Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (12/14/17)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (12/14/17)


It's that time of the year! In this week's episode I discuss the "Top 40 Songs of 2017." Check out the list below and download the Spotify and Apple Music playlists of the list as well. Check out the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Soundcloud.


Song of the Week


Press Play

Things To Check Out:

Rumor Mill / Announcements:

                                              Revival album cover - Eminem, 12/15/17

                                              Revival album cover - Eminem, 12/15/17

Migos hire Everyday Struggle lookalikes for their "Ice Tray" music video. The beef continues.

Migos hire Everyday Struggle lookalikes for their "Ice Tray" music video. The beef continues.

Upcoming / Recently Released: 

  • 12/08- Big Sean & Metro Boomin, Double or Nothing
  • 12/15- Eminem, Revival
  • 12/15- N.E.R.D., No_One Ever Really Dies
  • 12/15- Jeezy, Pressure
  • 12/12- Gucci Mane, El Gato the Human Glacier
  • 12/25- Lil Wayne, Dedication 6

Top 40 Songs of 2017

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 2017. I think this was the easiest time I had choosing the top 5 as this year's choices dominated the charts and our hearts. So without further ado, enjoy my Top 40.

Apple Music Playlist: Link

Spotify Playlist: Link

  1. “DNA.”- Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

  2. “The Weekend”- SZA, Ctrl

  3. “Bodak Yellow”- Cardi B

  4. “The Story of O.J.”- Jay-Z, 4:44

  5. “Wild Thoughts (feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller)”- DJ Khaled, Grateful

  6. “HUMBLE.”- Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

  7. “Lemon (feat. Rihanna)”- N.E.R.D, NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES

  8. “XO TOUR Llif3”- Lil Uzi Vert, Luv Is Rage 1.5

  9. “Passionfruit”- Drake, More Life

  10. “Love Galore (feat. Travis Scott)”- SZA, Ctrl

  11. “Slide (feat. Frank Ocean & Migos)”- Calvin Harris, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1

  12. “Chanel”- Frank Ocean

  13. “Blessed”- Daniel Caesar, Freudian

  14. “Nuh Time / Tek Time”- dvsn, Morning After

  15. “4:44”- Jay-Z, 4:44

  16. “Get Up 2 Come Down (feat. CeeLo Green & Sleepy Brown”- Big K.R.I.T., 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time

  17. “If Time Is Money (Fly Navigation) (feat. Method Man)”- Wu-Tang, The Saga Continues

  18. “November”- Tyler, the Creator, Flower Boy

  19. “Family Feud (feat. Beyoncé)”- Jay-Z, 4:44

  20. “T-Shirt”- Migos, Culture

  21. “Blem”- Drake, More Life

  22. “Motor Sport (feat. Cardi B & Nicki Minaj”- Migos, Culture II

  23. “Emotional”- Keyshia Cole, 11:11 Reset

  24. “Best Part (feat. H.E.R.)”- Daniel Caesar, Freudian

  25. “Know”- Syd, Fin

  26. “Still Down”- H.E.R., H.E.R.

  27. “Mood”- dvsn, Morning After

  28. “Heaven On Earth (feat. The-Dream)”- Vic Mensa, The Autobiography

  29. “Bank Account”- 21 Savage, Issa Album

  30. “Drowning (feat. Kodak Black)”- A Boogie wit da Hoodie, The Bigger Artist

  31. “Heavy Heart”- Meek Mill, Wins & Losses

  32. “Crew (feat. Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy”- GoldLink, At What Cost

  33. “FOR MY PEOPLE”- Joey Bada$$, ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$

  34. “Do Not Disturb”- Drake, More Life

  35. “Mask Off (Remix) (feat. Kendrick Lamar)”- Future

  36. “I’m the One (feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne)”- DJ Khaled, Grateful

  37. “Set It Off”- Bryson Tiller, True To Self

  38. “Personal”- Kehlani, SweetSexySavage

  39. “Location”- Khalid, American Teen

  40. “Shether”- Remy Ma

  • Honorable Mentions: “AfricAryaN (feat. Neil DeGrasse Tyson & J. Cole)”- Logic, Everybody | “Insecure”- Jazmine Sullivan & Bryson Tiller, Insecure: Music from the HBO Original Series, Season 2 | “On My Mind”- Jorja Smith & Preditah | “Walk On By (feat. Kendrick Lamar)”- Thundercat,  Drunk | “Veggies (feat. Ty Dolla $ign”- Aminé, Good For You

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (12/06/17)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (12/06/17)


In this week's episode, I dive into the theories surrounding Chance The Rapper and whether or not he is actually an independent artist. Let's jump into the politics of the music industry! Tune into the episode on Apple Podcasts or Soundcloud!


Song of the Week


Press Play

Things To Check Out:

Rumor Mill / Announcements:

12/15- Jeezy, Pressure

12/15- Jeezy, Pressure

12/15- Eminem, Revival

12/15- Eminem, Revival

Upcoming / Recently Released Albums:

  • 12/01- Roy Woods, Say Less
  • 12/01- Miguel, War & Leisure
  • 12/15- Eminem, Revival
  • 12/15- N.E.R.D., No_One Ever Really Dies
  • 12/15- Jeezy, Pressure

Dig Deeper

60th Annual GRAMMY Award Show Nominations & Predictions

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (11/29/17)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (11/29/17)


In this week's episode, I discuss the nominations for the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards and deliver my predictions for the Big 4, R&B, and Rap categories. Tune into the episode 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- Talib Kweli, Radio Silence
  • 11/17- NxWorries, Yes Lawd! Remixes
  • 11/24- Fabolous & Jadakiss, Friday on Elm Street
  • 12/01- Roy Woods, Say Less
  • 12/01- Miguel, War & Leisure
  • 12/15- Eminem, Revival
  • 12/15- N.E.R.D., No_One Ever Really Dies

Dig Deeper

60th Annual GRAMMY Award Show Nominations & Predictions

Eligibility Period: Oct. 1, 2016 - Sep. 30, 2017

Leading Nominations: Jay-Z (8), Kendrick (7), Bruno Mars (6), SZA (5), Khalid (5), No I.D. (5), Childish Gambino (5)
 

My predictions are denoted in bold.

(Big 4)

Album of the Year (Award to Artist(s) and to Featured Artist(s), Songwriter(s) of new material, Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s), Mixer(s) and Mastering Engineer(s) credited with at least 33% playing time of the album, if other than Artist.)

  • “Awaken, My Love!” - Childish Gambino
  • 4:44 - Jay-Z
  • DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • Melodrama - Lorde
  • 24K Magic - Bruno Mars

Record of the Year (Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s) and mastering engineer(s), if other than the artist.)

  • “Redbone” - Childish Gambino
  • “Despacito” - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber
  • “The Story of O.J.” - Jay-Z
  • “HUMBLE.” - Kendrick Lamar (Mike Will also wins)
  • “24K Magic” - Bruno Mars

Song of the Year (A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

  • “Despacito” - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber
  • “4:44” - Jay-Z (No I.D. also wins)
  • “Issues” - Julia Michaels
  • 1-800-273-8255” - Logic, Alessia Cara, Khalid
  • “That’s What I Like” - Bruno Mars (James Fauntleroy also wins)

Best New Artist (An artist will be considered for Best New Artist if their eligibility year release/s achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and notably impacted the musical landscape.)

  • Alessia Cara
  • Khalid
  • Lil Uzi Vert
  • Julia Michaels
  • SZA

(R&B)

Best R&B Performance

  • “Get You” - Daniel Caesar, Kali Uchis
  • “Distraction” - Kehlani
  • “High” - Ledisi
  • “That’s What I Like” - Bruno Mars
  • “The Weekend” - SZA

Best Traditional R&B Performance

  • “Laugh and Move On” - The Baylor Project
  • “Redbone” - Childish Gambino
  • “What I’m Feelin’” - Anthony Hamilton, The Hamiltones
  • “All The Way” - Ledisi
  • “Still” - Mali Music

Best R&B Song (A Songwriter(s) Award)

  • “First Began” - PJ Morton
  • “Location” - Khalid
  • “Redbone” - Childish Gambino
  • “Supermodel” - SZA (Pharrell also wins)
  • “That’s What I Like” - Bruno Mars (James Fauntleroy also wins)

Best Urban Contemporary Album (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded contemporary vocal tracks derivative of R&B.)

  • Free 6LACK - 6LACK
  • “Awaken, My Love!” - Childish Gambino
  • American Teen - Khalid
  • Ctrl - SZA
  • Starboy - The Weeknd

Best R&B Album

  • Freudian - Daniel Caesar
  • Let Love Rule - Ledisi
  • 24K Magic - Bruno Mars
  • Gumbo - PJ Morton
  • Feel The Real - Musiq Soulchild

(Rap)

Best Rap Performance

  • “Bounce Back” - Big Sean
  • “Bodak Yellow” - Cardi B
  • “4:44” - Jay-Z
  • “HUMBLE.” - Kendrick Lamar
  • “Bad & Boujee” - Migos, Lil Uzi Vert

Best Rap/Sung Performance (For a solo or collaborative performance containing both elements of R&B melodies and Rap.)

  • “PRBLMS” - 6LACK
  • “Crew” - Goldlink, Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy
  • “Family Feud” - Jay-Z, Beyoncé
  • “LOYALTY.” - Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna
  • “Love Galore” - SZA, Travis Scott

Best Rap Song

  • “Bodak Yellow” - Cardi B (Kodak also wins)
  • “Chase Me” - Danger Mouse, RTJ & Big Boi
  • “HUMBLE.” - Kendrick Lamar
  • “Sassy” - Rapsody
  • “The Story of O.J.” - Jay-Z (No I.D. also wins)

Best Rap Album

  • 4:44 - Jay-Z
  • DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • Culture - Migos
  • Laila’s Wisdom - Rapsody
  • Flower Boy - Tyler, the Creator

(Misc.)

Best Music Video

  • “Up All Night” - Beck
  • “Makeba” - Jain
  • “The Story of O.J.” - Jay-Z
  • “HUMBLE.” - Kendrick Lamar
  • “1-800-273-8255” - Logic, Alessia Cara, Khalid

See you next week!

-AO

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

 

 

!

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