You deserve a good and balanced playlist in 2018

January’s FADER Staff Picks playlist is by social media editor Ali Suliman.

January 02, 2018
You deserve a good and balanced playlist in 2018

There's a FADER Staff Picks playlist on Apple Music and Spotify, and every month we wipe the whole thing clean and replace it with a brand new three hours of music, selected by a different staff member.


To kick off 2018, join social media editor Ali Suliman as you (sonically, we do not actually condone this) hop the MTA turnstiles for a 69-song marathon through the five boroughs and then some. The playlist sounds like falling asleep on the A train and ending up in Far Rockaway, and so naturally there is a bevy of Dipset cuts, Fabolous, and sounds from across the diaspora in tracks from Alsarah & The Nubatones, Vybz Kartel, and more.

There's not actually much balance here, but shit, Ali is a Gemini so what'd you expect. Listen to the playlist on Apple Music here, and on Spotify below.


Alsarah & The Nubatones, “Habibi Taal”
Jim Jones, “Harlem”
Daboii, “Reckless”
N.E.R.D, “Provider”
Popcaan, “Mi Baby Dat”
Geko feat. Ard Ardz, “Khalas”
Kelis, “Get Along With You”
Vybz Kartel, “Empire Army”
03 Greedo, “Shittin (Lately)”
DeJ Loaf feat. Future, “Hey There”
Fabolous, “Gotta Be Thug”
Young Thug feat. Gucci Mane , “Shooting Star”
Mostack, “You Buy Balenciagas”
Nef The Pharaoh feat. Eric Bellinger and Ty Dolla Sign, “Action”
Kelela, “Bank Head”
Suspect, “FBG”
Gucci Mane, “Plug Talk”
Hasani, “Navy Blue”
The Lox, “Can I Live”
Juls feat. Soon & Odunsi (The Engine), “My Wave”
Lil Durk, “Don’t Understand Me”
Yhung T.O., “Slidin’”
Rowdy Rebel feat. Bobby Shmurda, “Computers”
Young Jeezy, “Talk To Em”
The Diplomats, “I Love You”
Youngboy Never Broke Again, “So Long”
Burna Boy, “Body to Body”
Sade, “Is It A Crime”
Z Money feat. Valee, “Two 16’s”
Sicko Mobb feat. A$AP Ferg, “Fiesta Remix”
100s, “Brick $ell Phone”
Young Thug feat. Jacquees, “Amazing”
Syd, “Know”
Wizkid, “Picture Perfect”
Migos, “Struggle”
Kamiayah, “Swing My Way”
Frank Ocean, “Lost”
Blakroc feat. Jim Jones and Mos Def, “Ain’t Nothing Like You”
Mr. Eazi, “Skintight”
Popcaan, “Evil”
Steve Monite, “Only You”
Juelz Santana, “Down”
Jeremih feat. Stefflon Don & Krept & Konan, “London”
Kanye West, “Saint Pablo”
Keyshia Cole, “Love”
French Montana, “Mac & Cheese”
Hoodrich Pablo Juan, “Master Sensei Platinum”
Key, “Free Waffles 2”
SahBabii feat. T3, “Marsupial Superstars”
SD, “Circles”
Katie Got Bandz, “I Need A Hitta”
Yasiin Bey “Pistola”
JAY-Z, “Young, Gifted, and Black”
Ycee feat. Maleek Berry, “Juice”
Lil Wayne, “Receipt”
King Krule, “Border Line”
Eve, “Let Me Blow Ya Mind”
Delegation, “Oh Honey”
Bankroll Fresh, “M.O.B.”
Chief Keef, “Negro”
Alkaline, “City”
Ty Dolla $ign feat. Jagged Edge, “Straight Up”
Novelist, “1 Sec”
Jill Scott, “He Loves Me”
Mint Condition, “Pretty Brown Eyes”
Fabolous feat. Tamia, “Into You”
Ghostface Killah feat. Ne-Yo & Kanye West, “Back Like That Remix”
Doughboyz Cashout, “Whatever You Want”
Shy Glizzy, “Take Me Away”

You deserve a good and balanced playlist in 2018