Welcome to the 10 New Songs You Need This Week, our weekly distillation of the best new releases from the worlds of hip-hop and R&B and yet another reason why you needn't resort to listening to 6ix9ine and Nicki Minaj bite Valee's flow.
Take a seat and celebrate both International Self Care Day and National Tequila Day with ten shots of mental wellness in audio form. (And for the full list in a Spotify playlist, click here.)
Tyler, The Creator & A$AP Rocky — “POTATO SALAD”
As my dear friend Andy once said, Tyler and Rocky are the new Meth and Red. Here for any and all WANG$AP raps over timeless Ye flips.
Chance The Rapper — “I Might Need Security”
From undeniable underdog to against-all-odds superstar, to butt of Rap Twitter jokes, Chance has had an interesting journey. In just two years’ time, I’ve gone from trying to quell the flames of Coloring Book fandom to having to defend its high points (of which there are more than a few). And while I’ve rolled my eyes at some of his more self-righteous acts since his rise to prominence, I still consider him to be one of the more gifted lyricists, talented artists, and interesting individuals in all of music.
Lately, I seem to be more and more in the minority, though, especially judging by the reception to his new four-pack of singles. What’s not to like?? “I Might Need Security”’s glorious “Fuck you” sample? “Work Out”’s playful bliss? “65th & Ingleside”’s chipmunk soul? “Wala Cam”’s summertime bounce? Why am I the only person I know that likes these songs???
The Internet — “It Gets Better (With Time)”
The Internet are at their most confident and quietly glamorous on Hive Mind, their long-awaited fifth studio album following a round of statement-making solo projects. “It Gets Better (With Time)” is as much a statement about the band itself as it is intoxicating odyssey led by Syd’s sultry falsetto. If I die, let Big Rube read my eulogy.
Buddy - “Shameless” ft. Guapdad 4000
As we’ve been saying for weeks, this Buddy album is a problem. As a whole, Harlan & Alondra lives up to the hazy California breeze its singles foreshadowed, and “Shameless” is a confessional standout that features Oakland riser Guapdad 4000 and warm, inviting production from Jake One and Mike & Keys.
070 Shake — “Accusations”
G.O.O.D. Music’s secret weapon not named Ty Dolla $ign (or Valee) drops her first post-Wyoming single, and it’s gritty, melodic, and very good.
Mac Miller — “What’s the Use?”
With production by Pomo and Dâm-Funk, bass by Thundercat, and background vocals by Syd and Snoop Dogg, Mac's third Swimming single is a funky all-star affair.
Chris McClenney — “downforwhatever”
Chris McClenney balances the sentimentality of ‘90s R&B with the polished, melodic electronic-trap bounce on "downforwhatever," which accomplishes this while also touching on an emotional discussion between father and son.
K. Roosevelt — “Blinding My Vision”
You may have seen K. Roosevelt’s name attached to tracks by The Game, Dom Kennedy, or Jhené Aiko over the years. The Los Angeles singer-songwriter-producer and recent Def Jam signee is gearing up to release a new, self-titled EP on July 27. "Blinding My Vision" has us excited.
Hoodrich Pablo Juan - “Tik Tok” ft. BlocBoy JB
Yung Bans said Hoodrich Pablo Juan raps like a ghost, and now I can’t not hear that. “Tik Tok,” the standout from his new Hoodwolf 2 tape with Danny Wolf, features a BlocBoy JB verse and HPJ saying, “Your name should be Clarence, you shoppin’ the clearance.”
JayDaYoungan — "Same Shit"
JayDaYoungan is a Louisiana rapper and Cinematic signee often compared to nearby Baton Rouge legend Boosie, and "Same Shit" is the addictive highlight from his recently released project, 23.
Album of the Week:
Tie: The Internet — Hive Mind / Buddy — Harlan & Alondra