…top 5s

That time of year where the those top 5 or 10 or 25 or 50 lists hit your timeline.I enjoy reading these end of the year lists because they remind me of music or a book I might have forgotten to vibe to or put me onto something brand new that I overlooked. A top 50 album list put me on to one my favorite albums ever, Tame Impalas ‘Currents'(random).

I present my top 5 music projects, podcasts and books.

Books

Life is Not an Accident: A Memoir of Reinvention by Jay Williams

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I wrote a book review and this book was the one that got me back into reading this year. Prior to reading this I only knew of Jay Williams the Duke superstar and Chicago Bulls point guard. After reading I knew of Jay Williams, the man.

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin

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A book on leadership, responsibility and accountability from the lens of two U.S Navy seals who served in Ramadi, Iraq. Willink & Babin took their experiences in Iraq and applied it to the business world. The information in this book can be applied to the entrepreneur all the way to the 9-5r.

Revolutionary Suicide by Huey P. Newton

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This was another book I also reviewed on the blog and it was a remarkable read. I closed the book with a better understanding of who Huey Newton was and the purpose of the Black Panther Party.

Ego is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday

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I read this book exactly when I needed it. I needed to check my ego and evaluate myself. During the aspiration phase, the failure phase and success phase the ego will try to sneak into the cracks and take you off track.

Beyond 5/3/1 by Jim Wendler

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This book helped me simplify training soooo much. Read this a couple months ago and since then I’ve had some great gym sessions and plan on using Jims templates until the end of time. I’m not one to spend 2+ hours in the gym, staring at myself in mirror and working every ligament and joint in the body. I want to get in and get out. Do the most effective movements and carry on with my day. Jim Wendlers work helps me achieve that.

Podcasts

The Tim Ferriss Show

When I want to hear what the most successful entreprenurs, actors, business leaders and people of that nature I go here. Ferriss allows us to go inside the minds of great people and come away valuable information.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-tim-ferriss-show/id863897795?mt=2

Mind Pump: Raw Fitness Truth

When I need health and fitness tips this is where I go. It’s unfiltered and totally left of what you see on TV & Instagram. This is the anti-establishment of the fitness industry.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mind-pump/id954100822

Church for The Wild

This podcast, where a group of friends just vibe on current events mostly in “The Culture”. I picked up some gems to help navigate through the wild. Focus on yourself.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/church-for-the-wild/id972203910?mt=2

Brilliant Idiots

Some hate them, I enjoy them. When you’re on Twitter and everyone is so opinionated and acting like they know everything. Charlamagne and Andrew Schultz inform us that they don’t know much but work on coming to some form of understanding on an array of different topics.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-brilliant-idiots/id862717788?mt=2

Rap Radar Podcast

It’s a must I get the low down on Hip Hop past and present. Bdot & Elliot Wilson have spoken with up & coming artists and established figures in Hip Hop to give people like me history lessons and plenty gems.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/rap-radar-podcast/id1029139654?mt=2

Honorable Mentions:

The V.I.P Section

The good people over at In-Tune put together some solid work. They are still early in the podcast game but the topics that touch on are what is needed. When people say “we need to have the conversation” regarding powerful topics, they spoke on it.

The Minimalist Podcast

Great podcast about Minimalism and has been helpful providing me a way to consume less and add more value and meaning to life.

Music

Blank Face LP by ScHoolboy Q

I could have went with any of the TDE releases this year but Blank Face LP stood out. I’m an Ab-Soul stan, but at this moment Q beat out Soul on my top 5. It was a solid body of work that truly shows ScHoolboy Qs progression. I think this a huge step up from Oxymoron which I did enjoy but felt there was a little bit of filler on that project. TDE will win every year they drop.

Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight by Travis Scott

Been rocking with Travis Scotts music since I first heard his verse on Sin City off Cruel Summer. I dove back and found all of his music prior to that verse and he has elevated with every project. What he has done in terms of creating his own sound and using auto tune in a vibrant fashion (imo) has been great.

Alwasta by Oddisee

Oddisee is a hidden gem. I don’t see him getting a lot of recognition. He doesn’t make the trendy raps. But what is most inspiring is that he does everything himself. He writes, produces, handles his tours, everything. His content is what people complain about whats missing from Hip-Hop. While people were saying hip hop is dead, I went mining for better music and found Oddisee. Don’t sleep.

Free 6lack by 6lack

Issa vibe. Dude doesn’t have a crazy catalog yet but he ain’t miss with his Soundcloud singles and then the debut project. It’s a motivating listen. You get a glimpse into an artists ups & downs with relationships, individuality and battling with a record label.

Too High To Riot by BAS

Bas gave us vibes with this one. This was an all-purpose project. I played this while cruising in the car, working out, washing dishes, cleaning the crib & posted on the couch relaxing. No matter what the situation, Too High To Riot fit.

Honorable Mentions:

Do What Thou Wilt by Ab-Soul

Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ by Kid Cudi

Monda by Cousin Stizz

The Life of Pablo by Kanye West

Hibachi For Lunch & Daniel Son by 2Chainz

Any Quavo verse

recommendationsarewelcomed.


Written by:

Ky’ron Fitzgerald

Twitter:kxweeze

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