Dope Aural: Fall Frequencies

The fall music season is officially here and is ready to take us anywhere the wind blows.  New music releases have been landing steadily every Friday as we trek into the holiday season. Season 3 of Insecure recently concluded, but Issa Rae managed to leave us with a collection of dope music featured throughout the season of the show. Then last week, Lil Wayne dropped his long-awaited and highly anticipated Tha Carter V album to rave reviews that will surely nab him the #1 Billboard spot this coming week.  We also have new submissions from R&B queens Tamia and Marsha Ambrosius with Passions Like Fire and Nyla, respectively.  Estelle takes us on a reggae-filled journey to London with Lover’s Rock and the sounds of dancehall, soca, and afrobeat.

These and more are included in “Fall Frequencies”: 15 recently released albums and EP’s that will help you steer through the autumn leaves and cold fronts. Just click the album art and take a listen to find your new fave.


Insecure: Music from the HBO Original Series, Season 3
6LACK – East Atlanta Love Letter
Macy Gray – Ruby
Estelle – Lover’s Rock
Tamia – Passion Like Fire
Israel Houghton – Road to DeMaskUs
Anthony David – Hello Like Before: The Songs of Bill Withers
Marsha Ambrosius – Nyla
Victoria Monet – Life After Love, Pt. 2
Logic – YSIV
Lil Wayne – Tha Carter V
Lenny Kravitz – Raise Vibration
Lupe Fiasco – Drogas Wave
Masego – Lady Lady
Bobby Luv – Taking Chances

Don’t forget to check out last month’s playlist Beats & Bourbon featuring some new song additions, and follow me on Spotify here for access to more music playlist. 


Trey Payadue is a contributing blogger and curator of music for The Black Unicorn Project. He was raised on the west bank of the New Orleans Metropolitan Area in the small town of Marrero, Louisiana. Brought up in the Black Catholic church, Trey was completely immersed in New Orleans music and Black culture through local fairs and famous celebrations like Mardi Gras, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the Essence Fest. He was also exposed to various styles of music, such as gospel, pop, rock, funk, hip-hop, bounce and his first love, rhythm & blues, at a young age. His inherent love and appreciation, paired with his exposure to New Orleans Culture and events, ignited an infectious passion for music. Trey quickly became known as “The Music Man”, amateur house party DJ and the mixtape go-to guy for new music. Currently, Trey juggles a 9-5 while moonlighting as a curator of good music, a patron of popular music and Black culture, and a student of where all three intersect. Follow him on Instagram & Twitter @SumthinSevere and get access to shared playlists on Spotify.

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