From 2006 to 2010, before preparing for another year of high school, those interested in playing football in the Fall found themselves at the ever-so-fun (sarcasm) two-a-day camp. For the work we put in while in 90 degree weather, it felt more torturous than fun on some days. But, if the memories of being a skinny quarterback getting banged up twice-a-day have faded, there’s one thing for sure that I could never forget: I remember every Friday morning, as we warmed up for the first practice, our Head Varsity Football Coach would walk onto the field and say, “It’s Friiiiday, best day of the week. It’s a great day to be alive!” Well guys, it’s Friday and there’s no doubt it is a great day to be alive, but it’s also time to have some fun.
So, while you’re at work or mapping out your weekend with the homies, I took the liberty of providing some songs that’ll get you going and eager to hit the dance floor. Let’s get into it, shall we?
Antidote: Travi$ Scott
Houston native and one of Kanye West’s standout proteges,Travi$ Scott has been on quite a run since the surprise release of Days Before Rodeo in 2014. If you’ve kept an eye on Travi$, there’s two highlights:
1.) His debut album Rodeo is highly-anticipated (rumor is it will drop sooner than later)
2.) Attending a Travi$ Scott show is an experience you just can’t miss. Honestly, he may not be your dream selection to place in a Hip-Hop cypher, but his energy is one thing that can’t be matched.
His latest release, “Antidote,” is exactly what you need to get hype for an extreme weekend. So don’t you open up that window!
Dance On Me: GoldLink
Oh, you expected this to be one of those bass-bumping, trunk-rattling kind of musical selections? Get some variety in your life.GoldLink‘s rise from ‘just another DMV rapper’ to XXL Freshman has been an incredible moment to witness. His bouncy, groovy effort The God Complex skyrocketed his status as an MC and everyone is taking notice, even the legendary Rick Rubin. Just completing his first headlining tour a few weeks ago, fans are now anticipating more music.
His one and only solo release of 2015 so far, “Dance On Me,” has that trademark bounce for you and your friends to vibe to on the way to the party.
Downtown: Sunny & Gabe
Sunny Gicz and Gabe Niles are an interesting combination to the say the least. I witnessed the greatness of these two at Broccoli City Fest in DC in April and must let it be known that they’re pretty impressive. Also, jamming out with Mr. Cha Cha (D.R.A.M) himself was awesome as well. Hailing from Virginia, their sound is free-flowing and fun; don’t be hesitant to dance when this duo is playing through the speakers.
I’d advise you to press play on this one and get loose! I know it’s been a long week.
Rock The Boat: D.K. The Punisher
Gotta hold it down for the hometown one time!D.K. The Punisher is certainly a talent to watch as he’s worked with the likes of Justin Bieber, Dom Kennedy, Jill Scott, and many more. Humble guy who truly cares about creating the best production and making sure the crowd is rocking when he has a DJ set. A true lover of music and his skills will grow further, so if you’re not aware of D.K. The Punisher, here’s your introduction.
His three-track Float EP meshes his production with possibly a few of your favorite songs. This one just so happens to stand out the most.
March Madness: Future
Future Hendrix. Future Vandross. Whatever you want to call him, Future is arguably the hottest rapper in the streets right now. After releasing three well-praised mixtapes, he’s ready to drop a new album for the fans with Dirty Sprite 2. I, for one, am not fully into the Future Hive wave that’s been happening on Twitter, but there’s no denying that this record is a sure fire hit. Depending on the success of DS2, the Atlanta MC’s career may take off into another stratosphere if the Future lovers aren’t feeling let down with this new body of work.
A personal favorite and a song that’ll get you in the right mood for the club, “March Madness,” is necessary after a stressful work week.
Hopefully, these five songs will steer you towards an epic weekend and plenty of unforgettable moments. Enjoy!