MySpace, formally launched in 2004, was at its height from 2005 - 2008. It was a platform that encouraged self-expression and provided a generation of teens / young adults their first lesson in good ole fashion basic HTML coding. It was also integral in my early music discovery across the internet. Not only did I change my music player weekly, I may or may not had section on my page devoted to a “Lil Wayne Verse of the Week” (I recall being especially shook by his verse on Fonzworth’s C.O.L.O.U.R.S). The platform was a music lover’s dream, a time where Kid Cudi, Miguel and Drake the rapper were then fairly unknown, their impending fame right around the corner.
We’ve all been pretty welcoming to nostalgia in 2018 (aka the longest episode of Westworld ever) and hopefully this mix series takes you back to the golden age of no bitchassness. First up in the series, a look into the r&b bops of ’05-’08. This was a time of peak 4-count-intro-Pharrell, Bryan Michael Cox, Tricky Stewart, The Dream & Timbaland (side eye to Timbaland for how well that Jamie and Justin blended at 56:45 though). The bops were there, baby.
If you’re thinking, what about “Da Drought 3” Wayne? Pre-rehab Gucci? “Revenge of the Nerds” Lupe? Looking for a little Champagnechronicnightcap? I got you. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the first one! Like, repost, and let me know in the comments if you had any of these songs on your page back in the day!
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