Music Monday, 8/1: Nas, Fantasia, Lupe Fiasco, and Empress Of.

Music Monday, 8/1: Nas, Fantasia, Lupe Fiasco, and Empress Of.

This week’s playlist reaches back to the funk and disco roots of modern music, then slingshots into the present with modern R&B and hip-hop. Starting with the bombastic “For The Love of Money” by The Ojays, the iconic bass line takes us into “Across 110th Street,” in which Bobby Womack sings about a woman doing anything to stay alive. From there, The Ebonys bounce us into early Erykah Badu and further into the present with brand new tracks from Nas (with Erykah Badu), Michael Kiwanuka, Fantasia, Lupe Fiasco, Mac Miller with Anderson Paak, Empress Of and Jidenna.

Lilith Ai covers Queen Latifah’s Black feminist anthem, “U.N.I.T.Y.” in an intimate video. Ai simply raps one of her favorite songs while playing her guitar, showing the world that simplicity is sometimes the best approach to a cover.

Jidenna reps Wondaland in a video with gorgeous Caribbean vibes. This man is one of the most impeccably dressed musicians of any genre, as proven by his ability to wear slim-fitting cropped pants. The tune’s not particularly complex, but it’s a fun, sexy summer banger that should be appreciated as such.

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