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Summertime Chi

IMG_6245As I am writing this, it is with great regret, deep remorse, paining sorrow, and a heavy heart… Summer is officially GONE!!! (Insert an unlimited number of sad face and crying emojis). Like seriously, BRING HER BACK LORD!!! I am not ready to see her go! Summer… my bestie… my A1… my friend… The hurt I’m feeling right now is like sitting in a window and watching your best friend pack up and move away to a different COUNTRY! A country of beautiful warm and sunny weather, full of gorgeous blue sky days, breathtaking sunsets, and endless cozy warm nights. My bestie… My favorite girl… Summer… She is gone away. What is life without my homie?! We have THE BEST times of all! Who else am I going to ride alone with, windows down, sunroof open, feeling the warm breeze, inhaling the fresh air, blasting music, dancing and singing my favorite jams as loud as I can?! Grooving off key, yet as happy as can be?!?! Who?! Tell me who! I mean, Autumn is OK , but a bit bipolar when she first comes around. Can’t quite choose whether she wants to be hot or cold, but the longer she stays, the more annoyed I become with her. And Winter?! Her and I don’t rock AT ALL!!! I can’t stand her! She looks pretty at times, but she’s hella dirty and so cold-hearted! I CAN’T!!! 30 years of dealing with her and I still can’t cope with her ways… She’s not people of my people! Spring… She can be a bit emo… Always crying… I mean she’s cool and all, but she’s not my Summer… Bottom line is, I wish I had a special button, a magic wand, a time machine, some glittery red slippers I can clap together, or just some frequent flyer miles to visit my girl Summer wherever she has moved to, until she comes back to visit me in Chicago again.

If you have yet to gather the impression from my previous statements, Summer is my absolute favorite time of the year. More particularly, as this blog is so affectionately titled, summertime in Chicago is my favorite. There’s just something about it! The warm weather, the atmosphere, the entire ambiance of the city itself is a whole mood. Chicago has SO MUCH to offer, and summertime in Chicago has even more! There’s all of the parades, the festivals, the carnivals, the shows, the food, the beach, the scenery, the pier… It’s amazing!!! None of which I got to experience this entire summer!!! Whyyyyy not you ask?!?! BECAUSE I’M A WORK-A-HOLIC!!! Want to know where I was or what I did all #Summer’18, the answer is working!!! Not one vacation, no trips to the beach for me, no Chicago activities AT ALL!!! Y’all I slept on summer in Chicago and now Summer is gone!!! “Alexa, play Beyonce All I Could Do Was Cry!!!”

In loving memory of Summer, I have included my summer playlist. It is a compilation of songs amassed across the duration of my time this year with Summer. All of the songs that we grooved to, sang along with, created new memories with or relived old times.

This list is…

  1. …Not all inclusive! I’m sure there are many other songs that I jammed to over the summer and simply forgot to add them to my playlist in the mist of me singing and driving!
  2. …Not in any order of importance or preference to me! This is simply the order in which I heard them and they were added to the list.
  3. …SO RANDOM! Genres all over the place! Definitely doesn’t follow one specific group!
  4. These songs are all DOPE! They’re all definitely #Mood! (At least they’re my mood) LOL
  5. If the song includes (***) next to it, it’s indicative of the fact that I’ve listened to it more than 10… probably 20 (or more) times… It’s a good song… Maybe you should add it to your playlist too! LOL
  6. Don’t judge my life!!! I LIKE WHAT I LIKE AND I WILL NOT BE SHAMED FOR IT!!! #RatchetMusicMatters! #RatchetMusicLoversMatterToo
  7. You can click on the songs below and listen to each of them!


  1. Drake- Nice for What***
  2. Cardi B- Be Careful***
  3. Cardi B ft. Chance the Rapper- Best Life***
  4. Cardi B ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin- I Like It
  5. Ella Mai- Naked***
  6. Ari Lennox- Night Drive*****
  7. Ari Lennox- La La La La
  8. Daniel Caesar ft. Kali Uchis- Get You*****
  9. O.T. Genasis- Everybody Mad
  10. Ella Mai- Boo’d Up***
  11. Jessie Reyez ft. Daniel Caesar- Figures***
  12. Demi Lovato- Sorry Not Sorry***
  13. Queen Naija- Medicine*****
  14. Demi Lovato- You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore
  15. Shyne ft. Barrington Levy- Bonnie & Shyne
  16. Queen Naija- Karma***
  17. Tobe Nwigwe- DAY ONES.
  18. Tobe Nwigwe & Tim Woods ft. Fat, Nell & Luke Whitney- Ten Toes*****
  19. Tobe Nwigwe- RIDE.
  20. Tobe Nwigwe- MURDER.
  21. Tobe Nwigwe- CHILL.
  22. Tobe Nwigwe- THE BLUES.
  23. Tobe Nwigwe- ZEN MASTER.
  24. Tobe Nwigwe- SNAP.***
  25. Tobe Nwigwe- JOCKIN**********
  26. Tobe Nwigwe- I CHOOSE YOU.***
  27. Tobe Nwigwe- FUEGO.
  28. Tobe Nwigwe ft. Lhitney & Fat- 100K.*****
  29. Tobe Nwigwe- SWAY.
  30. Tobe Nwigwe- HARD.
  31. Tobe Nwigwe- HEAT ROCK.
  32. Tobe Nwigwe- REALITY.
  33. Post Malone ft. Nicki Minaj- Ball for Me
  34. Khalid & Normani- Love Lies***
  35. Chance the Rapper- I Might Need Security**********
  36. Lil Duval ft. Snoop Dogg & Ball Greezy- Smile B!&%$
  37. K-Pilla- Hustlaz Anthem**********
  38. Tobe Nwigwe ft. David Michael Wyatt- I’m Dope**********
  39. Tobe Nwigwe- Wavy
  40. Plies- Sackway
  41. Buddy ft A$AP Ferg- Black***
  42. Smino- Netflix & Dusse***
  43. Smino- Anita
  44. Tobe Nwigwe- COLOR.

Disclaimer #1: I know y’all see a lot of Tobe Nwigwe on my list. I discovered Tobe over the summer and I LOVE everything about him and his team!!! They’re the dopest! Like their whole vibe is legit! I strongly recommend exploring his catalog because he’s definitely about to BLOW UP!!!


Tobe YouTube Page:

Tobe IG: @tobenwigwe

Fat IG: @theycallmefat

Nell IG: @lanellgrant

Disclaimer #2: K-Pilla IS MY FAMILY!!! Naw like legit, he’s bro for real!!! Hustlaz Anthem QUICKLY became one of my summer favorites! (Hence the 10 * behind the song title!) Only 4 songs won that distinction out of the entire list, and he was absolutely one of them! He’s definitely a talent of his own and once again, he comes highly recommended by me! His music can be found across your streaming platforms!


K-Pilla YouTube Page: KPILLATV

K-Pilla IG: @thisiskpilla

OK, I was about to sell myself hella short. I literally forgot that I did get away from work for 2 events this summer!!! First, I went and saw one of my absolute FAVORITES EVER, Sam Smith in concert for the very first time and it was AMAZING!!! He was so worth every penny and I had AWESOME seats! My sisters and I had a BLAST that night! He sung all of our hits and we sung right along with him at the top of our lungs for every song! I love Sam!

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Second, I went to the most random, yet ultimately EPIC WORK GATHERINGS OF ALL TIME!!! Imagine in your head… an outdoor-in-the-park concert in an upscale ritzy suburban neighborhood, decorated with tarps and tables, candles and candelabras, lawn chairs all about, and unlimited food, drinks, snacks and liquor… And the featured act of the night is 50 Cent… That is EXACTLY what this night was! A group full of doctors, nurses, techs, paramedics, and more! I can’t put into words just how B-A-N-A-N-A-S of a time we had, but it definitely goes down in the books for most creative AND cohesive team building exercise of all times! It was L-I-T!!! Thank you Mr. 50! LOL

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As Always My Loves,

Stay Loyal, Stay Royal!


Freddie J.



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  1. I love the summer especially in Chicago (LIT) but I must admit that Fall is my favorite! 😍😍 I love the feeling of cuddling up with a warm blanket when it’s a little chilly! πŸ€— and definitely can’t forget the hot chocolate and teasπŸ™ŒπŸΌ Pure Bliss!! A tradition and favorite of mine….on Halloween when I take the kiddos trick or treating i fill my cup with some good hot tea(sometimes wineπŸ˜‚) It puts me in a happy place! It’s something about the mixture of hot and cold that does it for me πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ˜œπŸ˜‹πŸ˜Š

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    • Well when you put it like that it sounds great! I don’t too much mind fall (for the most part) but when it gets closer to the winter side of fall, I’m ready to tap out!!! But yes, hot coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate are all delicious! Especially with so some Bailey’s or Kahlua added!πŸ˜‹β˜•οΈπŸ΅


  2. I absolutely love reading your blogs. Your creativity is boundless. I smile continuously reading and clinging to every word. My lil sister the author. Your talents are endless. I encourage you to try writing a novel or some sort. I will definitely support for I am a “true fan” of your writing. Besides you being my sister. Keep it up and I’ll keep on reading. Love you baby girl.
    Big Brother😍

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    • I absolutely love reading your blogs. Your creativity is boundless. I smile continuously reading and clinging to every word. My lil sister the author. Your talents are endless. I encourage you to try writing a novel or some sort. I will definitely support for I am a “true fan” of your writing. Besides you being my sister. Keep it up and I’ll keep on reading. Love you baby girl.
      Big Brother😍

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    • Awwww😒 thank you soooo much big brother! That was soooo sweet of you! I really appreciate your feedback, especially being as though how leery I was to start this blog and open myself up in this way, even still now. Thank you x one million! You love and support means the world to me! I love you bunches!πŸ€—πŸ˜˜


  3. Once winter come and starts showing its face I be so happy to see spring because I Know her sister “Summer” will soon follow. I love the changing of the city with the color of leaves on the tree and the coolness of the air but nothing beat “Summer”. She is my favorite also. Again this is a good read Freddie. I love to read them. I agree with your brother you should write a novel of some sort. Looking forward to the next one. Love You Mom…πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

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  4. Summer is my absolute favor season as well. I never did like winter because I absolutely hate being cold. Being in Texas going on 7 years I have a great appreciation for all seasons now because the weather is never to cold. It’s official fall and we still on high 80’s I’m good with that. I look forward to fall and winter only because I get to rock my boots and fall clothing.

    Good blog sis. Keep up the good work.

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  5. Love reading your blogs…..distracts me from life for a while…..I might give your playlist a go. I am more of a Fall girl…..I love the sweatpants…..the hoodies…..the coffee…..the hot chocolate…..the leaves changing colors…..and the cuddles!

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    • When you put it like that, you are so right!!! I LOVE sweatpants, hoodies and comfy socks! They’re my next Favorite clothing choice after sundresses and shorts. Plus coffee and hot chocolate WITH Bailey’s or Kahlua and marshmallows and whipped cream is a guilty pleasure of mine! 😍😍😍 Thank you for continuing to read and support my dear!πŸ€—πŸ˜˜


  6. Summertime Chi definitely goes down in the books for me not because I just read it but because I experienced it TWICE this summer!!! Thank you for having me! Love me some Chicago best friend 😘! Hope to get out there again next summer who knows maybe it will be for a Tobe event πŸ™ŒπŸΎ! By the way I’m still loving your posts Freddie I literally LOL!!!! Keep it up buttercup πŸ™πŸΎ

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