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Make Your Own Spotify Premium Playlist (iPhone, iPad, Android)

October 28, 2018 - By 

If you use Spotify Premium and you want to make a playlist of your own, follow these steps on creating, editing, and deleting a Spotify Premium playlist. These steps only work with iPhones, iPads, and Androids.

I iPhone/iPad

 

A Create Playlist

 

1 Tap the Your Library icon (it looks like ||\) on the bottom right corner of your iPhone or iPad screen.

2 Tap “Playlists >.”

3 Scroll down until you see the green-and-white “CREATE PLAYLIST” button. Click it!

4 After you click “CREATE PLAYLIST,” a “Create New Playlist” option should appear. Type the name of your playlist and click “Create.”

 

You can now find that playlist in “Your Library,” the button that looks like ||\.

 

B Add Songs to Playlist

 

1 Search for any track by tapping the magnifying glass “Search” on the bottom of your screen and typing the name of your track in the “Search” option on top of your iPhone/iPad screen. Once your song appears, tap it.

2 After you tapped the song, it should appear in full view on your screen. Tape the horizontal three-dotted line (…) on the right.

3 Select “Add to Playlist.”

4 Select a playlist. This should add the song to your playlist.

 

Keep doing this process until you have the songs you want on your playlist. Stuck on ideas of what to add? You can find “Recommended Songs” at the bottom of your playlist. It suggests songs based on the name of your playlist and its track listing.

 

C Edit Playlist

 

If you want to remove songs

 

1 Tap the (…) button in the top-right corner of your playlist.

2 Tap “Edit.”

3 Tap the tiny red circle to the LEFT of the song.

4 Tap “Delete.”

 

If you want to reorder the track listing

 

1 Tap the (…) button in the top-right corner of your playlist.

2 Tap “Edit.”

3 Press and hold the button with three horizontal lines, found at the RIGHT of the song. Move it up or down to choose the position of the song.

 

D Delete Playlist

 

1 In Your Library “||\,” tap “Playlists.” Then tap “Edit” in the top-right corner.

2 Tap the tiny red circle on the left of your playlist.

3 Tap “Delete.”

 

Alternatively, you can tap the (…) button on the top-right corner of the playlist and select “Delete Playlist.”

 

II Android

 

A Create playlist

 

1 Tap the Your Playlist “||\” option on the bottom right of your Spotify screen.

2 Tap “Playlists.”

3 Tap the musical note icon on the upper right corner of your screen.

4 Type the name of your playlist. Then tap “CREATE.”

 

Your playlist is finished. And just like the iPhone or iPad, the Android will find you “Recommended Songs” at the bottom of the screen (if you scroll down). You can search for whichever songs you want using the bottom “Search” icon then the top “Search” bar on your screen.

 

B Add to Playlists

 

1 With any track, tap the VERTICAL three-dotted icon on the upper right of your screen.

2 Tap “Add to Playlist.”

3 Tap the playlist to which you want to add the song.

 

C Edit Playlist

 

Remove songs?

 

1 Tap the vertical three-dotted line icon on the top right corner of your playlist.

2 Tap “Edit Playlist.”

3 Tap the black circle on the left (not red like with the iPhone/iPad).

 

Reorder songs?

 

1 Tap that vertical three-dotted line on the top right corner of your playlist.

2 Tap “Edit Playlist.”

3 Press and hold the three horizontal lined icon to the RIGHT of your song and move it up or down.

4 Once your playlist is reordered, tap “Save” up top.

 

D Delete Playlist

 

1 After tapping Your Library “||\,” tap Playlists.

2 Tap the vertical three-dotted line to the right of the playlist you choose.

3 Scroll down until you see “Delete Playlist.” Tap that.

4 Tap “DELETE” to confirm.

Stuck on what songs to add to your playlist? How about some hip-hop songs for Halloween (as this article was written in late October)? Part 1 and 2 can be found here and here.


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Hip-Hop Tracks to Add to Your Halloween Playlist (Part 2)

October 21, 2018 - By 

Making a Halloween playlist this year? For a party? Or just a long drive to a party? Make sure to add the classics… Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” “Monster Mash,” Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me,” the Ghostbusters theme… Wait! What about some hip-hop tracks?

Hip-hop isn’t often the genre that comes to mind when thinking of Halloween music. On a closer glance, when you examine the lyrics and production of the genre, it can be. You can find soooo many rap songs discussing murder, violence, Satanism, serial killers, monsters, horror movies, and more spoooooooky stuff.

For this list, I’ve assembled eight rap songs to add to your Halloween playlist, to add to the OTHER eight I put on Part 1 of this list.

Gravediggaz – 6 Feet Deep (1994)

Who cares it’s the 20th of May? Play this title track off RZA’s side project on the 31st of October, and it’s slightly off-key instrumentalization, aggressive delivery, and murderous references will give you chills and vibes strictly for the most wonderful Holiday of the year. If only it fell on a weekend more often. (Not until 2020.)

The Notorious B.I.G – Suicidal Thoughts (1994)

In this final track off his debut album Ready to Die, the Notorious BIG calls up his mentor, Puff Daddy, in the middle of the night to tell him he’s thinking of suicide. In a long verse with no hook, Biggie expresses guilt for his mistakes, even desires to go to Hell instead of Heaven, while Puffy pleads with Biggie to stay alive in the song’s ab-libs. The telephone distortion of Puffy’s voice, plus the sounds of gunshots, falling on the floor, and a slowing heartbeat make the song realistic… and spoo-oo-oo-ooky!

DMX – Damien (1998)

In this up-tempo yet eerie track off DMX’s debut album, X converses with a character “Damien,” who is the devil in disguise. Damien convinces X to do despicable things in return for fortune and fame. (Damien says he’s like Chucky, when really he’s named after the son of the devil from The Omen.) The devil saying, “To be continued,” at the end will spike up your arm hairs for sure.

DMX – The Omen (1998)

A sequel to “Damien,” this track off Flesh of My Flesh; Blood of My Blood opens with DMX surviving a shooting, followed by creepy keys underneath X’s trademark dog barks, comparable to a werewolf howling at the moon. Then the story with X and Damien continues where it left off. An unusual appearance from Marilyn Manson on the hook should really force this track to your Halloween playlist.

Fabolous/Jadakiss – F vs J Intro (2017)

Rappers Fabolous and Jadakiss duet on this intro to Fab’s Friday on Elm Street. Ghoulish production over classic drumbeat samples are just the beginning of Fab and Jada’s horror movie vibes throughout the song. Fabolous is Freddy Krueger and Jadakiss is Jason Voorhees, respect to the letters of their first names.

Whodini – Freaks Come Out at Night (1984)

This old-school classic describes night life in the ’80s, how people became different at night, unleashing their inner freaks. You can say it’s similar to how people turn into werewolves at the sight of a full moon. You’re Halloween party turns into a bunch of freaks when you add this to your playlist. That is if they remember the song.

D12 – American Psycho (2001)

Slim Shady opens this spooooky track with “I’m the Devil.” In his introductory verse, he alludes to Silence of the Lambs and, well, speaks in tongues. In his killer hook, he shouts, “Journey into the mind of a psychopath killer.” After that comes, um, Bizarre’s verse, a creep factor you’ll never un-hear. Top it off with Kon Artis’s nod to Michael Myers and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” and you’re good!

D12 – Devil’s Night (2001)

How is this title track off the debut album of Eminem’s side project NOT Halloween-related? When a) it’s titled after October 30th, Devil’s Night, b) the “rap God” ironically sings the hook as the devil, c) Swift calls himself Poltergeist, after the 1982 horror film, d) Kon Artis says he’s a “walking zombie” in a Michael Jackson “Beat It” jacket, e) Kuniva’s verse is so descriptively violent it’s partially censored, and f) Bizarre?

See Part 1 of this list by clicking here.

 


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Hip-Hop Tracks to Add to Your Halloween Playlist (Part 1)

October 15, 2018 - By 

Making a Halloween playlist this year? For a party? Or just a long drive to a party? Make sure to add the classics… Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” “Monster Mash,” Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me,” the Ghostbusters theme… Wait! What about some hip-hop tracks?

Hip-hop isn’t often the genre that comes to mind when thinking of Halloween music. On a closer glance, when you examine the lyrics and production of the genre, it can be. You can find soooo many rap songs discussing murder, violence, Satanism, serial killers, monsters, horror movies, and more spoooooooky stuff.

For this list, I’ve assembled eight rap songs to add to your Halloween playlist, for your chance to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with the most wonderful music. There will be a part 2 with eight more.

Kanye West – Monster (2010)

This collabo of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy has Kanye, Rick Ross, Jay-Z, and Nicki Minaj comparing themselves to monsters. The creep factor sinks in as soon as you hear that introductory monster scream. Dope verses follow, and as soon as you hear Jay-Z name-check nearly every monster in the book, your Halloween-themed party is in full effect. And you didn’t even get to Nicki’s MONSTER of a guest verse.

Dr. Dre – Murder Ink (1999)

Now what screams “Halloween” more than the actual Halloween Michael Myers theme? It loops throughout this track off Dre’s classic 2001 album while rappers Hittman and Ms. Roq spit about what else but killing a bunch of people. Play it at your party, and horror movie fans will get flashbacks while hip-hop heads would think you have great taste in music.

Geto Boys – My Mind Playing Tricks On Me (1991)

Who could leave out hip-hop’s most famous anthem of paranoia? Released in 1991, this song allowed rappers to rap about the mental stress of being “gangsta,” laying foundations for the horrorcore subgenre. Many “scary” rap songs wouldn’t exist if not for this. Come on. Bushwick Bill’s ending verse is about a disturbing incident he thought took place on Halloween.

DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince – Nightmare on My Street (1988)

Simply, Will Smith AKA “the Fresh Prince” raps about his encounter with Freddy Krueger.

Eminem – Kim (2000)

In Slim Shady’s twisted tale of domestic abuse, Slim maniacally raps as himself and baby mama Kim. When Slim discovers Kim cheated, Slim screams violently at the top of his lungs (while his daughter is sleeping), takes Kim for a brief drive (while drunk, oooo), drags her out the car, and slits her throat. This is a horror film acted out in song, a hip-hop musical, pretty much. It’s Halloween vibes in full force, but I recommend you play it on your way to your Halloween party. Not at it.

Immortal Technique – Dance with the Devil (2001)

The sampled piano beat should give Immortal Technique’s vivid story of “gangsta acceptance” a dark and sinister vibe. The story is detailed, horrific, disturbing, and possibly true. Just imagine if it was told in real time as Billy (the main character in the song) and his mother, like Eminem’s “Kim.” Ooooooooo.

Snoop Dogg – Serial Killa (1993)

This is a track off Snoop’s debut album, Doggystyle, and it’s about what else but serial killers. The spooky factors here are a) the production, in some areas, b) the second hook shouting “SERIAL KILLA!!” panning rapidly from left to right, and c) RBX deeply saying, “Not pic-a-nic baskets. Pic-a-nic caskets.”

Dr. Dre / Ice Cube – Natural Born Killaz (1994)

Dr. Dre and Ice Cube’s first collabo after N.W.A has the two emcees rapping about, you guessed it, killing. The track’s murderous imagery, plus its heavily distorted West-Coast-style production, will have you question why it isn’t on any other Halloween playlists. Fun fact: it was released in October 1994. I wonder why October.

Click here for Part 2 of tracks to add to your Halloween playlist.


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