ELITE URBANITE’S WORKOUT PLAYLIST

ELITE URBANITE’S WORKOUT PLAYLIST

I know… I know… working out is probably the last thing you want to hear about. But with the holidays coming up, AND coronavirus still going on, it’s important to not pack on too many pounds. Regardless of losing weight (that’s truly up to you and your preference, nobody’s here to judge ya!) working out is always a good mood booster!

When I workout, I love to feel like I’m at a party. Check out my workout playlist below!

ELITE URBANITE’S SPOOKY PLAYLIST

ELITE URBANITE’S SPOOKY PLAYLIST

IT’S ALMOST THAT TIME!!! I have ALWAYS loved Halloween. I’m not even that big of a candy person, I love it purely for the campy-ness and fun nature of the holiday. I must say, I certainly did not think I would still be inside for Halloween, but here we are. Nevertheless, it’s important to make the best of it.

I will be having my family over to celebrate the best day of the year. I’m going to make some sweet treats and have my movie marathon prepared, my personal choice is “The Shining”. However, we can’t have a party without good music! So I’ve curated my own little ~spooky~ playlist to enhance the festivities, check it out below!

Amoeba Music

Amoeba Music

I finally went to Amoeba music after wanting to go for months. I originally posted this in May of 2019, now just over a year later this location has been shut down. It’s so disappointing that the asshole in charge doesn’t care about small businesses whatsoever. I recall an outlandish statement he made at the beginning of this quarantine, he (I don’t even want to give 45 the decency of calling him a “he”, rather than an “it”) said that places will open back up, but they might be owned by someone else. How disgusting… these people have built their businesses from the ground up, even went into debt, and were forced to shut down due to YOUR bullshit. Easily one of the most elitist and pretentious comments I’ve heard (and that says a LOT)! Yes, I know they simply moved locations, but the Sunset Boulevard store was so iconic and really meant so much to people who have spent their whole lives in LA or even music heads who stopped by while in town. Read below about my (what would technically be my last) experience going to Amoeba Music on Sunset Boulevard! 

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Yes, I know I’m late to the party but I’m glad I finally went! Amoeba Music is a record store located on Sunset Boulevard. There are many other Amoeba locations around California, but the original location opened up in 1990, on Telegraph Avenue up in Berkeley, California. I happened to go on “Star Wars” Day, so all of the Star Wars items were on sale! I got myself a poster of the Japanese release of A New Hope (*update, this is currently hanging in my apartment!), and for my brothers birthday I got him an ASAP Rocky candle (like a spoof of those tacky Jesus candles), and a box set collectors item of The Big Lebowski (because I am THE best sister).

There is SUCH an extensive collection of vintage music, movies, posters, and art from all different genres and decades. I wasn’t even sure where to begin! It was also quite nostalgic to be in there because I remember actually buying CD’s to put in my boombox and disc-man. My mom also felt nostalgic when she saw 8-track records and Vinyl’s that my grandma used to play around the house. I was able to find a few cool items, but I felt as though there was so much to discover. Though this iconic location has permanently closed it’s doors, I’m excited to check out the new spot on Hollywood Boulevard, opening in Fall 2020! 

Time Out, Vibe Out

TIME OUT, VIBE OUT

We’re in month a trillion of quarantine, and somehow the world is still getting crazier and crazier everyday. Often times, music helps me disconnect from the world. When the world feels like it’s too much, sometimes you just need to give yourself a time out, and vibe out.

Turn off your phone, stop reading the news, and vibe out to my playlist below!

Ladies Only

LADIES ONLY

Cardi B’s new single featuring Megan Thee Stallion has really shaken up the world! Plenty of women are seeing it as empowering and relieving to hear women talk about what they want in the bedroom. On the other hand, conservatives are trying to get the song banned. I saw a post on instagram that said “If your p**sy is dry just say that”, and I mean seriously… what is the big deal? People like this want to act like their so innocent but then are into dressing like furries, bdsm, or some bizarre sh*t like that. Even men are complaining about the raunchiness of the song, meanwhile they’re on tinder looking for girls with W.A.P.’s.

SO in the spirit of all the hoopla, I made this playlist full of some of the raunchiest songs made by the best female rappers in the past, present, and future. LADIES… put on this playlist and let your freak flag fly, because if the men can do it, why can’t we?! Check it out below!

SOUNDS OF SUMMER

SOUNDS OF SUMMER

In my 25 years of life, summer has always been an important time for my family. There are so many birthdays and holidays between May and August that we end up having BBQ’s every other weekend. Everyone knows the most important part of a black BBQ (besides the potato salad) is… THE MUSIC! Somehow, I am always appointed as the DJ. So being that we weren’t able to get together in person, I took song requests via text!

Kick your feet up (like my fabulous Grammy in that photo above), and check out my “Sounds of Summer” playlist below!

(FYI, it’s a long playlist… the Rooney/Johnson clan goes hard!!!)

Side bar… I need to know why and how my grandma still looks like that 25 years later and why I’ve aged about 15 years in quarantine. *sigh*

BLACK IS KING

BLACK IS KING

I am still blown away by Beyonce’s visual album, BLACK IS KING, on Disney Plus. If you haven’t watched it yet… stop what you’re doing and go watch it right now!

Beyonce never misses (obviously, she is perfection). The mixture of stunning visuals, upbeat music, and celebration of black culture makes for an overall powerful experience that everyone should be a part of.

BLACK IS KING is Beyonce’s retelling of the film, The Lion King, from the point of view of a young black boy. She previously released an album when the live action movie came out in 2019, but decided to bless us with the deluxe version. I really love how Beyonce mixed elements of afrobeat into this album. A few of my favorites are Find Your Way Back, Ja Ara E, Already, My Power, Mood 4 Eva and Nile. I also thought it was great to see Beyonce to acknowledge black artists from different regions such as Burna Boy, WizKid, Shatta Wale, Oumou Sangare, Moonchild Sanelly, and Yemi Alade. You can listen to the whole album below!

Not only was the music fantastic, but so were the visuals! The film was filled with bright colors, stunning symmetry, and plenty of homages to black history. At one point Beyonce was literally swimming with synchronized swimmers, came up from the water and was STILL FLAWLESS. HOW??? (I even wrote in my notes “how do you come up from the water and still look good???”). I’ve included some of my favorite visuals below as well.

We also got to see several special appearances from Kelly Rowland, Pharrell, Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyongo. We even get to see Jay-Z, Miss Tina, Blue Ivy, Rumi, and Sir who she actually dedicated the film to!

My favorite part of the film was the constant gems that were dropped. A few that really stuck out to me were; “step into your essence”, “we were beauty before they knew what beauty was”, and lastly “something about walking in the room with your head high and not disrespecting your crown by bowing your neck”. It’s SO important for black people to hear these affirmations, because we are constantly being torn down. With everything going on in the world it was really uplifting to see black culture be shown in such an artistic and appreciative way.

GO WATCH BLACK IS KING ASAP!