BY DREW LACOUTURE
With three artists coming to SOAP’s annual concert event, a lot of possible tracks can be performed. From D.R.A.M.’s brand of corky hip-hop, to Niykee Heaton’s sensual pop songs, to Ripe’s funky yet accessible jams, there will be a lot to absorb on May 7th. Here are five songs to listen to from each artist that they are most likely perform and that students should listen prior to Gullfest.
- “Flipside”- while no studio version has been released, their session from Audiotree proves how great they sound life with this song being the best from that session.
- “Goon Squad”- funk guitar, blaring horns, tight rhythms, passionate vocals; it is everything a pop-funk song requires and will be a fun song to hear live.
- “Talk on the Moon”- their most impressive track in terms of technical musicianship and gathers influence from ska music and math rock.
- “On My Mind” (Ellie Goulding cover) – their new single that is quite an excellent cover of the smash song from 2015.
- “Ladies Night”- their most smooth track that plays more like late 60’s soul music then 70’s funk.
- “Bad Intentions”- her most well-known song with the help of a feature from Migos. There is no sense of her coming to perform if this song is not performed.
- “Skin Tight”- Another popular song from her that people will be looking forward to hearing live.
- “Nexus”- the most up-tempo track from her debut album that also a very Hip-Hop feel. It also displays how confident she is as an artist.
- “Rolling Stones”- comes off like many R&B and pop break-up anthems but excels thanks to her convincing vocal performance
- “Lullaby”- a love-making song that burrows heavily from psychedelic pop. Might be too slow for some of the audience but she will most likely make it more enjoyable.
- “Cash Machine”- one of many singles from his newest album “Big Daddy D.R.A.M.” This track is just undeniably fun.
- “Cha Cha”- the single from his first E.P. “#1EpicEp.” This eccentric island influenced track helped establish D.R.A.M. as an artist. If performed live, hopefully he include all of the funny sound effects from the studio version.
- “Brocolli” – the song that made him and Lil Yahty a household name. A simple, yet effective party anthem.
- “Slappin”- while this song belongs to E-40, D.R.A.M.’s feature on the chorus make this song a valid option to perform. If this song does not get people dancing, then nothing will.
- “Misunderstood”- while Young Thug’s presence would be missed if he performed this, this track is easily one of his most griping tracks.