Kris' G.O.O.D. Summer Playlist 2019

By the time you read this summer 2019 will be a not so distant memory of mixed bag weather, fluctuating temperatures, and a fascination with Dildo. The kids, college, university students and teachers are back in school and it seems like everyone is adjusting to a new routine and shortening daylight. Summer 2019 wasn’t perfect but as with any summer before it, the music was certainly one of the highlights.

You might remember that we launched The Racket on September 1, 2018 with a retrospective of some of the season’s sounds. Seven songs that summed up summer 2018 (at least in my opinion) in the vein of Kanye West’s Wyoming releases that dated back to late spring of that year. So why not do it again?

  1. Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber- I Don’t Care

“I’m at a party I don’t wanna be at,- lyrics haven’t spoken to me so much since Alessia Cara crooned “Excuse me if I seem a little unimpressed with this/An anti-social pessimist,” on 2015’s “Here”. (I swear I’m fun at a party once I get over my initial social awkwardness). I’m not the biggest fan of either artist here but do enjoy their music and “I Don’t Care” was the perfect summer pop song with a really fun video to boot.

2. Megan Thee Stallion- Hot Girl Summer (feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign)

The term “Hot Girl Summer” was viral this year and I didn’t know much about it or Megan Thee Stallion, the girl who coined it but once August rolled around that all changed. An Instagram Live session allegedly lead to this collaboration between a hip-hop up and comer and the Queen of rap. Throw in Ty Dolla $ign’s smooth vocals and you have a dance floor ready summer jam.

3. Lizzo- Truth Hurts

A song that was released in 2017 dominated summer 2019. I think there is a little bit of Lizzo in everyone; which might explain why I found this song stuck in my head even when I had gone a period without hearing it!

4. Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello- Señorita

I say that Shawn Mendes literally appeals to every demographic and he certainly appeals to Ms. Cabello in this song and video (and maybe in real life…not sure I buy their ship or not). This song is so sultry and summery and utilizes a clever innuendo with the word “come” which certainly appeals to the immature teenager inside me. (Useless information time, if that immature teenager ran The Racket and this was a summer 2003 playlist, another “Señorita” would be on this list, this one by Justin Timberlake).

5. Beyoncé, SAINt JHN & Wizkid- BROWN SKIN GIRL (feat. Blue Ivy Carter)

Summer movie releases are another season highlight for me but it feels like blockbusters are being scattered throughout the year now, and I have to admit that I have yet to see the new version of The Lion King. I have certainly downloaded and listened to Queen Bey’s companion album The Lion King: The Gift throughout summer 2019 however. One of the highlights is “BROWN SKIN GIRL” a song that sounds like it could be the lullaby companion to “Formation”. It feels to sumemry to me too and reminds me a bit of Janet Jackson’s “Someone To Call My Lover” but instead of a memorable America sample, we have Bey’s daughter Blue Ivy Carter singing and slaying.

6. Missy Elliott- Throw It Back

MISSY IS BACK!!!! She also proves that she can still make some of the coolest music videos. “Throw It Back” sounds classic and fresh at the same time and there are girls using the rapper’s braids as jump ropes in the video! COME ON!?!?! Check out her new EP Iconology (though drop a full album of bangers plz) as well as her 2019 VMA performance.

7. Lil Nas X- Old Town Road (Remix) [feat. Billy Ray Cyrus, Young Thug & Mason Ramsey]

I never anticipated this song would represent my summer when I first heard it back in April or so. I HATED it. The amount of hate I had for the song was balanced out by my seven year old niece who loves this thing and was determined to get me on board. She played it every time she saw me, had a cool dance memorized and even peppered my homemade birthday card with references to the song. She wore me down with the help of Young Thug and this remix. Then I read about the drama surrounding the song and how country wouldn’t play it, which brought Billy Ray Cyrus on board and the idea of what makes a genre really intrigued me. So now here we are. I like it.

There you have it! A playlist celebrating Summer 2019 and one year of The Racket! Hope for many more to come!