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Had an awesome time interviewing Josef (A.KA- Yung Sapa) and his boys Billy (@prodby6illy) and Hazy (@hzy.music) about:

-How they got into music

-The challenges that up and coming artists face today

-And much much MUCH more

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Songs from Tik Tok You Should Actually Be Listening To

By: Emily Beatty Instagram: @emilyhbeatty Twitter: @emilyhbeatty

Tik Tok has become a cultural phenomenon for our generation. Everyone from ages 5 to 35 has seen a Tik Tok within the last 6 months, whether it was on the app’s ‘For You’ page, trending on Twitter, or on your favorite meme page’s Instagram. This addictive app is the best thing since Vine, and you cannot change my fucking mind. I get that a ton of the sounds and dances are super cringe-worthy, but there are songs that are actually stupid good. These are my top 10 Tik Tok trend songs that you should actually be listening to.

For the full playlist, click here!

Track 1: SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK by Joji

I believe I was introduced to Joji at some point last spring, and his album BALLADS 1 is one of my favorite albums from this past year. This song fucking s l a p s. It’s an older Tik Tok trend, but this song was used as a sound for the Circle Challenge, where Tik Tok-ers would spin in a circle on the ground without using their arms or legs. This trend was stupid, mainly because I still don’t know how they did it. The song though? Still amazing, and still one of my favorites from this past year.

https://vm.tiktok.com/H5Gyax/

Track 2: Chanel by Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean is a God and a musical genius, and the fact that he is dropping new music right now? I’m literally praying that he releases a new album before the year is over. “Chanel” was a single Ocean dropped back in 2017, not long after Blonde, which was only his second album. On Tik Tok, Ocean’s track is usually seen paired with “American Boy” and is either a dance or a glow-up of some sort. It’s also used in the “Choose Your Player” format. I love the song so so much, but honestly sometimes when I listen I genuinely wish the original had the bass beats that the Tik Tok version does, oops.

https://vm.tiktok.com/H5W7Ys/

Track 3: Buttercup by Jack Stauber

I originally wanted Stauber’s “Coffee” on this list (another popular sound on the app) but it wasn’t available on Spotify so I chose “Buttercup” instead. The sound is still really good, and Stauber creates some very weird YouTube videos, but the sounds he produces with them are actually all great songs. He writes, records and produces all of his own work, and we support small and underground artists on this page. If you are interested in the creepy and weird, and want to check out more of Stauber’s stuff, click here to visit his YouTube page.

https://vm.tiktok.com/Ha6RU3/

Track 4: 20 min – Chopped and Screwed by Lil Uzi Vert, Remixed by DJ Purpberry

Okay, this is an unpopular opinion, but I personally hate Lil Uzi Vert*. I think he’s mediocre at best and completely overrated. However, this remix by DJ Purpberry is really fucking good. It’s a bop and a half, and I love the Tik Toks that come with it because they’re usually really funny. Anyways, I’m not saying Lil Uzi is good (because he’s not), but this song might be an exception.

https://vm.tiktok.com/9cqN14/

Track 5: Sunset Lover by Petit Biscuit

So, this track is mainly a mellow instrumental, but it is most definitely worth a listen. I am a huge fan of deep instruments and bass guitar, and this song has them. The compilation of the bass, the high/distorted simple sounds, and the synth beats is just so chill, and it’s a great lo-fi song to listen to while doing homework or reading. The song is usually used when Tik Tok-ers are bragging about the gorgeous places they live in/have travelled to. I love these videos, I’m a sucker for anything that’s pretty to look at.

https://vm.tiktok.com/9cTV6P/

Track 6: we fell in love in october by girl in red

I loved this song so much it actually made my November 2019 playlist (article coming after Thanksgiving!). girl in red is a band that I have been following since their named popped up in my recommended tracks. They’re super talented, and I really love the indie pop vibe that they’re pulling off. The lyrics for this song are very catchy and the synth is heavy, leaving this song to be a bit more on the Top 40/Pop side, however, the electric bass guitar and easy drums partnered with the raspy singing brings the folk-y tones back out. This song is usually seen in the “POV: you see me at a party and remember why we broke up” Tik Toks, and those never fail to get me to laugh, if I’m being honest.

https://vm.tiktok.com/HaY9Uy/

Track 7: PRIDE. by Kendrick Lamar

This is a song off of one of the best Hip Hop/Rap albums of the past five years. If you read my last article, you know it’s not my genre of choice. I respect the music, and I definitely listen to a decent amount but it’s just not my favorite style. I can’t vibe with it 24/7. However, this song? I’ll listen to it at any given time on any given day. It’s a masterpiece. I honestly feel this way about the whole album. It’s a work of art. The Tik Tok community really only uses the intro to this song (their loss), and the videos themselves are alright. (I couldn’t find a Tik Tok with this sound so pls enjoy this relatable substitute)

https://vm.tiktok.com/9cWp2q/

Track 8: The Less I Know The Better by Tame Impala

I don’t fucking care if you don’t like Indie/Alt. I. Don’t. Fucking. Care. Go and get your AirPods, or your Beats, or your cheap-ass headphones that still have wires, and listen to this song. Tame Impala is a music project produced and performed by psychedelic rock wizard Kevin Parker. He’s a god. All of Tame Impala’s songs are amazing, and you should be listening if you’re not already. As for the Tik Tok side, who gives a fuck, it’s the song that matters.

https://vm.tiktok.com/9cvyT3/

Track 9: I Don’t Want the Juul by DEL

So, this song has a special place in my heart because I actually know the guy who wrote and performed it. His name is Joey and he starred in a show at Suffolk with his band and he is so so talented. He made a Tik Tok with his own song as the sound and it actually popped up on my “For You” page. I was super surprised. Since then, there have been a bunch of people who made their own versions of the video. This song is super funny, very relatable, and overall a really great listen. It’s upbeat but mellow, and has some very dope 80s/90s electro vibes.

https://vm.tiktok.com/HaN7D4/

Track 10: Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by AIIVAWN

This is a remix/remake of a classic song commonly associated with Heath Ledger’s stint in “10 Things I Hate About You” (the most superior chick flick, sorry Notebook fans). This remix is really insane. I’ve listened to it a few times and at this point I really might prefer it to the original. Its mellow beats are such a good replacement for the marching band-style heard in the Frankie Valli version. And the added alto saxophone? It’s a great way to incorporate the original brass and jazz sounds, too. I unfortunately couldn’t find it on Spotify, but I’ll link the YouTube video here for you guys. The Tik Toks seen with this sound are more often than not thirst traps or glo-ups, and I hate them, but the song is good so… oh well!

https://vm.tiktok.com/9ctF7v/

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Editor’s Note: Hate is a strong word Emily- tsk tsk! Otherwise nice list.

NNNN Episode #23 with Yaw Amp

Instagram: @yaw_amp and @veniceworldwide

Soundcloud: Yaw Amp

Always a pleasure having the one and only Yaw Amp (a.k.a- Young Frozone) in studio to talk about:

-His upcoming EP

-His thoughts on hip-hop today

-His biggest influences

-Balancing school and creative endeavors

-What he has learned from last year to this year

and of course…

More.

Citations:

The major that she major in don’t make no money but she won’t drop out her parents will look at her funny”

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“She’s so precious with the peer pressure
Couldn’t afford a car so she named her daughter Alexus”

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Enjoy:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/no-names-no-numbers/id1457394246#episodeGuid=1b2609b7-e3d1-5103-1b5a-2a39fb6499ec

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Does Your Music Suck? Let’s Fix That.

By: Emily Beatty Instagram: @emilyhbeatty Twitter: @emilyhbeatty

Heellllooo No Names No Numbers! Emily here with my very first article 🙂 I’m here to talk to you all about quite a few things, but most importantly about the best thing on the entire planet- music.

Every month I make a playlist with songs that I am loving: brand new music, oldies, and songs that just fit how I’m feeling. I’ve been told by a few people that they really like the music I listen to, so here I am to share it with all of you!

This list is just my top 10 songs from this month, but if you want the full list and to follow along as you read, click here for the playlist.

Track 1: Overthinking IT by Willow

This is one of my favorite songs from this month and it’s one of Willow’s best in my opinion. As one of Jada and Will’s three children, she’s literally bursting with talent. She’s come so far from “Whip My Hair” and honestly, I couldn’t be more thankful. I got into her over the summer with Jaden’s new album ERYS and her own “Wait a Minute!” (which is her most popular song thanks to Tik Tok) and she has been impressing me more and more ever since. The moodiness of her voice and the basslines are absolutely incredible, and her lyrics are just so mature and well written for an 18-year-old. This song is about having anxiety and being in love. Willow is truly just so genuine and talented, she’s a pleasure to listen to.

Track 2: Lost My Mind by FINNEAS

Love. FINNEAS. He is so fucking talented, and is finally breaking out into the spotlight on his own with this EP, titled Blood Harmony, that he dropped earlier this month. As the older brother to Billie Eilish (yes, the Billie Eilish), he’s been hiding in her shadow with his excellent co-writing and background vocals on her tracks. This EP is exactly what I needed. He teased his talents early this summer with “Angel”, and I very literally sobbed, the track hits so close to home. “Lost My Mind” is much more fast-paced, but the lyrics still convey such emotion. His talents are absolutely crazy and this song was the best way for him to showcase them.

Track 3: Alien Boy by Oliver Tree

Alright I’ll say it: I’m an indie/alternative pop kind of girl. I enjoy many many rap and R&B artists, but my heart belongs to underground pop- I’m sorry. That being said, my boyfriend introduced me to this song, and I kind of love it. It’s upbeat and fun, and the lyrics are quirky and the tone is even kind of rhythmic alternative. It’s definitely a good song and I’m excited to see what his upcoming album has to offer.

Track 4: Drunk on Halloween by Wallows

Wallows is 100% my favorite band at the moment. Frontman Dylan Minnette (aka Clay Jensen from Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why) is a fucking talent and a gem. Him and his two other bandmates released an album in March of this past year and I posted all about it on my Instagram. This song is from an older EP, and it was added purely for a festive touch (happy Halloween!). They’re on the brink of pop-rock and indie-alternative, so they fit my niche perfectly. My favorite part of this is easily the higher xylo/piano chords as well as the trumpets towards the end. Wallows uses trumpets and jazzy tones in a lot of their songs, and this sets them apart from the crowd for me. This song is chill and festive, and I love it.

Track 5: Rollin’ Stone by Kyle Lux

This song is just so up my alley. Another “Bedroom Pop” find, it’s amazing. There’s guitar, good bass, a little synth. It’s upbeat and the lyrics are just super catchy. He gave me such a Conan Gray/FINNEAS vibe, and I am here for it.

Track 6: Lonely by Diplo (feat. the Jonas Brothers)

Of course the newest JoBros song is here; they were my first boyband crush and now that they’re back, I am at the very least thrilled. I loved them for years: I had the posters, the CDs, the merch, you name it. This track with good-friend Diplo is catchy and cute, and the music video is to die for. I love the Jonas Brothers, and I am 100% here for anything and everything that they’re doing at the moment.

Track 7: i love you by Billie Eilish

This is by far my most listened to song from this month. I love Billie and I am dying to go see her when she comes to Boston in 2020 (pls vemno me @emilyhbeatty tickets are stupid expensive). This song is one of the slowest and saddest on her debut album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? but it is also one of the most beautiful. I found this song when listening to her album again (I was having an emo moment, what about it?). I got to watching the live performance on SNL that she did with her brother and I just had an existential crisis (SNL Performance). She is one of the most talented people under the age of 20 and I can’t get enough of her music. On top of the songs themselves her music videos are literal works of art and I cannot wait for her career to take off more than it already has.

In conclusion: Billie Eilish is dope and I love her.

Track 8: Trampoline by SHAED (feat. ZAYN)

While the Jonas Brothers were my first boyband crush, One Direction was my biggest. I loved them so much and yes I did cry when Zayn left and they broke up (no shame). I had listened to the original version of this song without Zayn and I really liked it. However, the remix with the former teen heartthrob? A million times better. It’s a mix of R&B and alternative, and it’s definitely one I’ve listened to a lot this month.

Track 9: Slide by H. E. R. and YG

This song is definitely more alternative R&B but H.E.R. is fucking worth it. The beat of this song is simple but effective, and her lyrics are well placed and well-written. She’s a talent I discovered with her performance on the MTV VMAs this summer and I’ve been obsessed since. Though this song doesn’t display them as much as I wished, her vocals are insane: her range is extensive but low, which is unique for a female artist. The feature of YG (who I had never heard) is well placed and is a nice addition, and it really makes this a great song to listen to.

Track 10: Pressure by Grady

So, I stream all of my music on Spotify (sorry but, Apple Music sucks), and I stumbled upon this song in the “Bedroom Pop” playlist, which Spotify fills with Indie, Alternative, R&B and low-key pop vibes. It’s a great playlist for hanging with friends, doing homework, or illegal recreational activities (which is my personal favorite use). I had never heard of Grady; his voice is high but mellow, while the bass and drum beats are quick and easy to listen to. The lyrics are catchy, but more of an underground aesthetic rather than a Top 40 one. If Grady pops up again, I will definitely be listening.

 

If you made it this far, thanks for reading! I love sharing music, so make sure you check out my Instagram @emilyhbeatty to keep up to date with songs I am loving (and have loved in the past, check the music highlight). Many in my monthly playlist will make an appearance on my story, and sometimes there’s a few extras so toss me a follow to get some great new music!

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