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Jay SloanTo continue our 2 part series on J&R’s Top 5 Records of 2015, we now turn to Angry Mob Music Group’s A&R Director, Jay Sloan. With the diverse release of Ralph’s top 5 earlier this week, Jay has some serious competition.

Regardless, Jay is beyond qualified to offer up a list of equal talent. His valued contributions with Warner/Chappell, ASCAP, AIMP, NARAS and NARIP have helped him develop an exceptional ear for music that crosses many genres.

To accompany the records below, Jay has included a brief caption on what makes these songs special and unique.

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

Favorite song: “Wesley’s Theory”

Jay – “I love how this song is a metaphor describing how successful black artist are “pimped” by the entertainment industry.”

D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah

Favorite song: “Back To The Future (Part 1)”

Jay – “I really dig how he seems to be addressing his very public fall from grace and moving forward without dwelling on old successes, missed opportunities and fair weather friends.”

Adele – 25

Favorite song: “Hello”

Jay – “This song speaks for most of us that have hurt someone and wanted to reach out to apologize or to just call call and say ‘Hello’….but didn’t.”

The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness

Favorite song: “Tell Your Friends”

Jay – “Tell me who doesn’t want to say, “Bitch, This is my life and I love it?!” Now go tell your friends how fly I am…. ”

Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

Favorite song: “Don’t Wanna Fight”

Jay – “Sometimes relationships can be a struggle and I love how Alabama Shakes describe it on this sexy Blues-Rock beat.”


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