Playlists poppin’!  One major goal I have for californyinz this year is to step up my playlist game.  I definitely fell off, and I’ve realized that music is the one thing that makes me truly happy.  So a message to myself – DO BETTER – in 2018.  I plan to make this a weekly thing, preferably on Sundays so you can enjoy the sounds on your day off and also enjoy them throughout the week to keep you moving.

This first playlist is titled ‘strip club shawty.’  Now before you get all judgmental, chill.  I went to a strip club last February for a friend’s birthday, and I couldn’t help but notice how fire the music was that the dancers were dancing to.  Songs that I love, songs that I forgot about, and songs that I had never heard before.  I mean Sam Hunt’s “Speakers,” which is a country song, was one of the tracks.  Who would have thought:  1) at a strip club  2) that I would have liked that song. So, I decided to Shazam a majority of the songs while I was there and turn them into a playlist. Yes, I know – almost a year later.  Two hours and 12 minutes (33 songs) of strip club sounds. Track listing below and the link in pink.  Check it.

playlist 000: ‘strip club shawty’

And follow me on Apple Music because that’s where I’ll be uploading the heat.




We didn’t receive just any new music today.  We were blessed with new music from some legends – Eminem, Beyoncé, N.E.R.D, and André 3000.  Like, come on now.


I’ve read some mixed reviews on this song.  Actually, the first review I read was “this is trash.”  Chill.  I highly doubted a song with the rap god, Eminem, and the queen, Beyoncé, would be “trash.”  And I’d bet that those who are hating on the song are all about that mumble rap life.  Bye. “Walk On Water” is real and truthful.  Eminem comes off as super humble to me in this as well.  The combination of Eminem’s raw poetry with Beyoncé’s angelic and powerful vocals makes for a moving track.  Listen below, and let me know what you think.  Em’s Revival album is expected to drop on November 17.


This sounds like it picked up where “Lemon” left off  with that same bouncy beat, and I am here for it.  The initial instrumentals make me feel like I’m at a super dope jazz club.  Around 2:54, we get a switch up on the beat.  Digging it.  And then for the final verse, we get the legend who is André 3000 aka Three Stacks who continues to spit that fire.  Listen below!

Serge’s Selections – A Day Late :) 6.7.16

Can we talk about the songs I’ve been feeling?  K good.

With ‘Damn Daniel’ references and mentions of his ‘gorgeous’ paper trail mixed with some King Push, how can you not like ‘Drug Dealers Anonymous’?  The song is the first single off of Pusha T’s upcoming album King Push.  And if Jay is featured on one more song and we don’t get a new Hov project, I’m gonna lose it.


Listen here!

Yassss.  I am so down for a RiRi remix, especially when it’s a song from her last album (and one of my favorites) ANTI.  With a dance floor beat (again, my fave), KAYTRANADA gives Rihanna’s ‘Kiss It Better’ a makeover.  Why I like this?  Well, one it’s Rihanna and two because it puts a more upbeat spin on the song.


Listen here!

Now for this selection, I probably wouldn’t normally highlight a Wale track, but any man who can hit a falsetto (aka Eric Bellinger), I’m down for the get down.  The ‘Spare Time (Remix)’ is one I definitely bump in my car.  While a rare pairing for a remix, I think it works well – it’s good in an unexpected way!

Chune in here.

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And for the grand finale, no it’s not an entire Travi$ Scott project which we thought we were going to get, we do have a new song featuring  Young Thug and Quavo.  It’s lit!  Thank you to the plug for sending this my way.  I just can’t get enough of Travy.  Pick up the phone here.

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Serge’s Selections 5.16

Oh MAY gawwwd.  How is it the middle of May already?!

This week’s Serge’s Selections include lots of tours:

dvsn Announces ‘Debut Tour 2016’


Okay, why am I JUST finding out this Canadian duo is opening for Drake and Future on their ‘Summer Sixteen Tour’?  Any who.  They are if you weren’t aware either.  Needless to say I’m pretty excited they’re going on a solo tour.  I will more than likely look into tickets.  dvsn will be stopping in LA June 13.  Not sure where yet or how much tickets are, but they will go on sale this Friday.

Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour


Okay, talk about a MOVIE.  Days away from Diddy’s 20th Bad Boy Reunion Anniversary this Friday in Brooklyn, Puff announced this morning the first-ever ‘Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour,’ and I have to be there.  French Montana, Lil’ Kim, Ma$e, Faith Evans, 112, and more will be joining Diddy on the tour, and it will basically be reliving my hip-hop youth.  I actually had the privilege of seeing this reunion come together last year at the BET Awards, and wow, it was honestly amazing.

Tickets go on sale this Friday the 20, again the same day as the reunion anniversary.  The camp will be stopping in LA on October 4 at The Forum.  Lit.

Sia Announces ‘Nostalgic for the Present Tour’ with Miguel


Another, majorrr tour alert.  Sia, who I’ve never seen and probably someone you wouldn’t peg me to see, is going on her first tour in five years and the talented Miguel will be opening.  What’s even more epic about this tour is that they will be performing at the Hollywood Bowl.  But joke’s on me because I won’t even be in LA for this.  I’ll be in New York with Mr. Chaddy!  Yayyyy.  But anyways, for those who plan on seeing her, tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am.

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Holy smokes…

I feel like I haven’t posted anything in EONS.  The last time was what, RiRi’s concert review?  Unacceptable!  But I’m back now and definitely off of a good note because…


…and are advancing to the next round of the Stanley Cup playoffs!  Major #californyinz moment. What does this have to do with California?  Well, I’m here, duh.  Anyways.  Super pumped we beat the Capitals!


Now back to the culture and hip-hop.  What have I missed?

Most recently, we were gifted with the (weird) music video for Desiigner’s banger ‘Panda’ with a cameo from Mr. Kanye West himself.  Watch the loopy video below and you’ll catch Kanye towards the end.  Since it’s a TIDAL exclusive, I unfortunately cannot embed the video into this post, so you’ll just have to watch here on Rap-Up.

Can’t forget about Drizzy Drake!

His hit ‘One Dance’ TOPS (aka No.1) Billboard Hot 100.  That’s major!  This is his first as a lead artist.  Props, props.  What was a close one last time?  ‘Hotline Bling’ came in at No. 2.  Big moves for the boy.

Drake is set to appear on ‘The Tonight Show’ Thursday, SNL (serve as the host and musical guest) this Saturday, and then to return to ‘Ellen’ on May 18.  *sets DVR*  Watch the hilarious and creative promo vid for the Ellen show appearance below!

And I want to share this just because Kendrick is not only one of my favorites but his content more times than not gives off good vibes only.  The 30-second spot was shot in a California mansion and features Kendrick sporting his Reebok Classics.  Watch and listen to his words in the newest Reebok commercial below.

Have a good one, yinz, and let’s go Pens!

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I Met Kanye West…

…in my dream last night.  So basically, I’m never going to fail.

Speaking of Mr. West, congrats to him and his most recent album The Life of Pablo for debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, and it is the first album to attain the top spot off of streaming numbers alone.  You can hate him, but he knows what he’s doing and clearly the people love his music (which is why you should like him!).  Another impressive TLOP fact, according to Tidal, is the album streamed 250 million times in just the first 10 days!  That’s insane.

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Moving on to another album that I’m sure will be on top of the charts.  That is Drake’s Views From the 6.  And we finally have a release date!  APRIL 29.  Drake announced the date at the very beginning of Saturday’s OVO Sound Radio episode.  Why on the 29th?  Well, if you watch the promo video below, which you should, this past year has been very exciting and rewarding for the Canadian rapper.  And with him being 29, it’s fitting he drops the album on that day as well.

Views will be released exclusively on Apple Music.

Views From the 6 Promo Video

MAJOR KEY ALERT.  But seriously.  DJ Khaled took to Instagram this morning to announce his 9th album titled Major Key.  Be on the lookout for new singles, as I’m sure those will be dropping here and there.  I’m waiting for that Future and Jay Z single.  Fire.  There’s no official release date yet, but it will be dropping this year.  On top of that exciting news, Khaled also announced in his post that he has formed a new partnership with La Reid and Epic Records.  With much respect for Reid, he was the first one to give We The Best Music an opportunityto distribute Khaled’s music on a larger scale.  Maybe after this album drops, people will be like “ohhhh, that’s DJ Khaled, he’s talented!” instead of “oh, he’s that famous guy from Snapchat.” -_____-

Last but certainly not least, please read here to learn more about Fun Friday, courtesy of YesJulz Agency.  What is Fun Friday?  Julz and her squad recently visited an elementary school in Miami where they brought music, art, fun, (and pizza, of course!).  Unfortunately, in the past few months, the school lost their art funding.  There are no creative outlets for these kiddos to express themselves.  So the good gals of YesJulz Agency decided to bring the creativity to them but they need your help in funding to continue to provide these Fun Fridays!  Can’t donate?  No problem!  Share the picture below on your social channels and be sure to tag @yesjulzagency and @Movingforwardtg to encourage others to donate.   Donate here today, and thank you in advance for your support!

Make Fridays FUN

Have a great Monday, yinz!

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Serge’s Selections 3.28.16

Happy Monday, fam!  I hope yinz had a wonderful and relaxing Easter.  Mine was relaxing until dinner time.  Let’s just say I rode the Struggle Bus to work today.  But I made it.  Anyway.

I’ve recently been ‘liking’ a lot of new songs on SoundCloud and re-posting as well.  So if you want to know what I’m vibing out to on the reg, listen below!  And while you’re at it, hit that follow button so you can stay up-to-date.

Really looking forward to the couch and my Drake coloring book tonight.  Bless up.

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While this playlist only has 10 songs (it will grow), they are 100% the tracks I’ve been listening to on repeat, and I suggest you do the same.  From new Kanye to DJ Mustard and The Weeknd and more, I guarantee you’ll be vibing out to these songs just like me.

Yesterday, I also attended a networking event for millennial women and the lovely Karen Civil was the keynote speaker.  Can’t wait to share info about that with you and why you should definitely be following KC on all social media, as well as why you need to buy her book!

Happy Monday, yinz!

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Serge’s Selections 12.21.15

Hey-ooo!  Happy week of Christmas!  Can’t believe it’s on Friday.  I’m back in Pittsburgh for the holidays. 🙂

Below are some new album selections of mine you should definitely listen to.


I have truly been waiting for this album for a long time.  Bummed I missed out on Chris Brown’s show at the Hollywood Palladium on Friday night, but from the Instagram videos I saw, it looked bangin’, and the tracks he performed from Royalty, no doubt, make this one of his better pieces of work.  I truly believe C. Breezy did a 180 with this album and what, or should I say who is most important in his life.  That important person being his daughter Royalty, who the album is named after.


PUSHA T – Darkest Before Dawn:  The Prelude

The new G.O.O.D. Music president gives us a ten-track album that is packed with features and solid rhymes.  I had the chance of listening to parts of the album thanks to Power 106 and their always exclusive world premieres and first listens.  This album serves as the prelude to King Push’s third album, King Push, which is scheduled to drop in April of next year.


Hope you’re all having a great Monday, yinz!

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Lil Wayne Announces…

…’No Ceilings 2′ mixtape!  After much speculation that Tunechi was possibly working on the follow-up to ‘No Ceilings,’ the Young Money rapper tweeted about 10 minutes ago the following:  
I really hope this sounds like the old Wayne. Not much of a fan of new Wayne, but I’ll take it regardless!

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