High 5: Five Playlists You Need To Hear This Week
TIDAL’s music editors are continuously at work crafting new playlists for different themes, genres, moods and occasions, as well as offering you a continuous flow of guest curated and exclusive artist playlists. To help guide you through the constant flow of great new content, we highlight five of our favorites right here. This is the TIDAL High 5.
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Produced by Mike WiLL Made-It and guest featuring Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles” is the massive hit song from trap team Rae Sremmurd and stands as the pair’s biggest single to date, having just reached the mighty number 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
First making waves by appearing on the scrappy, lashing party track ”We,” off Mike WiLL’s 2013 mixtape #MikeWiLLBeenTriLL, the young, exuberant brother rappers Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy – whose moniker derives from the backwards spelling of WiLL’s songwriting and production syndicate EarDrummers – have proven themselves to be much more than a short-lived phenomenon.
To celebrate their song’s huge success, Rae Sremmurd curated this hefty BLACK BEATLES themed playlist.
A Tribe Called Quest
A Tribe Called Quest is one of the most influential and iconic acts in the history of hip-hop. Made up of Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White (who left the group after their 1990 debut, and recently rejoined) Tribe has been rightfully praised for their intelligent lyrics and innovative, sample-heavy jazzy production.
Having released five critically-acclaimed full-length studio albums over the course of the ’90s – with The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders regularly praised as two of the best hip-hop albums ever made – ATCQ made their surprise return last week with the release of their first album in 18 years, We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service, which was recorded just before the sudden passing of Phife Dawg in March. In honor of their insanely anticipated return, we gathered this collection of the best from A Tribe Called Quest’s legendary catalogue.
Laura Jane Grace is the best known as the founder, singer, guitarist and songwriter for the longstanding American punk rock outfit Against Me!. Of her personally curated playlist – a companion to her upcoming new memoir, Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rocks Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout – Grace writes:
“20 years of playing in a punk rock band, traveling around the world. That’s 20 years of sitting in a van or bus or plane with my headphones on listening to music. I used to like to start out every tour with Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride,” the feedback swelling to a crescendo just as we hit the interstate, and then from there we were off and I was searching from track to track endlessly for the perfect song to fit the mood. I tried to remember back over the years when making this playlist to all those songs that were a soundtrack to the endless miles and kept me going out there on the road.”
You can also listen to our Best of: Against Me! playlist here.
Latin Music’s Biggest Night
All the stars of the Spanish- and Portuguese-language music world will gather in Las Vegas this Thursday, November 17, to celebrate the 17th annual Latin Grammy Awards. Colombian singer Fonseca, Mexican duo Jesse & Joy, and Brazilian singer songwriter Djavan lead a diverse group of artists with four nominations each. Laura Pausini, Prince Royce, and Carlos Vives will be taking the stage to perform at the T-Mobile Arena, along with fellow nominees like Alexis y Fido, Gente de Zona, Manuel Medrano, and Mon Laferte. Marc Anthony will also be honored during the night as the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year.
Dancehall Through The Decades
“In the early 2000s I got my first show on HOT 97 NYC. It was called ‘Cipha Saturdays’. I was known for creating a party vibe and breaking a lot of new artist. I always started with the craziest DANCEHALL set!!! 2001-2005 is one of my favorite eras of Dancehall reggae, and still influences pop music today… Enjoy!!” – Cipha Sounds.
Popularized in America in the 2000s thanks to hits like Sean Paul’s chart-topper “Get Busy,” dancehall dates back to the late 1970s, evolving as a sparser, more club-friendly version of reggae. Check out our latest guest playlist from Cipha Sounds, along with our other new playlists highlighting the best of the genre in the 1980s and the 1990s.
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