Top 5’s | Jerome Thomas

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…

Jerome ThomasTop 5 Albums

D’Angelo – Brown Sugar

“Pretty much the album that started it all off for me. The grooves, the melody lines, the harmonies, the musicality, the writing… I could go on. This album is a classic.”

Amy Winehouse – Frank

“The best modern take on Jazz by far, in my opinion. The album effortlessly takes you from Jazz to Hip Hop and back again. Paired with Amy’s vocals and clever note choices, this album is timeless, and also got me through my 1st year of university.”

Donell Jones – Where I Wanna Be

“I remember I went to New York for the 1st time, I was about 10 and my grandad took me to a music store and I picked this album up. I banged this album so much the CD stopped working. Where I Wanna Be is R&B in its truest form, from production to vocal delivery.”

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

“I love the sense of freedom this album exudes, it’s intellectual, with tricky time signatures and thought provoking subjects. It’s got a nostalgic undertone with nods to old rare groove tunes that my mum would play, but plays with the whole spectrum of Soul music, fusing Hip Hop with Funk and Jazz.”

Jill Scott – Who Is Jill Scott? Words And Sounds Volume 1

“This album is silk, it’s fluid and there isn’t a track I skip. This was the first time I’d heard poetry and music married together in such a way. It’s easy, but far from simple.”


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