It's channel ORANGE's sixth birthday, so excuse me if I cue up "Forrest Gump" like it's 2012, back when Obama was in office, Kanye and JAY-Z were still superhero best friends taking a victory lap across the world, and people were still free to travel around without hearing "Keke, do you love me?" from every car, speaker, and cellphone in the vicinity.
Things have changed, but bright spots still exist. Blonde turned out to be miles better than channel ORANGE. Young Thug and Lil Uzi Vert both rose to stardom. The camera and battery life on my iPhone X are great.
And BEASTMODE 2 is currently available for your streaming pleasure. We may be living in a dire, backward, exhausting simulation, but I'll take whatever good I can get.
Even better, we're back with the 10 New Songs You Need This Week. Recommended by nine out of 10 dentists and scientifically proven to reduce the urge to just turn on that old album you've heard a million times because it's easier than searching for new music. (Spotify friends, here is your playlist.)
Future — “Some More”
Hendrix arose from the abyss to save the summer with BEASTMODE 2, the long-awaited sequel to his near perfect 2015 mixtape with Zaytoven. Picking a favorite here is like picking a favorite child, provided I had nine children and pretended not to favor the ones that complained the least. If held at gunpoint, I might go with “SOME MORE,” the pristinely triumphant penultimate track, which co-ops the “Mo Reala” flow from earlier this year for the most motivating song of the week.
Kweku Collins — “Sisko and Kasidy” ft. Ajani Jones
“Sisko and Kasidy” captures the feeling of adolescent summer nights, where sticky heat melts into the cool of twilight, and young love and drugs and hope for the boundless possibilities of the future blur together.
Meek Mill — “Dangerous” ft. Jeremih & PnB Rock
Amidst an EP featuring a typically riotous Meek Mill intro, a Jahlil Beats banger, and a passionate diatribe against a broken system, I’m just as surprised that Legends of the Summer’s standout might be the smooth sex song with Jeremih and PnB Rock.
Beau Young Prince — “Kill Moe”
DC native Beau Young Prince has been grinding for years and was one of five DMV artists we spotlighted for the area’s Rap Map last October. Fast forward nearly one year and BYP has a fresh deal with Def Jam and "Kill Moe," a slick new ode to blowing smoke, Gucci durags, and his city.
Frank Leone — “SUNDAY NIGHT” ft. Teardrop Estates
In an interview earlier this year, Frank Leone said, “I make musical reminders that life is foul, but precious.”
Lil Berete — "No Make Up" ft. JoEazy
Lil Berete hails from Regent Park, Toronto, and at only 17 years old is building up a sizable fan base with gritty, melodic street anthems. Think NBA YoungBoy meets Lil Durk, as many illustrious YouTube commenters have pointed out.
Juice WRLD — "Wasted" ft. Lil Uzi Vert
After loving "All Girls Are the Same" but not loving "Lucid Dreams" or the rest of Goodbye & Good Riddance, Juice WRLD's stock is again trending upward after his hour-plus freestyle with Tim Westwood and an ode to getting wasted with Lil Uzi Vert.
Buddy — “Trippin’” ft. Khalid
Buddy’s on a streak, as “Trippin’” is the LA-based rapper’s third straight single to grace our "10 New Songs You Need" pages. His forthcoming album Harlan & Alondra is shaping up to be his best project to date.
Brockhampton — “1999 WILDFIRE”
I would be okay with Jazze Pha taking the recently vacated Brockhampton spot. Also, what in the fuck is Joba talking about?
Azealia Banks — “Treasure Island”
It’s remarkable how consistent Azealia Banks has remained musically over the last five years considering the seemingly volatile nature of her personal life. I’m sure she’s in the process of spewing dislike in someone’s general direction, but I’ll still play “Treasure Island.”
Album of the Week:
Future — BEASTMODE 2