Thinking back, 2005 was a good pretty good year for me. During that year I spent a lot of time listening to music and expressing myself in more artistic ways. One of those ways was writing. Inspired by a high school teacher to dig deep and release my thoughts into a notebook since it was more difficult to open up and share vocally. During those days before writing in a journal/diary entry, most people wrote some unique subheadings. These subheadings often contained songs, weather, mood, etc. after the name of the entry. In flipping through some old notes and entries, I decided to share some of them from that year. This will be a different kind of deep dive into the music that I love. Here’s a look at some of the hot tracks that I loved from 2005.
With Ella Mai gaining so much attention, more international R&B artists are starting to rise here in the states. One particular artist by the name of Nao is beginning to take advantage of the opportunity. Her album Saturn seems to take after SZA’s CTRL by highlighting the secondary coming-of-age that occurs in your late 20s. This alone gives the album an appeal to what most listeners love. Nao is going to do well here as an artist and I’m going to tell you why.
This weekend we took the opportunity to talk to hip-hop artist Da Deputy about his career so far and his new EP Elinor. The project was released on all streaming services last Tuesday (10/23) and has definitely made an impression on me. The first track, ‘To The Fullest’, was probably my favorite track on the EP and made me want to dig into this project and the artist behind it. Here’s the conversation Da Deputy and I had about his latest project and the road to its release. Enjoy.