I’m sure that many of us are just ready for 2016 to be over. This year has been a trying one, for sure. Many of us struggle to maintain in a world that seems set on tearing itself apart.
We run the gamut of emotions on any given day. Anger to anguish. Protest to peace. Emboldened to embittered. Artists are unique in that they can transfer this energy into their music.
This week’s list kicks off with Boston native BIA, who lends her voice to the Black Lives Matter movement with “PSA”. Joe Budden offers his take with a freestyle entitled “Freedom”.
If you are looking for more soothing sounds, I heard “Born to Love” by Kenny Keys, (featuring Nina Rae) and my spirit was immediately at peace, if only momentarily. Pry’s “Beautiful Things” (featuring Incksalonius), also inspires a sense of zen. And you know I love anything dedicated to Black Girl Magic: Avery specifically pays homage to black women with “Melanin Flexin”.
I hope you find something in this week’s list that speaks to you. Let us know what you think using hashtag #KBXSelect.
01. BIA (@pericoprincess) — P S A [Prod. Bentley]
02. The Other Guys @otherguysmusic (ft. Tanya Morgan) — Friends Old & New
03. A-F-R-O @afro_allflowsreachout (ft. Eamon @eamonofficial) — Use These Blues
04. Kenny Keys @kenny_keys_demowild (ft. Nina Rae) — Born To Love
05. Tricky (ft. Drelli @damndrelli) — Getaway
06. Sam Sparro (@samsparro) — Pharma Karma
07. IshDARR (@ishdarr) — Bandits [Prod. Krs.]
08. Bas (@fiendbassy) — Housewives (Remix)
09. Jimetta Rose (@jimettarose) — Catch A Vibe [Prod. Georgia Anne Muldrow]
10. Quelle Chris @quellechrist (ft. Rapswell) — It’s About That Time
11. Kehlani (@Kehlani) — CRZY
12. Finding Novyon @findingnovyon + J.KELR @jpblended (w/ Chuck Inglish @oldinglish) — Whole Fade
13. PRY @pry-beats (ft. Incksalonius @incksalonius)— Beautiful Thing
14. Avery (@Kxndxll_) — Melanin Flexin
15. Nipsey Hussle @nipseyhussle (ft. Overdoz @_overdoz) — Picture Me Rollin
16. Prodigy (@prodigymobbdeep) — Mystic [Prod. ALC] X Live From Bushwick ft. Big Twins @bigtwinsqb [Prod. Statik Selekt & ALC]
17. MC Melodee @mcmelodee x Cookin Soul @cookinsoul — Find My Way
18. Ace Hood @AceHood (ft. Rick Ross @richforever) — Go Mode [Prod. The Mekanics & Frank Dukes]
19. Pete Philly (@petephilly) — Until
20. Kiah Victoria (@kiahvictoria) — I Ain’t Goin Nowhere
21. JMAC (@jemaque) — GOOD FEELs
22. Luke Christopher (@lukechrismuzic) — Day Dreams (Prod. Luke Chris)
23. Lola Jane @iamlolajane (ft. Randy Wisky @RandyWisky) — Leave You
24. Curren$y (@spitta_andretti) — Good Cop, Bad Cop
25. 6ixlayne @6ixlayne (ft. Rosewood Bape @rosewoodbape) — Magic
26. JoeBudden (@joebudden) — Freedom (Freestyle)