Welcome again to Takeover Tuesday, the place every week, Billboard faucets chart-topping artists and tastemakers to compile their very personal playlist unique to Billboard's Spotify account. We give the artists free rein to base the checklist on no matter topic they select. The solely rule? Make it as inventive and distinctive to them as potential.
2019 could have simply begun, however Watsky already has a stellar yr forward. The Los Angeles-based rapper is releasing his fifth studio album, Complaint, on Jan. 11, then will embark on a 29-date North American tour, together with a particular present with Atmosphere at Red Rocks Amphitheater on Feb. 1.
But even with the thrilling issues forward in 2019, Watsky sees the beginning of a brand new yr as an opportunity to develop each as an artist and as an individual. So for his New Year's Day Takeover Tuesday playlist, the 32-year-old compiled 16 songs that mirror the "progress and beginnings" he's wanting ahead to experiencing this yr.
"To me a brand new yr is all in regards to the that means we assign to the second ... one other alternative to be reminded to proceed to step deeper into the folks we wish to be and the lives we wish to dwell," Watsky says. "I needed the playlist to have a little bit of anticipation, swagger, a sense of welcoming, and just a little little bit of self-doubt sprinkled on the highest, to be real looking."
Some of the track titles are evocative in themselves (Noname's "Reality Check," Oliver Tree's "When I'm Down"), and others are putting with their infectious vibes, much like these Watsky brings on his personal information (Glass Animals' "Season 2 Episode three," Warren G and Nate Dogg's "Regulate"). The playlist additionally highlights a few of 2018's breakout stars like Billie Eilish and Brockhampton, in addition to a handful of under-the-radar artists equivalent to Feed the Biirds, Max Miller-Loran (embedded beneath) and Still Woozy.
Whatever you make of Watsky's alternatives, his largest hope is to unfold positivity for the brand new yr: "Let’s love ourselves greater than we hate ourselves in 2019, evolve nearer to our ultimate varieties, hear music in every single place, and shoot glitter out of our eye-sockets."
Listen to Watsky's "Growth and Beginnings" Takeover Tuesday playlist beneath.