Kanye’s lost his mind. Yodel kid has a record deal. Post Malone has the biggest album of the year. I take one week off from this series and the world turns upside down.
Anyway, it feels great to take a break from dodging Infinity War spoilers on Twitter and plugging our recent docu-series celebrating Capital Punishment and return to doing what matters: highlighting the 10 best songs you need to hear right now.
Anyway, here are the 10 New Songs You Need This Week, featuring a bunch of new songs that came out this week and a few from last week that are simply too incredible not to revisit. (And here's a Spotify playlist of all the songs.)
Kanye West — “Lift Yourself”
Sometimes, life is just too crazy. Reality blends with the surreal and irony and actual enjoyment coalesce into a point where I'm not even sure if I'm playing something to laugh at it or because I actually enjoy it. There’s not much I can say about “Lift Yourself” that hasn’t already been memed into oblivion across Twitter, but here it goes: Kanye spewed uninformed nonsense on two new records this week, and at least he’s aware of the ridiculousness on “Lift Yourself.” Is it a great song? The beat is dope, I know that. Is there a more fitting display of absurdity for our meme-ified descent into madness than arguably a generation’s greatest artistic mind yelling “poopity scoop"? Nope.
tobi lou — “Buff Baby”
Like the rest of the Chicago artist's tobi lou and the Loop EP, "Buff Baby" is impossible to deny. Propelled by head-nodding production, it’s the most hypnotizing of the bunch.
Janelle Monáe — “I Got The Juice” ft. Pharrell Williams
Janelle Monáe is the sexually free American Dream on her excellent new album Dirty Computer. “I Got the Juice,” featuring Pharrell, is a shining, empowering romp that, like the rest of the album, is perfectly suited for sunny summer days.
$ILKMONEY — "My Forte"
$ILKMONEY raps like Immortal Technique draped in Dolce & Gabbana over a Tyler, The Creator beat that sounds like an arcade disintegrating into a sulfuric tar pit. I miss Divine Council.
The Internet — “Roll (Burbank Funk)”
As exciting as it’s been to watch The Internet’s individual members strike gold on their own, the prospect of the group reuniting for the follow-up to their breakthrough Ego Death after tasting solo success is even sweeter. Steve Lacy leads “Roll” vocally, but Patrick Paige II’s bass line steals the show.
Young Thug - “Ooou”
“Sounds like sex music.” —Yoh
Every leak from the vaults of Young Thug leaves me in awe of how many other locked-away gems we’ll probably never hear. All we can do is give thanks when a brilliant record does eek its way through to a CDQ release online. “Ooou,” produced by London On Da Track and reportedly recorded during the BEAUTIFUL THUGGER GIRLS sessions, is a magical, aqueous swim through bliss.
YNW Melly — “Virtual (Blue Balenciagas)”
If you’re anything like me, you’ll press play on YNW Melly’s new video, see how the video starts and do that thing where you reflexively move your hands toward the keyboard and look around to make sure no one else is watching, make an awkward attempt at a laugh, and then listen to the song 20 times in a row.
Leon Bridges — “Beyond”
Three singles in, Leon Bridges’ Good Thing is shaping up to be one of the year’s best albums.
Tee Grizzley — “2 Vaults” ft. Lil Yachty
Khalid, 6LACK & Ty Dolla $ign — "OTW"
The only blockbuster release I'm including here from way back in April's third week, "OTW" is simply too good to ignore. Three of R&B's newest titans uniting for late-night greatness.
Album of the Week:
Janelle Monáe — Dirty Computer