Jasper Jams: J-Deli Edition!

By Karen Flores, Asst. Features Editor

One of the main things that I love about NYC are the delis. Not only are they walking distance, but they are a place where you could buy just about anything you want. Jasper Deli bears the same green colors as MC and in a way, has become a staple place on campus. Now, if you have gone to buy something there, whether it is to get an iced coffee after a morning class or a hangover helper after a crazy weekend, chances are you have met Hail, the cashier at J-Deli.

When asked what his top artists were, Hail gave me the following list: Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, Nas, Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift. He said that choosing specific songs was a hard task, so I have taken it upon myself to pick some of my favorites from these artists. 

Finals are coming up and we all need to destress. So while you are on your way to J-Deli to get your food and coffee during these last few days, put on your headphones and listen to some of the tunes below! (Also, say hey to Hail while you’re there!) 

N95 – Kendrick Lamar

The beat on this song is insane. When I first heard this song, I automatically knew it would be one of my favorite songs on the album. If you sit and listen to the lyrics closely, you’ll understand why I believe that Kendrick’s words are impeccable. 

LOVE ft Zacari – Kendrick Lamar

This is a nice and calm song to listen to while you walk home. Zacari has such an angelic voice and it gives a nostalgic vibe. I think when people think of Kendrick they just associate him with rap music but it’s songs like these that I think show the range he has as an artist. 

My. Life ft 21 Savage, Morray –  J Cole

There are many songs that talk about the struggles of poverty but I think this one goes into how even if you are successful, you still see those who you were once close to continue to struggle with the memories connected to that struggle. It’s a song that gives perspective.

The Pressure – Nas

Nas has such a vintage vibe to his music, even now when rap has become so diverse. It’s a song I listen to when I know I’m stressed and having a nice flow to a song helps keep the pressure in check. Nas is a good rap artist to keep on your playlist especially if you like hip hop and rap music. He’s a classic. 

It Will Rain – Bruno Mars

Singing to a song like this one with your friend or roommate is so liberating. Bruno Mars’ vocals as he harmonizes and sings are so emotionally intense that you can feel the heart wrenching lyrics as you sing even if you can’t hit the note correctly. Plus if you like Twilight, it’s a bonus that this is on the soundtrack. 

Style – Taylor Swift

I wouldn’t say I’m a Swiftie because I don’t know much of her new music, but play me a song like “Style” that is more than seven years old and I will sing my heart out. The bass beat of this song and the drums are probably my favorite thing about this track. I love the lyrics because of the ironies of them looking perfect together but not being good for each other. 

You Need to Calm Down – Taylor Swift

The name of this song is great. Listen to it when you need to calm down. I like how it’s an anthem of not caring about what people think or say cause it reflects on them not you. I mean the music video itself is amazing. I sing this as loud as I can (even though the song says “you need to calm down, you’re being too loud).