Mo. City emcee Jay-Von drops an inspiring new playlist mix entitled “Uplifting.”

We’ve highlighted Jay-Von’s playlists on Day & A Dream for quite some time now. The Mo. City emcee and Picture My Vision Entertainment affiliate doesn’t just make an art out of chaining punchlines – he also makes art out of putting songs together to create a feeling or moment.

Take, for example, the time Jay-Von put together the best songs of one Aubrey Graham and one Kendrick Lamar Duckworth to inspire debate (and, in the process, show how far both rappers have come from their beginnings). Or the time he reminded us that a little rain and storming outside wasn’t stopping nothing if you were in the mood for loving.

For his latest playlist, however, Jay-Von isn’t aiming to make people think or send a risky text. Rather, a week ago, Vonzilla curated a selection of tracks named simply “Uplifting.” The tagline for the playlist sums up its purpose: “May the best of your todays, be the worst of your tomorrows.”

Over seven hours long, “Uplifting” is all about encouragement, motivation and giving the listener a real sense of peace. Ironically, there’s not a single gospel song on Jay-Von’s “Uplifting” playlist – well, not any traditional gospel music, anyway. Dom Kennedy’s “Dom’s Prayer” kicks the playlist off, for example, and Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam” and Chance The Rapper’s “How Great” both make appearances. But virtually everything else, is about simply about inspiring an encouraging mood.

Anthems like Jadakiss’s “We Gon’ Make It,” OutKast’s “Liberation,” ¬†Wu-Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M.,” Kanye’s “Champion” and Drake’s “Successful” can be found throughout the playlist, too. There’s also a few random entrants that surprisingly fall right in place. “The Remedy” by Jason Mraz, for example, sounds like the perfect precursor to Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright.”

But the hallmark of every Jay-Von playlist, is how it’s built to where certain songs become perfect pairings. “Uplifting” is no exception – it just happens to do so in the most clever ways. It’s a genius move to follow “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” by Diddy, with Rick Ross and Cee-Lo Green’s “Tears of Joy.” Poor Righteous Teachers’ “Shakiyla” is the perfect bridge between two Lupe tracks in “Paris Tokyo” and “All Black Everything.” And hearing the sing-songy nature of Nas’s “I Can” roll out the red carpet for Ashanti’s joy on “Happy” just makes the listener feel good. Oh, and not to worry: ever the representer, Jay-Von includes Houston artists on “Uplifting” as well, including himself, Izzar Thomas, and Big Pokey, amongst others, in the mix.

Whether it’s showing how timeless Big Daddy Kane and Erick Sermon jams are, or reminding us that even N.E.R.D and Freeway have deep cuts, “Uplifting” is worth a spin or three to get your mind right. The only thing it MIGHT do wrong? Reminding us of the Dom Kennedy of old, who used to be really good when he got in his zone.

Head over to Apple Music here to run Jay-Von’s “Uplifting” playlist for yourself.

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