Now that the second season of Insecure has come to an end (I’m still not over it and I’ll probably binge watch both seasons again pretty soon). I thought it would be fun to round up some of my favorite songs from the series so far, for a special edition of Music is Magic. I know this is going to be difficult because this show has some of the best music on television.
Every Monday morning, I jump on Spotify to see what music was played on the episode the night before. And I really geek out when they play something that I’ve been groovin’ to for a while. Makes me feel like I’m ahead of the cool curve.
I’ve watched each episode so many times, that when I hear the songs, memories of particular scenes are now attached. Especially when I hear Kendrick say “We gon’ be alright” to open up Season one, episode one, scene one. That will forever be burned in my brain.
So from all of the songs, I wrote them all down, whittled that list down to 37, which is now down to 20. It was supposed to be 10, but ya know…
Here we go:
Kendrick Lamar ‘Alright’ because like I mentioned earlier, the show forever changed how I hear it. It kicked everything off and set the tone, “We Got Y’all!”
Raphael Saadiq ‘Still Ray’ always a favorite of mine and a gentle reminder that he is the music supervisor of the show, how genius is that?
Drake ‘Feel No Ways’ who knew this was just the start of having a Drake lyric in every episode. If you didn’t know that, it makes you wanna go back and watch each episode again, huh?
D’Angelo ‘Sugah Daddy’ because ‘Black Messiah’ was the comeback album and this gem, sounds like his ‘Brown Sugar’ days and I’m all the way here for it.
Bosco ‘Gold Ghost’ I had never heard of Bosco before this and this song is the perfect blend of R&B, electronic and dance grooves. Definitely an artist I look forward to hearing more about.
Thundercat ‘Heartbreaks + Setbacks’ Okay, so I can’t even tell you how many times I have listened to this song. It’s just special.
Blood Orange ‘Desiree’ This is one of those songs that I was onto before I heard it on the show. The scene when they are at the beach with the kids from ‘We Got Y’all” and Issa is standing in the sand. Made my heart happy to hear it.
GoldLink ‘Palm Trees’ See, the great thing about a show like this one, is that it brings to the forefront artists that are out there doing the damn thing and making really great music. They don’t have hits on the radio. It’s better than anything that the radio stations play. This song is a prime example of that.
The Internet ft. Kaytranada ‘Girl’ Syd’s voice on this track! And Kaytranada is one of my newfound favorites. The two of them together, is perfect.
Anderson .Paak ft. Sir ‘Already’ From his first album ‘Venice’ he just makes me happy, I don’t know what else to say.
Guordan Banks ‘ Keep You in Mind’ Another of those that left me asking, ‘Who?” But this song is unlike anything that I’ve ever heard before. He doesn’t have an album out, I hope he is working on that. It makes me realize that there is SO much good R&B out there, you just gotta dig for it.
Frank Ocean ‘Pink and White’ I remember the day that he dropped this surprise album. I had just woke up from a nap, jumped on Twitter and of course everyone was freaking out. I got it immediately and this was one of the standouts. I loved it before Insecure but hearing in on the show was the cherry…
KING ‘The Greatest’ I’ve mentioned this group in a previous Music is Magic post because they are just that good.
NxWorries ‘Scared Money’ Look, when it comes to Anderson .Paak, he can do no wrong in my book. The album ‘Yes Lawd!’ with Knxwledge is one that has been on heavy rotation since it came out. This jam is a throwback to those 70’s/early 80’s tracks that I’m too young to remember, but feel so nostalgic for.
Lion Babe ‘Hit the Ceiling’ This song plays after the opening scene of Season 2, as Issa goes through all of those blind dates. The perfect way to kick it all off.
GoldLink ‘Crew’ GoldLink has a such a unique flow! This, along with his entire album ‘At What Cost’, is one that I can (and do) groove to everyday.
SZA ‘Love Galore’ Where did this girl come from?!? Another unique voice and lyrics that speak to so many in regards to love, relationships and breakups. Yes, we’ve all been there.
Jazmine Sullivan ‘Let it Burn’ Whooo! When I heard this one at the end of Season 2, episode 1, I had to find it immediately! Right away, I recognized the sample of After 7’s ‘Ready or Not’. That combined with Jazmine’s soulful voice? R&B gold!
Steve Lacy ‘Some’ When Steve’s EP ‘Steve Lacy’s Demo’ came out, I jumped at the chance to listen to it. Already familiar with his band, The Internet, I had a vague idea of what he was about. He exceeded my expectations. Those six songs were such a tease! I need more.
Tyler, the Creator ‘Boredom’ First song of the last episode of Season 2 : enough said. Well actually, I have more to say…You know it’s the last one, at least for now, so it made me a little sad. We’re all wondering how Issa, Lawrence and the crew are going to end up. Things are a changin’.
The Internet ‘Just Sayin’/I Tried I had to include this one because honestly, it’s probably the one that I’ve listened to the most. But the first time that I heard it, was on the TV show ‘Girls’. But still, I wanted to show it some love.
To listen to this complete list, click on the link below to see my Spotify playlist. You can also click on the name of each song above to buy it from iTunes. I hope you enjoyed my picks. I can’t wait until Season 3 of Insecure and all of the excellent music that is sure to come.
Thank you for reading!