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 artistic and distinctive to them as attainable.
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 replicate the "development and beginnings" he's wanting ahead to experiencing this yr.
"To me a brand new yr is all in regards to the which 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 stay," Watsky says. "I needed the playlist to have a little bit of anticipation, swagger, a sense of welcoming, and a bit of little bit of self-doubt sprinkled on the highest, to be practical."
Some of the tune titles are evocative in themselves (Noname's "Reality Check," Oliver Tree's "When I'm Down"), and others are putting with their infectious vibes, just like these Watsky brings on his personal data (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 comparable to Feed the Biirds, Max Miller-Loran (embedded under) and Still Woozy.
Whatever you make of Watsky's picks, 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 remaining varieties, hear music in all places, and shoot glitter out of our eye-sockets."
Listen to Watsky's "Growth and Beginnings" Takeover Tuesday playlist under.