Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (07/20/19)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (07/20/19)


In this week's episode, I shine the artist spotlight on YBN Cordae! 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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Rumor Mill / Announcements: 

Upcoming / Recently Released: 

  • 7/12- Big K.R.I.T.- K.R.I.T. IZ HERE

  • 7/19- Nas- The Lost Tapes 2

  • 7/19- Beyonce & Various Artists- The Lion King: The Gift

  • 7/26- BJ The Chicago Kid- 1123

  • 7/26- Chance The Rapper- The Big Day

  • 7/26- YBN Cordae- The Lost Boy

  • 8/9- Rick Ross- Port of Miami 2

Dig Deeper

Artist Spotlight: YBN Cordae

 

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See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (07/10/19)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (07/10/19)


In this week's episode, I discuss the highly anticipated compilation by Dreamville, Revenge of the Dreamers 3! 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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Rumor Mill / Announcements:

 
 
 

Upcoming / Recently Released: 

  • 6/7- Future- Save Me

  • 6/12- Goldlink- Diaspora

  • 6/21- Gucci Mane- Delusions of Grandeur

  • 6/28- DJ Mustard- Perfect Ten

  • 6/28- Chris Brown- Indigo

  • 6/28- Daniel Caesar- CASE STUDY 01

  • 6/28- Freddie Gibbs- Bandana

  • 7/5- Dreamville- Revenge of the Dreamers 3

  • 7/5- Jaden Smith- ERYS

  • 7/12- Big K.R.I.T.- K.R.I.T. IZ HERE

  • 7/19- Nas- The Lost Tapes 2

  • 7/19- Beyonce & Various Artists- The Lion King: The Gift

  • 7/26- BJ The Chicago Kid- 1123

  • 7/26- YBN Cordae- The Lost Boy

Dig Deeper

 

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (05/22/19)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (05/22/19)


In this week's episode, I discuss new albums from Jamila Woods, DJ Khaled and Tyler, the Creator. 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: 

  • 5/10- Jamila Woods- LEGACY! LEGACY!

  • 5/17- DJ Khaled- Father of Asahd

  • 5/17- Megan Thee Stallion- Fever

  • 5/17- Tyler, the Creator- IGOR

  • 5/24- Steve Lacy- Apollo XXI

 

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (05/08/19)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (05/08/19)


In this week's episode, I discuss Ari Lennox’s debut album, Shea Butter Baby. 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: 

  • 5/7- Ari Lennox- Shea Butter Baby

  • 5/10- Jamila Woods- LEGACY! LEGACY!

  • 5/17- Tyler, the Creator- IGOR

  • 5/24- Steve Lacy- TBA

  • May- DJ Khaled- Father of Asahd

Dig Deeper

 

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (05/03/19)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (05/03/19)


In this week's episode, I discuss the latest albums by Lizzo, ScHoolboy Q and more. 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: 

  • 4/19- Lizzo- Cuz I Love You

  • 4/19- Pivot Gang- You Can’t Sit With Us

  • 4/26- Matt Martians- The Last Party

  • 4/26- ScHoolboy Q- CrasH Talk

  • 4/28- Tink- Voicemails

  • 5/7- Ari Lennox- Shea Butter Baby

  • 5/10- Jamila Woods- LEGACY! LEGACY!

  • May- DJ Khaled- Father of Asahd

 

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (04/19/19)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (04/19/19)


In this week's episode, I catch up on all the hip-hop and R&B news I’ve missed and discuss the latest albums by Anderson .Paak, Intellexual and more. 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


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Things To Check Out: 

Rumor Mill / Announcements: 

Dig Deeper

Upcoming / Recently Released: 

  • 2/22- Kehlani- While We Wait

  • 3/1- 2 Chainz- Rap or Go To the League

  • 3/1- Solange- When I Get Home

  • 4/12- Anderson .Paak- Ventura

  • 4/12- Intellexual- Intellexual

  • 4/17- Beyonce- Homecoming: The Live Album

  • 4/26- ScHoolboy Q- CrasH Talk

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (02/20/19)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (02/20/19)


In this week's episode, three members of the TOTB Academy join me in the studio to discuss the nominees and winners of the 3rd Annual TOTB Awards! 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


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Upcoming / Recently Released: 

  • 2/22- Kehlani- While We Wait

  • 2/22- Lil Pump- Harverd Dropout

  • 2/22- Offset- TBA

Dig Deeper

The 3rd Annual TOTB Awards

Leading Nominations: Drake (10), Janelle Monae (8), J. Cole (8), Travis Scott (5), Ella Mai (5), Kendrick Lamar (5)

Concept Album of the Year

  • Dirty Computer - Janelle Monae

  • FM! - Vince Staples

  • KOD - J. Cole

  • TESTING - A$AP Rocky

  • Whack World - Tierra Whack

Best Rap Feature

  • Drake on “SICKO MODE”

  • Frank Ocean on “Purity”

  • J. Cole on “My Boy”

  • Jay-Z on “What’s Free”

  • Kendrick Lamar on “King’s Dead”

Best New Artist

  • Chloe x Halle

  • Ella Mai

  • Jorja Smith

  • SOBxRBE

  • Tierra Whack

Workhorse of the Year

  • Drake (released Scorpion, “Diplomatic Immunity,” “Duppy Freestyle,” headlined the Aubrey and the 3 Migos tour, featured on “Look Alive” by BlocBoy JB, “Yes Indeed” by Lil Baby, “Walk It Talk It” by Migos, “Bigger Than You” by 2 Chainz, “SICKO MODE” by Travis Scott, “No Stylist” by French Montana and “Mia” by Bad Bunny

  • J. Cole (released KOD and “Album of the Year (Freestyle)”, featured on “My Boy” by Wale, “Off Deez” by J.I.D, “Pretty Little Fears” by 6LACK, “Boblo Boat” by Royce Da 5’9”, “Sojourner” by Rapsody, “Tribe” by Bas, “American Dream” by Jeezy, “Zendaya” by Cozz, “OSOM” by Jay Rock, “Trippy” by Anderson .Paak, “Say Na” by Moneybagg Yo, “Shea Butter Baby” from the Creed II soundtrack and 3 music videos, headlined the KOD tour, produced “Zendaya” by Cozz, “Hurt Feelings” by Mac Miller, “Skrawberries” by J.I.D and “My Boy” by Wale, produced on Poison by Swizz Beatz, 8 songs on Milky Way by Bas

  • Thundercat (played bass on Heaven & Earth by Kamasi Washington, “Take a Byte” by Janelle Monae  and “What’s The Use?” by Mac Miller, played bass, guitar and drums on “Body Language (Intro)” by Kali Uchis, produced on “Astrothunder” by Travis Scott, featured on “What’s The Use?” by Mac Miller, and worked on numerous other electronic/rock albums)

  • Tory Lanez (released Memories Don’t Die and Love Me Now?, “Miss You” with Major Lazer and Cashmere Cat, “Pa Mi” with Ozuna, “Talk to Me” with Rich the Kid, “Keep in Touch” with Bryson Tiller, “Lucky You Freestyle,” “Litty Again” and 11 music videos, featured on “Best Friend” by A Boogie With da Hoodie, “Sleep On U” by E.G.O., “Cold Love” by Classified, “Steady” by Bebe Rexha, “Shootin Shots” and “Wrist Watch” by Trey Songz, “KIKA” by 6ix9ine

  • Ty Dolla $ign (featured on “Psycho” by Post Malone, “After Dark” by Drake, “Accelerate” by Christina Aguilera, “All Mine,” “Wouldn’t Leave,” and “Violent Crimes” by Kanye West, “Freeee (Ghost Town, Pt. 2)” by Kanye and Kid Cudi, “Trust Me” by Bhad Bhabie, “BOSS” by The Carters, “Me So Bad” by Tinashe, “Ooh Yeah” by Fabolous, “Caution” by Mariah Carey, “White Sand” by Migos, “The Other Side” from The Greatest Showman, “Scared of the Dark” from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and “Ain’t My Girlfriend” by Too $hort, released MihTy with Jeremih, “OTW” with Khalid and 6LACK, and “Pineapple” with Gucci Mane and Quavo, produced on “Wouldn’t Leave” by Kanye)

Best Music Video

  • “APESHIT” - The Carters

  • “ATM” - J. Cole

  • “Feels Like Summer” - Childish Gambino

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

  • “Nice For What” - Drake

  • “Pynk” - Janelle Monae

  • “This Is America” - Childish Gambino

  • “Whack World” - Tierra Whack

Best R&B Album

  • Dirty Computer - Janelle Monae

  • Ella Mai - Ella Mai

  • Hive Mind - The Internet

  • K.T.S.E. - Teyana Taylor

  • November - SiR

Best R&B Song

  • “After Dark” - Drake

  • “Boo’d Up” - Ella Mai

  • “Down” - Chloe x Halle

  • “Make Me Feel” - Janelle Monae

  • “Rose in Harlem” - Teyana Taylor

Best Trap Banger

  • “Bickenhead” - Cardi B

  • “Drip Too Hard” - Lil Baby & Gunna

  • “Mo Bamba” - Sheck Wes

  • “Paramedic!” - SOBxRBE, Kendrick Lamar

  • “SICKO MODE” - Travis Scott, Drake, Swae Lee, Big Hawk

Best Lyricist

  • Black Thought

  • J. Cole

  • Lil Wayne

  • Logic

  • Noname

Best Rap Song

  • “1985” - J. Cole

  • “Django Jane” - Janelle Monae

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

  • “Nice For What” - Drake

  • “SICKO MODE” - Travis Scott, Drake, Swae Lee, Big Hawk

Best Rap Album

  • ASTROWORLD - Travis Scott

  • Care For Me - Saba

  • Daytona - Pusha T

  • KOD - J. Cole

  • Victory Lap - Nipsey Hussle

Song of the Year

  • “Nice For What” - Drake

  • “PROM / KING” - Saba

  • “Pynk” - Janelle Monae

  • “Reborn” - KIDS SEE GHOSTS

  • “This Is America” - Childish Gambino

Record of the Year

  • “Boo’d Up” - Ella Mai

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

  • “In My Feelings” - Drake

  • “Make Me Feel” - Janelle Monae

  • “SICKO MODE” - Travis Scott

Album of the Year

  • ASTROWORLD - Travis Scott

  • Black Panther: The Album - Kendrick Lamar & TDE

  • Dirty Computer - Janelle Monae

  • Invasion of Privacy - Cardi B

  • KOD - J. Cole

See you next week!

-AO

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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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/ 


Song of the Week: Sampler Series


Press Play

Things to Check Out:

Rumor Mill / Announcements:

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/ 


Song of the Week


Press Play

Things to Check Out:

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/ 


Song of the Week: Sampler Series


Press Play

Things to Check Out:

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/ 


Song of the Week: Sampler Series


Press Play

Things to Check Out:

Upcoming / Recently Released Albums:

  • 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/ 


Song of the Week


Press Play

Things to Check Out:

Upcoming / Recently Released Albums:

  • 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