CULTED SOUNDS: TRACK TASTEBUDS WITH TRE’ AMANI
On the AUX this week is Tre’ Amani – the Maryland MC maestro signed to Brent Faiyaz’s Lost Kids label and currently captivating the culture with his latest EP, Shook. In between sound checks and showtime on his DRDD tour with Big K.R.I.T, Tre’ checked in with CULTED to make sure our vibes were straight this week by cultivating an exclusive top tier playlist. This week Tre’ takes us on a tour through his top ten tracks, breaking down the backstory and explaining the reason he’s vibing with each at the moment. Making this week’s selection is everything from classic Timbaland produced Missy tunes to irreplaceable Jazz institutions and current Atlanta anthem. Shout out to Tre’ for putting together a perfect summer playlist for this weekend’s festivities! Make sure to check back next week to hear another surprise guest selector soundtracking your Saturday night.
WildFlower By: Hank Crawford.
Tupac originally sampled this with ‘Shorty Wanna Be a Thug’ and then Kanye later would do the same with ‘Drive Slow’. This song simply makes me ponder and ruminate. I feel victorious when I put this track on like a black superhero.
Best Friends – Miss Elliot & Aaliyah
This Timbaland produced masterpiece is the epitome of two talented best friends sounding off and venting it all out on a track together. Everybody needs that one friend to lean on, someone that’s always there for you. Being that Missy and Aaliyah were great friends in real life they executed this message perfectly to their fans. This record always makes me feel good: ”I’LL BE THERE FOR YEW!”
Dreams – FleetwoodMac
Wayyy before this became a social trend on Tiktok this is and has always been one of my favourite songs of all time. From Stevie’s flawless, sultry, delivery … to her cunning yet conflicting lyrics. Apparently Mick Fleetwood was going through divorce at the time & Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham were going through a break up so that explains the emotion behind it. Although Stevie claims she only took 10 minutes to write this classic, this track remains timeless & takes me to places that no other song can.
Creep – RadioHead
Whenever I’m feeling emo and like a worthless piece of sh*t, I turn this on and suddenly Thom Yorke makes me feel even more emo and like a worthless piece of sh*t – but it feels good. He makes being an emo weirdo sound so beautiful. The self awareness is on one-thousand, and that resonates with me. Him degrading himself to uplift the one he adores isn’t relatable but it’s dope and inspiring as a writer.
ANGEL – Brent Faiyaz
Speaking of black superheroes, this track reminds me of the end of Batman Forever . The production is cinematic. The writing on this track is impeccable, Brent’s vocal performance is empathetic and promising and easily one of my favourite songs by my guy Brent. Bravo Brudda, Bravo!
RiRI -Young Thug
Song is pretty self explanatory. I could’ve made a whole list of Thugger music foreal. FREE THUGGER!
Kind of Girl- French Montana , Harry Fraud, Rick Ross.
This is a current personal favourite . Harry Fraud is a beat making beast and Rick Ross being one of the greatest beat selectors of all time – it’s no surprise that they linked up. I know it’s French’s song but Rick Ross opened this track up heavenly in my opinion. Sheesh, I just got goosebumps. Rick Ross crazy!
Stupid/Asking – Young Thug
Another Young Thug track that’s underrated in my opinion. The song is pretty self explanatory. Once again, Free Thugger! Shoutout Metro Boomin he’s a humble & cool guy.
Buttons – Steve Lacy
Something about Steve Lacy’s music that’s so familiar yet distinct . He gives me a nostalgic feeling. I’ve been a fan since “Dark Red” and got a chance to catch his performance at Coachella this year and he’s a great performer. Shout out to him!
Nobody Like U- 4*town
This is actually my son’s favourite song at the moment, he begs me to play this everyday. It’s from his favourite movie ‘Turning Red’. I’m a bit annoyed with it by now, but when I’m travelling and away from him for days and weeks I definitely play this to think about him.