The Healer Hip Hop Playlist February 2019

Oprah, Kamala, Ava, Tarana and Lena Serena, Viola, Opal, Patrisse and Alicia You and me, are the chosen, right now, this is our moment We are a people of motion Our love’s gonna change the world India. Arie

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Welcome to A Month full of reminiscence

February has more celebrations than December: In Hip Hop, we celebrate Black History Month, Dilla Month and Valentine’s Day.

Black History Month

February is African History month and just in time, India. Arie published her latest album “Worthy” with a beautiful ode to African-American heroes:

The full album will be released on February 15 and if you can’t wait for more of India. Arie – like me! – go check out her Podcast Songversation where she talks in detail about her songs, new and old. I love it and it has inspired me to start a Songversation Podcast Series with Tansy Davis from Episode 2 of The Healer Hip Hop Podcast soon!

Dilla Month

February is also Dilla Month, celebrating the Life & Achievements of a Detroit Legend who was born on February 7.

J Dilla has produced a lot of the songs of the artists I listen(ed) to, such as Busta Rhymes, The Pharcyde, Erykah Badu, Common, De La Soul, Guru, Slum Village and many more. 

My favorite track of his is and has always been The last donut of the night, so you’ll find that on the Playlist.

Valentine’s Day

Lastly, the thing we celebrate in February that I care about least is Valentine’s Day. André 3000 best describes my feeling towards this day, so that one HAD to be on this month’s playlist 😀

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#19: Small Literature

#19: Small Literature

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Lafayette Lewis goes by the producer name Small Literature. I first got in touch with him through IG and he made a The Healer Hip Hop remix for me which I was supposed to play in this epsiode. But I ended up choosing a song from his latest album instead.

That album – Kind of you – is dedicated to his sister who passed away last year around the same time I received my gift to second chance at life. That’s why I feel a special connection to him and his music about her. I dedicate this episode to his sister.

From Hip Hop to Rock and back

Small Literature is from St. Petersburg, Florida, so he grew up predominantly around Southern Hip Hop Rappers such as  Mystikal, Master P, T.I. etc.

Starting High School, he also came in touch with Rock Music, e.g. Fall Out Boy, Creed, but also classics like Led Zeppelin and the Pixies. From there he transitioned to discovering all types of music across all genres and eras.

The name Small Literature was originally meant for a band, but it ended up becoming his producer name. 

Your music should reflect your personality

Producing came natural to him, because he had always been passionate about listening to every detail of music. Some of his favorite producers are Madlib, J Dilla, The Alchemist and Oddisee.

He puts out a lot of music (just look at his IG) because he has found a formula that makes him able to produce a beat quickly. Also, he found that in the 60’s bands used to put out 5 to 6 albums a year. To Lafayette  it’s not just about creating the perfect album, but also documenting the journey of the creative process to that perfect album. 

Favorite Music

Lastly, Lafayette is my go to person for musical inspiration – new and old! On each of my playlists there is at least one song or artist that I got to know through him. His favorite artists at the moment are Black Milk, The Alchemist and Tokimonsta:

There is a right way to use music. It’s all about what’s in you. What you are willing to give on a positive end. People can feel that. In the South they have Soul Food. You can tell when it’s made with the heart and soul. The good in Hip Hop is always made with a heart and soul.

Small Literature

on how Hip Hop can be a Healer

In the future, he plans to have artists sing to his beats, so feel free to contact him through his Bandcamp or IG!

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The Healer Hip Hop Playlist August 2018

 

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This month’s playlist is all about my upcoming Kidney Transplant Surgery. Of course, I’m a bit “Nervous”, I will feal “Reborn”, I try to be “Fearless” and have “No Worries”. Depending on how I’ll feel I’ll soon be back here for you and The Healer Hip Hop.

You can follow my journey on my blog Needanukidney (only in German at the moment until I get back with hopefully way more energy). Also, any prayers, good wishes, health tips, music tips are much appreciated! 

 

 

Until then enjoy some sweet summer music – I added some nice African music I heard on my son’s father African Summer Grill Party and you should have seen me in the car acting all Spice Adams when the songs played ;-)))

 

Unfortunately, my favorite song, Salone Party, isn’t on Apple Music nor Spotify, so here you go:
Here are the links to this month’s Playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

 

Until soon,

xxx, Ana

Ayo – Fearless

Kid Cudi – Reborn

Nas – Everything

Etta Bond – Let me hit it