In honor of Rich Homie Quan's very good Rich As In Spirit, which is somehow his debut album, I will never, ever stop going in.
And so, here are the 10 best new songs from the realms of hip-hop and R&B and *looks down* soul and everything else that made this week's cut.
Hope you enjoy (and if you're on Spotify, we've got a playlist right here).
Rich Homie Quan — “Same Year"
Rich Homie Quan is still going in. After last year’s slept-on Back To the Basics, the Atlanta native returns with an even better body of work, entitled Rich As In Spirit, which finds him taking stock of past tribulations and his present identity as an artist and as a man. "Same Year" is not just a poignant look back at losing his grandmother and his freedom the same year, it's a promise to always keep it moving no matter the obstacle.
Leon Bridges — “Bad Bad News”
I was so ready to head to church with my grandmother at the prospect of new music from Leon Bridges, and instead, I got this. Not that Granny wouldn’t approve, but “Bad Bad News” is much better suited to the after hours than Sunday morning prayers. Still firmly rooted in his classic sound, “Bad Bad News” sounds refreshingly fresh. (“Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand” is pretty damn good, too.)
Junglepussy — “Showers”
To quote my dear friend Donna, “Showers” is food for the soul. I can’t shower with my chains on, but if I could, I would listen to this while doing so.
Wale — “Black Bonnie” ft. Jacquees
Wale is back with his first project since the polished, global sheen of SHINE, and more importantly, his split from Atlantic. It’s Complicated is short, but few do R&B/rap combos better than Folarin, and this Jacquees collab is sweet.
Sango — “Mateo 2.19” ft. Romaro Franceswa & Dave B
Do not miss out on Sango's new album, In the Comfort Of. Picking a favorite track is a lot like throwing a dart at the wall—any is deserving of the honor, but for the sake of this list, let's rock with "Mateo 2.19," a therapeutic collaboration with fellow Pacific Northwest talents Romaro Franceswa and Dave B.
Chris McClenney — “sidetoside”
Maryland-raised, LA-based Chris McClenney is a man of many talents: singing, songwriting, producing, and playing a variety of instruments. “sidetoside” sounds like it could have easily been released 20-30 years ago, and it will probably sound just as good 20-30 years from now.
Melii — "Icey"
20-year-old Harlem native Melii started picking up steam late last year for an explosive "Bodak Yellow" remix. "Icey" channels the Cardi inspiration into her own banger, absolutely dripping in charisma.
PRhyme — “Flirt" ft. 2 Chainz
2 Chainz over Preemo production is simply a must-hear. *shrugs*
Denzel Curry — "Uh Huh" ft. IDK
"Hardest tag-team in the game, uh huh."
Juice Wrld — "All Girls Are The Same"
This record came out a few weeks ago, but I haven't been able to get it out of my head since. Better late than never, right? For all my fellow sad boys out there, here's your new breakup anthem.
Album of the Week:
Tie: Sango — In the Comfort Of / Rich Homie Quan — Rich As In Spirit