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5@5: A morning playlist featuring Salem and Cautious Clay

This 5@5 morning playlist consists of Conor Maynard, JT the 4th, FromLater, and more.

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Salem – Bad Word (Submission)

When we’re in pain, we feel like no one else gets us. Most of the time, we want to be alone. Isolation, for a reasonable period, may work for some. Others like to throw themselves into the busy world, to socialise and work through their heartbreak. What’s worse than all of that, to me, is viewing the word “love” as a bad word because it didn’t work out between you and the one you loved. According to her camp, her unwillingness to say what she didn’t feel inspired the track. The nineteen-year-old didn’t say she loved the person back, so they broke up with her. Hey, I don’t know the couple, but there’s strength in not wasting anyone’s time.


Conor Maynard – Not Over You (Submission)

People like Conor Maynard in ‘Not Over You’ exist, unfortunately. You could move on, and they’d still lurk, watch your every move. It’s like they love you, unconditionally, but they can’t allow you to thrive without them because you’re not with them. Oddly their “love” turns into jealousy, and they wish the worst for you and hope everything you do fails because they still have feelings for you. I don’t know whether it is right or wrong, but unconditional love shouldn’t scream selfishness.


JT the 4th – So Fly featuring Kamaiyah (Submission)

Being fly isn’t everyone’s strong suit. Hell, a lot of the time, it takes the style, vision, and bank to reach your full potential as a well-dressed individual, even you are a normcore thrifting person. And in Hip-Hop, style and boasting about your style are common-thread for the artform. So, there’s no surprise to hear Kamaiyah sing the words of the hook all over JT the 4th’s new record. Check out the video for the track below.


Kida Kudz – Bounce featuring Wiley (Submission)

Women are wet and jiggly in the latest Kida Kudz visual featuring British Rap legend, Wiley for ‘Bounce’; and in my opinion, it has never been a better time to wear a shower cap on set. Inclusive in its messaging, the Capone and Guise-direction feature women of various sizes, which is a step towards finally allowing all women to feel represented in pop culture.

Moelogo, is that you?


Cautious Clay – Swim Home (Submission)

Cautious Clay has been making his way around the interwebs and into people’s hearts with his magnificent vocals. Recently, the record ‘Swim Home’ made it to the soundtrack for season three of Netflix’s ‘13 Reasons Why’. The track is written and produced by the Brooklyn-based Ohio-native singer and John Mayer.

I wrote this song with John Mayer seven months ago after meeting for the first time, says Cautious. I had just started getting into collaborating with other people and truly had never experienced a more natural creative flow while making this song.

Stream the audio now. It’s really beautiful.


Beth Bombara – I Only Cry When I’m Alone/Upside Down (Submission) (Bonus)

Most of us like to cry when we’re in peace. It’s normative human behaviour. And when it rarely occurs, the said person is viewed as a freak of nature, thirsty for attention and validation. Today, we share the St Louis singer-songwriter’s track for the mentioned normative group of people, who frequently wait until they’re in bed at night to let it all out. If that’s you, this single from Beth Bombara’s new sixth album ‘Evergreen’ is for you.


Written by Richardine Bartee

It’s her unprejudiced love for people that’s taken her this far. Join Richardine on her journey as she writes history into existence, one article at a time. Richardine is a member of the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs.

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