DJ Spotlight: Natalie Reneau ’15

By C. F. Collison

Name: Natalie Reneau
Show Title: Hell’s Baguette, Mondays 8-10PM
Hometown: Great Falls, VA
Major: English Major, Latin@ Studies Concentrator, Studio Art Minor

CC: First off, what are the titular “Hell’s Baguettes”?

NR: First off, it’s “Hell’s Baguette”. Last semester, when I DJed with Emma Specter ’15 and Rebecca Saltzman ’15, it was “Hell’s Baguettes” – plural. Now that it’s just me, I’ve switched it back to the singular. I’ve never told anyone what Hell’s Baguette means, but I’ll tell you this – it’s something between a moniker and a mantra

Was the split with Saltzman and Specter amicable?

We’re all feeling pretty neutral about it, but at an earlier point, no, it was was not amicable.

In all seriousness, Rebecca and Emma have seminar on our traditional Monday slot. I’ve had a fun time going solo this semester.

(Ed: Asked for a comment later, Specter said: “I forgot that this is a real show now and not Emma’s trash time”.)

You pick a new theme for your show every week. How do you determine your track listing?

I was a little better at making themes earlier on in the semester, but what I’ve been doing is structuring my themes (both musically and artistically) off of impressions of a figure and a color. So one of my first shows was based on Virginia Woolf and the color light blue. And another of my shows was Medusa-themed – I really just played songs about snakes, but I like Medusa because she’s one of the most misunderstood woman in Greek mythology.

How is that?

The myth of Perseus and Medusa tells us that Perseus, the valiant hero, uses the mirrored shield of Athena to slay the great evil that was Medusa. However, that’s not the full story. Medusa was actually a handmaiden of Athena, who was faithfully worshipping in Athena’s temple one day when Poseidon unexpectedly comes in and sexually assaults her. Athena is so upset that her temple has been defiled that she ends up blaming Medusa for the crime she suffered. Athena banishes Medusa to an island and turns her into a gorgon, forced to lead a life where men constantly come and try to murder her because her head can be used as a destructive weapon (her stare turns people to stone).

Wow, I didn’t know that!

The cool thing that happens when Medusa dies, however, is that Pegasus springs out of her neck when she is beheaded. All the really terrible stuff aside, that’s so sick.

I love your art that you put up for each of your shows with the musicians that you’re playing. I noticed that you also only post the artists, not the track listing.

I like doing that because it gives listeners a rough impression of what I’m playing on the show. I also make sure to post it before the show begins as a way to catch peoples interests in the hopes that they’ll tune in.

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You usually play a healthy mix of classic and contemporary artists. What informs your taste and what do you look for in new musicians? I notice you play a lot of 4AD.

Honestly, I don’t like talking that much about music – but I really like listening to it! I think my taste was built off of a lot of the music I started to listen to at the end of high school. I’m not compelled to have an encyclopedic knowledge about music – I like to keep my music close in a sense that I look for new music that builds off of the sounds and styles that I particularly enjoy.

Who do you think is being slept on right now?

Tinashe. She’s starting to get hype, she’s on the radio, but she needs it immediately – she’s so good. Love her. Have you listened to Pretend?

No, but I love “2 On”.

Listen to it!!

You’re a senior now – what’s your favorite music-related memory from your time at Kenyon? It’s okay if it wasn’t at the radio.

It’s actually from the radio! My freshman year at Brett Miller ’15’s radio show – she was assigned to do an 80’s themed program that a bunch of Kenyon alums were going to tune into. I had so much fun playing tunes with Brett and my other friends Emma, Simon, Anna, and Kat. We also broke a WKCO record of listeners – I think we had over 50 people tuning in!

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That’s so tight. Last but not least, a fun fact about yourself.

Oh… Now that I’m thinking about freshman year, my fun fact back then during orientation was that one time I touched Buzz Aldrin, the famous astronaut and the second man to set foot on the moon. I thought it was hilarious and “quirky”, but I told everyone that it made me one step closer to the moon. Looking back on it, I cringe.

Tune into “Hell’s Baguette” on Mondays from 8 PM to 10 PM for Natalie’s show!

Music on the Hill

by Adelaide Sandvold ’18

Each week we ask people at Kenyon what they’re listening to at the moment. Check it out!

Henry Uhrik ’18

Right now I’m listening to “Danse Macabre” by Camille Saint-Saëns and “A Night on Bald Mountain” [by Modest Mussorgsky]. They’re great Halloween songs. “Danse Macabre,” I believe, is based off a poem about a day in the year when the skeletons and zombies rise from the dead and they dance and then they go back to sleep. The other one is just a great classical piece.

These past few days I’ve been listening to a lot of Turtle Island String Quartet; particularly “Julie-O.” It’s a cello piece and it’s just really fun and poppin’!

 

Ellie Manos ’18

I found “The Way Things Go” by Mikal Cronin on the Ty Segall Pandora station, so it’s kind of in the surf rock family and it has this raw, gritty sound. I like it a lot.

“Baby Blue” by King Krule is very slow and mellow and weirdly jazzy. [It's] a great song to kick back to.

“Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl” by Wet is really sad. It’s just a female vocalist with ambient noises in the background—it’s not very instrumental or anything—but it’s just a very melancholy song. It just has really good vibes.

A Band that Changed the World- The Rolling Stones

by Meg Sklut ’18

Oh, the hair! The makeup! The bodysuits!

In my opinion, no band in the history of music has ever exuded so much sex appeal and “coolness” as The Rolling Stones. Unlike a lot of kids, I was raised listening to The Stones instead of to The Beatles. Of course, The Beatles are fantastic and the whole rivalry between The Stones and The Beatles is trivial; both bands were and are groundbreaking in their own, very unique ways. However, The Rolling Stones have been ingrained in my blood since birth and I am oh so grateful for this. (Also, thanks Dad for bringing me up to believe Keith Richards is actually to coolest person to ever live.)

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Brian Jones (left to right). Image from Laweekly.

The 1960s marked a pivotal period in American social change, with the Civil Rights and the Women’s Rights movements, and the government’s involvement in Vietnam. What emerged from this time of change were different kinds of movies, fashions, and of course, music. Americans became drawn to The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, who led what is known as the “British Invasion,” which also included The Kinks, The Who, and The Animals. Whereas The Beatles appealed to a younger mainstream audience, The Rolling Stones made waves with a more rowdy and more controversial crowd. Their music was influenced by the rhythm and blues sound predominant in African American culture. Their iconic guitar riffs, lyrics criticizing society, and wild performances led the free love and drug movement and helped people gain the confidence to finally ask for change.

Richards, looking like a rock god. Image from Esquire.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Brian Jones were the original founders of The Stones. However, Jones’s life began to spiral down due to drugs, and he died while swimming at age 27 in 1969. In one of the most iconic concerts of all time, The Rolling Stones performed at Hyde Park in Jones’s memory, two days after his death. This was the first concert featuring Mick Taylor, who stayed with the band until 1974. After 1974, Ronnie Wood joined and has stayed with The Stones ever since.

(This video also features one of Mick Jagger’s most iconic outfits of all time.)

The Stones have produced a multitude of critically acclaimed albums, including Aftermath (1966), Let it Bleed (1969), Beggar’s Banquet (1968), Sticky Fingers (1971), and Exile on Main Street (1972). A majority of the group’s songs, especially a majority of the most famous ones, are written by Jagger and Richards (who are sometimes called “The Glimmer Twins,” which is the best description I’ve EVER heard). Their songs’ intelligent and deep lyrics and melodies are what makes The Stones so unique.

Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman. Image from Alldylan.

Here are some of my favorite songs:

“Moonlight Mile” (1971)

Considered one of the most underrated Rolling Stones ballads, “Moonlight Mile” has always stood out to me. It has a gentler ambiance compared to most Stones songs. Jagger sings of “the sound of strangers sending nothing to my mind, just another mad mad day on the road.” The addition of Paul Buckmaster’s string arrangement makes “Moonlight Mile” a dramatic exposure of the Stones’ soft side.

“Paint It, Black” (1967)

This song, which I first listened to in fifth grade, began my love for The Rolling Stones. The comma in the title makes the whole song THAT much more dramatic. “Paint It, Black” was the first number one single in both the U.K. and the U.S. to feature a sitar. The sitar adds an even creepier vibe that complements the darkness of the song.

“Sympathy for the Devil” (1968)

When discussing Paradise Lost by John Milton in my AP English class, my teacher began our discussion by turning off all the lights and playing “Sympathy for the Devil.” We went on to analyze the lyrics, and my entire interpretation of both the song and The Rolling Stones changed. Not only is this song masterfully arranged, featuring a samba rhythm, but it is also an intelligent criticism of society’s fear.

“Mother’s Little Helper” (1966)

“Brown Sugar”

“Shine a Light”

“Gimme Shelter”

Here are more songs you should listen to:

“Tumbling Dice,” “Rocks Off,” “Ruby Tuesday,”  “Play with Fire,” and “Undercover of the Night.”

Spooktober Soundtracks, Vol. 2 – Italian Horror a.k.a. Giallo

by Gavin Mead ’15

In the lead-up to Halloween, Spooktober Soundtracks will be a weekly feature exploring the strange, exciting world of original horror movie scores.

gavin movieMention the word “Giallo” to almost any self-identified “horror nerd,” and you will likely get the same frenzied, reverent reaction one would get by mentioning, say, Krautrock to a disciple of experimental rock. Giallo film, or Italian mystery/horror from the 1970s, is canonized in much the same way, with interest in this very weird and very influential genre often serving as a marker of status for this very particular fandom. It is typically the curious fan’s first venture into a more outré foreign genre, a reaction to what was going on in the U.S. and the U.K. at the time, with instantly identifiable trademarks.

Far from being a more academic take on Hollywood horror films, however, the source of delight in Giallo for horror fans is the genre’s inherent “trashyness.” The movies of Dario Argento, Mario Bava, and Lucio Fulci, among many others who were operating throughout the 70s, ooze with sex and violence, captured by cinematography almost comic in its overkill, yet remarkable for its undeniable beauty. These directors, inspired as much by American exploitation films as big budget horrors like Rosemary’s Baby, took things to a new extreme, filming death scenes with a typically very Italian tendency towards the operatic, bathing their sets in deep and highly contrasted colors.

Just as over-the-top music accompanied these visuals. Composers for Giallo films drew inspiration from almost every conceivable direction – lounge jazz, blaxploitation funk, British progressive rock, and atonal contemporary music, among countless other styles. The drive to match the directorial visions of this new wave of Italian filmmakers inspired established composers such as Ennio Morricone to make some of the strangest and most unsettling music of their careers and drove groups of middling King Crimson wannabes into creating terrifying and wholly singular pieces of music.

Here are some of my personal favorite Giallo soundtracks:

Goblin – Suspiria (1977)

Goblin’s soundtrack to Dario Argento’s masterpiece is probably the best known soundtrack of any Giallo film. The group took their progressive rock influences and pushed them somewhere much weirder and overblown. The sheer amount of noise going on at any second in this soundtrack is almost absurd. Breathy whispers, blood-curdling shrieks, folk guitars, pseudo-gamelan percussion, and modular synth tones sound as if they’re bubbling up from Hell. Even better is when the band breaks completely away from attempts at mood-building and launches into scuzzed-out funk jams, sounding equal-parts Isaac Hayes and Mahavishnu Orchestra. It’s almost impossible to choose a representative track from Suspiria, but the main theme has achieved near-iconic status in certain circles of horror fandom.

Ennio Morricone – A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1971)

By this time, Ennio Morricone already had a number of classic scores to his name, having already defined the sound of Spaghetti Westerns though his work on Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy. Only a few years later, he was yet again helping to shape the sonic qualities of another Italian film genre. In soundtracking Lucio Fulci’s erotic thriller, Morricone took his already impossibly cool sound and simply darkened it up, embellishing his trademark psychedelic guitar lines and sleazy lounge music with heaps of dissonance. Jazz workouts suddenly get cut right through the middle by thoroughly scary prepared piano twinklings. Slow ballads devolve into experiments in atonal orchestral composition. Like the film itself, the score merges sexiness and depravity to a singularly trippy effect.

Fabio Frizzi – Zombi 2 (1979)

Despite Lucio Fulci’s Zombi 2 appearing as somewhat of a total rip-off of George A. Romero’s Living Dead series, it distinguishes itself by being unapologetic in its determination to be gorey trash. The colorful and undeniably skillful gore is pushed in the viewer’s face throughout. Frizzi’s score is skillful because it acts as a counterweight to all the mayhem, creeping onto the scene as the zombies rise from the ground, then kicking into gear at exactly the right time. It is interesting to note just how similar it sounds to the soundtrack of John Carpenter, who would experience his breakthrough in the very same year with Halloween, and was undoubtedly inspired by Giallo films, visually and musically.

DJ Spotlight: Bailey Luke ’17

by Mihika Kohli ’17

Name: Bailey Luke ’17

Show: “Morning Pretentions” on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Hometown: Denver, Colorado

Major: Art History and Russian Area Studies

It’s your second year having a radio show. What brought you back?

“I think it’s fun that they give you so much freedom at WKCO. I have some friends who have radio shows at other schools and they say it’s very restrictive so it’s nice that I can come in and play what I think people want to hear but also what I’ve been really into at the time. I like that it changes up things from what you hear on the radio. Plus when you listen to other people’s radio shows, you can see a lot about them reflected through the songs they play. Like, ‘Oh, this person likes this? That makes a lot of sense.'”

Do you have a particular theme for the show?

“Part of it is … what I’m feeling and what puts me in a good mood  but it’s also new stuff that isn’t necessarily easy to find that I find through my procrastination. It’s things that would be a little more difficult to find but [are] really interesting.”

Aside from your radio show, what else are you involved with on campus?

“I’m an SMA so I’m involved in that pretty heavily. I also am in two a capella groups so that takes up a lot of my time.”

Last year you were in Ransom Notes. What specifically made you want to join Owl Creeks?

“I really liked the vibe they have. I think they’re very talented people but they also have such good humility. They approach the music because they love it, you know? I also think there’s a lot to be said for an all girls group.”

If you’re making your ultimate playlist, give me six songs you can’t leave off.

“My music taste changes a lot but right now:

Sad 2 – Frankie Cosmos

These Days – Nico

Unlucky Skin – Shakey Graves

Turns Turns Turns – Majical Cloudz

17 – Youth Lagoon

Roll Together – The Antlers.”

Finally, what’s a fun fact about yourself?

“I think ice cream is the best food on the planet. It can be probably the best training food but also food for the soul. I don’t believe it’s unhealthy.”

Tune into “Morning Pretentions” on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. for Bailey’s show! If you happen to miss it, her playlists from the show are available through her Spotify.

Horn Spotlight: Alex G / All Dogs

by Jack Washburn ’16

Philly’s Alex G has been quietly uploading home-recorded gems onto Bandcamp since 2010, but only recently – with his brand new record, DSU – has he begun to receive the attention he deserves. His deeply unique sound occupies a space somewhere between the gentle abstraction of a dream and that ensuing sharp twinge of complete and sober lucidity. He records on his own but tours with a full band, lending these songs a satisfying punch.

All Dogs is a killer power pop / pop punk band out of our very own Columbus, Ohio. The members have a couple of EPs up on Bandcamp and some really great new stuff in the works. Musically, they hit that sweet spot between the crunchy, guitar-driven energy of Swearin’ and melodies that truly soar and ache in the vein of 90’s power pop bands like the Lemonheads.

Below are some of my favorite tracks from each artist, but you really can’t go wrong with either. I picked a few more from Alex G because he has a much larger body of work. These two bands make for a slightly odd pairing, to be sure, but I’m really happy they were able to come out for the same date. Be sure to stop by the show on Friday night! Kenyon’s own SPORTS is kickin’ things off.

ALL DOGS

 

 

ALEX G

 

 

 

 

DJ Spotlight: Meera White ’18

by Carolyn Ten-Eyck ’18

Name: Meera White ’18

Show: “The Stranger the Better” on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Major: Undecided

Where did the show title come from?

“Well Hozier just came out with a new album titled Hozier and it’s great. You can stream the whole thing on iTunes for free. I’ve listened to the whole album like 10 times, maybe, in three days. There’s this one song called ‘Someone New’ [and] it’s amazing. It had [a] cello in it and I admire cello. There’s this part at the end that gets more intense and he keeps repeating this line … ‘the stranger the better.’ In the song he’s talking about how he falls in love with people all the time, so when he says ‘stranger’ he means both people he doesn’t know but also weird and unique people. I thought that fit my show because, you know, new people listen to the songs but the songs are also pretty weird.”

How did you get involved with WKCO?

“Well I saw the signs about being a radio DJ and it sort of became a joke among my friends, like ‘Oh, Meera will be a DJ, she likes to talk a lot, she’s really annoying, let’s put her on the air!’ I sort of didn’t want to do it, but I had a friend who kept pushing me to go to the meeting [for becoming a DJ]. On the day of the meeting, she made me get dressed and walked me there. I really didn’t want to go [laughs]. But as things went on, I was like ‘This was a good decision.’ And it’s really thanks to my friends. If it weren’t for them, I’d never do stuff.”

You play a lot of alternative and indie music on your show. Have you always listened to those genres?

“I guess you could [say] my musical coming of age was in middle school. There’s this artist Mika who makes weird pop and I started listening to him. That was the first time I realized that I liked indie pop, [that] I liked alternative music. And then the Ting Tings came out with an album and I was like ‘Whoa, this is what I’m about.’ In high school, it [went] kind of downhill from there [with] Vampire Weekend [and] Ed Sheeran, and then it went back up because I wanted to find artists that everyone doesn’t know. I’ve been really invested in artists who started on YouTube and are making it big now.”

Do you have a favorite playlist so far? Any particular songs?

“The one I did this past Saturday was pretty great. Sometimes you make a playlist and then you get to the studio and not want to play any of the songs, but this Saturday was really good. I played some songs that are sort of staples of my music taste: some Two Door Cinema Club, Lorde, The Front Bottoms – I love them so much. Ben Howard released a new album so I played some of his stuff. I’ve been rediscovering Grizzly Bear, [and] I played one of their songs.”

Do your playlists have specific themes or structures?

“It’s just whatever I’m currently listening to. The way I make my playlists is I just think of artists randomly and write them down on sticky notes everywhere. Then on Friday I collect my sticky notes and make a playlist on iTunes. Really it’s a combination of whatever’s on my Facebook dash, honestly. Because Facebook is the best way to connect with artists, and whenever they post new songs or albums, it’s on my radar. I rely on that a lot to wake up to music I haven’t been listening to for a while. I also bookmark so many songs on YouTube, so sometimes I go through those. I also get suggestions from friends. My friend suggested a Fleet Foxes song, which is a band I don’t normally listen to, but I ended up playing it and liking it a lot.”

What is your favorite favor of doughnut?

“My favorite is Krispy Kreme apple-filled doughnuts. It’s like a holiday thing, so it has apple pieces and cinnamon flavor on the inside, and apple drizzle on the outside. It’s like limited edition. They stopped selling them in Atlanta a year ago. [It was the] worst day of my life when I found out. It’s so good!”

Note: White brought doughnuts to the interview and it was amazing. 

Playlist: Road Trippin’

by Maddie Farr ’18

I’m obsessed with the feelings of a road trip. I think there is something so freeing and also somehow lonely about driving for hours through the heart of nowhere, about never seeing a sidewalk, about empty gas stations and winding conversation. As the winter approaches we’ll burrow into Gambier, I’m sure, but for now this playlist can remind you what it’s like to be on the road.

1. Drivin’ on 9 – The Breeders

This is my favorite Breeders song, partly because it’s so different from everything else on Last Splash. I love the silence behind Kim Deal’s voice in the beginning — I feel like I should be holding my breath.

 

2. All I Want – Joni Mitchell

This Joni song just feels like a rambling road; with each dip and soar of her voice we turn another quiet corner. I like to think of Joni writing this song while actually “on a lonely road … traveling, traveling, traveling,” guitar out and wind in her hair in the backseat of some car, on some road.

 

3. Till’ The Road Runs Out – The Honeybuckets

The Honeybuckets is a sweet Cleveland-based band that you should totally check out. I have a lot of memories of driving through Ohio listening to this album, especially this song.

 

4. Never Going Back Again – Fleetwood Mac

This is just a very solid Fleetwood Mac song. I truly believe that this playlist (read: any playlist) would be incomplete without a Fleetwood Mac song.

 

5. Coast to Coast – Waxahatchee

It has been almost a year since I was first introduced to Waxahatchee and I still play her on loop. Everything she does is golden, and “Coast to Coast” is no exception. This is ideal listening material if you are driving from one coast to another.

 

6. Dreams – The Cranberries

Never has there been a song more exciting than “Dreams.” It is the perfect musical translation of what it means to be beginning; it is both grand and small, like the world and our part in it, like the highway and a car. Also, trying to yodel like Dolores O’Riordan is a great way to pass the time on a road trip.

 

7. Montezuma – Fleet Foxes

This song is like a mountain. It’s very sprawling and yet specific and tragic, which are the feelings I associate with being on an open road.

 

8. When I’m With You – Best Coast

I adore Crazy For You by Best Coast, because I love albums that tell stories. This is a song about being alone in the middle of the vast world with one person, and about feeling isolated in a really wonderful way.

At the Movies: Trainspotting (1996)

by Meg Sklut ’18

Trainspotting, directed by Danny Boyle, is an incredible film featuring an eclectic, remarkable soundtrack. According to Peter Travers from Rolling Stone, it is “a singular sensation, a visionary knockout spiked with insight, wild invention and outrageous wit.” The film follows Scottish heroin junkies living lives of dirt, spontaneity, and sex in the late 80s. The characters have an intense desire for pleasure, which they receive through a spike of a needle. The soundtrack, which mirrors both the ecstasy of drugs and the withdrawal and pain of drugs, is rich with 80s techno and synthpop, in addition to oldies tunes and less contemporary punk music. Here are some songs that truly represent Trainspotting’s glory as a film:

Lust for Life – Iggy Pop

Right from the start, Trainspotting examines how much one can truly experience life while under the influence of heroin. “Lust for Life,” the very first song of the film, relates to this message and opens the film with a bang. The opening drumbeat especially creates an exciting intensity. While this relentless drumbeat plays, the main character Renton (played by Ewan McGregor in one of his first major film roles) runs from the police, and his voiceover explains all the things he should have chosen instead of heroin. “Lust for Life” both agrees with Renton and contradicts the choices Renton makes.

Atomic – Blondie

As Renton looks for love at a club, Blondie’s hit “Atomic” plays. The song combines different genres, including disco and new wave rock. It exudes lust and temptation and echoes the grimy club scene of the late 80s.

Perfect Day – Lou Reed

Lou Reed’s romantic “Perfect Day” is allegedly about his relationship with heroin, a claim furthered in Trainspotting. The film takes many songs and inverts the meaning, so as “Perfect Day” plays, a character overdoses. This contradiction exposes the irony of pairing happy terms with drug usage and explores how drug usage can be inverted.

Born Slippy – Underworld

By British electronica group Underworld, “Born Slippy” finishes the film in a similar way to how it started. The song starts off a little slowly, but soon the rhythm increases, and it ends the film in an upbeat way. Renton narrates over the quick beat of the song and the audience becomes aware of the cyclical nature of the film.

Playlist: Songs That Made Me

by Tess Dugan-Knight ’18

Over reading days I joined the Outdoors Club on a hiking trip in Virginia. The seven-hour drive flew by due to the stunning scenery and some great burned CDs. Those CDs, containing classic, influential songs for our generation (and other generations), inspired this playlist. I tried to get a little bit of everything in here: hip hop, rock, reggae, blues, and soul.

Reptilia – The Stokes

I might be an absolute failure at playing Guitar Hero and Rock Band but I still love attempting to keep up with this indie rock classic. Also Nick Valenski preforms an incredible guitar solo in this song.

(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding

Otis Redding is one of the most famous soul and blue artists, and “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” can be considered his most iconic song. But if you’re in the mood for something more upbeat check out “Happy Song.”

I Shot the Sheriff – Bob Marley

I think a little reggae is entirely necessary to this playlist. While Eric Clapton may have helped make this song huge, no one can do it quite like Bob Marley.

Juicy – The Notorious B.I.G.

This song opened my eyes to the world of hip-hop and allowed Biggie to become the legend he is today. In the track, Biggie uses his quintessential wit and rhythm to explain the transformation fame brought to his life.

Blackbird – The Beatles

The Beatles need a place on here somewhere. While the options of which song to choose were almost unlimited, I chose Blackbird because of its beautiful simplicity; the only elements are Paul McCartney’s vocals and a guitar.

California Love – Tupac

Dr. Dre and Tupac rap praises of Cali in this upbeat classic. It might not be one of Tupac’s most insightful songs, but who can blame him for using a catchy tune to celebrate his release from jail?