I love hip hop and I love working out to it – the Hip Hop Ride at Boom! Cycle is my favourite spin class ever – so I was super-hyped to get working on this week’s playlist. About 40% of my iPod is hip hop so I had a lot of material to chose from, anticipating the classics from other Playlisters I decided to pick three maybe lesser-known tracks from artists that deserve extra exposure.
Artist: DJ Format ft. Abdominal
Title: Participation Prerequisite
Side Note: There aren’t enough words to express how much I love DJ Format, especially when he collaborates with Abdominal. This track has a great beat for pacing coupled with brilliantly witty lyrics about over-zealous fans. Also worth checking out right now Vicious Battle Raps.
Quotable: Or suppose you take your girl to the ballet, afterwards you slip on tights and bust a jeté?
Artist: K Koke ft. Rita Ora
Title: Lay Down Your Weapons
Side Note: K Koke is from my hometown! (well, fifteen minutes away) and he’s going to be huuuuge this year. Love this collaboration with the beautiful Rita Ora.
Quotable: You think this life looks fun well look a little closer
Something To Consider
Artist: MC Solaar
Title: Nouveau Western
Side Note: I’m a big fan of French hip hop and although I’ve recced him before, I’ve got to share MC Solaar again. I picked this relaxed, funky track because it’s great for cooling down and because it samples Bonnie and Clyde by French legend Serge Gainsbourg.
Quotable: Parfois la vie ressemble à une balle perdue
(Sometimes life is like a stray bullet)