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!

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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


  • 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!