Elite Urbanite’s X-mas Playlist

ELITE URBANITE’S X-MAS PLAYLIST

Y’all it’s been a tough year… I mean words can’t describe all the stupid shit I’ve been through. IG changed it’s policies making it more difficult for me to build my brand the way I’d like to, I talked to a guy for months, who ended up being a selfish fucking twat, I’ve been out of a job since March like most, but I mean… Christmas is finally here so… yay?

Idk, Halloween is more my jam. I’ve never really been big on Christmas. Not to sound like a freaking Hallmark movie, but I feel like people really miss out on the true meaning of the holiday. People think by getting their “loved ones” a new Bentley Truck or a Birken bag, somehow they’ll forget about all the stupid shit they did the other 364 days of the year. Or people spend a shitload of money on a Peloton or useless Apple products like an iPad that don’t even end up getting used after 3 months.

I love getting people gifts that are actually useful. Like last year, I got my mom a Click and Grow Smart Garden, where she can grow and make her own mint and basil cause she had been talking about how much she wanted to grow her own garden but never had the time. Christmas to me should be a reflection of your observation about the people around you and your capability to understand what they might need at that time or something that would be really meaningful to them. People always think my dad wants some sort of masculine gift like golf balls or cigars, but I know deep down inside he’s just a big kid so I often get him some sort of Star Wars or Superman memorabilia cause I know he’ll really appreciate it.

Now that I sound like the fucking grinch, I guess I should say a few positive things LOL… I do love Christmas music! Not the old funky white man songs or the corny ass Pentatonic songs you hear in Macy’s. I love a good mix of the classics for sentimental reasons, as well as some of the newer Christmas songs that artists of all different genres have created. That being said, take a look at my list of Christmas songs below if you wanna hear some new and exciting Christmas bops!

Different is Better Than Dull

DIFFERENT IS BETTER THAN DULL

All of my life, I’ve never really been able to fit in. Not that I didn’t have friends, I just was never part of a “group”. For starters, I was always one of very few black students from first to twelfth grade. Even then, some of the black students didn’t exactly like the fact that I did not grow up in the same neighborhood as them. On the other hand, the white students (and their nosey parents) couldn’t exactly grasp the fact that I lived in a nice neighborhood, and in some cases even better than that of their own. No one was ever mean to my face, but they did make sure to remind me that I was in fact “different”.

Besides the color of my skin, I also have had different interests than the rest of the girls. I loved playing with Barbies and Bratz dolls, but I also enjoyed riding 4-wheelers and going fishing. All of the girls I knew loved shopping, make-up, and dresses, to this day I still hate all three. The mall is my personal hell, I probably wear make up twice a year, and the pants to dress ratio in my closet is 1,000 to one. I’ve always loved Star Wars, and playing with action figures, and going to see the latest Marvel flicks with my dad and brother. I’m not a girly girl, yet I’m not a “tomboy”. I’ve always had a lot of guy friends, but I’m not necessarily “one of the boys”.

Even my music taste has always been unique. Thanks to my parents, I grew up listening to Prince, The Doobie Brothers, and Miles Davis. But as a product of the 90’s I have a special place in my heart for The Spice Girls, *NSYNC, and Britney Spears. The older I got the more expansive my collection of music was. I began listening to artists of all genres, such as Kanye West, Tyler the Creator, Black Sabbath, Death Grips, Daft Punk, Bjork, The Gorillaz and so many others. Though I listen to a vast majority of music, you probably won’t catch me dead at a Taylor Swift or Ariana Grande concert. Both which are popular among girls my age. That being said, it’s often hard to find someone who listens to, or even enjoys all of the aforementioned artists and genres. My parents are relieved that they no longer have to sit through *NSYNC concerts, but they also are weary that their daughter listens to a group by the name of Death Grips (understandably so).

I always thought badly of myself, because everyone made it seem as though having other interests than the norm was wrong. The older I got I realized just how special it was to be “different”. So many people force themselves to fit into a box just to fit in with everyone else because it’s easier than defending your personal choices. But truthfully, it takes more courage to be unique. It took a while to get here, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m happy to be different, because different is better than being dull.

QUARANTINE PLAYLIST

Believe me, I know first hand how depressing quarantine can be. I live alone and I’m sure my neighbors are concerned how often I talk to my dog. Nevertheless, all we can do is stay hopeful in these crazy times (and of course wear a DAMN MASK — yes, you too Karen!)

What helps me on certain days, is to put on some music and turn up all by myself in my apartment. Check out the below playlist, and sing into your hairbrush like you’re 13 again!