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Decoding Jaden Smith: This Week In Music

These are the songs we recommend for your Productivity Playlist, volume nine.

Decoding Jaden Smith: This Week In Music
Jaden Smith wants you to watch him in his new music video “Watch Me” [Director: Shomi Patwary]

Feels like we’re burning out the summer. We just blew past July, and we’re also burned out from a certain music festival that I have mentioned too many times. So with that, let’s just get into volume nine of the Productivity Playlist.

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Track 1. Aminé, featuring Nelly – “Yellow”

This past Friday we saw the drop of Animé’s debut album Good for You. The rapper fell onto our radar after his performance of “Caroline” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which is a must see-and-hear, especially at the 3:14 mark. The hype around his debut album built up even more when he was inducted into XXL‘s 2017 Freshman Class. And leave it to the other e-acute accent aficionado Beyoncé to bring us to peak hype-ness with her highly produced, perfectly looping Instagram video featuring “Caroline.” Aside from Animé’s lead single, I recommend checking out “Yellow”–it’s good for you.

Track 2. Jaden Smith – “Watch Me”

Much like Jaden Smith’s now infamous musings, his music deserves a closer listen. Exhibit A) “Batman”: The song came out with a music video that features Smith in an all white Batman suit roaming around the city of Gotham, California. Very direct visual and lyrics, everything seems pretty basic on the surface–but the sound of the song is a mirror to the trap genre, specifically the song by Drake and Future “Jumpman.” Smith is making himself performance art in trying to point to the sound of music, playing into that idea that nothing is new. Exhibit B) “Watch Me”: Based off of Kanye West’s 2013 track “Black Skinhead,” Smith had made it his own in fresh, new way that’s definitely earned a spot on this list.

Track 3. Evalyn, and Sweater Beats – “Filthy Rich (Remix)”

If you’re a fan of Lana Del Rey, Banks, and Bishop Briggs, then welcome to Evalyn, who describes her sound as soul-pop. A Sweater Beats’ EDM layer elevates Evalyn’s more indie-centric track “Filthy Rich” to a mellow, yet somehow hype, level.

Track 4. snny – “Young Boy”

I don’t normally like to push a track that isn’t too fresh (this one hit streaming services back in May), but this is still a new find for me at least and maybe for you too. “Young Boy” has a solid ’80s R&B meets New Wave sound, topped snny’s smooth vocals. The throwback sound on this track works very nicely in the playlist for this week–and it’s a great segue into the last track coming up.

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Track 5. The War On Drugs – “Pain”

You know that old sound you’re looking for? Well, listen to this! The Philadelphia outfit that goes by the name of The War On Drugs has a new track called “Pain” that encapsulates a very Bob Dylan-esque sound. It’s a very chill and relaxing song to ease into and just the note we need to end off the week’s playlist on.

Check this out: You don’t even need to wait for these posts to go out–you can take the Spotify playlist with you. Remember to always be working smarter, and see you soon.

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Joel is one of the Associate Photo Editors at Fast Company. Also curates the "This Week In Music" recommendation write ups.

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