Supported by the USC Provost Collaboration Fund
PLAYLIST by RAP FACULTY:
“This is America” by Childish Gambino
The amazing inter-mingling of different rhythms, the lyrics are genius, and of course the video.
“I Am Not My Hair” by India.Arie
This wonderful song rejects external simplistic judgements about women and asserts self definition and self determination in a playful yet profound manner.
“The Ballot or the Bullet (Malcom X) by Wolfy Funk Project and “Niger Delta Blues” by BANTU, Tony Allen
“Natural Women” by Aretha Franklin
She is ill you know, and just watched her Kennedy Center performance, super moving.
“What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye
remains a signature for me as I try to make my way through the contentious and conflicted days of our lives.
“We Beg Your Pardon” by Gil Scott-Heron
“Mo Money Mo Problems” by The Notorious B.I.G.
“Caroline” by MC Solaar
“Vocab! p (Prélude)” by Hocus Pocus
“Free Your Mind Radio Advert” and “Cosmic Slop” by Funkadelic
“Mes 2 amours” by MC Jean Gab
“Après l’automne” by Kalash
The Line – D’Angelo
Sometimes, we need a mantra through dark times so we can see them as the incubators of change they are; D’Angelo provides that in “The Line.”
Tryin’ Times – Dwight Trible
Trible tells it like it is with winks and right-time groans; he is a jewel in LA and his songs soar with melancholic resonance and soulful optimism.
A Place Where Love Is – Andy Bey
Bey’s voice is a stand-alone, and his song makes you believe not only in love, but your capacity to actualize it at a time when sincerity matters and can even change some things.
“Fuck tha Police” by N.W.A.
Ice Cube’s profane and unvarnished critique of the police is still powerful today.
“Feeling Good” by Nina Simone
“Birds flying high, you know how I feel…” This is a song about connectivity to the earth and feeling hopeful. Nothing compares to the power and emotion in Simone’s voice.
“Only the Broken-Hearted” by Twin Shadow
“I like to imagine that he’s singing to the city of Los Angeles”
Tints – Anderson .Paak (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
local artist, Paak’s back story, old school rhythms + Kendrick!