If you know me then you know how important music is to me, how life isn't complete without it, and how everything I do has a soundtrack to it. Over the course of my life I have made sure to be an open vessel when it's come to music and different lifestyles. Growing up in the L.E.S made it easy for me to intermingle with all walks of life, cultures, subcultures, belief systems, etc... I will forever be grateful for that. Those experiences fueled my thirst and love for music and it's many different genres (among other things), I spent many afternoons after school (and let's face it...sometimes instead of school) in Virgin Record stores at every open booth consuming every album I could. I frequented Generation Records, Norms Records, etc... and in places like these I was able to talk music and link up with like-minded music-craving individuals. And though I am in no way considering myself a super nova music buff, my playlist is vast and it varies from such extremes as Ramzet (Death metal opera)- to Throw that ass in a circle by Lil Ronny Motha F...., to Circumstances by Buju Banton, to unravel by Bjork, and everything in between. So today while listening to some of my most favorite tunes, it hit me....I want to share with you guys my love of music. My focus will be on songs that I've been vibing to the most each week. Guys, there are so many songs I want to share with you! Now, some you may not like, some you may love, some you may remember, and some may be new to you and heading to your music device stat...either way, this is a peek into my music world and my taste. Respect it, enjoy it, and I hope I either introduce you to something or bring back fond memories.
Disclaimer: These are not my songs and I am not claiming them.
If you read it this far... You're the real MVP.
LET'S GET STARTED!!!
#1: Muse- Uprising. This song is amazing, and as amazing as it is blaring through your house while you clean... It's even more superb pumping through your headphones while you're walking to your destination. If you have any inkling of "Fuck The System" in you this song is for you.
#2: System Of A Down (ft. #WuTang)- Shame (Cover). I love and grew up with the original, but when I heard this version....SoGood!
#3: VV Brown- Back In Time This song was a morning bus commute repeat, when I worked for the city. It isn't a happy go lucky song but the rhythm and soulful nature did help me to de-funk my mind for a few moments before I had to deal with the masses. It also happens to be an amazing song, one of her less popular ones...which I don't understand because it's just GREAT!
#4: Sefyu- Molotov 4. This sexy man and his Moroccan-french rap... I have no clue what he is saying but the flow and his beats are undeniably dope! I think I have like every song he's ever done....and I've been listening to him for YEARS, you will see more of him on future NCSSTERO lineups.
#5: System Of A Down-Chop Suey. This is an "Oldie But A Goodie", this just brings on soooo many feelings of nostalgia. Every time it comes on I can't help but to sing along.
#6: Q Lazzarus- Goodbye Horses This song right here Oh so many memories are tied to it. If for some sad reason you've never heard this song I suggest you stop everything you're doing and get right on it, it's a music must-have!
#7: Nas-Shoot Em Up First can I say that I love Nas...? OK, soooooo the juxtaposition between lyrical content and origin of beat....yea... I'm here for it.
#8: Nneka-Africans her voice is just effortlessly beautiful and her lyrical content is everything you could ask for as it pertains to political and spiritual awakening and#awareness. #NCSSTEREO
#9: Fka Twigs-Pacify❤️ Fka Twigs gets me. I have a serious weakness for the marriage of the strange, unusual, sadness, beauty, and sensuality of this artist. I've been listening to her for a while and appreciate artists alike; those who experiment with the blending of voice and instrument, and atypical lyrical content. This is my kind of music, and is a music must-have.
Last but not least for tonight, #10: #KRS One- Step Into A World (Raptures Delight) THIS ! He is one of my ALL time favs, this album is one of my ALL time favs, and what better note to end on...? There is none.
Thank you for braving through that with me. This is the first of many and I plan to find a better way to present it to you weekly. My goal, essentially, is to kind of let you into pretty much what had a hand in making Jamila who she is today. Music is something I value very much so every Saturday I will bring you a new list of my top 10 songs of the week, in a segment I'm calling "NCS Stereo"(NaughtCouture's Saturday Stereo). Most times there's a focus on artists; here I will be focusing predominately on specific songs, how they make me feel, what I like about the particular song, how I discovered them, and/or sometimes the memories that come attached to them.