As I start to reflect on 2017, a few realizations hit me. The first, of course, being that most of this year is a year I don't want to remember, for a host of the reasons. But of the things I do want to remember, the one that stands out is taking risks. For me, the notion of playing it safe rarely defines my day to day actions, even if taking risks sometimes has negative consequences in the short term. On this particular playlist, I start things off on the weekend, with a remix of my favorite SZA song from 2017. From there, I move to trap to pop to soul to back to pop before moving into Cardi B's new hit single. "Boy Like You," "Bohemian Queen," "Femmebot" and "Bartier Cardi" are all riffs on female empowerment, though in very different styles. "Fake ID" is a loose Nigerian-inflicted dance track that gets lost in drunken abandon.
On the latter half of the playlist, momentary doubts and regrets start to build in but the brilliant remix of Jamila Wood's "LSD" about Chicago's Lake Shore Drive is another defiant track about backing away from hate and negativity. With JONES' "Something Bout Our Love," the late-night spirit of the dancefloor lingers on, in a kind of disco-tined nostalgia. But the playlist's eponymous track - Cassie's "Don't Play It Safe" is all about not waiting and playing it safe for love. If you extend this message to life in general, it seems like the only attitude to have if 2018 will be better than 2017.