Top 5’s | Olivia Louise

Within Hip Hop culture, determining one’s Top 5 is a debate that will seemingly continue forever. So, with that being said, I’ve asked artists to share and justify their Top 5 selections…


Olivia LouiseTop 5 Albums

Lauryn HillThe Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill 

“I’ll never forget the first time I heard this album in my parents car when I was about ten. I feel like I have literally grown up with this album and the older I get the more messages and lessons I uncover from it. It’s been a healer and a teacher for me and really inspired me to turn my poems into songs. To this day this is my favourite album. Ever.  I can’t possibly pick a favourite track, the whole album is classic.” 

Craig DavidBorn To Do It

“At a time where UK R&B was either non existent or very American sounding, Craig came into the scene like a breath of fresh air. I recently got to meet for a studio session with him and it was like a dream come true.  I used to listen to ‘Fill Me In’ and write all the lyrics so I could sing fast like Craig!”

AshantiAshanti 

“This album reminds me of my high school years, and again, it is another album I can listen to start to finish without skipping a single track. Ashanti’s soul and emotion is just that raw, old school R&B that they don’t make anymore! I want to bring that back! My favourite songs are ‘Baby’ and ‘Foolish’.”

Pro Era – The Secc$ Tape

“Well this isn’t an album, it’s a mixtape, but it’s album quality! It was only a few years ago that I discovered the collective Pro Era and I fell in love with their chilled Hip Hop sounds. Their lyrics reflected a conscious awareness, which was something I was awakening in myself at the time, so it resonated really well with me. My favourite songs are ‘Flyin Lo’ and ‘Synchronised EXtacy’.” 

Miss DynamiteLittle Deeper 

“This album is full of so many powerful messages for women. Listening to it makes me feel proud to be a woman! The rawness and realness of the topics she touches on most woman can truly relate to. This album definitely inspired me to speak up as a woman and speak up on important Issues and experiences. ‘It Takes More’ ‘Brother’ and ‘Put Him Out’ have the strongest messages for me”.

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