Picks of the Week 16S.4
Dartbeat asks a group of musically inclined students to recommend their favorite song picks of the week. We then share a few of those tracks. Enjoy!
“Wait” by Royce 5’9”
Parker Richards: I’m no big fan of hip hop, but I am a fan of this track. Royce 5’9” (formerly Royce da 5’9”) is one of those comparatively little known rappers who has been mainly associated with a more famous act — in his case, Eminem — but that doesn’t mean his solo work isn’t worthy of attention. “Wait” is almost notable for its operatic bursts of female vocalization underneath Royce 5’9”’s own vocals, but the contrast is what makes the piece. “It’s my time now,” he sings — and maybe with this song, it will be his time to outshine his old collaborators.
“24/7” by Kehlani
Lucy Tantum: Stressed about midterms? Summer plans? Life in general? Don't worry – just listen to this brand new single for some encouragement. The idea that "it's okay to not be okay," as Kehlani sings in the opening line, is a reminder that there's nothing wrong with feeling imperfect or unhappy at times. The song's uplifting beat and encouraging lyrics will brighten these gray, rainy days.
"Coffee" by Sylvan Esso
Katie Hake: Though I have somehow managed to switch coffee for tea at the moment, I will still always be drawn to a song that appreciates one of the greatest beverages ever invented. The laid-back electronic vibes of Sylvan Esso telling us all to "get up, get down" are perfect for the rainy weather we've been having, but they’re also upbeat enough to hint at sunshine to come (please, Hanover?). Even if it's crunch time, the electropop beat will keep you going – just like that warm cup of coffee.