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Listen to “2100here.

Think we forgot anything? Hit us with your suggestions in the comment section below!

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