Happy New Year!
Welcome to the only ’08 list I could muster up. Why? Because I was just slipping back into a whole lot of music for whatever reason & therefore couldn’t do a proper year end list justice . You can check out this post here for some good picks. You can also go check out the ’08 Best Albums Round Table podcast done by Fave & other notable personalities on his site. It is well worth the listen, folks.
Now, on to my list. Have you ever had that song that just instantly grabs you from the first note & never lets go? Well, my list is comprised of those such songs. At first, I didn’t think I had a whole lot(because my mind only keeps stuff for so long), but I ended up with more than I thought. Anyway, in no particular order:
Erykah Badu – The Healer
I defy you not to have nodded your head when you first heard this song. I double defy you. The producer Madlib & the divine miss Badu put their respective socks into this joint.
Jean Grae – Love Thirst
Take one of the hottest female emcees & put her over a hot 9th Wonder beat spitting sexual imagery. Head nodding Fiyah!
Lalah Hathaway – For Always & That Was Then
I LOVE Lalah Hathaway. So when I heard she was coming out with an album last year, it was on. She didn’t disappoint, not that I thought she would. Not one but two songs got me off the bat. It doesn’t hurt that they were back to back. Hope you can hear why I like them.
That Was Then
Lalah Hathaway – That Was Then
Come Back – Algebra
Ok, I know that this is from an album that was released in ’06, but it was re-released in ’08. It counts, back up. I love Algebra’s voice already, but this song had me more sprung.
Algebra – Come Back
Stacey Epps – Floatin’
Another head nodder from someone I found out about late in the year. Singer/rapper with a good future if she gets it in. Sounds like she might.
Ra Re Valverde – Superhero
I believe I heard about this lady from the folks at Soulbounce.com. I really liked the album. This song and one other not on this list was in constant rotation.
UGK feat. Andre 3000 – International Players Anthem
Do I have to say it? The song in itself was great. Andre 3000 sets it off lovely with his verse. R.I.P. to Pimp C
Jazzanova – Let Me Show Ya
Another late in the year entry. This group was a buzz all over Twitter. I see why with songs like this.
Colin Munroe – I Want Those Flashing Lights
Foreign Exchange – Daykeeper
If you hadn’t heard this song yet, what is wrong with you?
Maiysha – Alchemy
I am looking to hear more from this young lady. If you hadn’t checked out her album, “This Much Is True“, please do. you won’t be disappointed.
Liquid Spirits – Melodies feat. Leon Ware
Mix one eclectic group out of Amsterdam with a legendary songwriter of soul music & you get this song. This could go on a slow tape playlist at some point.
And that, friends, is that. Hope to do this again in ’09. Preferably better prepared. 🙂