If Houston emcee Jay-Von’s “Summer Vibes” playlist doesn’t get you in the summer mood, nothing will.

Summer is the season for cookouts, road trips, flaunting your “summer body” on the beach if you effectively leveled up in the gym, love, and things you might regret months from now but certainly not in the moment. Even though the summer solstice doesn’t officially start until two weeks from now – June 20th, to be exact – music heads have been choosing their songs for the summer as early as March.

Leave it to Jay-Von, however, to come up with an early way to beat the heat. Mind you, it’s not ice cream or a tall glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade. Rather, the Houston emcee with a flare for making playlist building an art form (his Kung Fu Kenny vs. Drizzy mix, after all, tried to put an end to the Drake vs. Kendrick debate earlier this year) has assembled a collection of songs to get listeners into a summer mood. The result? “Summer Vibes,” the latest curated playlist from Vonzilla.

Clocking in at just under four hours in length, the “Summer Vibes” playlist features many of the essential summer sound providers – Dom Kennedy, for example, E-40, Snoop Dogg, Pac, Drake, and of course, Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff. And, being from Houston, of course there’s an H-Town presence on the playlist. Kirko Bangz (by way of “Swang N Bang”), Fat Pat and Lil’ KeKe, Big Moe, Pimp C all make appearances. Jay-Von even finds a place for “Flossin’,” the Bobby Earth collab off his recent F*ck A Title EP. But Von makes the case for some newer additions to course through the speakers at the cookout, too. Bruno Mars’ “Callin All My Lovelies,” Beyonce’s “Party” cut with Andre 3000, and Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO TOUR Lif3” can all be found within the playlist.

But the best part of “Summer Vibes,” may be how Jay-Von makes the most unlikely combinations sound like matches made in heaven.

An opening quadruple hitter of “Summertime” into Dom K’s “Ice Cream Truck” into Domino’s “Getto Jam” into Biggie’s “Juicy” will get listeners bodyrocking almost immediately. Playboy Carti’s “Magnolia” and Calvin Harris’s “Slide” featuring Frank Ocean and the Migos couldn’t be any more different, yet they run into one another perfectly. Naughty by Nature’s “Feel Me Flow” seems to pick up exactly where Aaliyah’s “Back & Forth” leaves off. And somehow, someway, Wale’s Attention:Deficit cut “Pretty Girls” fits perfectly next to Big Moe’s “City of Syrup.” You’ll have to ask Jay-Von how he pulled that off.

But break out your swim gear, fire up the grill, and take a listen to Jay-Von’s “Summer Vibes” playlist for yourself here by way of APple Music.

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