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It’s Saturday!

Hello fellow Gundam Wing fans! It is Saturday and you know what that means!! Submissions are due by 6:30 tonight! Since I’m on the East Coast I’ll give all you West Coasters until 9:30 EST to get your submissions in! And so far we’ve only had ONE submission! So send’em in! I’ll also be checking through the tags to see what you all have mentioned us in so that it can be added to tomorrow’s post!

-Mod Rane


she’s got a family in carolina
so far away but she says i remind her of home
feeling oh so far from home

she never saw herself as a west coaster
moved out the way cause her grandma told her towns
better swim before you drown

she’s a good girl
she’s such a good girl
she’s a good girl
she feels so good

she’s got a book for every situation
gets into parties without invitations
how could you ever turn her down

there’s not a drink that i think would sink her
how would i tell her that she’s all i think about
but i guess she just found out

she’s a good girl
she’s such a good girl
she’s a good girl
she feels so good

i met her once and wrote a song about her
i wanna scream yeah 
i wanna shout it out 
and i hope she hears me now

[lalalalalalala break]

she’s a good girl
she’s such a good girl
she’s a good girl
she feels so good (x3)
you make me feel so good
she’s a good girl
Meet the college student Harry Styles wrote the song 'Carolina' about

The mystery girl who pop star Harry Styles wrote about in love song ‘Carolina’ is a beautiful 20-year-old college student he met on a blind date, can reveal.

The star was clearly bowled over by pretty brunette Townes Adair Jones who he met in Los Angeles a couple of years ago.

And the One Direction heartthrob decided to include her - and details of their memorable liaison - on his self-titled debut solo album. can reveal that Styles, 23, met Townes through mutual friends of her sister, actress Gilland Jones, while on a break from recording his album.

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Harry Styles Album Review

You guys, I have waited way to long for this album to come out. I’M SHOOK (I might say that a lot), But here is my (honest) opinion on each song and at the end I’ll give my overall opinion on the album.

(These are all just my opinions! We all are all allowed our own)

Here we go…


Meet Me in the Hallway


Such an amazing song and I honestly was shocked he made a song that sounds like that (well actually that goes for all the songs on this album). But I honestly really liked the song. I like the way his voice sounded in the song too. It’s pretty emotional too.

Sign of the times

I mean I’ve heard this song a hundred times and each time it’s a great experience. I love the vocals, and I love the lyrics! Every time I hear it on radio I bump up the volume and just freaking soak in his voice. I think he made a great move choosing it as his first single.

When I hear the song I just feel proud.


I loved it literally right away! IT’S A BOP! Lyrics and vocals 10/10!!!! I was so happy he made a song that sounded like this.

It kinda makes me want to go to the beach and run around in a small faded orange bikini ( I actually am a west coaster ;P)

Two Ghosts

This song got me caught up in my feelings. Lots of emotion in there and it kinda made my heart hurt just a little. Lyrics are great and vocals on point. It kinda sounds like it could’ve been on One Direction’s Made in the AM album, honestly.

“Trying to remember how it feels to have a heart beat” 

Sweet Creature 

It’s so soft and calm and it weirdly feels safe? Like I feel if I’m scared and I listen to the song it’ll make me feel better! Yeah…don’t have much else to say about this one. Obviously his vocals were amazing!

But it’s the song I’ve listened to the least. In my opinion compared to the other songs on this album it’s not as interesting (that doesn’t mean I don’t like it, I do, I really do, but not as much as the rest)

Only Angel 

I thought it was going to be another slow emotional song but then he hit it with the “HEY, HEY” and I was like OH MY GOD YES HARRY. This song helped me start to see the more rock n’ roll side of Mr. Styles. LYRICS KILLED ME!!!! VOCALS KILLED ME!!!! THE GUITAR KILLED ME!!!! THE WHOLE SOND KILLED ME!!! Defiantly one of my favorites!

This is the song I dance around my house to in only underwear.


Fucking definition of rock star!!! Another song that shocked me. 

The weird thing about this song is that it actually made me cry real tears because I didn’t know how much of a true rockstar harry could be. The lyrics make no fucking sense but I loved it!! 

I’m not joking I started crying, then I started rocking out.

Ever Since New York

Its been stuck in my head since SNL…It’s kinda simple are really repetitive and I usually wouldn’t like songs like that but I genuinely am obsessed! I honestly don’t know why, I really love Ever Since New York


HANDS DOWN MY FAVORITE SONG! This song is so full of spunk and sensuality and thats the shit i’ve wanted from Harry since he’s been solo! I’ve been listening to this song non-stop. It has the right amount of vulnerability and sexuality without being raunchy at all! The lyrics are engraved in my head and that FREAKING GUITAR! I could say so much for this song, because I absolutely love it.

It kinda brings out this inner vixen in me (plus it’s a good song to have sex to)

From the Table 

Honest (that word sums it up)

I feel like this song is painfully honest and it makes me actually feel something. You can tell this was written from some sort of experience of his and you have to respect that bravery. I LOVED his voice in this. I want to give him a hug after listening to this! 


Over all the album was a solid for me and really made me see Harry in a different and more mature way, and thats what we needed form him!! 

The lyrics weren’t turn over or made “appropriate”, It was all raw and true and I’m very satisfied. I didn’t want a PG album. I’m proud of Harry and he deserves all success he’s receiving.

I recommend this album to EVERYONE, because I think it has a song in it that everyone, young and old, will love!

Even though I don’t have tickets, seeing how he performs these songs live (through video) will be amazing and I can’t wait to see the kind of energy he has when he performs these songs!

It actually shocked me and It impressed me, and I really can’t wait for his future work. 

Now tell me your opinion!


[Verse 1]
She’s got a family in Carolina
So far away, but she says I remind her of home
Feeling oh so far from home
She never saw herself as a west coaster
Moved all the way cause her grandma told her towns
Better swim before you drown

She’s a good girl
She’s such a good girl
Yeah, she’s a good girl
She feels so good

[Verse 2]
She’s got a book for every situation
Gets into parties without invitations
How could you ever turn her down?
I’ve had a dream that I think I’ve seen her
How would I tell her that she’s all I think about?
Well I guess she just found out

She’s a good girl
She’s such a good girl
Yeah, she’s a good girl
She feels so good

I met her once and wrote a song about her
I wanna scream, yeah
I wanna shout it out
And I hope she hears me now

She’s a good girl
She’s such a good girl
Yeah, she’s a good girl
She feels so good
She feels so good
Oh, she feels so good
Yeah, make me feel so good
She’s a good girl
Oh, yeah

In other words, don’t write ‘California scenes.’ 'California scenes’ are scenes in which two characters who hardly know each other sit down over coffee and immediately begin an intimate discussion of the deep, dark secrets of their lives: ’ Oh I had a rotten childhood. To punish me my mother used to flush my head in the toilet.’ 'Huh! You think you had a bad childhood. To punish me my father put dog shit in my shoes and made me go to school like that.

Unguardedly honest and painful confessions between people who have just met are forced and false. When this is pointed out to writers, they will argue that it actually happens, that people share very personal things with total strangers. And I agree. But only in California. Not in Arizona, New York, London, Paris, or anywhere else in the world.

A certain breed of West Coaster carries around prepared deep dark secrets to share with one another at cocktail parties to validate themselves to one another as authentic Californians - 'centered’ and 'in touch with their inner beings.’ When I’m standing over the tortilla dip at such parties and somebody tells me about dog shit in his Keds as a child, my thought is: 'Wow! If that’s the prepared deep dark secret he tells people over the guacamole, what’s the real stuff?’ For there’s always something else. Whatever is said hides what cannot be said.

—  Robert McKee, Story

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Pairing: Jughead x Reader

Description: Jughead finds inspiration in late-night subway rides.

Warnings: none

Word count: 1,948

A/N: sorry I’ve been gone for so long, this is the last queued part! I’ll be back next week and start adding more people onto the taglist. until then, enjoy!

Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah

The first time Jughead and (Y/N) rode the subway, it was their first Saturday together in New York. After their first week of their internship, they were tired but still eager.  They wanted to do something for their first day off.

“We could visit the Empire State Building?” (Y/N) offered as she sat on the couch in Jughead’s hotel room.

He shrugged.  “I guess, if you want to do something basic and touristy.”

“Well do you have any better ideas?” she countered, raising an eyebrow.

“No,” Jughead sighed.

“Then let’s go to the Empire State Building,” she repeated her suggestion.

“It’s a far walk though,” he said.  “It’ll take us so long to get there.”

“We’ll take the subway, dumbass,” (Y/N) laughed, standing up from her chair.  When Jughead didn’t reply, she laughed again.  “That’s right, you’re from that small town.  Rivertales, or whatever it was.”

“Riverdale,” he corrected.

“Yeah, right,” she approached Jughead and grabbed his hands.  “Now I, too, come from a place where we don’t have subways, but I’ve heard about them.  Have you never seen a movie that takes place in New York City?”

“Sure, of course I have.”

“There’s always a subway scene,” she explained, leading him out the door.  “Now this is ours.”

She’s got a family in Carolina
So far away, but she says I remind her of home
Feeling oh so far from home
She never saw herself as a west coaster
Moved all the way cause her grandma told her
“Townes, better swim before you drown”

“It’s so busy here,” Jughead complained as he and (Y/N) stood in the subway station, awaiting their train.

“It’s Saturday morning, Jughead,” (Y/N) rolled her eyes, “what do you expect?”

“I expect everyone else to walk because it’s nice outside.”

“Okay well many people, like us, need to go places that are too far to walk.”  (Y/N) shook her head, but Jughead could hear the smile in her voice.

Finally, their train arrived, and they boarded.  Once the train took off, (Y/N)’s face split into a giant grin.

“Enjoying yourself there?” Jughead asked, smirking at her gleeful appearance.

She took no notice to any sarcasm in his voice and just grinned even wider.  “I fucking love subways!” she exclaimed, spinning as she held onto the pole.

Jughead shook his head, trying to shake the smile off of his face.  “That makes one of us,” he grumbled, attempting to look as malcontented as possible.  

(Y/N) shoved his shoulder. “Stop acting like such a grump,” she reprimanded him.  “I know you like this.”

Jughead did not like subways: the experience was horrible.  The station was crowded, the train was packed, and the speaker was nearly impossible to understand.  He would never admit it, but the only reason he was enjoying his subway ride was because of the girl riding next to him, grinning wider than the Cheshire cat.

She’s a good girl
She’s such a good girl
Yeah, she’s a good girl
She feels so good

The second time they rode the subway, it was the same day they rode it for the first time.  It was after dark, and if it wasn’t for the city lights, Jughead and (Y/N) wouldn’t have been able to see two steps in front of them.  After they visited the Empire State Building, they decided to stay in that area of the city and have dinner and dessert there.  They ended up wandering even further away from their hotel, so Jughead knew they’d have to take the subway back.

“Come on, Jug, it’s not that bad,” (Y/N) encouraged him as they descended the stairs, entering the subway station.  “It’ll be better now that it’s nighttime.”

“We could get mugged down here,” Jughead stated monotonously.

(Y/N) rolled her eyes and lightly shoved him.  “We won’t get mugged,” she assured him.

The station was a lot emptier than it had been in the afternoon.  (Y/N) shot Jughead an I-told-you-so look which he ignored.

“I told you,” she muttered, crossing her arms.

Jughead rolled his eyes. “We could still get mugged.”

“By what?” she questioned, uncrossing her arms.  “By one of the five people down here?”

“That means there’s less witnesses,” Jughead explained, smirking at (Y/N)’s frustration with him. “If the guy who will mug us is smart, he’d attack now.”

“Well then why don’t you much someone?” she suggested.  “Since you’re so good at it.”

Jughead pretended to consider it for a moment.  “As much as I’d like to,” he responded, “I don’t think it’d look good at the internship. They seem like the kind of people who frown upon mugging.”

“Really?” (Y/N) inquired, as sarcastic as Jughead.  They were both stifling their laughs.  “I couldn’t tell.”

She’s got a book for every situation
Gets into parties without invitations
How could you ever turn her down?
There’s not a drink that I think could sink her
How would I tell her that she’s all I think about?
Well, I guess she just found out

Their subway car was completely empty.  (Y/N) laughed out loud as she danced around.  

“What are you doing?” Jughead questioned, sitting down across three seats.

“What does it look like I’m doing?”  (Y/N) stopped moving for a moment to glance at him.  “I’m dancing in the empty subway.”

“Is this a part of your New York City movie subway fantasy?” he asked, raising an eyebrow.

“Sure,” (Y/N) laughed. “But I gotta sing in order to fulfill all my desires.”

“God, please no,” Jughead groaned, leaning his head back.  “You’re a writer, (Y/N), not a Broadway performer.”

“Maybe I’m secretly really good at singing and dancing, and I’ve just never revealed these secret talents to you,” she hypothesized, inching closer towards Jughead.

“I highly doubt that,” he shot down her theory.  “You don’t strike me as the singing-dancing type.”

“Well,” she paused for a moment, pursing her lips.  “Yeah, you’re right.”

The two of them burst out laughing, the only witness to their joy being the small surveillance camera.

She’s a good girl
She’s such a good girl
Yeah, she’s a good girl
She feels so good
She feels so good

After that night, Jughead tried to get (Y/N) onto the subway every night he could.  There was something about the atmosphere of an empty subway car that he couldn’t shake, and he found himself yearning for that feeling of euphoria every day.

(Y/N) certainly caught onto Jughead’s sudden desire to go on the subway every night.

“Jug, you’re obsessed,” she told him after he offered a late-night subway ride.

“I’m not obsessed,” he argued, “I just like it.  The atmosphere is amazing.  It’s… inspiring.”

“But only at night?” (Y/N) questioned.

Jughead nodded.  “Exactly.  During the day, the subway is packed and the atmosphere is too wild to be able to get anything.  But at night, there’s barely anyone around, so you can soak up the air.”

“Soak up the air? Jughead, I know we’re writers, but that was utter nonsense.”

“Please, (Y/N),” he begged, “this will help me with my writing.  Maybe it’ll help you with yours too.”

“I just… I don’t know, I’m just not picking up whatever vibes you are.”  She shrugged, crossing her arms.  “It’s great that you’re inspired by it.  So, by all means, go on the subway.  I’ll stay here, though, because that’s not my inspiration.  I can find something else.”

I met her once and wrote a song about her
I wanna scream, yeah
I wanna shout it out
And I hope she hears me now

The fourth time Jughead was on the subway, he hated it.

He hated it more than the first time because there was no grinning girl standing next to him.  He stood alone in an empty car, watching lights flash by.

There was no inspiration. He sat there, waiting for some inspiration to hit him.

“Come on,” he mumbled, scanning the empty train.  “Inspiration, where are you?”

He missed the euphoric feeling of that night, that empty subway car.  

He remembered that he was spread across three seats, so he shifted to recreate that position.  No inspiration came.

Maybe it was that particular subway train.  Maybe there was something about that particular car that had a different atmosphere.

Or maybe it was the one other occupant of that subway car.

“It was her,” he muttered under his breath, frustratedly wiping his face.  “God, it wasn’t the subway, it was her.”  Once he said it aloud, Jughead realized that he knew that the whole time.  

La la la la, la la la la la la
La la la la, la la la la la la
La la la la, la la la la la la
La la la la, la la la la la la

On his fifth time on the subway, Jughead managed to convince (Y/N) to come.

“It’s not that I don’t like the subway,” she explained herself as they waited for their train.  “I just didn’t see the point in getting on the subway with no destination in mind.”

“Oh come on, what about all those cheesy quotes?”  Jughead playfully nudged her.  “‘It’s not about the destination, but rather the journey.’”

“That’s bullshit.”

“I know,” he agreed, staring straight ahead, “but I wanted to give it a shot.  That first night that we were on the subway, I was just slammed with inspiration.  I thought it was late-night subway rides that fed me that creativity.”

“It was obviously my impressive dancing skills,” (Y/N) stated.  

Jughead laughed and nodded. “Actually, I think it was.”

She’s a good girl
She’s such a good girl
She’s a good girl
Feels so good
She feels so good
She feels so good
She feels so good

Once their train arrived, Jughead and (Y/N) ran from car to car until they found an empty one.  

“Do you need me to dance?” (Y/N) asked, already slightly swinging on the subway poles.  “For your inspiration?”

“Dance your heart out.” Jughead reclined in the seats, deciding to occupy only two this time rather than three.  He watched as she twirled around the poles, moving her limbs wildly.  She wasn’t very good; she was not flexible and she had no sense of rhythm, but somehow, that made it even more enticing to Jughead.

“I’m gonna sing,” she warned him.  Jughead made no move to stop her, and he listened as she began to belt out songs that he didn’t know.  Like her dancing, it wasn’t very good; but like her dancing, Jughead still enjoyed watching it.

He pulled out a little notebook and pen that he kept in his pocket and began to write.  As (Y/N) continued her sing-and-dance routine, Jughead feverishly scratched words onto the paper, the words that were flooding his mind.

He found his inspiration.

She’s a good girl
She feels so good
Oh, yeah
Oh, yeah

“She said it was the best writing she ever read from me!” Jughead gleefully recounted what happened as he and (Y/N) walked home from their internship.

“I knew it,” she grinned. “My amazing, Broadway-worthy skills are pure inspiration.”  Jughead laughed.  “Maybe I should give up on writing and audition for a musical.”

“I don’t think you’re that good,” Jughead stopped her.  “Plus, you can’t give up writing.  Now we just have to find your inspiration.”

(Y/N) hummed in response, trying to think of what could serve as her source of inspiration.

“Oh, I know!” she exclaimed after a silent moment of contemplation.  Jughead raised an eyebrow at her, waiting to hear her idea.  (Y/N) grabbed his hand and started dragging him towards the subway station.  “We’ll go back on the subway, but this time, you’ll sing and dance!”

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Uncredited Photographer     Blue Streak Racer Roller Coaster, Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA     1929

This roller coaster was demolished in 1930.  The current roller coaster on Santa Monica Pier, the West Coaster, is a baby, having heard its first scream in 1993.

I'm proud of myself

Does that sound selfish? Ah well. I’ve been on a diet and been working out for month now. In my diet, I stopped my excessive eating/snacking, having an apple a day, and cut out pop, or soda for you East and West Coasters, and been drinking water ever since. Started working out for an hour a day. Since I started, I’ve lost 18lb, how does lb = pounds anyways? I am now 198lb. I feel good. I admit, it felt like hell when I first started, but now it’s part of my daily routine, it feels normal that way I’m eating now.

mortuusflores  asked:

no like literally, "girl"/"good girl" are street names for cocaine distinctively. if he hadn't said those exact words I would be much less likely to believe carolina is A) about drugs in the first place and B) about coke specifically.

obviously not every song that says “girl” is about coke haha!!! but in context with the rest of the lyrics it’s quite blatant to me (and I’m assuming others with experience as well(

No, it’s really not blatant to others with experience (I presume you mean of drugs). 

Harry writes a song about a girl who comes from Carolina, whose family is still there, whose a long way from home, whose grandma told her to move to the city even though she doesn’t seem like a West Coaster, who has a book for every occasion, who can drink anything and get into any party, who makes him feel so good…and you think that it’s more likely that he’s using the words “girl” and “good girl” to refer to cocaine than to a woman? 

Harry has cleverly worded the entire song so that every single line can be interpreted to be about a girl - including a full, and one might say unnecessary, backstory for her -  as a metaphor for how good coke makes him feel and how he can’t stop thinking about it? 

As I’ve said about 10 times now I think that’s an enormous reach and I’ve yet to read a single interpretation that gives me any reason to think that it’s more likely that Harry Styles has written a a feelgood ode to addiction and the joy of cocaine, than about an infatuation with a girl. 

16 IN ‘16: Jake’s Picks

Reflecting on the year with the 16 songs - new or old - that soundtracked our respective 2016s.

1. “Pt. 2″ - Kanye West - The Life of Pablo
This song opens up the playlist because it is quintessentially 2016. And by that I mean that it’s confusing, a banger, full of memes, and really sad.

2. “Ivy” - Frank Ocean - Blonde
I love Blonde, but it took me a little white to get there. The amorphous, hypnotic album doesn’t have any particular hits, but the raw emotion of the piece as a concept made the 4-year wait worth it. “Ivy,” the second track, is one of my favorites, because you practically feel yourself falling in love right alongside Frank. We see that theme across this list and across 2016 - a departing of more traditional pop sounds for dreamy, wavy hooks combined with jarring, inventive noise.

3. “RedBone” - Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love!
Awaken, My Love! was ultimately a little disappointing, IMO. But oh my god, this song is so good. Make no mistake - this is baby-making music. If you are not making babies to this song, you are listening to this incorrectly. I went to a listening party for the album and I’m 80% sure this song turned the tide of the 30+ dates I was watching unfold around me. It’s that potent. Handle with care.

4. “All Night” - Beyonce - Lemonade
YO, 9:30! I’M REALLY HAPPY FOR Y’ALL, IMMA LET YOU FINISH, BUT LEMONADE IS ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS OF ALL TIME. Okay, maybe not of all time, but you don’t have to be a resident member of the Beyhive to tell that this album is straight fire. It’s got everything - the black power anthem, a rock song with Jack White that sounds freshly cut from Yeezus, and even a country song with the Dixie Chicks. Lemonade is a cross section of what 2016 was - a year of cacophonic harmony. But I chose the penultimate number, “All Night,” to be on this list on slightly different grounds - it is a beautiful, emotional story of admiration, real, unselfish love for another human being. Yeah, it reminds me of my girlfriend. I’m not crying, you’re crying.

5. “With That” - Young Thug - Barter 6
Okay, back to that dirty s**t. “With That” is nasty. It makes you scrunch up your face and vibe. Young Thug really broke through in 2016, and as did his genre, the disdainfully-named mumblerap, spawning proteges such as Desiigner and Lil Yachy. Can you make out the words he’s saying? Maybe not. Do you know that it’s some real s**t? Absolutely. Though Barter 6 came out in 2015, Young Thug makes music so fast the album is already 5 albums back (I’d start with Barter, it gets a little sketchy from there). Young Thug is pushing the envelope for rap by breaking every rule in the book.

6. “Wolves” - Kanye West - The Life of Pablo
When I heard “Wolves” on my first listen through of TLoP, it was all but confirmed: Kanye West has lost his damn mind. “Wolves” is a great song buried in the back end of Pablo, and explores Kanye’s love for his wife, Kim K. It spends 5 minutes comparing Kim’s relationship history: her sex tape, followed by her televised wedding, and subsequent divorce after 72 days to the biblical story of the Virgin Mary. “Wolves” is an awesome song, though, regardless of the fact that it is probably played repeat during Donald Trump’s appointments with his team of expert cheeto dust appliers.

7. “715 - CR∑∑KS” - Bon Iver - 22, A Million
22, A Million came out on the 30th of September this year, and felt like that second that your ears pop. 2016 demanded toughness from all of us. “715 - CR∑∑KS” was sweet, sweet emotional release. It’s the best album of 3016. It will make you smile, take a deep breath, then go look out a window. Please go listen to it.

8. “Rome” - Ratatat - Magnifique
Ratatat is a pretty unknown band whose biggest claim to fame is producing the beat of the 2009 Kid Cudi hit, “Pursuit of Happiness.” They are also my favorite band. Though Magnifique came out in 2015, I saw Ratatat at Echostage in January, and I have no words. Psychedelic rock is awesome. “Rome” crescendos to a powerful, hypnotic riff before dropping to almost silence, and building back up to an insane musical orgasm. It’s a flawless song. Plus, Ratatat is awesome, and more people need to know about them. They make life music.

9. “Some Minds” - Flume - Single
Listen to me right now: If Mozart was alive today, he would be standing at the front bar of a Flume show. I saw Flume at 9:30 this fall and legitimately melted. This man builds music from sounds that don’t exist in the natural world; he literally pulls music OUT OF THIN AIR. I’ve seen this song’s drop put people in an actual trance. Like Young Thug, Flume has led the charge of a new sound in EDM, and this song in no exception. His newest album, Skin, came out in 2016, and it amazing. This song is amazing. Flume is amazing. You’re welcome.

10. “Dirty Work” - Herobust - I’m Aloud
Dirty Work is not for everyone. I got into EDM especially hard this year, though I was very hesitant at first. It’s hard to keep up with EDM from the outside: so many DJs, how it all sounds kinda the same, and of course, the drugs. But if you don’t like EDM, especially if you don’t like EDM, listening to this will give you a taste of how inventive the genre has gotten. What is this??? It sounds like industrial machinery. It sounds like a transformer falling down the stairs. It sounds like a dial-up modem. But why…can’t I stop… dancing????

11. “Safe” - Dumbfounded - We Might Die
“Safe.” This is a guilty pleasure song for me, one of the 17 people in the DMV who has a passion for the LA rap scene and knocksteady radio. This woke af song is off Dumbfounded’s new mixtape, We Might Die, and discusses the lack of Asian representation in Hollywood. By the numbers, I probably listened to this song more than any other song in 2016, and I’m not close to ashamed. Dumbfounded is known as a lyrical god out west, and he is gonna be in DC on February 4! Go see him! Do it!

12. “One Dance” - Drake - Views
Yeah, I couldn’t not. This was the uncontested jam of the summer, never failing to get me and every 20 something woman around me doing our best Drake, or our most cultivated Rihanna. The song also brought dancehall and Afrobeat music to the mainstream, making summer sixteen especially awesome.

13. “Untitled 7″ - Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered.
Okey doke. It’s hard for me to not overreact and call this the best song of the year, but I don’t think I could name a better one. Kendrick Lamar developed untitled unmastered. from the floor cuttings of To Pimp A Butterfly and accidentally created a series of songs that rival the full-length albums of his contemporaries. A jazz, trap, hip-hop fusion, “Untitled 7″ is the cherry on top of an already insane series of songs. It is close to being a perfect song. Production-wise, the beat of “Untitled 7″ is hallowed ground: other rappers won’t touch it. I think about Kendrick when I’m asked about how music can change the world. Lamar’s voice echoes around the song, half taunting, half challenging the rap game as a whole to get on his level: “Levitate, Levitate, Levitate, Levitate.”

14. “Alright” - Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
2017 is the beginning of a new chapter for the world. Will we find the strength to love and trust each other, rising to the challenge of our planet’s greatest tests? Or will we succumb to the darkest impulses of humanity? “If God got us, we’re gon’ be alright.”

15. “Come Down” - Anderson .Paak - Malibu
Anderson .Paak killed it this year with his release of Malibu. I had followed Anderson for a long time, first as Breezy Lovejoy, then through many short-lived projects, until this final form. “Come Down” is a great song, an energetic, groovin’ tune like only a west coaster can make. I’m excited to hear more from this guy in 2017, and I don’t see him going anywhere but up.

16. “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” - Kanye West - Graduation
This song is always important to me, this year included. Kanye may be a bit of a kook sometimes, but here’s a good point: keep your head down, get tough, do what you say you’re gonna do. Those haters are going to keep coming, no matter what. But when you get your money? Then, they cant tell you nothing. It’s not the worst resolution, wouldn’t you agree? Happy holidays and good luck in the New Year!

-Jake Flum