CANNAPOWERLISTAPE by Abdu Ali

City Paper

When surfing, I like to be empowered by the sounds of the ocean. I let ’em come inside of me and hope to be propelled up to space. I felt like that when high, and listening to these albums not only provokes your soul to move, but charges all your chakras to be aligned, helping you get one step closer to some super-powerful meditative state: nirvana. From the “Akira” soundtrack to Lil’ Kim’s “Hard Core,” this list features music of raw holy beauty that, when you experience it, will change everything in you. These are not bliss soundtracks that blind your reality into an ignorant opaque state, but music that provokes an internal utopia, that compels you to wake up and be different.

-Geinoh Yamashirogumi, “Akira: Original Soundtrack”

-DJ Paul and Lord Infamous, “Come with Me 2 Hell Part 2”

-Curtis Mayfield, “Super Fly”

-Erykah Badu, “Mama’s Gun”

-B L A C K I E, “IMAGINE YOUR SELF IN A FREE AND NATURAL WORLD”

-Patti Smith Group, “Radio Ethiopia”

-Alice Coltrane, “Journey in Satchidananda”

-Big Tony aka Miss Tony, “Master of Ceremonies”

-Kelela, “Cut 4 Me”

-Lil’ Kim, “Hard Core”


Along with City Paper contributor Lawrence Burney, rapper Abdu Ali hosts KAHLON, at The Crown on April 18 with performances from Ali, Princess Nokia, Debonair Samir, TSU Dance Crew, and more.

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