“Out like a light/like a light/like a light/like a light”- 1/50, SNDTRK ’18

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ONRf7h3Mdk No other artist. No other song. No other beat. Shook radio, concert halls, earbuds or aux cords like Travis Scott’s three-song opus “Sicko Mode.” It pushed his third LP, Astroworld, to  #1. A spot he’d hold for a second week amidst some royal drama.  He truly is one of the few artists pushing hip-hop forward creatively, […]

“Gucci Barry White/I’m singing to you ho” – 5/50, SNDTRK ’18

The second song from Mr. Davis on my list received a huge boost from R&B preserver  (yeah, I said it) Bruno Mars. With him on the chorus and Kodak’s featured verse, Mane drops a single that each generation can two-step to. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U68MJz9DrI4 As if the song wasn’t enough, the video pushed the swag factor to […]

“Pull me up pull me up pull me up” – 10/50, SNDTRK ’18

The Carters shook the table when they dropped the long discussed and debated collab project Everything is Love. Fans of both artists had long rejected a joint project from the power couple. But once it arrived, every qualm was forgotten. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6-KdmF6wxM My personal favorite was the brooding melodramatic “FRIENDS.” A scathing read to somebody that they […]

“Diamonds and dreams come true for girls like me” – 12/50, SNDTRK ’18

Problema favorita Azealia Banks was set to deliver her highly-anticipated sophomore LP on the wings of this house-tastic track of new found love. “Anna Wintour” is Banks at her finest. Fast rhymes. Solid beats. And vocals that make you want to sing along with her. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=au8QGTiPhEw But in same Ms. Banks fashion, her worst enemy […]

“Better live your life/we’re running out of time” – 15/50, SNDTRK ’18

Yes. Marvel’s Black Panther dropped this year. What seems like light-years ago actually dropped in February. But the anticipation had been brewing since the Wakandan made his MCU debut. Before we received the film, we got the first single to the TDE-furnished soundtrack: “All the Stars.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQbjS0_ZfJ0 First impressions were mixed as no one expected a […]

“Pop that p*ssy up in church” – 19/50 SNDTRK ‘18

The line was blasphemous when first heard on Cardi B’s record-breaking debut, Invasion of Privacy. But no one cared as they practiced what she preached on the Project Pat-sampled “Bickenhead.” https://youtu.be/ZTPhNIKeKgw Cardi flexed her ability to be fresh and familiar all at the same time on the song that became a fan favorite. Let’s see […]

SNDTRK ’18 | Projects of the Year

The album as we know it is dead. While there are artists who still produce cohesive bodies of work, many aspiring newcomers have mastered the game of “the playlist,” dodging half of the work it takes to conjure art, while reaping most of the same profit and exposure. Does it tarnish the music?  Leave that […]

“I gotta got get it/i gotta go get it/i gotta go get it/i gotta go get it” – 21/50 SNDTRK ‘18

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VwAnsAUYnw4 It feels like years since Marvel’s Black Panther shook the proverbial film industry as one of the most successful films of all time. Laced with the actual and factual hype was the soundtrack – furnished by TDE and the mind of Kendrick Lamar. The album’s second single – Jay Rock’s ode to Killmonger – […]

“Count it up/count it up/count it up/count it” – 25/50 SNDTRK ‘18

“ATM” J. Cole, KOD https://youtu.be/vUTI4bPdlgE Apart from being the theme for 2018’s NBA Finals on ESPN, Cole’s first single from his KOD album was a fierce skewer of the money chase. In a video straight from Busta Rhymes’ archives, Cole spits with ferocity as he displays the lengths at to which some go to attain the […]