Luke Wagner’s Picks:
- It Ain’t Hard to Tell – Nas
My favorite song off of Nas’ best album and maybe the best rap album of all time. This is a great song to get started with if you are new to rap.
- U Don’t Know – Jay-Z
Great beat, great vocals, and great storytelling in this song from Jay-Z’s Blueprint, which is my favorite of his albums.
- Potholderz (ft. Count Bass D) – MF DOOM
MF DOOM, who recently passed, has some classic albums from the 2000s, and this is my favorite off his 2004 album Mm..Food. The feature is also a great addition.
- Can I Kick It – A Tribe Called Quest
I know, this song is basic. But it’s great and gets me boppin’ my head every time I listen to it. If you haven’t heard of this song, it’s a must-listen.
- Duel of the Iron Mic – GZA
Great flow to this song. It does start off a little slow, but I really like the sample at the start.
- She – Green Day
When I was little my dad gave me a MP3 player and one of the only albums on it was Green Day’s (best) album Dookie. It’s hard to choose, but “She” is my favorite song off the album.
- Duvet – bôa
I have no idea when I first heard this song but it’s a banger. It’s definitely an odd song but I love it.
- Rhinestone Cowboy – MF DOOM
MF DOOM passed away last October. His songs are filled to the brim with complicated rhymes, and this is my favorite song off of one of his best albums.
- Tommy’s Party – Peach Pit
Peach Pit has this super chill vibe to their music, they are the type of band where I can just play a random song and my mood will automatically be improved. Also, their guitarist has a cool mustache.
- Ocean Avenue – Yellowcard
This is a super corny 90’s punk rock song, but it’s catchy. This is the title track of their 2003 album which contains some other great songs.