#NewMusicFriday: What You Need To Hear

After we got an abundance of musical blessings last week it looks like the rain isn’t stopping any time soon. Let’s get into it.

Escape From New York – Beast Coast

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Albums from groups are in a league all their own. However this project is from a SUPERGROUP, consisting of groups The Underachievers, Flatbush Zombies, and Pro Era for a total of 10 artists. These guys were essentially the soundtrack to my high school career with their solo work so to see them all come together for a full project is a nostalgic dream becoming reality. Before we were all invested in astrology and stones Beast Coast was already telling us to keep our third eye open. Being able to go between conscious rap, mellowed out vibes, hype or straight up gritty tracks is a tough feat but for these guys its simply in their nature to be masters of all of them.

Apollo XXI – Steve Lacy

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Steve is the coolest guitarist/singer on the planet. After producing on the Grammy nominated Ego Death before graduating High School and expanding his production resume with credits on projects by Kali Uchis, Ravyn Lenae and of course The Internet themselves it’s safe to say he had a big couple of years. Now we finally get his his debut solo album following his EP like project Steve Lacy’s Demo from 2017. Worth the wait? Absolutely.

Flying Lotus – Flamagra

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Some of y’all may not recognize this name. But, you’ll be very familiar once you finish listening. Flying Lotus is a producer but his music goes far beyond a melody and some drums. This project is 27 tracks long KEEP READING and features Anderson .Paak, Solange, Denzel Curry, Tierra Whack and more. There’s a healthy dose of instrumental tracks as well. If you don’t find something up here you like I don’t know what to tell you.

4 Real 4 Real – YG

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With a rollout that’s gained mixed reactions YG is here with his latest album. Keeping to his West Coast roots he’s looking to redeem himself after his last project which was not well received by multiple fans. Will he be successful?

All these albums are available on streaming services now!

 

#NewMusicFriday: WHat You Need to Hear

The “H” is capitalized on purpose. (If you know you know) I know it’s been a MINUTE but I’m back to give y’all what y’all need to hear today. We got multiple releases across a variety of styles this time around so there has to be something in this list you like. If not…

Too Many Gods – A$AP Rocky X Joey Bada$$

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I’m aware there are multiple artists on this album. But that Weeknd, SZA and Travis was meh to me. This right here tho? Definitely fire. Ominous production with just enough bounce that you can still nod your head to it. Joey and Rocky both get a verse with Joey on hook duty. The “gods” theme runs throughout the brief track as they both discuss the trials that come with such a status and all the facets that come with it. And for the longtime Rocky listeners, there’s even a pitched down “Uh” tucked in at the very end of the track.

P.S. The Chloe X Halle track “Wolf at Your Door” is also worth peeping as their vocals glide all over the production effortlessly. And it just sounds BEAUTIFUL.

The Last Party – Matt Martians

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If you know The Internet you know Matt Martians. If you know The Jet Age of Tomorrow you really know Matt Martians. Matt’s music is a salad bowl of soul, funk, hip hop with a drizzle of raspberry vinaigrette of space. As in the galaxy. This is his sophomore solo album after saying he would never make another one on his debut. This one is special as production comes from a variety of people including Matt himself, his fellow band mates and others yet they all captured his signature sound. If you like The Internet and are ready to get a similar vibe but one from another planet this is the one for you.

CrasH Talk – ScHoolboy Q

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This is why I capitalized the “H” in the title today. ScHoolboy Q is back after taking a hiatus to deal with personal issues. “Numb Numb Juice” let us all know he was back with the rawness we love while CHopstix…was CHopstix. This album finds him in usual bag of eerie bangers with a sprinkle of slower paced tracks in the mix as well. Out of all the releases today this one has the most energy and if that’s what you want you’ll find it here.

All of these are available on streaming platforms now!

 

#NewMusicFriday: What You Need To Hear

First of all, I’d like to say this list might get longer in the hours between me writing and posting this with the way Tory Lanez has been tweeting. Buuut we do have some guranteed releases so let’s get into those first.

Middle Child – J. Cole

Yes, this came out Wednesday but I feel like it being here is just fine because I bet you’re still talking about it. Dreamville appears to be ready to take over 2019 with the compilation album Revenge of the Dreamers 3 and it’s creative promo run and now a single from Cole. In this track Cole talks about how he’s stuck between two generations and he uses not only lyrics but creative production and vocal effects to showcase this as well. There’s also some lines that some have interpreted at as shots at both Kanye AND Pusha T. As with any Cole release it’s a must listen and the conversations that can be had about it will be abundant for sure.

Everything’s For Sale – Boogie

I’m listening to Boogie’s first album as I type this and I have to say I’m mad I slept for so long. This new album however appears to be for people just like me who needed waking up. On it there are features from J.I.D, Eminem and 6LACK which are sure to bring in new listeners. There’s also an emotionally and visually amazing short film that accompanies this album which can be watched here. This album is sure to be packed with emotion, rawness, bars and trademark west coast flavor like his previous work and definitely is not one to miss.

Clear EP – Summer Walker

Summer Walker is one of those R&B artists who’s music is strictly for after 11pm listening. She tweeted a picture of the essentials for her new EP tonight which included wine, incense and candles. She told her fans to reply with their own “Listening Packs” in which similar items were included in addition to plants. weed and Backwoods respectively. Summer said this EP would be of live recordings so while the trademark atmospheric and layered production will be absent, the vocal excellence and relatability will be showcased in full force.

Deebo – The Underachievers

After all these somber projects we’ve also got a BANGER from The Underachievers. This is the second single for their upcoming project The Lords of Flatbush 3. AK and Issa Gold reference the iconic character from Friday on the hook while delivering energetic and aggressive verses as expected. Start your day with this one and you’ll be in the get up and go mood in no time.

All these projects are available on streaming services now.

India.Arie Drops Fresh Music & Visuals

Soul singer India.Arie returns to the music scene with a video for her new song ‘That Magic’. The record is a love song and ode admiring the magic and beauty of Black men. In the video, Lyriq Bent, best known for his role on Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It Netflix series plays India’s lead love interest.

India.Arie sings, “He’s got that magic. The way he touches me is so spiritual. He’s so everything. He’s a miracle.”

India also showcases her own Black Girl Magic. The “I Am Not My Hair” songstress dons many hairstyles and looks throughout the video. She’s seen flaunting different textured afros, waist length micro-braids, a shaved head, and colorful head wraps. The song will be featured on her upcoming album, Worthy.

Check out the display of Black love and beauty below.

Anderson .Paak and Kendrick Lamar Release Collaborative Track “Tints”

2018 continues to give us wonderful music. Today we were blessed with a soulful jazzy collaboration from Anderson .Paak and Kendrick Lamar titled “Tints”. The track is the first single from .Paak’s upcoming album titled Oxnard which is set to feature J. Cole and Pusha T. This has us ready for the rest of the album coming out soon.

“Tints” is available on all music streaming services now.  

Photo: courtesy of @anderson.paak via Instagram  

6 R&B Singers You Need On Your Playlists

In the midst of “lil’s“ vs “OG’s” in the rap industry, the R&B industry has been filling up with many amazing and unique voices. We’ve taken some time to listen to 6 of these new singers and what we found blew us away so here’s some people we think you need to be playing this fall.

Masego

Self-taught musician and Jamaican born singer/songwriter, Masego made his debut in the music industry in 2016 with the release of his EP titled, The Pink Polo EP. In 2017, Masego released his hit single ”Tadow” that defines the feeling of love. With his smooth rhythms and angelic vocals, Masego is definitely the one artist you want on your playlist to give you that elegant, neo-soul, ”you kids don’t know anything about this” feeling. This year, Masego dropped his album ”Lady Lady” with hit singles ”Lady Lady” and ”Old Age”. (@masego)

Jade Novah

Jade has been in the game for a while, in fact, longer than you think. Back in 2003, Jade sang backup on Missy Elliot’s album ”Not A Test!” and has been a vocalist and songwriter for multiple artists. Early 2018, Jade released her debut album ”All Blue” with singles such as ”The Earth Is Flat” and ”Cosmic Love”. (@jadenovah)

JoiStarr

Grammy nominated singer/songwriter JoiStarr has emerged in the music industry as the soulful artist who uses her craft to tell her story. Her latest project “Cocoa Butter” tells a story about being in a dark place and emerging from that hidden space and coming into yourself – while being in the midst of healing yourself.

Rayana Jay

24 year old, Rayana Jay emerged in the music industry as the soul singer with transparent and honest lyrics about love and sex. Rayana Jay released her project “Sorry About Last Night” with hit singles such as “Too Good” and “Bad Decisions” that features the very talented “Elujay”. Her single “Undefeated” was used recently in the musical campaign “#NoCeilings” by Undefeated ESPN. (@rayanajay) 

V.

Mid February, artist and songwriter V released his EP “Start Vol. 1”. Now, we don’t know much about V since he keeps a very low profile but we know he is a voice you need to be blasting on a Sunday morning while you clean and sage your apartment. The four tracked project shows off V’s vocals and love for heavy bass beats. (@ve.music)

Elujay 

Hailing from the Bay Area, Elujay is a perfect mix of hip hop and smooth soul music. After dropping his first project, Jentrify in 2016, Elujay has released a number of singles, including the single “Soul Food” featuring Saba. His latest single, ”Locked In” shows off Elujay’s versatility with an upbeat, 70’s vibe. (@elujay)