Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (11/08/17)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (11/08/17)


In this week's episode, my homies Joe and Gerald join the podcast to discuss Lupe Fiasco and whether he truly is one of the greatest lyricists of all time. You don't want to miss this! Check it out on Apple Podcasts or Soundcloud.


Song of the Week


Press Play

Things To Check Out:

Upcoming / Recently Released Albums:

  • 11/11- Cam’ron, The Program

  • 11/17- T-Pain, OBLIVION

  • 11/17- Jaden Smith, SYRE

  • 11/17- Eminem, Revival

  • 11/24- Fabolous & Jadakiss, Freddy vs. Jason

  • 12/01- Miguel, War & Leisure


Dig Deeper

Lupe Fiasco

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (11/01/17)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (11/01/17)


In this week's episode, I discuss the 15 albums/projects that were released this October that YOU should care about. Check it out on Apple Podcasts or Soundcloud.


Song of the Week


Press Play

Things To Check Out:

Upcoming / Recently Released Albums:

  • 11/3- Sam Smith, The Thrill of It All

  • 11/17- T-Pain, OBLIVION

  • 11/17- Jaden Smith, SYRE

  • 11/17- Eminem, Revival

  • 11/24- Fabolous & Jadakiss, Freddy vs. Jason


Dig Deeper

October's Finest:

Listen to “The Come Down Is Real Too” and “Mumble Rap”

Listen to “Nuh Time / Tek Time,” “Mood” and “Body Smile”

Listen to “If Time is Money (Fly Navigation)” and “People Say”

Listen to “I Get the Bag,” “Stunting Ain’t Nothin” and “Changed”

Listen to “Every Kind of Way” and “Still Down”

Listen to “Emotional” and “Incapable”

Listen to “Patek Water”

Listen to “Drop the Ceiling”

Listen to “Famous,” “Stare” and “Message in a Bottle”

Listen to “Body Talk,” “My Imagination” and “The One I Want”

Listen to “Bury Me In Gold,” “Get Up 2 Come Down” and “Subenstein (My Sub IV)”

Listen to “3’s Company”

Listen to “Ric Flair Drip” and “Ghostface Killers”

Listen to “Heartbreak on a Full Moon,” “To My Bed” and “Handle It”

Listen to “Warm Honey”

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (10/11/17)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (10/11/17)


In this week's episode, I recap the 2017 BET Hip-Hop Awards and deliver a bevy of artist recommendations! Check it out on Apple Podcasts or Soundcloud.


Song of the Week


Press Play

Things To Check Out:

Upcoming / Recently Released Albums:

  • 10/13- dvsn, Morning After

  • 10/13- Wu Tang Clan, Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues

  • 10/20- Jessie Ware, Glasshouse

  • 10/27- Ty Dolla $ign, Beach House 3


Dig Deeper

2017 BET Hip-Hop Awards

Cyphers:

LINK

Recommendations:

 

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (10/04/17)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (10/04/17)


In this week's episode, Joe G. joins me in the studio to deliver the final installment in the three-part series focusing on 50 Cent's most prolific rap beefs. This episode features 50 Cent vs. The Game. Check it out on Apple Podcasts or Soundcloud.


Song of the Week


Press Play

Things To Check Out:

Upcoming / Recently Released Albums:

  • 9/29- PARTYNEXTDOOR, Seven Days EP

  • 10/13- dvsn, Morning After

  • 10/13- Wu Tang Clan, Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues

  • 10/20- Jessie Ware, Glasshouse

  • 10/27- Ty Dolla $ign, Beach House 3


Dig Deeper

Where's The Beef? - 50 Cent vs. The Game

 

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (09/27/17)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (09/27/17)


In this week's episode, I deliver Part Two in the three-part series focusing on three of 50 Cent's most notorious rap beefs. This episode features 50 Cent vs. Ja Rule. Check it out on Apple Podcasts or Soundcloud.


Song of the Week


Press Play

Things To Check Out:

Upcoming / Recently Released Albums:

  • 9/22- Rapsody, Laila’s Wisdom

  • 9/22- Young Thug & DJ Carnage, Young Martha EP

  • 9/22- Jhené Aiko, Trip

  • 9/22- Macklemore, Gemini

  • 9/29- The-Dream, Love Affair

  • 10/13- dvsn, Morning After


Dig Deeper

Where's The Beef? - 50 Cent vs. Ja Rule

 

 

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Best non-50 Cent song on Blood in My Eye, easily!

 

 

 

 

 

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (09/21/17)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (09/21/17)


In this week's episode, I begin a three-part series focusing on three of 50 Cent's most notorious rap beefs. That's right, "Where's The Beef?" is back! This episode features 50 Cent vs. Rick Ross. Check it out on Apple Podcasts or Soundcloud.


Song of the Week


Press Play

Things To Check Out:

Upcoming / Recently Released Albums:

  • 9/22- Rapsody, Laila’s Wisdom

  • 9/29- The-Dream, Love Affair

  • 10/13- dvsn, Morning After


Dig Deeper

Where's The Beef? - 50 Cent vs. Rick Ross

Rick Ross January 2016 Rolling Stone interview: Link

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (08/24/17)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (08/24/17)


Joe G is live in the studio to discuss this week's topic: Who Bodied Who? Tune in as we discussed who had the best verses in some of hip-hop's best collaborations. Check it out on Apple Podcasts or Soundcloud.


Song of the Week


Press Play

Things To Check Out:

Upcoming Albums:

  • 8/25- A$AP Mob, Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy
  • 8/25- Action Bronson, Blue Chips 7000
  • 9/8- Syd, Always Never Home

Dig Deeper

Click here for the playlist of songs discussed in this week's Dig Deeper segment! Also definitely listen to Cadillactica by Big. K.R.I.T. 

 

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (08/09/17)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (08/09/17)


This week's Dig Deeper segment is an encore of "Track #32- Spotlight: Vic Mensa." Check it out on Apple Podcasts or Soundcloud.


Song of the Week


Press Play

Things To Check Out:

Upcoming Albums:

  • 8/18- A$AP Ferg, Still Striving
  • 8/25- A$AP Mob, Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy
  • 8/25- Action Bronson, Blue Chips 7000

Dig Deeper

INNANETAPE: Link

 

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (08/02/17)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (08/02/17)


This week's major topics: Aminé's debut album, Good For You and Vic Mensa's debut album, The Autobiography! Check it out on Apple Podcasts or Soundcloud.


Song of the Week


Press Play

Things To Check Out:

Upcoming Albums:

  • 8/18- A$AP Ferg, Still Striving
  • 8/25- A$AP Mob, Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy

Dig Deeper

 

You can listen to my artist spotlight on Vic Mensa from a year ago above. See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (07/26/17)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (07/26/17)


This week's major topics: Tyler, the Creator's new album, Flower Boy and the "4 Your Eyez Only" tour! Check it out on Apple Podcasts or Soundcloud.


Song of the Week


Press Play

Things To Check Out:

Upcoming Albums:

  • 7/28- Vic Mensa, The Autobiography
  • 7/28- Amine, Good For You

Dig Deeper

 

Get tickets to J. Cole's "4 Your Eyez Only" tour while you still can! Click HERE!

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (07/13/17)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (07/13/17)


In this week's episode, I am back from my adventures of getting married, getting a Masters, and honeymooning overseas to talk about what I missed and the groundbreaking 4:44 album! Check it out on Apple Podcasts or Soundcloud.


Song of the Week


Press Play

Things To Check Out:

Albums I Missed (But You Should Listen To):

  • Issa Album, 21 Savage
  • Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, Calvin Harris
  • CTRL, SZA
  • True To Self, Bryson Tiller
  • Grateful, DJ Khaled
  • Big Fish Theory, Vince Staples
  • Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, 2 Chainz

Upcoming Albums:

  • 7/14- French Montana, Jungle Rules
  • 7/21- Tyler, the Creator, Scum Fuck Flower Boy
  • 7/21- Meek Mill, Wins and Losses
  • 7/28- Amine, Good For You

Dig Deeper

 

Check out the wonderful blog post by Candice Benbow called "4:43." See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (03/22/17)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (03/22/17)


In this week's episode, I discuss Drake's long-awaited playlist, More Life. Check it out on iTunes & Soundcloud!


Song of the Week


Press Play

Things To Check Out:

Upcoming/Recently Released:

  • 3/17- Rick Ross, Rather You Than Me
  • 3/24- Trey Songz, Tremaine: The Album
  • 3/24- Raekwon, The Wild
  • 3/31- Freddie Gibbs, You Only Live 2wice

Dig Deeper

More Chune For Your Headtop

 

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (03/15/17)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (03/15/17)


In this week's episode, I give an update on the Nicki-Remy beef (2:00), Frank Ocean delivers a wonderful song of the week (17:31), I deliver your hip-hop and R&B news in the Press Play segment (20:21), and I discuss the duality of Future and his two most recent albums, FUTURE and HNDRXX, in the Dig Deeper segment (30:00). Check it out on iTunes or Soundcloud!


Song of the Week


Press Play

Things To Check Out:

Upcoming:

  • 3/18- Drake, More Life
  • 3/31- Freddie Gibbs, You Only Live 2wice

Dig Deeper

The Tale of Two Futures

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (03/01/17)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (03/01/17)


In this week's episode, I give a detailed history of the revisited beef between Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj in the return of the "Where's the Beef?" segment! Check it out on iTunes or Soundcloud.


Songs of The Week


Press Play

Things To Check Out:

Upcoming/Recently Released:

  • 2/24- Future, HNDRXX
  • 3/3- Future- TBD?
  • 3/4- Drake, More Life

Dig Deeper

Where's the Beef? (Remy Ma vs. Nicki Minaj):

History of the Beef in Video & Song

YIKES.

See you all next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside the Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (02/19/17)


Thinking Outside the Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (02/19/17)


In this week's episode, I recap the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards. It was a wild one lol. Check out the episode on iTunes or Soundcloud!


Song of the Week


Press Play

Things To Check Out:

Recently Released:

  • 2/17- Future, Future

Dig Deeper

59th Annual GRAMMY Award Winners: (Big 4, Rap, R&B):

GENERAL FIELD

Album Of The Year:

  • 25 — Adele
  • Lemonade — Beyoncé
  • Purpose — Justin Bieber
  • Views — Drake
  • A Sailor's Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson

Record Of The Year:

  • "Hello" — Adele
  • "Formation" — Beyoncé
  • "7 Years" — Lukas Graham
  • "Work" — Rihanna Featuring Drake
  • "Stressed Out" — Twenty One Pilots

Song Of The Year:

  • "Formation" — Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
  • "Hello" — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
  • "I Took A Pill In Ibiza" — Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
  • "Love Yourself" — Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
  • "7 Years" — Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

Best New Artist:

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Chance The Rapper
  • Maren Morris
  • Anderson .Paak

R&B FIELD

Best R&B Performance:

  • "Turnin' Me Up" — BJ The Chicago Kid
  • "Permission" — Ro James
  • "I Do" — Musiq Soulchild
  • "Needed Me" — Rihanna
  • "Cranes in the Sky" — Solange

Best Traditional R&B Performance:

  • "The Three Of Me" — William Bell
  • "Woman's World" — BJ The Chicago Kid
  • "Sleeping With The One I Love" — Fantasia
  • "Angel" — Lalah Hathaway
  • "Can't Wait" — Jill Scott

Best R&B Song:

  • "Come and See Me" — J. Brathwaite, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (PartyNextDoor Featuring Drake)
  • "Exchange" — Michael Hernandez & Bryson Tiller, songwriters (Bryson Tiller)
  • "Kiss It Better" — Jeff Bhasker, Robyn Fenty, John-Nathan Glass & Natalia Noemi, songwriters (Rihanna)
  • "Lake By the Ocean" — Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
  • "Luv" — Magnus August Høiberg, Benjamin Levin & Daystar Peterson, songwriters (Tory Lanez)

Best Urban Contemporary Album:

  • Lemonade — Beyoncé
  • Ology — Gallant
  • We Are King — KING
  • Malibu — Anderson .Paak
  • Anti — Rihanna

Best R&B Album:

  • In My Mind — BJ The Chicago Kid
  • Lalah Hathaway Live — Lalah Hathaway
  • Velvet Portraits — Terrace Martin
  • Healing Season — Mint Condition
  • Smoove Jones — Mya

RAP FIELD

Best Rap Performance:

  • "No Problem" — Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
  • "Panda" —Desiigner
  • "Pop Style" — Drake Featuring The Throne
  • "All The Way Up" — Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared
  • "That Part" — ScHoolboy Q Featuring Kanye West

Best Rap/Sung Performance:

  • "Freedom" — Beyoncé Featuring Kendrick Lamar
  • "Hotline Bling" — Drake
  • "Broccoli" — D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty
  • "Ultralight Beam" — Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream
  • "Famous" — Kanye West Featuring Rihanna

Best Rap Song:

  • "All The Way Up" — Joseph Cartagena, Edward Davadi, Shandel Green, Karim Kharbouch, Andre Christopher Lyon, Reminisce Mackie & Marcello Valenzano, songwriters (Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared)
  • "Famous" — Chancelor Bennett, Ross Birchard, Ernest Brown, Andrew Dawson, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Kejuan Muchita, Patrick Reynolds, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Rihanna)
  • "Hotline Bling" — Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)
  • "No Problem" — Chancelor Bennett, Dwayne Carter & Tauheed Epps, songwriters (Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
  • "Ultralight Beam" — Chancelor Bennett, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Kirk Franklin, Noah Goldstein, Samuel Griesemer, Terius Nash, Jerome Potter, Kelly Price, Nico "Donnie Trumpet" Segal, Derek Watkins, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream)

Best Rap Album:

  • Coloring Book — Chance The Rapper
  • And the Anonymous Nobody — De La Soul
  • Major Key — DJ Khaled
  • Views — Drake
  • Blank Face LP — ScHoolboy Q
  • The Life of Pablo — Kanye West

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (02/01/2017)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (02/01/2017)


In this week's episode, I present the 1st Annual TOTB Hip-Hop & R&B Awards. I also deliver my predictions for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards. It's a jam packed episode! Tune into the episode on iTunes or Soundcloud!


Song Of The Week


Press Play

Things To Check Out:

Upcoming:

  • 2/3- Big Sean, I Decided.
  • 2/3- Sampha, Process
  • 2/3- Syd, Fin
  • 2/3- SZA, CTRL

Dig Deeper

The 1st Annual TOTB Hip-Hop & R&B Awards
(winners denoted in bold)

Best Experimental Song

  • “Redbone”- Childish Gambino
  • “Fade”- Kanye West
  • “Guidance”- Travis Scott
  • “Daddy Lessons”- Beyoncé

Best Ad Libs

  • “Panda”- Desiigner
  • “X (feat. Future)”- 21 Savage
  • “Bad & Boujee”- Migos
  • “All My Children”- Gucci Mane
  • “Good Drank (feat. Quavo & Gucci Mane)”- 2 Chainz

Concept Album of the Year

  • Lemonade- Beyoncé
  • 4 Your Eyez Only- J. Cole
  • “Awaken, My Love!”- Childish Gambino
  • HEAVN- Jamila Woods

Biggest Disappointment

  • Views- Drake
  • Starboy- The Weeknd
  • Woptober- Gucci Mane
  • New English- Desiigner

Biggest Surprise

  • 24K Magic- Bruno Mars
  • Endless- Frank Ocean
  • 4 Your Eyez Only- J. Cole
  • “Awaken, My Love!”- Childish Gambino

Best Feature

  • Chance The Rapper on “Ultralight Beam”
  • Nas on  “Nas Album Done”
  • Kendrick Lamar on “Goosebumps”
  • Andre 3000 on “the ends”
  • Erykah Badu on “WiFi”

Best New Artist

  • Anderson .Paak
  • Young M.A.
  • 21 Savage
  • Aminé
  • Noname

Best Music Video

Best R&B Album

  • Endless- Frank Ocean
  • Blonde- Frank Ocean
  • Sept 5th- dvsn
  • Anti- Rihanna
  • A Seat At The Table- Solange

Best Trap&B Album

  • Free 6lack- 6lack

Best R&B Song

  • “Cranes in the Sky”- Solange
  • “Rushes To”- Frank Ocean
  • “Close To You (feat. T-Pain)”- Dreezy
  • “True Colors”- The Weeknd
  • “Needed Me”- Rihanna

Best Trap/Club Banger

  • “Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1”- Kanye West
  • “Bad & Boujee (feat. Lil Uzi Vert)”- Migos
  • “Panda”- Desiigner
  • “I Got the Keys (feat. Jay Z & Future)”- DJ Khaled
  • “Wicked”- Future
  • “New Level (feat. Future)”- A$AP Ferg

Best Lyricist

  • J. Cole
  • Chance the Rapper
  • A Tribe Called Quest
  • Run The Jewels

Best Rap Song

  • “Ultralight Beam (feat. Chance The Rapper, The-Dream, Kelly Price & Kirk Franklin)”- Kanye West
  • “No Problem (feat. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne)”- Chance the Rapper
  • “4 Your Eyez Only”- J. Cole
  • “goosebumps (feat. Kendrick Lamar)”- Travis Scott
  • “Caroline”- Aminé

Best Rap Album

  • Coloring Book- Chance The Rapper
  • The Life of Pablo- Kanye West
  • Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight- Travis Scott
  • 4 Your Eyez Only- J. Cole

Song of the Year

  • “Formation”- Beyonce
  • “Ultralight Beam (feat. Chance The Rapper, The-Dream, Kelly Price & Kirk Franklin)”- Kanye West
  • “Cranes In The Sky”- Solange
  • “Work (feat. Drake)”- Rihanna
  • “No Problem (feat. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne)”- Chance the Rapper

Record of the Year

  • “Work (feat. Drake)”- Rihanna
  • “Finesse”- Bruno Mars
  • “One Dance”- Drake
  • “Sorry”- Beyonce
  • “Formation”- Beyonce

Album of the Year

  • Coloring Book- Chance The Rapper
  • Lemonade- Beyoncé
  • Blonde- Frank Ocean
  • Anti- Rihanna
  • Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight- Travis Scott

 

59th Annual GRAMMY Awards Predictions
(predictions denoted in bold)
See the full list of nominees here

GENERAL FIELD

Album Of The Year:

  • 25 — Adele
  • Lemonade — Beyoncé
  • Purpose — Justin Bieber
  • Views — Drake
  • A Sailor's Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson

Record Of The Year:

  • "Hello" — Adele
  • "Formation" — Beyoncé
  • "7 Years" — Lukas Graham
  • "Work" — Rihanna Featuring Drake
  • "Stressed Out" — Twenty One Pilots

Song Of The Year:

  • "Formation" — Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
  • "Hello" — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
  • "I Took A Pill In Ibiza" — Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
  • "Love Yourself" — Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
  • "7 Years" — Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

Best New Artist:

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Chance The Rapper
  • Maren Morris
  • Anderson .Paak

R&B FIELD

Best R&B Performance:

  • "Turnin' Me Up" — BJ The Chicago Kid
  • "Permission" — Ro James
  • "I Do" — Musiq Soulchild
  • "Needed Me" — Rihanna
  • "Cranes in the Sky" — Solange

Best Traditional R&B Performance:

  • "The Three Of Me" — William Bell
  • "Woman's World" — BJ The Chicago Kid
  • "Sleeping With The One I Love" — Fantasia
  • "Angel" — Lalah Hathaway
  • "Can't Wait" — Jill Scott

Best R&B Song:

  • "Come and See Me" — J. Brathwaite, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (PartyNextDoor Featuring Drake)
  • "Exchange" — Michael Hernandez & Bryson Tiller, songwriters (Bryson Tiller)
  • "Kiss It Better" — Jeff Bhasker, Robyn Fenty, John-Nathan Glass & Natalia Noemi, songwriters (Rihanna)
  • "Lake By the Ocean" — Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
  • "Luv" — Magnus August Høiberg, Benjamin Levin & Daystar Peterson, songwriters (Tory Lanez)

Best Urban Contemporary Album:

  • Lemonade — Beyoncé
  • Ology — Gallant
  • We Are King — KING
  • Malibu — Anderson .Paak
  • Anti — Rihanna

Best R&B Album:

  • In My Mind — BJ The Chicago Kid
  • Lalah Hathaway Live — Lalah Hathaway
  • Velvet Portraits — Terrace Martin
  • Healing Season — Mint Condition
  • Smoove Jones — Mya

RAP FIELD

Best Rap Performance:

  • "No Problem" — Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
  • "Panda" —Desiigner
  • "Pop Style" — Drake Featuring The Throne
  • "All The Way Up" — Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared
  • "That Part" — ScHoolboy Q Featuring Kanye West

Best Rap/Sung Performance:

  • "Freedom" — Beyoncé Featuring Kendrick Lamar
  • "Hotline Bling" — Drake
  • "Broccoli" — D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty
  • "Ultralight Beam" — Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream
  • "Famous" — Kanye West Featuring Rihanna

Best Rap Song:

  • "All The Way Up" — Joseph Cartagena, Edward Davadi, Shandel Green, Karim Kharbouch, Andre Christopher Lyon, Reminisce Mackie & Marcello Valenzano, songwriters (Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared)
  • "Famous" — Chancelor Bennett, Ross Birchard, Ernest Brown, Andrew Dawson, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Kejuan Muchita, Patrick Reynolds, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Rihanna)
  • "Hotline Bling" — Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)
  • "No Problem" — Chancelor Bennett, Dwayne Carter & Tauheed Epps, songwriters (Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
  • "Ultralight Beam" — Chancelor Bennett, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Kirk Franklin, Noah Goldstein, Samuel Griesemer, Terius Nash, Jerome Potter, Kelly Price, Nico "Donnie Trumpet" Segal, Derek Watkins, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream)

Best Rap Album:

  • Coloring Book — Chance The Rapper
  • And the Anonymous Nobody — De La Soul
  • Major Key — DJ Khaled
  • Views — Drake
  • Blank Face LP — ScHoolboy Q
  • The Life of Pablo — Kanye West

See you all next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (01/25/17)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (01/25/17)


In the first episode of the new year, I discussed the "Most Anticipated Albums of 2017." Check out the list here (it will be updated throughout the year) and tune into the episode on iTunes or Soundcloud!


Song Of The Week


Press Play

Things To Check Out:


Dig Deeper

Here's the link for the list that will be updated all year!

Most Anticipated Albums of 2017:

  • 1/27- Migos- Culture
  • 1/27- Kehlani- SweetSexySavage
  • 1/27- Bell Biv Devoe- Three Stripes
  • 2/3- Big Sean- I Decided.
  • 2/3- Sampha- Process
  • 2/3- Syd- Fin
  • 2/10- Lupe Fiasco- DROGAS Light
  • 4/7- 2 Chainz- Pretty Girls Like Trap Music
  • April- Trina- TBA

Unknown Dates:

  • Rick Ross- Rather You Than Me
  • Wale- S.H.I.N.E.
  • Lil Wayne- Tha Carter V
  • Earl Sweatshirt- TBA
  • Ty Dolla $ign- Beach House 3
  • Drake- More Life
  • Future- TBA
  • Vince Staples- TBA
  • SZA- CTRL
  • Pusha T- King Push
  • Travis Scott- Astroworld
  • Young Thug- Hy!£UN35
  • Kanye West- Turbo Grafx 16
  • ScHoolboy Q- TBA
  • Tinashe- Joyride
  • Trey Songz- Tremaine
  • Bryson Tiller- True to Self

Maybe?

  • G.O.O.D. Music- Cruel Winter
  • Young Thug & Future- TBA
  • The Internet- TBA
  • A$AP Rocky- TBA
  • Kanye West & Drake- TBA
  • Chance The Rapper & Childish Gambino- TBA
  • Jay Z- TBA
  • Nicki Minaj- TBA
  • Kendrick Lamar- TBA
  • Puff Daddy- No Way Out 2
  • Chance The Rapper- TBA
  • Nas- TBA

See you all next week!

-AO

 

 

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (12/28/16)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (12/28/16)


This week's episode is a two-part episode where I reveal my list of the "Top 20 Albums of 2016." You do not want to miss this episode to wrap up the year! Check it out on iTunes or Soundcloud.


Top 20 Albums of 2016

Click the album name for an Apple Music link and the artist name for a Spotify link! (Neither Lemonade, Endless, nor HEAVN are on Apple Music or Spotify.)

  1. Coloring Book, Chance the Rapper
  2. Lemonade, Beyoncé
  3. Blonde, Frank Ocean
  4. Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight, Travis Scott
  5. Anti, Rihanna
  6. Endless, Frank Ocean
  7. 4 Your Eyez Only, J. Cole
  8. ”Awaken, My Love!", Childish Gambino
  9. A Seat At The Table, Solange
  10. The Life of Pablo, Kanye West
  11. Views, Drake
  12. Sept. 5th, dvsn
  13. 24K Magic, Bruno Mars
  14. HEAVN, Jamila Woods
  15. Ology, Gallant
  16. For All We Know, Nao
  17. Telefone, Noname
  18. Malibu, Anderson .Paak
  19. The Divine Feminine, Mac Miller
  20. In My Mind, BJ the Chicago Kid

Honorable Mentions

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (12/07/16)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (12/07/16)


It's that time of the year! In this week's episode I discuss the "Top 40 Songs of 2016." Check out the list below and download the Spotify and Apple Music playlists of the list as well. Check out the podcast on iTunes or Soundcloud.


Top 40 Songs of 2016

This is one of my favorite parts of the year as I get to look back at all the music we've received and pick my favorites. While the American Top 40 and the Billboard Hot 100 charts list the most popular and commercially successful songs in the country, my list is much more of a journey. Focusing solely on hip-hop and R&B, this list captures my favorite songs from those released in 2016. After making it through this list, I guarantee you will be abreast of the hottest songs from this year. So without further ado, enjoy my Top 40.

Apple Music Playlist: Link

Spotify Playlist: Link

  1. “Formation”- Beyoncé, Lemonade

  2. “Ultralight Beam (feat. Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, The-Dream & Kirk Franklin)”- Kanye West, The Life of Pablo

  3. “Work (feat. Drake)”- Rihanna, Anti

  4. “One Dance (feat. Wizkid & Kyla)”- Drake, Views

  5. “No Problem (feat. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne)”- Chance The Rapper, Coloring Book

  6. “Rushes To”- Frank Ocean, Endless

  7. “untitled 07 | 2014-2016 (Levitate)”- Kendrick Lamar, untitled unmastered.

  8. “Cranes In the Sky”- Solange, A Seat at the Table

  9. “Sorry”- Beyoncé, Lemonade

  10. “The Space Program”- A Tribe Called Quest, We got it from Here...Thank You 4 Your service

  11. “Everybody Dies” & “False Prophets”- J. Cole

  12. “Nights”- Frank Ocean, Blonde

  13. “Weston Road Flows”- Drake, Views

  14. “Same Drugs”- Chance The Rapper, Coloring Book

  15. “True Colors”- The Weeknd, Starboy

  16. “Finesse”- Bruno Mars, 24K Magic

  17. “Self Control”- Frank Ocean, Blonde

  18. “Needed Me”- Rihanna, Anti

  19. “Pick Up the Phone (feat. Young Thug & Quavo)”- Travis Scott, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight

  20. “Don’t Do It For You No More”- PARTYNEXTDOOR

  21. “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1 (feat. Kid Cudi)” & “Pt. 2”- Kanye West, The Life of Pablo

  22. “Bone + Tissue”- Gallant, Ology

  23. “Goosebumps (feat. Kendrick Lamar)”- Travis Scott, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight

  24. “Choose Me”- James Blake, The Colour in Anything

  25. “Nas Album Done (feat. Nas)”- DJ Khaled, Major Key

  26. “WiFi (feat. Erykah Badu)”- D.R.A.M., Big Baby D.R.A.M.

  27. “In The Morning”- Nao, For All We Know

  28. “LSD (feat. Chance The Rapper)”- Jamila Woods, HEAVN

  29. “Don’t Touch My Hair (feat. Sampha)”- Solange, A Seat at the Table

  30. “Smoke Break (feat. Future)”- Chance The Rapper, Coloring Book

  31. “Reality Check (feat. Eryn Allen Kane & Akenya)”- Noname, Telefone

  32. “Love On the Brain”- Rihanna, Anti

  33. “The Bird”- Anderson .Paak, Malibu

  34. “C’est La Vie”- Tinashe, Nightride

  35. “Close to You (feat. T-Pain)”- Dreezy, No Hard Feelings

  36. “No Justice (feat. Big TC)”- Ty Dolla $ign, Campaign

  37. “Already Knew That”- Ro James, ELDORADO

  38. “Broccoli (feat. Lil Yachty)”- D.R.A.M., Big Baby D.R.A.M.

  39. “Come & See Me (feat. Drake)- PARTYNEXTDOOR, PARTYNEXTDOOR 3

  40. “THat Part (feat. Kanye West)”- ScHoolboy Q, Blank Face LP

  • Honorable Mentions: “New Level (feat. Future)”- A$AP Ferg, Always Strive and Prosper | “Black Beatles (feat. Gucci Mane)”- Rae Sremmurd, Sremmlife 2 | “Speculate”- Xavier Omär, The Everlasting Wave | “Overload (feat. Miguel)”- John Legend, Darkness and Light | “Déjà Vu”- TWENTY88, TWENTY88

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (11/23/16)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (11/23/16)


In this week's episode, I discuss Bruno Mars' funky new album, 24K Magic. You don't want to miss this episode. Check it out on iTunes or Soundcloud.


Song Of The Week


Press Play

Things To Check Out:

Upcoming:

  • 11/25- The Weeknd, Starboy
  • 12/02- Childish Gambino, ...Awaken, My Love!
  • 12/02- John Legend, Darkness and Light
  • 12/09- Post Malone, Stoney
  • December- Drake, More Life
  • TBD- Kid Cudi, Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’

Dig Deeper

 

See you in two weeks!

-AO