Playlist #5: Hot Tea

Posted every Friday, hear my weekly playlist including some old and some new. Taking a step away from last week’s, Playlist #5 is a little more smooth sounding. This week we have Mahalia, Teyana Taylor, Blackwave, and more.

Teyana Taylor, “Issues/Hold On”


Teyana Taylor has the best body on this planet, look her up, and that’s partly why she’s the featured image. But besides all of that, Teyana is a Harlem singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, you name it–Teyana does everything. She gained popularity when she was featured on MTV’s My Super Sweet Sixteen and has been growing her base since then. Her latest album, K.T.S.E., stands for Keep That Same Energy, and is last of five G.O.O.D. Music albums produced by Kanye West. Her voice is so effortless and this album shows her flexibility and versatility as a music artist.

UMI, “Midnight Blues”

Super excited to share this one because UMI is up and coming. She is actually a student at USC in California and is just now entering her second year. She has dropped five singles before her four-track EP, Interlude, where “Midnight Blues” is found. Her sound and melodies are so chill and beautiful, with very relatable lyrics. This track is about a growing relationship and captures us when she sings “You make me feel like/I can, I can be loved again.”

Summer Walker, “CPR”

I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure Summer Walker is Atlanta-based. She is a new addition toLVRN/Interscope, home to other artists DRAM and 6lack. Her sound is like mellowed out R&B but she creates work that fits in with the current music scene without sacrificing her own style.

Raveena, “Honey”

I swear some of the best artists come from New York or Atlanta and to support that point is Raveena. Raveena is an Indian-American R&B singer-songwriter from New York. She layers her smooth voice over 90’s-inspired beats to create a melodic and tender track. Her style is very raw and her lyrics are very personal so if you like “Honey,” make sure to also check out “If Only.”

Kwaye, “Lost in My Boots”

I LOVE KWAYE. Kwaye is Zimbabwe-born, but was raised in London and was a student studying abroad at UCLA, focusing on classes related to the music industry. Immediately after he arrived at UCLA, he met a producer where together they have been creating amazing singles like “Cool Kids.” He adds some pop and jolt to his R&B sounds, creating a more upbeat sound compared to most R&B. Also, his fashion styling is amazing so all-around just an amazing guy.


Let me know how you like this week’s playlist and if you have suggestions for future playlists!

Caitie Santo

Hi, my name is Caitie Santo. I am a 22-year-old living in Chicago, Illinois. I was born in Fremont, California but later attended school at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. I graduated with a degree in marketing and I am currently working for a business management consulting firm in Chicago. 
I was exposed to the arts at a young age, and my appreciation grew as I pursued a professional career in ballet several years ago. Although that career path ended during my first year in college, my experience is still deeply intertwined with how I describe myself, whether it is the music I listen to, the things I do, or the things I wear. I hope to continue developing my artistic expression through the various projects I work on including this blog, where I will share whatever comes to my mind.

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