STEVIE JOHNSON BLOG: MY FAVORITE 5 ALBUMS
Every week, NFL websites come out with their power rankings, rating teams. But here are my power ranking for the five greatest music albums of all time.
By STEVIE JOHNSON
1. Country Grammar – NELLY
This is the first CD I ever bought. I listened to it all day every day. I think there was a point where I actually thought I was Nelly for a minute. Haha. I was young, but when he released the song “Country Grammar” I had to have the CD. It is hard to say which song was the best. "Country Grammar," "E.I.", 'Ride Wit Me" all were hits.
2. Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of my Blood – DMX
The realness of DMX’s lyrics and the content throughout all the tracks were really captivating. X’s lyrics spoke to his life, what he went through, his struggles. It was one of the first albums I remember that was so insightful and so much more a story than about money, drugs, gangs, etc., that it inspired me to want to tell stories about real-life situations with a more intelligent twists to them. Listen to the way DMX tells his story, too. Pretty impressive and inspiring. The tracks "Slippin," "Coming From," "Heat," and "Bring Yo Whole Crew" all stand out.
3. 21 – Adele
My wife put me on to Adele. I bought her album on iTunes, started playing it, and now I can't stop listening to it. Her lyrics are incredible. She took a very painful story of lost love and turned it into her own personal therapy. Her music is her therapy manifesting itself for us all to hear, feel, empathize, and sympathize. Her message is powerful and her voice has to be one of the most amazing voices out there right now. She is killing it. You can run down her entire album and be happy with all of the songs. My favorites are "Hometown Glory," "Someone Like You", and "Turning Tables." I really like all of them. Hard to pick favorites here.
4. The Fillmore Renaissance Story – Ya Boy
This is more of a mixtape than an album. My cousin YB gives his story from San Francisco to where he is now and everything in between. I play this mixtape as some motivation to continue my grind to succeed because we are from similar areas in SF. This tape identifies a lot of similarities, not just with me, but with everyone around that type of world/environment. The track "Change Up" is easily my favorite.
5. House of Balloons – The Weekend
I just started listening to "The Weekend" and I now constantly listen to his tracks. He is basically singing and making the songs for the younger male audiences about girls, partying, fly things -- but with a unique twist. He has fun with his music and speaks to those that are also about having fun. My favorite tracks are "The party & After Party," "The Zone," "The Birds Part 1," "Glass Table Girls," and "What You Need."
The Buffalo Bills WR is an aspiring hip-hop artist who shares his musical world throughout the season via his "Listen Up with SJ13" blog. Coming out of Kentucky, the 6-2, 210-pound Johnson wasn't drafted until the seventh round in 2008. But he exceeded all expectations with 82 catches for 1,073 yards in 2010. That breakout season led to him being named the Vizio Top Value Performer for being the NFL player who outplayed his salary by the widest margin.