Mid-Week Music: Hot Salad World Playlist 5/1/17 - 5/7/17


-Written by Everyone

Vinny's Picks

Scarface Rozay Gotti - Wale

Aside from the fact that Wale is paying homage to three Southern rap legends, there’s no reason this song should be as enjoyable as it is.  Wale’s crooning on the hook isn’t necessarily good – but it feels honest and that’s part of what leaves an imprint.  No one ever said Wale is the most skilled rapper, but he definitely has some of the necessary intangibles that make him a force in his own right.

Submission - Gorillaz ft. Danny Brown and Kelela

This is just a pretty chill song.  Gorillaz provide some upbeat production and Kelela leads the way with some sultry vocals.  Danny Brown pops in for a smoother-than-usual performance which seals the deal for me.

Supersoaka - Kid Ink

I was just talking to Adam about how bad Kid Ink fell off for the past year or so.  I’m not saying this is his comeback hit, but the beat is hard as hell.  Kid Ink doesn’t do anything super memorable over it but it definitely has some replay value for me.  Murda Beatz did his thing, and flutes continue to dominate the rap game in 2017.

Alec's Picks

I'm The One - DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne

HOLY FIRE AND FLAMES. Asahd's dad aka DJ Khaled brings in a "We Takin' Over" and "All I Do Is Win" type crew for the new song of the summer. Quavo, Chance, and Wayne all have impeccable flow and creative lyrics for their verses while Bieber once again produces a catchy chorus on jam. This is the ultimate feel good/vibe song of the summer that should be on repeat all day long.

Ritual - Marshmello featuring Wrabel

If you don't know Marshmello, jump on the hype train. The electronic dance music producer and DJ is starting to pick up steam with many of his hits starting to hit the airwaves, but Ritual is easily my favorite. A headliner at Made in America this Labor Day 2017, Marshmello should be a breakout artist that everyone should look out for this summer.

Honest- The Chainsmokers

I decided to keep the theme of the music upbeat music. I'm a big Chainsmokers fan. I think they are uber talented and don't get enough credit for what they do. Everyone knows "Paris" and "Closer" as the two big songs from their debut album Memories...Do Not Open. Honest isn't one of their trademark upbeat dance songs, but this song shows their talents with vocals and lyrics and how they can create good music. I'm looking forward to their next project.

Lupia's Picks

Long Night (feat. Chance the Rapper) - Hoodie Allen

This past week was the 4th anniversary of the release of Chance the Rapper's landmark mixtape, Acid Rap. But since Acid Rap isn't on Spotify, I went with a deeper cut from that era of Chance's career. 

Goosebumps (feat. Kendrick Lamar) - Travis Scott

I just got my tickets to see Kendrick and Travis together on The Damn Tour, so I've been bumping their collaboration off of Travis's latest album in anticipation. 

Wrote My Way Out - Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc

I think it went a little under the radar for people that aren't fans of the show, but in December, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda released The Hamilton Mixtape, a collection of inspired-by tracks, covers, and songs cut from the broadway phenomenon. There's some SERIOUS star power on this tape, boasting features from Busta Rhymes, Alicia Keys, Common, Chance The Rapper, Usher and more. This song is one of my personal favorites, featuring Nas, Dave East, Aloe Blacc and Miranda himself. 

Paul's Picks

My Number - Foals

I love this song cause it can't really decide what decade it wants to sound like.  It's got that cool little 70's guitar riff playing through it, but still has modern elements to it.   Catchy chorus, WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT PEOPLE.

Waste A Moment - Kings of Leon

"Ohhh Paul, Kings of Leon haven't had a good song since 'Sex On Fire'"  Uhhhh how about NO.  Kings of Leon have been SLEPT ON, and I say no more.  They're STILL producing great songs, this is my favorite song off their most recent album WALLS.

Steal My Sunshine - Len

This is a CLASSIC that has made it back into my rotation.  Summer's approaching RAPIDLY.  Tell me hearing this song doesn't make you want to rollerblade down a boardwalk with a potential love interest like a 90's movie.  CAUSE THAT'S HOW I FEEL.