Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (02/13/19)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (02/13/19)


In this week's episode, I recap the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards and try to contextualize why the GRAMMYs made the picks they did! Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


Song of the Week


Press Play

Things To Check Out:

Rumor Mill / Announcements: 

Where’s The Beef? (Tory Lanez vs. DreamDoll & Tory Lanez vs. Dax)

Upcoming / Recently Released: 

  • 2/22- Kehlani- While We Wait

  • 2/22- Lil Pump- Harverd Dropout

  • 2/22- Offset- TBA

Dig Deeper

The 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards Recap

Eligibility Period: Oct. 1, 2017 - Sep. 30, 2018

Leading Nominations: Kendrick (8), Drake (7), H.E.R. (5), Childish Gambino (5), Cardi B (4)


(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.)

  • Invasion of Privacy - Cardi B

  • By The Way I Forgive You - Brandi Carlile

  • Scorpion - Drake

  • H.E.R. - H.E.R. (this is big. She got 5 nominations)

  • Beerbongs & Bentleys - Post Malone

  • Dirty Computer - Janelle Monae (dope that she’s nominated, her 7th and 8th nomination)

  • Golden Hour - Kacey Musgraves

  • Black Panther: The Album - Kendrick Lamar, TDE


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.)

  • “I Like It” - Cardi B, Bad Bunny, J Balvin

  • “The Joke” - Brandi Carlile

  • “This Is America” - Childish Gambino

  • “God’s Plan” - Drake

  • “Shallow” - Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

  • “All the Stars” - Kendrick Lamar & SZA

  • “Rockstar” - Post Malone, 21 Savage

  • “The Middle” - Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

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.)

  • “All the Stars” - Kendrick Lamar & SZA

  • “Boo’d Up” - Ella Mai

  • “God’s Plan” - Drake

  • “In My Blood” - Shawn Mendes

  • “The Joke” - Brandi Carlile

  • “The Middle” - Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

  • “Shallow” - Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

  • “This Is America” - Childish Gambino


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.)

  • CHLOE X HALLE

  • LUKE COMBS

  • GRETA VAN FLEET

  • H.E.R.

  • DUA LIPA

  • MARGO PRICE

  • BEBE REXHA

  • JORJA SMITH

(R&B)


Best R&B Performance (this is to song as ROTY is to SOTY)

  • “Long As I Live” - Toni Braxton

  • “Summer” - The Carters

  • “Y O Y” - Lalah Hathaway

  • “Best Part” - H.E.R. & Daniel Caesar

  • “First Began” - PJ Morton

Best Traditional R&B Performance (this is to R&B as R&B is to Urban Contemporary)

  • “Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand” - Leon Bridges

  • “Don’t Fall Apart On Me Tonight” - Bettye LaVette

  • “Honest” - MAJOR.

  • “How Deep Is Your Love” - PJ Morton (feat. Yebba)

  • “Made For Love” - Charlie Wilson (feat. Lalah Hathaway)

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

  • “Boo’d Up” - Ella Mai

  • “Come Through And Chill” - Miguel, J. Cole, Salaam Remi

  • “Feels Like Summer” - Childish Gambino

  • “Focus” - H.E.R. (This should be a battle between Ella Mai and H.E.R. Boo’d up is a great song, but I think Focus is better if we’re just looking at the writing)

  • “Long As I Live” - Toni Braxton

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

  • Everything Is Love - The Carters

  • The Kids Are Alright - Chloe x Halle

  • Chris Dave and the Drumhedz - Chris Dave and the Drumhedz

  • War & Leisure - Miguel

  • Ventriloquism - Meshell Ndegeocello

Best R&B Album

  • Sex & Cigarettes - Toni Braxton

  • Good Thing - Leon Bridges

  • Honestly - Lalah Hathaway

  • H.E.R. - H.E.R.

  • Gumbo Unplugged (Live) - PJ Morton


(Rap)


Best Rap Performance

  • “Be Careful” - Cardi B

  • “Nice For What” - Drake

  • “King’s Dead” - Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, James Blake

  • “Bubblin” - Anderson .Paak

  • “Sicko Mode” - Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk, Swae Lee

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

  • “Like I Do” - Christina Aguilera feat. Goldlink

  • “Pretty Little Fears” - 6LACK feat. J. Cole

  • “This Is America” - Childish Gambino

  • “All The Stars” - Kendrick Lamar & SZA

  • “Rockstar” - Post Malone feat. 21 Savage

Best Rap Song

  • “God’s Plan” - Drake

  • “King’s Dead” - Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, James Blake

  • “Lucky You” - Eminem, Joyner Lucas

  • “Sicko Mode” - Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk, Swae Lee

  • “WIN” - Jay Rock

Best Rap Album

  • Invasion Of Privacy - Cardi B

  • Swimming - Mac Miller

  • Victory Lap - Nipsey Hussle

  • Daytona - Pusha T

  • Astroworld - Travis Scott

(Misc.)


Best Music Video

  • “Apeshit” - The Carters

  • “This Is America” - Childish Gambino

  • “I’m Not Racist” - Joyner Lucas

  • “PYNK” - Janelle Monae

  • “MUMBO JUMBO” - Tierra Whack

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (02/01/19)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (02/01/19)


The Meet Dreamville series concludes this week as the artist spotlight shines on Omen & Lute! Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


Song of the Week


Press Play

Things To Check Out:

Rumor Mill / Announcements: 

Where’s The Beef? (Tory Lanez vs. Don Q)

Upcoming / Recently Released: 

  • 1/25- Boogie- Everythings For Sale

  • 2/22- Lil Pump- Harverd Dropout

Dig Deeper

Meet Dreamville: Omen & Lute

 

 

 


 

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (01/23/19)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (01/23/19)


In this week's episode, the Meet Dreamville series continues as the artist spotlight shines on the dynamic duo, EARTHGANG! Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


Song of the Week


Press Play

Things To Check Out:

Rumor Mill / Announcements: 

Upcoming / Recently Released: 

  • 1/18- Future- The WIZRD

  • 1/18- James Blake- Assume Form

Dig Deeper

Meet Dreamville: EARTHGANG

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (01/17/19)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (01/17/19)


In this week's episode, the Meet Dreamville series continues as the artist spotlight shines on Bas! Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


Song of the Week


Press Play

Things To Check Out:

Upcoming / Recently Released: 

  • 1/11- Big K.R.I.T.- TDT

  • 1/18- Future- The WIZRD

  • 1/18- James Blake- Assume Form

Dig Deeper

Meet Dreamville: Bas

 

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (01/09/19)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (01/09/19)


In this week's episode, the Meet Dreamville segment returns and the artist spotlight shines on Cozz! Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


Song of the Week


Press Play

Things To Check Out:

Rumor Mill / Announcements:

 

Upcoming / Recently Released: 

  • 01/18- Future- The WIZRD

Dig Deeper

Meet Dreamville: Cozz

 

 

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (01/02/19)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (01/02/19)


In this week’s doubleheader, I discuss my “Top 25 Albums of 2018” list and the most anticipated albums of 2019. Two episodes in one week! Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


Dig Deeper

Top 25 Albums of 2018

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  1. KOD, J. Cole

  2. Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B

  3. ASTROWORLD, Travis Scott

  4. Black Panther: The Album, Kendrick Lamar & TDE

  5. Dirty Computer, Janelle Monáe 

  6. Care For Me, Saba

  7. Daytona, Pusha T

  8. Kids See Ghosts, Kid Cudi & Kanye West

  9. Victory Lap, Nipsey Hussle

  10. Streams of Thought: Vols: 1 & 2*, Black Thought (*w/ Salaam Remi)

  11. Scorpion, Drake

  12. Swimming, Mac Miller

  13. Oxnard, Anderson .Paak

  14. Room 25, Noname

  15. FM!, Vince Staples

  16. November, SiR

  17. Hive Mind, The Internet 

  18. K.T.S.E., Teyana Taylor

  19. Ella Mai, Ella Mai

  20. Whack World, Tierra Whack

  21. REDEMPTION, Jay Rock

  22. YSIV, Logic

  23. Tha Carter V, Lil Wayne 

  24. The Kids Are Alright, Chloe x Halle

  25. I Used to Know Her: The Prelude & Part 2, H.E.R.

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  1. Dicaprio 2, J.I.D

  2. TESTING, A$AP ROCKY

  3. Championships, Meek Mill

  4. MihTy, Jeremih & Ty Dolla $ign

  5. Everything is Love, The Carters

Most Anticipated Albums of 2019

Unknown Dates:

  • 2 Chainz- Rap or Go To the League

  • Big Sean- TBA

  • DJ Khaled- Father of Asahd

  • Drake- TBA

  • Future- TBA

  • Gallant- TBA

  • H.E.R. - TBA

  • Joyner Lucas- ADHD

  • Kanye West- YANDHI

  • Migos- Culture III

  • Missy Elliott- TBA

  • Q-Tip- The Last Zulu

  • Rick Ross- Port of Miami 2: Born To Kill

  • Run The Jewels- Run the Jewels IV

  • ScHoolboy Q- TBA

  • Solange- TBA

  • The Weeknd- Chapter 6

  • Tierra Whack- TBA

Maybe?:

  • Black Star- TBA

  • Bryson Tiller- Serenity

  • Chance The Rapper- Good Ass Job

  • Childish Gambino- TBA

  • J. Cole- The Offseason or The Fall Off

  • Nas- TBA

  • Noname, Saba & Smino- TBA

  • PARTYNEXTDOOR- Club Atlantis

  • Puff Daddy & The Family- No Way Out 2

  • Rihanna- TBA

  • TWENTY88- TBA

Artists with no sign of a project, but it would make sense if they dropped:

  • Daniel Caesar

  • Danny Brown

  • Dreezy

  • dvsn

  • Joey Bada$$

  • Kehlani

  • Vince Staples

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (12/19/18)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (12/19/18)


It's that time of the year! In this week's episode, I reveal my list of the "Top 50 Songs of 2018." Check out the list below and download the Spotify and Apple Music playlists of the list as well. Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


Song of the Week


Press Play

Things To Check Out:

Rumor Mill / Announcements:

Upcoming / Recently Released: 

  • 12/14- Vic Mensa- Hooligans

  • 12/14- Big K.R.I.T.- TRIFECTA

Top 50 Songs of 2018

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. For the past 3-4 years, this list has been 40 songs long (with 5 honorable mentions) to combat the American Top 40 and the Billboard Hot 100 charts which list the most popular and commercially successful songs in the country. I wanted my list to represent the best of hip-hop and R&B. So this year, that sentiment and intention certainly remains but due to the enormous amount of great music we received this year, I’ve expanded the list to a Top 50. This list captures my favorite songs from those released in 2018, but I also took into account impact, commercial success, and songs that created a moment that couldn’t be ignored. So without further ado, enjoy my Top 50.

 

Apple Music Playlist: Link

Spotify Playlist: Link

Eligibility Period: December 1st, 2017 - November 30th, 2018 (*with a few exceptions)

  1. “Nice For What” - Drake, Scorpion

  2. “Boo’d Up” - Ella Mai, Ella Mai *

  3. “SICKO MODE (feat. Drake, Swae Lee, Big Hawk)” - Travis Scott, ASTROWORLD

  4. “Make Me Feel” - Janelle Monae, Dirty Computer

  5. “I Like It (feat. Bad Bunny, J Balvin)” - Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy

  6. “King’s Dead - Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future & James Blake, Black Panther: The Album

  7. “This Is America” - Childish Gambino

  8. “In My Feelings (feat. City Girls)” - Drake, Scorpion

  9. “Reborn” - Kids See Ghosts, Kids See Ghosts

  10. “What’s Free (feat. Rick Ross, Jay-Z)” - Meek Mill, Championships

  11. “Tints (feat. Kendrick Lamar)” - Anderson .Paak, Oxnard

  12. “Self Care” - Mac Miller, Swimming

  13. “Django Jane” - Janelle Monae, Dirty Computer

  14. “Paramedic!” - Kendrick Lamar & SOBxRBE, Black Panther: The Album

  15. “God’s Plan” - Drake, Scorpion

  16. “1985” (Intro to “The Fall Off”) - J. Cole, KOD

  17. WIN - Jay Rock, Redemption

  18. “Conception (feat. Reek Ruffin)” - Black Thought & Salaam Remi, Streams of Thought, Vol. 2

  19. “BUSY / SIRENS (feat. theMIND)” - Saba, Care For Me

  20. “Rose In Harlem” - Teyana Taylor, K.T.S.E.

  21. “Down” - Chloe x Halle, The Kids Are Alright

  22. “BLACK EFFECT” - The Carters, EVERYTHING IS LOVE

  23. “Dedicate” - Lil Wayne, Tha Carter V

  24. “Look Alive (feat. Drake)” - BlocBoy JB, Simi

  25. “Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)” - Post Malone, beerbongs & bentleys

  26. “Wu Tang Forever (feat. Wu Tang Clan)” - Logic, YSIV

  27. “Seasons” - Mozzy, Sjava & Reason, Black Panther: The Album

  28. “Off Deez (feat. J. Cole)” - J.I.D, DiCaprio 2

  29. “Dedication (feat. Kendrick Lamar)” - Nipsey Hussle, Victory Lap

  30. “KOD” - J. Cole, KOD

  31. “D’Evils” - SiR, November

  32. “PROM / KING” - Saba, Care For Me

  33. “Work Out” - Chance The Rapper

  34. “Stir Fry” - Migos, Culture II

  35. “Trippy (feat. J. Cole)” - Anderson .Paak, Oxnard

  36. “Best Life (feat. Chance The Rapper)” - Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy

  37. “OSOM (feat. J. Cole)” - Jay Rock, Redemption

  38. “Gonna Love Me” - Teyana Taylor, K.T.S.E.

  39. “CAN’T SAY (feat. Gunna)” - Travis Scott, ASTROWORLD

  40. “Sticky” - Ravyn Lenae, Crush EP

  41. “Purity (feat. Frank Ocean)” - A$AP Rocky, TESTING

  42. “My Boy (feat. J. Cole) [Freestyle]” - Wale, Free Lunch EP

  43. “Tweakin’” -  Vince Staples, FM!

  44. “Drip Too Hard” - Lil Baby & Gunna, Drip Harder

  45. “Mona Lisa (feat. Kendrick Lamar)” - Lil Wayne, Tha Carter V

  46. “Come Back Baby” - Pusha T, DAYTONA

  47. “Ace (feat. Smino & Saba)” - Noname, Room 25

  48. “Going Bad (feat. Drake)” - Meek Mill, Championships

  49. “OTW” - Khalid, 6LACK & Ty Dolla $ign

  50. “Mo Bamba” - Sheck Wes, Mudboy *

    • Honorable Mentions: “Once an Addict (Interlude)”- J. Cole, KOD | “Tainted”- Alina Baraz, The Color of You | “Wasted Times”- The Weeknd, My Dear Melancholy, | “After Dark (feat. Static Major & Ty Dolla $ign)”- Drake,  Scorpion | “American Dream (feat. J. Cole & Kendrick Lamar)”- Jeezy, Pressure

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (12/12/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (12/12/18)


GRAMMY nominations are here! Tune in to hear my predictions for the Rap, R&B, and General Field (Big 4) categories! Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


Song of the Week


Press Play

Things to Check Out:

Rumor Mill / Announcements:

Upcoming / Recently Released Albums:

  • 12/7- Gucci Mane- Evil Genius

  • 12/7- Ice Cube- Everythangs Corrupt

  • 12/14- Offset- TBA

  • 12/14- Vic Mensa- Hooligans

Dig Deeper

61st Annual GRAMMY Nominations & Predictions

Eligibility Period: Oct. 1, 2017 - Sep. 30, 2018

Leading Nominations: Kendrick (8), Drake (7), H.E.R. (5), Childish Gambino (5), Cardi B (4)

(PREDICTIONS 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.)

  • Invasion of Privacy - Cardi B

  • By The Way I Forgive You - Brandi Carlile

  • Scorpion - Drake

  • H.E.R. - H.E.R. (this is big. She got 5 nominations)

  • Beerbongs & Bentleys - Post Malone

  • Dirty Computer - Janelle Monae (dope that she’s nominated, her 7th and 8th nomination)

  • Golden Hour - Kacey Musgraves

  • Black Panther: The Album - Kendrick Lamar, TDE

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.)

  • “I Like It” - Cardi B, Bad Bunny, J Balvin

  • “The Joke” - Brandi Carlile

  • “This Is America” - Childish Gambino

  • “God’s Plan” - Drake

  • “Shallow” - Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

  • “All the Stars” - Kendrick Lamar & SZA

  • “Rockstar” - Post Malone, 21 Savage

  • “The Middle” - Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

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.)

  • “All the Stars” - Kendrick Lamar & SZA

  • “Boo’d Up” - Ella Mai

  • “God’s Plan” - Drake

  • “In My Blood” - Shawn Mendes

  • “The Joke” - Brandi Carlile

  • “The Middle” - Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

  • “Shallow” - Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

  • “This Is America” - Childish Gambino

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.)

  • CHLOE X HALLE

  • LUKE COMBS

  • GRETA VAN FLEET

  • H.E.R.

  • DUA LIPA

  • MARGO PRICE

  • BEBE REXHA

  • JORJA SMITH

(R&B)

Best R&B Performance

  • “Long As I Live” - Toni Braxton

  • “Summer” - The Carters

  • “Y O Y” - Lalah Hathaway

  • “Best Part” - H.E.R. & Daniel Caesar

  • “First Began” - PJ Morton

Best Traditional R&B Performance

  • “Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand” - Leon Bridges

  • “Don’t Fall Apart On Me Tonight” - Bettye LaVette

  • “Honest” - MAJOR.

  • “How Deep Is Your Love” - PJ Morton (feat. Yebba)

  • “Made For Love” - Charlie Wilson (feat. Lalah Hathaway)

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

  • “Boo’d Up” - Ella Mai

  • “Come Through And Chill” - Miguel, J. Cole, Salaam Remi

  • “Feels Like Summer” - Childish Gambino

  • “Focus” - H.E.R.

  • “Long As I Live” - Toni Braxton

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

  • Everything Is Love - The Carters

  • The Kids Are Alright - Chloe x Halle

  • Chris Dave and the Drumhedz - Chris Dave and the Drumhedz

  • War & Leisure - Miguel

  • Ventriloquism - Meshell Ndegeocello

Best R&B Album

  • Sex & Cigarettes - Toni Braxton

  • Good Thing - Leon Bridges

  • Honestly - Lalah Hathaway

  • H.E.R. - H.E.R.

  • Gumbo Unplugged (Live) - PJ Morton

(Rap)

Best Rap Performance

  • “Be Careful” - Cardi B

  • “Nice For What” - Drake

  • “King’s Dead” - Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, James Blake

  • “Bubblin” - Anderson .Paak

  • “Sicko Mode” - Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk, Swae Lee

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

  • “Like I Do” - Christina Aguilera feat. Goldlink

  • “Pretty Little Fears” - 6LACK feat. J. Cole

  • “This Is America” - Childish Gambino

  • “All The Stars” - Kendrick Lamar & SZA

  • “Rockstar” - Post Malone feat. 21 Savage

Best Rap Song

  • “God’s Plan” - Drake

  • “King’s Dead” - Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, James Blake

  • “Lucky You” - Eminem, Joyner Lucas

  • “Sicko Mode” - Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk, Swae Lee

  • “WIN” - Jay Rock

Best Rap Album

  • Invasion Of Privacy - Cardi B

  • Swimming - Mac Miller

  • Victory Lap - Nipsey Hussle

  • Daytona - Pusha T

  • Astroworld - Travis Scott

(Misc.)

Best Music Video

  • “Apeshit” - The Carters

  • “This Is America” - Childish Gambino

  • “I’m Not Racist” - Joyner Lucas

  • “PYNK” - Janelle Monae

  • “MUMBO JUMBO” - Tierra Whack

Other Categories to Keep an Eye On:

  • Quincy Jones or Whitney Houston could win for Best Music Film

  • Ziggy Marley could win Best Reggae Album for Rebellion Rises after Damian won it last year. Sting and Shaggy could also win it for 44/876

  • Dave Chappelle or Chris Rock could win Best Comedy Album

  • Black Panther could also get Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

  • Miguel or Kendrick Lamar & SZA could win Best Song Written for Visual Media for “Remember Me” from Coco and All the Stars from Black Panther

  • Producer of the Year, Non-Classical could go to Boi-1da for Be Careful (Cardi B) (T) • Diplomatic Immunity (Drake) (S) • Friends (The Carters) (T) • God's Plan (Drake) (S) • Heard About Us (The Carters) (T) • Lucky You (Eminem Featuring Joyner Lucas) (T) • Mob Ties (Drake) (T) • No Limit (G-Eazy Featuring A$AP Rocky & Cardi B) (S), Kanye for all the albums he produced this year, or Pharrell for • Apes*** (The Carters) (T) • Man Of The Woods (Justin Timberlake) (A) • No One Ever Really Dies (N.E.R.D) (A) • Stir Fry (Migos) (T) • Sweetener (Ariana Grande) (A)

Snubs:

  • J. Cole - KOD

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (12/05/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (12/05/18)


The GRAMMY nominations got postponed so this week's episode features an artist spotlight on Spillage Village! Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


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Upcoming / Recently Released Albums:

  • 11/28- Trey Songz- 11

  • 11/29- Trey Songz- 28

  • 11/30- Meek Mill- Championships

  • 11/30- Earl Sweatshirt- Some Rap Songs

  • 12/14- Offset- TBA

  • 12/14- Vic Mensa- Hooligans

Dig Deeper

Artist Spotlight: Spillage Village

 

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (11/28/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (11/28/18)


In this week's episode, I continue to explore Dreamville Records and shine this week's spotlight on J.I.D. Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


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Upcoming / Recently Released Albums:

  • 11/22- Dipset- Diplomatic Ties

  • 11/26- J.I.D- DiCaprio 2

  • 11/26- Black Thought & Salaam Remi- Streams of Thought, Vol. 2

  • 11/30- Meek Mill- Championships

  • 11/30- Earl Sweatshirt- Some Rap Songs

  • 12/14- Offset- TBA

  • 12/14- Vic Mensa- Hooligans

Dig Deeper

Meet Dreamville: J.I.D

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (11/21/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (11/21/18)


In this week's episode, I begin to focus on Dreamville Records and shine the artist spotlight on Dreamville artist, Ari Lennox. Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


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Upcoming / Recently Released Albums:

  • 11/2- Vince Staples- FM!

  • 11/2- Takeoff- The Last Rocket

  • 11/2- H.E.R.- I Used to Know Her: Part 2

  • 11/2- Metro Boomin- NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES

  • 11/8- Smino- Smino Noir

  • 11/16- Anderson .Paak - Oxnard

  • 11/16- Mariah Carey - Caution

  • 11/17- Jaden Smith - The Sunset Tapes: A Cool Tape Story

  • 11/22- Dipset- Diplomatic Ties

  • 11/26- J.I.D- DiCaprio 2

  • 11/30- Meek Mill- Championships

  • 11/30- Earl Sweatshirt- Some Rap Songs

  • 12/14- Offset- TBA

Dig Deeper

Meet Dreamville: Ari Lennox

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (10/31/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (10/31/18)


In this week's episode, the artist spotlight shines on Nao Yoshioka, a neo-soul singer ready to take the world by storm. Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


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  • 10/12- Quavo- Quavo Huncho

  • 10/26- Mick Jenkins- Pieces of a Man

  • 10/26- NAO- Saturn

  • 10/26- Tory Lanez- LoVE me NOw

  • 10/26- Jeremih & Ty Dolla $ign- Mih-Ty

  • 11/2- Vince Staples- TBA

  • 11/2- Takeoff- The Last Rocket

  • 11/8- Smino- Smino Noir

  • 11/16- Anderson .Paak - Oxnard

  • 11/16- Mariah Carey - Caution

  • 11/17- Jaden Smith - The Sunset Tapes: A Cool Tape Story

  • 11/22- Dipset- Diplomatic Ties

Dig Deeper

 

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (10/04/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (10/04/18)


In this week's episode, I discuss the long-awaited Lil Wayne album, Tha Carter V! I also discuss new albums by 6LACK, Noname, Lupe Fiasco, JMSN and Logic. Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


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  • 9/14- Noname- Room 25

  • 9/14- 6LACK- East Atlanta Love Letter

  • 9/21- Lupe Fiasco- DROGAS Wave

  • 9/21- JMSN- Velvet

  • 9/27- Lil Wayne- Tha Carter V

  • 9/28- Logic- Young Sinatra 4

  • October- Quavo- Quavo Huncho

  • 10/12- Belly- Immigrant

Dig Deeper

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (09/12/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (09/12/18)


As much as I tried to give him roses while he could still smell them, it's time to truly celebrate an incredible artist. Today, the artist spotlight shines on Mac Miller. Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


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Upcoming / Recently Released Albums:

  • September- Quavo- Quavo Huncho

  • 9/14- Noname- Room 25

  • 9/14- 6LACK- East Atlanta Love Letter

  • 9/28- Logic- Young Sinatra 4

  • 10/12- Belly- Immigrant

Dig Deeper

Artist Spotlight: Mac Miller, R.I.P.

Albums & Mixtapes to Check Out:

 

 

 

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (09/05/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (09/05/18)


Three years and 100 episodes later, here we are! It's episode 100 and today is all about reflection! Tune in and celebrate with me! Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


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Upcoming / Recently Released Albums:

  • 8/24- Bas- Milky Way
  • 8/31- Eminem- Kamikaze
  • 8/31- Bun B- Return of the Trill
  • September- Noname- Room 25
  • 9/14- 6LACK- East Atlanta Love Letter
  • 9/28- Logic- Young Sinatra 4

Dig Deeper

100th Episode Celebration!!

Favorite Moments:

 

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (08/23/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (08/23/18)


In this week's episode, I discuss Nicki Minaj's fourth studio album, Queen, and all the mess that came with it... Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


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  • 8/10- Nicki Minaj- Queen
  • 8/24- Bas- Milky Way
  • September- Noname- Room 25

Dig Deeper

 

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (08/08/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (08/08/18)


In this week's episode, I discuss one of the most highly anticipated albums of 2018: ASTROWORLD by Travis Scott. Is this one of Travis' best albums EVER? Tune in to see... Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


Song of the Week: Sampler Series


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Upcoming / Recently Released Albums:

  • 7/20- The Internet- Hive Mind
  • 7/20- Buddy- Harlan & Alondra
  • 8/3- Mac Miller- Swimming
  • 8/3- YG- Stay Dangerous
  • 8/3- Travis Scott- Astroworld
  • 8/3- H.E.R.- I Used to Know H.E.R.: The Prelude
  • 8/17- Nicki Minaj- Queen
  • September- Noname- Room 25

Dig Deeper

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (07/25/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (07/25/18)


In this week's episode, Joe G. joins me in the studio to give a mid-year review of 2018. Tune in as we discuss which artists and albums have been holding it down for the first half of the year. Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


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Upcoming / Recently Released Albums:

  • 7/20- The Internet- Hive Mind
  • 7/20- Buddy- Harlan & Alondra
  • 8/3- Mac Miller- Swimming
  • 8/3- YG- Stay Dangerous
  • 8/10- Nicki Minaj- Queen

Dig Deeper

2018 Mid-Year Review

Below are the categories and artists we talked about in the Dig Deeper segment. Tune in to see who our top picks were for each category!

Best New Artist

  • Jorja Smith
  • H.E.R.
  • Chloe x Halle
  • BlocBoy JB

Best Music Video

  • "ATM" - J. Cole
  • “Nice For What” - Drake
  • “This Is America” - Childish Gambino

Best BBQ-Friendly Song

  • “Boo’d Up” - Ella Mai
  • "Nice For What" - Drake
  • “In My Feelings” - Drake
  • “Summertime Magic” - Childish Gambino

Best Summer Banger

  • "Boo'd Up" - Ella Mai
  • “WIN” - Jay Rock
  • “Paramedic” - Kendrick & SOBxRBE
  • “Look Alive” - BlocBoy JB

Best Feature

  • Drake on "Look Alive" by BlocBoy JB
  • J. Cole on “OSOM” by Jay Rock
  • Rick Ross on "Hard Piano" by Pusha T
  • Rapsody on “Dostoyevsky” by Black Thought
  • Frank Ocean on “Purity” by A$AP Rocky

Album of the Year (R&B)

  • Hive Mind - The Internet
  • Good Man - Ne-Yo
  • KTSE - Teyana Taylor
  • Lost & Found - Jorja Smith
  • Dirty Computer - Janelle Monae

Album of the Year (Hip-Hop)

  • KOD - J. Cole
  • Invasion of Privacy - Cardi B
  • Care For Me - Saba
  • Black Panther: The Album - Kendrick Lamar & TDE
  • KIDS SEE GHOSTS - Kids See Ghosts

Most Anticipated Album

  • Astroworld - Travis Scott
  • Queen - Nicki Minaj
  • TBA - Chance the Rapper

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (06/20/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (06/20/18)


In this week's episode, I discuss KIDS SEE GHOSTS, NASIR, Redemption and EVERYTHING IS LOVE. It's been a wild June! Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


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Upcoming / Recently Released Albums:

  • 6/8- Kanye West & Kid Cudi- KIDS SEE GHOSTS

  • 6/8- Jorja Smith- Lost & Found

  • 6/15- Jay Rock- Redemption

  • 6/15- Nas- NASIR

  • 6/15- R+R=NOW- Collagically Speaking

  • 6/16- The Carters- EVERYTHING IS LOVE

  • 6/22- Teyana Taylor- TBA

  • 6/29- Drake- Scorpion

  • 7/20- The Internet- Hive Mind

Dig Deeper

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (06/06/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (06/06/18)


In this week's episode, I provide an update on the Pusha T-Drake beef and discuss the eighth studio album by the controversial Kanye West. Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


Song of the Week: Sampler Series


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Kids See Ghosts album art

Upcoming / Recently Released Albums:

  • 6/1- Black Thought & 9th Wonder-Streams of Thought Vol. 1
  • 6/1- Kanye West- TBA
  • 6/8- Kanye West & Kid Cudi- Kids See Ghost
  • 6/8- Jorja Smith- Lost & Found
  • 6/15- Jay Rock- Redemption
  • 6/15- Nas- TBA
  • 6/15- R+R=NOW- Collagically Speaking
  • 6/22- Teyana Taylor- TBA

Dig Deeper

Ye

 

See you next week!

-AO