’08 love at first listen list

listies moments in time

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.

Erykah Badu – The Healer

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!

Jean Grae – Love Thirst

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.

For Always

Lalah Hathaway – For Always

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.

Stacey Epps – Floatin

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.

Ra-Re Valverde – Superhero

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

UGK(Feat. Andre 3000) – International Players Anthem (I Choose You)

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.

Jazzanova – Let Me Show Ya

Colin Munroe – I Want Those Flashing Lights

I like this version better than Kanye’s version. Nuff said. This cat has another song called piano lessons w/Joel Ortiz that’s pretty hot, also.
Colin Munroe – I Want Those Flashing Lights

Foreign Exchange – Daykeeper

If you hadn’t heard this song yet, what is wrong with you?

Foreign Exchange – Daykeeper

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.

Maiysha – Alchemy

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.

Liquid Spirits – Melodies feat. Leon Ware

And that, friends, is that. Hope to do this again in ’09. Preferably better prepared. 🙂

Albums/song of the year ’08 thoughts


So people are starting to put out their album/songs of the year lists right now. I don’t have one, but maybe by the end of the month, who knows. In reading through a few, I’ve noticed one glaring fact. Check it.


In looking at Allmusic’s Hip Hop/Rap albums list, there are 20 albums. 10 that I knew about, 4 that I own, and 1 that I don’t give a shit about(could have been 2 but I’m giving Nas a pass for some reason). The rest, I either had not heard of, or ignored. At the time of this posting, they didn’t have an R&B/Soul list, but check to the right of the page for their other lists. I am definitely not up on the Reggae, Jazz, or Blues offerings admittedly.

Black Milk – Tronic
Jean Grae – Jeanius
Q-Tip – The Renaissance
The Roots – Rising Down

Did not know was out:
Gza – Pro Tools
Rza as Bobby Digital – Digi Snacks
Scarface – Emeritus (saw in store, but hadn’t heard anything)

Knew about but slept on:
Nicolay & Kay – Time:Line


The thing I love about these cats is that they haven’t steered me wrong the whole time I’ve been reading them (I found out about them earlier this year). So I guess I should be embarrassed that I haven’t picked up or found out more about some of their picks now, shouldn’t I? Yep, but folks will have you broke if you let them. 🙂

Their lists: ill Mami, nOvaMatic, Butta, Harlem, Ro

Let’s just say that there are folks on their lists that I have slept completely on(or haven’t heard of) and call it a day. The list would be shorter for what I have caught on to. I’m still going through a couple of their lists at the time of posting this, but we do have Raphael Saadiq, Foreign Exchange, Lalah Hathaway, The Roots, Estelle, & Q-tip in common. Zo & Tigallo is not on this list because I don’t have it, but do like them. Still working on Black Milk, Jazzanova, & Little Dragon.

So basically this tells me one thing. There is a whole lot of good music out there that I’m missing out on. Ok, two things, I’m probably still going to jack the Bouncer’s post idea. Yea, it’s not a new one, but I wouldn’t have thought about it had I not come across theirs. 🙂