If you've read my post about MY BEEF WITH BLACK RADIO, you know I don't get in the car without my special home made mix of kid-friendly/mom-approved music. I mean, I'd much prefer the babies groove to Chrisette Michelle's "Be Okay," De La Soul's "Me, Myself & I," or Michael Jackson's "Can't Help It," than the hot mess they're pumping into out stereos these days. I mean, Lil Boosie's "Better Believe It"? Pleasure P's "Under"? Jeremih's "Imma Star"?
And. I. Won't.
(Lest blood gush out of my and my children's ears.)
Nick hooked me up with a new iPod connection in my ride a few months ago, so I don't have to make my own mix CDs. But I have to admit, even with the thousands of songs I have in my iTouch, I've grown a little bored with my playlist. A couple weeks ago, I copped albums by a few of my favorite '90s R&B bands, including Intro, Brownstone, and Mint Condition. I also bought Jay-Z's latest, "The Blueprint 3," because his "Welcome to New York" and "Run this Town" put me in a New York state of mind (Go Brooklyn! Strong Island!) But dude, I need some new music—seriously.
Can you guys help me out? What's on your playlist these days? Let's swap some of our favorites so we can all up our music game (and keep the kids' ears pimp-free). Here's what's been in constant rotation on my iTouch:
• Melodies (feat. Leon Ware) — Liquid Spirits
::The architect of Marvin Gaye's "I Want You" pairs with a very cool hip hop/neo-soul group out of Europe::
• So Cold (feat. D’Angelo on Rhodes) — Don-E
::If you, like I, still stan hard for D’Angelo, you’ll love this smooth neo-soul singer, also from the U.K.::
• I’m Done — Tweet
::The most beautiful “beat it, Negro,” song I’ve ever heard::
• So Beautiful — Musiq
::This man knows his way to put a smile on a girl’s face::
• I Know You — Esperanza Spalding
::Thoughtful, fresh music!::
• Stop the World — Maxwell
::Um, Maxwell. Need I say more? I didn’t think so::
• Chains — Kirk Franklin
::A brilliant song that reminds us to curb the self-pity and drama::
• Secret (Live) — Maroon 5
::Adam Levine? Please believe it.::
• Hidden Charms (Acoustic E.P.) — Van Hunt
::Sweet, simple, inspirational::
Okay, bring it: What are you listening to?