The Dark Before Dawn

Content Warning: this episode has heavy mentions of death, addiction, religion, and poverty. It is somewhat of a grieving space, listen at your own discretion.

Today we talk about The Negro Spiritual, and how some songs can act like a salve for the soul.

I'd like to point out that not all hymns, come from a church, and not all fellowship happens in a congregation. The divine, and paths to healing are agnostic.

There will be tears.

With Love,



  1. Lost in the World (Feat. Bon Iver) by Kanye West on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Roc-a-Fella Records)
  2. Sinner by Ric Wilson feat. Kweku Collins, Nick Kosma, Rane Raps, Hirsh on Banba - EP (Innovative Leisure)
  3. Break
  4. CCCXXV by Suicideyear on Japan (Software)
  5. Break
  6. Cowboys by Fugees on The Score (MIF)
  7. Me vs. Me by Otis Junior & Dr. Dundiff on 1Moment2Another (Jakarta Records)
  8. family ties by Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar (Columbia Records)
  9. Sorry Momma by YG Featuring Ty Dolla $ign on My Krazy Life (Def Jam Recordings)
  10. Hustler Muzik by Lil Wayne on Tha Carter II (Cash Money Records)
  11. Foe tha Love of $ (feat. Eazy-E) by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony on Creepin on ah Come Up (Ruthless Records)
  12. Design a Nation by Donald Byrd on Stepping Into Tomorrow (Blue Note Records)
  13. Ghetto Children (feat. Marc Dorsey and N.E.R.D.) by Kelis on Kaleidoscope (A Virgin Records America Release)
  14. i'm a thug by trick daddy (cash money)
  15. Hey Young World by Slick Rick on The Great American Adventures of Slick Rick (The Island Def Jam Music Group)
  16. Fabulous by Jaheim on Still Ghetto (Warner Records)
  17. wind parade by donald byrd on places and spaces (blue note)
  18. Parallel Timelines (feat. Mick Jenkins) [REMIX] by Heno. (Self-Released)
  20. gold fronts (feat. Lil Wayne) by Fousheé (self released)
  21. Stepping Into Tomorrow by Donald Byrd on Stepping Into Tomorrow (Blue Note Records)
  22. F.U.B.U (feat. The-Dream & BJ The Chicago Kid) by Solange, The-Dream, BJ The Chicago Kid on A Seat at the Table (Sony Music Entertainment)
  23. You Got Me (feat. Erykah Badu) by The Roots on things fall apart (DGC)
  24. Really Love by D’Angelo, The Vanguard on Black Messiah (RCA)
  25. Alright by Kendrick Lamar on To Pimp a Butterfly (Aftermath/Interscope)
  26. Joy by FKJ on French Kiwi Juice (Roche Musique)