Living in the world today means dealing with constant threats to our humanity. Nuclear war, gun violence, Hobo Johnson—you name it, there's plenty to fear.
Luckily, we have music to keep us sane. And so like each and every week, we are back with another installment of the 10 new songs you need to hear.
Enjoy (and if you're on Spotify, we've got a playlist right here).
Sheck Wes — “Do That”
Harlem's own Sheck Wes thrives off hype, from the expectations of his recent signings to G.O.O.D. Music and Travis Scott’s Cactus Jack Records to the way his music induces it in the powerless sacks of flesh and bone we call human bodies. “Do That” numbs the brain with unrelenting bass and, like “Mo Bamba” and “Live SheckWes Die SheckWes” before it, pulses with energy. It doesn't hurt that Sheck Wes constantly reminds us what his name is.
Royce da 5’9” — “Boblo Boat” ft. J. Cole
Now that the release of his second Preemo-powered rap skills mojito is in the rearview, Royce da 5’9”’s focus can shift to Book of Ryan, an album that he says is five years in the making and took everything out of him: “financially, physically, and mentally.” “Boblo Boat,” the album’s first single and the only one to feature a guest, adds J. Cole and a wispy sample to a soulful float down Memory Lane.
Flatbush Zombies — “U&I” ft. DIA
With a glorious sample of Lee Moses’ “What You Don’t Want Me to Be” and solid raps from Juice and Elliott, the Zombies’ latest single is a showcase for Meechy to get some shit off his chest.
Trouble — “Kesha Dem”
One of the more consistent and under-appreciated names in Atlanta’s trap movement over the last few years, Trouble recently inked a deal with Interscope via Mike WiLL Made-It’s Eardruma Records. Edgewood is the rapper’s biggest mainstream look to date, and yet, despite star power from Drake, The Weeknd, Quavo and more, Trouble is at his best when accompanied only by Mike Will’s plodding menace.
BlocBoy JB — “Rover 2.0” ft. 21 Savage
Having been propelled to the Hot 100’s upper echelon with the Drake-assisted “Look Alive” (one of 2018's greatest gifts so far), Memphis’ fastest-rising rapper-dancer BlocBoy JB has tapped 21 Savage for the remix to his similarly simple-but-undeniable “Rover” single. 21’s nonchalant threats offset JB’s slurred exuberance nicely, even if it looks like he’s sleepwalking in the music video.
Rico Nasty — “Trust Issues”
“Diamonds in my dental, crazy in my mental / Stab you with a pencil if you don’t get the memo.” All raspy bars and Kenny Beats' bruising production, “Trust Issues” sounds like getting slapped with a Fenty tote and then having blunt smoke blown in your face.
Don Q — “Words of Wisdom” ft. Pusha T
“You live in, I land on, difference between our PJs.” Slick luxury street raps.
Pac Div — “First Baptist”
Blog era titans Pac Div have returned to do what they do best—rap.
ODIE — “North Face”
ODIE is 21 years old. He was born in Toronto, currently resides in the Bay Area, is opening for Aminé’s Canadian tour next week, and blends a variety of genres into his music. “North Face” sounds like a dream.
Alexander Nate — “Snakes”
LA-by-way-of-Virginia’s Alexander Nate, a DJBooth Top Prospect, has a new EP on the way and offers a taste with words of caution in “Snakes.”
Album of the Week:
Trouble & Mike WiLL Made-It — Edgewood