It's the FINAL COUNTDOWN to 2016. We're already writing new goals and setting new intentions for a new year. But before entering anything new it is important to first reflect. When looking at my 2015 in reverse the first word that comes to mind is UNCOMFORTABLE. I was uncomfortable in my finances, my career, and my personal life. I spent a significant amount of time complacent and frustrated about it. In retrospect I see how much I needed this year. I GREW SO MUCH. I lost friends, jobs, and confidence. I took a lot of L's, but I learned to view them as lessons and not losses. The songs on this list map exactly where my head space was. Press play to see HOW I GOT OVER.
This song came to me at the top of my year. I was licking the wounds of unrequited love and overall jaded with my life. I heard it on a mega bus en route to NYC. The lyrics were mantras. Unknowingly I set my intention for the whole year with this track.
Something about this tune is so infectious. The 8o's pop aesthetic is in full force, and I love every moment of it. It makes me wanna dance in the mirror, drinking a bottle of champagne, wearing nothing but a prom dress.
This track is pure soul. From the haunting piano rift to Kendrick's emotional delivery to BJ's powerhouse vocals. It's for real people. People who got rent due and no groceries. This track can save a life.
This song is instant happy. The reggae beat is topped with insightful lyrics delivered effortlessly by Uchis. The song's most notable line "One door open when another door close," was so comforting when I felt unsure about the direction my life was going. Nothing more important than knowing who you are and what you want.
Anderson Paak and I got very acquainted this year through his mixtape Venice. He quickly became my fave. His music is cinematic, and as a visionary thats heaven. I found this song in the fourth quarter, and it was a perfect manifestation.