Late Nights, Early Mornings Playlist

1. Lights On - H.E.R | This mysterious artist recently dropped her second album. I really loved her first album and this album is more of the same sultry and sexy songs against hot beats. From the first play, I was feeling this song and this is why it's my number 1 on this week's playlist.

Ain’t see this side of me
Fluent in the sheets
Can you read in between me?
I ain’t a stranger to the foreplay
So we can skip the wordplay

2. Grey - Letoya Luckett (feat. Ludacris) | I love me some Letoya Luckett.  She is underrated but has a beautiful voice and I've been feeling this album for a minute. I also like 'In the Name' but I digress. This song has a dope beat and an even hotter message. So many times folks, "settle" for subpar when it comes to their relationship and the message of this song is so simple, "know what you want" and let that be your guide.

And as much as I wanna hold on, I know if we stay here,
I’ll never see my fairy tale, I’ll just be another nightingale
If you never plan on setting sail, then why keep me here?
There’s no way we can stay in the grey
We don’t have to fall in love
If that ain’t what you want, oh
But it’s not okay for us to play in the grey
We don’t have to fall in love
But I know what I want..

3. Feels - Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Big Sean | I was going to put another Calvin Harris' song on the list, Slide, but one of my friends put me on to this one, and I love it so much more. I was always a big Neptunes and Pharrell fan. Love this collabo, the beat is catchy and the chorus definitely had me nodding upon first listen. Plus once again, the vibe captures "summer bunny" vibes perfectly.  You know how it is when you "catch feelings" for someone. Don't be scurred!

Do you mind if I steal a kiss?
A little souvenir, can I steal it from you?
To memorize the way you shock me
The way you move it here
Just wanna feel it from you

4. The Story of OJ - Jay-Z | EXPLICIT LYRIC WARNING | Well I just love me some Jay-Z. Not sure if it's a New York thing or an admiration for a truly dope success story. Either way, as we all know by now, Jay-Z is dropping grown man knowledge and epic wordplays on this entire album. I mentioned this piece about OJ feeling he superseded race in my essay in that amazing documentary. In this song, Jay is waxing poetic about the importance of financial freedom in the Black community. Remember some these same principles were discussed in my last interview and I think it's phenomenal that he's rapping about it and not encouraging folks to buy ridiculous things they really can't afford. Lastly, he sampled Nina Simone's Four Women, which has a special place in my heart due to three of my college friends acting it out in our college room one day. For enlightenment this summer, the entire Jay-Z album but give a real good listen to this song:)

Take your drug money and buy the neighborhood
That’s how you rinse it”
I bought every V12 engine
Wish I could take it back to the beginnin’
I coulda bought a place in Dumbo before it was Dumbo
For like two million
That same building today is worth twenty-five million
Guess how I’m feelin’? Dumbo

 

 

5. Summer Bummer Lana Del Ray ft. A$AP Rocky, Playboi Carti  | EXPLICIT LYRIC WARNING | I've always like Lana Del Ray's voice. It's sort of reminds me of Lina and this song is definitely one of those more edgy summer love songs, hence the name. It's easy listening.

I got a feeling in my bones
swimmin’ in my safe
Can’t get you out of my veins
You can’t escape my affection
Wrap you up in my daisy chains

6. Playa No Mo - Lina | This is a super old song but since Lana Del Ray reminded of her, I had to throw this on the list. I just love her voice and old school, old Hollywood vibe. The mix in this song was and has always been underrated.  Also, when this came out, I was very single and I guess the lyrics resonated with a few of my "situationships". 

Got my own loot got my own rolla buy my own clothes
Rock my own ice got my wrist froze don’t need yours but, I got yours

Drop me a line and let me know if you are feeling any of these and/or what you feel should be shared on the next list. It really makes my day to hear from you.

Stay chill!

xo,


Photography by Kait Ebinger