So your sitting doing some homework, or going on a walk, or you need something to listen to on a road trip. Here’s your perfect RnB playlist, for just chillinggggg!
Let’s start with…
(WARNING: some derogatory language used in a few on these songs. Younger viewers are advised to listen to the cleaner versions.)
Worst Luck - 6LACK
This song is about a man (probably 6LACK) who doesn’t feel happy with who he is, and he’s very self-criticizing and doesn’t believe he deserves much. In the song, he’s convincing his love that she’d be better off without him. In a broader meaning I think this song is indeed sad, with it’s smoother slow beat. It kinda shows the inside of the mind of someone who self loathes. It’s more like a bit of a piano ballad. It makes you feel a little melancholy and to be honest, it’s one of the songs where you have your earbuds in your ears and you’re in the car looking out the window imagining a music video.
HiiiJack - SZA
HiiiJack is also a song about a kind of broken love, but when describing it she compares it more to war. This song isn’t as sad, it’s more like tough love. This song is a little more fast paced and it’s definitely a chill type of song; Something you would listen to by the pool.
Black Spiderman - LOGIC
This song is more about empowerment, during it LOGIC raps about people just being themselves and being proud of who they are. How race, religion, sexual orientation, color, and creed shouldn’t separate because it all comes back to the fact that we’re all human. LOGIC says “This song is the celebration of unity and a world built upon division. People say things like I don’t see color, I just see people. To which I retourt you should see color, you should see a black man, a white woman, a brown little girl or any other color of the rainbow.” Stated by Genius Lyrics
It’s also a fast paced jazzy song, all I know is it’ll definitely get you dancing.
Blind Man - Xavier Omar
Xavier talks in ‘Blind Man’ about a person's inner being, meant more to him than their outer being. One of the lines says “You're so beautiful, girl a blind man could love you”. Now this is yet another slower song, it also kinda makes you wish you had a relationship.. Or maybe that’s just me.
Frustrated - R.LUM.R
In “Frustrated” R.LUM.R says it’s basically like a “letter to himself” talking about how he needed to take in charge of his future instead of letting every little thing stop him from pursuing music. More specifically in this, he talks about a woman being the person holding him back. He says “You give me your kaleidoscope in monochrome so unlike the way you color me at home” (as recorded by Genius Lyrics). I think it means, she keeps making this picture of him and her at home together and it frustrated him, and kept him at home. First off R.LUM.R sounds just like Jamal from Empire if you know who that is, he’s amazing. This song over have a chill beat and a nice vibe.
Slide - Calvin Harris
So you may know this song very well, in fact in fairly sure it’s played on the radio a few times. I’m guessing you like the song because of it’s catchy tune but what’s behind the lyrics? For the very first line Frank Ocean sings “I might, empty my bank account, and buy that boy with a pipe, I might I might”. That line refers to a painting named ‘Garcon a la pipe’ By Pablo Picasso created in 1905. This painting was one of the highest prices ever for a painting, costing at a staggering $104.2 million since May 4, 2004. The reason it’s mentioned in the song is because, the song talks about finally getting accustomed to the rich life after everything he’d been through. How hard he had to work to get there.
So there you have it, 6 songs you should definitely consider adding to your playlist!
Story by Trinity Barnwell-Thomas