4) Matt Nathanson

“Earthquake Weather

From album Last of the Great Pretenders (Vanguard)

Genre: Pop / Rock

“Earthquake Weather” finds Matt Nathanson doing what he does best – writing and singing a song! On this particular tune, Nathason claims that “…it feels like summer / but it’s earthquake weather…” It may feel ‘rocky’ since he’s thinking about this girl he’s apparently wronged (and ain’t nothing worse than a woman scorned!), but for us, well, it’s another great ‘summer’ jam. #DontBeADBag

5) Jay-Z featuring Frank Ocean


From album Magna Carta…Holy Grail (Roc Nation)

Genre: Rap

Being frank, Jay-Z’s latest album Magna Carta…Holy Grail wasn’t his most ‘triumphant’ affair.  Even so, “Oceans” featuring Frank Ocean is a standout moment.  Frank delivers a wordy, but alluring hook dabbling in racism (slavery) and socioeconomic status:

“I see elephant tusk on the boar of a sailing lady / docked on the Ivory Coast / Mercedes in a row winding down the road / I hope my black skin don’t dirt this white tuxedo / before the Basquiat show and if so / well fuck it, fuck it / Because this water drown my family / this water mixed my blood / this water tells my story / this water knows it all / go ahead and spill some champagne in the water / go ahead and watch the sun blaze / on the waves of the ocean”.

Jay-Z steps up as well, specifically lyric “…Only Christopher we acknowledge is Wallace / I don’t even like Washingtons in my pocket / Black card go hard when I’m shopping…”  #RealTalk

6) Avenged Sevenfold

Hail to the King

Single (Warner Bros.)

Genre: Rock / Metal

Pretty simple lyrics (“Hail to the king / hail to the one / kneel to the crown /  stand in the sun / hail to the king” ), assertive vocals,  jagged sounding guitars, and a stomping drum groove.  What more is there to say? Don’t we all love a good metal song? I’m rocking out and hailing to the king! #MetalJam

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