Playlist – Prelude to a Long Summer

24 May

Ah. Do you hear that peaceful quiet in the air, thREADERS? Do you feel that light breeze even as the hot sun is bearing down upon your neck? Well, you do if you’re in the Great State of Texas, anyway.

We’re officially on the edge of the start of summer, y’all. For some of you, you’re recently graduated and walking fresh off of a campus that left you with many memories, some beautiful, some brutal. Some of you will be heading off to more school, while others will either start new professions or pull your sleeves up as you prepare to dive into the job market. Some of you will be recently emancipated from or ex-ed out of a relationship. Some of you might be taking classes over the summer or simply working to stack up a little something before the fall semester starts. And some of you will be fighting to keep up with the rush of summer blockbuster movies coming out while not killing your bank accounts – or your sanity after back-to-back weeks of midnight showings – in the process. Whatever you have next on deck, one thing’s for certain – you’re in for a long summer. And what’s the best way to get through a long summer? Good drinks, good company, and most importantly, good music.

I know it seems like everybody these days has a “mixtape” for something, especially if you’re in college (there are mixtapes, it seems, for the stepshows, the pageants, the parties and the after-parties). But we here at The Thread Blog are all about quality and this playlist is no different. The Prelude to a Long Summer (PLS) playlist is 26 tracks deep and filled with some of the best releases of this year, including a few from artists you may have been sleeping on. If it were up to me, the PLS playlist definitely would have had 30 songs on it (it hurt not being able to put this song on there – do NOT sleep on Gerald Walker), but that would have The PLS playlist is split up into 5 “Acts,” if you will, each reflective of a particular period or phase that people go through during the summer. Just below, you’ll find a breakdown of the Acts and the songs that make up each. It’s my hope that you’ll enjoy these great listens in the car, in your hotel room, while studying, wherever whenever.

Without further ado, The Prelude to a Long Summer Playlist.

First Act – The Prelude: Odes to post-graduation goodbyes, leaving the old job for a new one, and pre-summer breakups

  1. The Moon and The Sky (Remix) – Sade featuring Jay-Z                                                             2. Goodbye – Dom Kennedy                                                                                                         3. Return of Simba – J. Cole                                                               

Second Act – The Party: Having firmly left a few things and people in the past, it’s time to celebrate the present. For getting live and getting loose.

  4. Turtleneck & Chain – The Lonely Island featuring Snoop Dogg                                                       5. Shake It – Big K.R.I.T. featuring Joi                                                                                                 6. Open Your Eyes – Pusha T                                                                                                                   7. Cheers (Drink To That) – Rihanna                                                                                                       8. Turnt 4 the Weekend – The Cataracs featuring Dev                                                                               9. Candy Drop – Yung Truth featuring J. Sixx, Drew

Third Act – Summer Love: Dedicated to that cutie you meet at the bar, on the beach, or overseas who you don’t mind taking home with you, but don’t intend on bringing home to Mama.
 10. Real Tonight – Tyga featuring Lloyd                                                                              11. Motivation – Kelly Rowland featuring Lil’ Wayne                                                                        12. Raincheck – J*DaVeY                                                                                                                  13. Private Dancer – Lloyd                                                                                                                        14.The P*ssy is Mine – Miguel                                                                                                                  15. Feel Love – Drake featuring Sean Garrett                                                                                16. The Five Sen5es – The G-Spot                                                                                              

Act Four – Late Nights and Drunken Sights: Self-explanatory. For when you’re most “on it.”

 17. Still A Knucklehead – Pac Div                                                                                                        18. Out Da Club – Dallas Blocker                                                                                                19. Booty Wurk – T-Pain                                                                                                                            20. You Da Shit (Show ‘Em What You Got) – Lil’ Wayne                                                                          21. I’m On One – DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross, Lil’ Wayne

Act Five – The Wind-Down: As the summer comes to a close, things slow down and become a bit effortless; in this final act, the playlist becomes as equally laid-back.

 22. The Knowing – The Weeknd                                                                                                        23. Summer Breeze – The Isley Brothers                                                                                    24. Swim Good – Frank Ocean                                                                                                        25. Higher – Jhene Aiko                                                                                                                            26. Be With You – David Banner featuring Ludacris, Marsha Ambrosius

Download Prelude to A Long Summer here.


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2 responses to “Playlist – Prelude to a Long Summer

  1. MichaelYoungHistory

    May 26, 2011 at 7:37 AM

    Good stuff man!!!

  2. MichaelYoungHistory

    May 26, 2011 at 7:41 AM



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