Hey music lovers!
We’re hitting you with another installment of Mixx 4 Ya Mind — our collaboration with Generation Mastermind. This month’s playlist “Eclectic Soul” features a collection of our favorite neo-soul songs. Often times we hear people say “if it doesn’t sound like 90s R&B then I don’t want it”. Well with origins dating back to the early 90s, we understand exactly what they mean.
Neosoul defines a pivotal moment in music history. The genre combined the sounds of R&B, jazz, and hip hop creating a powerful combo of conscious lyrics and soulful melodies. With the male saturated hip hop scene dominating at that time, neosoul presented a softer appeal. Due to this women tended to gravitate more towards it using it as a platform to express themselves in a similar sentiment.
Now most of the artists that we selected will come as no surprise (as I’m sure they are your favorites too), but don’t fret — we got some newcomers you should get familiar with as well.
This month’s GM x VC playlist is titled “Carnival Killer”. The team curated a compilation of songs, in celebration of Caribbean carnival in Toronto, Antigua and Barbados. For our fellow New Yorkers, let’s not forget Labor day (carnival NY style) is right around the corner! We have to celebrate that too! If you have not experienced carnival before then I’m sure you’re suffering from major FOMO right now! Carnival season is the best time of the year. People from all over the world gather to celebrate Caribbean culture by dressing up in festive garb while dancing all over the streets for the ultimate turn up!
There are various musical genres in the Caribbean which include, reggae, calypso, salsa, bachata and merengue but if you ask us, Soca is the soul of the Caribbean. It plays a major role in depicting the lives, history and culture of the islands. The vibrations from the beats and rhythm of the steel drums will have you dancing all night long. Just think of it as Red Bull for your ears...
Soca has the ability to uplift people and get them through tough times so if you are having a rough week or just need a pick me up — Listen to this playlist! Trust us you will be whining in your seat but don’t worry, nobody has to know!
Summer is officially here!
Views From The Chixx & Generation Mastermind teamed up for a 2nd installment of their monthly playlist. This month’s playlist, “Planes & Trains,” is geared toward the wanderer in all of us. We flipped the script and asked Andrew Amaechi of GM to create a playlist inspired by his recent travels. During his visit to Houston, he embraced his African roots and new a liking to Afro beats star Davido. Then he hit up Cali and found out all about Sativa and no we are not talking about the drug. Instead, this beautifully melodic song by Jhene Aiko let him experience a different kind of high. Once he took off from the west Coast, he set his sights on the Caribbean. In the DR he found himself immersed in island heat dancing to Look Alive by Blockboy JB featuring Drake.
By introducing you to the rawest forms of hip hop with a hint of West African peppa, Andrew allows listeners to broaden their musical palette. This playlist will take you on a journey of recurring themes that include traveling, good times, and romance. Plus, a few existing summer banger for those who plan to be “Boo’d Up” or find themselves asking “What Would Meek Do?’ Get ready for some fun in the sun and check out the full playlist below:
Generation Mastermind is an organization that connects, educates, and inspires today's dreamers and tomorrow's leaders by curating creative content and events for professionals, entrepreneurs and creatives. To help with this mission, we have enlisted Views from the Chixx, a podcast dedicated to speaking on all things music. This collaboration includes a bi-weekly playlist that will help anyone groove through their life effortlessly. These songs will become the soundtrack to your week. You can listen during your commute, at work, or even at the gym. Each mix will be themed, so every week will bring something new to your library. From chill playlists that will soothe your soul, to trap bangers when you need to turn up, we got it all. So sit back, relax and take in the good vibes as you join us on our musical journey.
Right now, the world is honoring the ladies who have made our lives better through women’s history month. To celebrate the women in music, the chixx curated a playlist featuring their favorite female MC’s. It’s no secret hip hop is a male dominated genre, unforgiving to those who don’t watch their step. But don’t get it twisted, the ladies have matched up to and even exceeded the success of their male counterparts, all while adding a crucial voice to hip hop music. Many female rhymers have broken chart records, sold out arenas, and attracted crossover appeal with their hypnotic hooks and unmatchable bars. Plus, when they come together to collaborate, they shatter any male competitor. Is that a world tour or your girl’s tour? Come listen to female artists that changed the game and those who are next up ‘cause this week’s playlist features female rappers from past, present, and future. Take a listen. You may find a new rapper to add to your current rotation.
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What They Said...
It's so irritating, because male rappers don't have to have a look. A guy can look like a bum on the street, but as a male, people will accept him because he's a rapper. But females, they expect you to have a big booty. They expect you to walk in six-inch heels.
If a n**** got girls then he considered the pro / But if a girl got n****s then she considered the hoe / And if a white person hang around blacks he a wigga / And if a black person hang around whites he a n****
- Ms. Jade
Guys pit female rappers against each other because female rappers - if you haven't noticed of late - are a lot more interesting than guys. - Angel Haze