It’s September 5, 2018, and we’ve got some sort of three-way beef between Eminem, Machine Gun Kelly, and G-Eazy going on. Sometimes, life just isn't fair.
Let "10 New Songs You Need This Week" be your sanctuary. And let this Spotify playlist of all 10 selections be your more specific sanctuary if need be.
SahBabii — “Tall”
No longer with Warner Bros., SahBabii is again free to roam the stretches of his own aquatic wonderland. While proper mixing and mastering remains a hurdle for the Atlanta via Chicago rapper, he is still one of hip-hop's most colorful linguists (“My pockets cheesy like my aunty’s macaroni / We get to the bread like a pack of bologna,” “Aunt Pat”), and Squidtastic, the follow-up to his breakthrough 2016 tape S.A.N.D.A.S., is one of the most endearing releases of the year. “Tall,” produced by CamBeats, is a guitar-led rap ballad in the vein of Young Thug's "Me or Us" or Lil Tracy's "Like a Farmer," and quite possibly the saddest song ever made about coming to grips with being tall.
Young Dolph — “Major” ft. Key Glock
"Sold a hundred pounds and gave ten percent to the pastor." Two of Memphis’ finest extol the virtues of living major.
Jay Critch — “Ego”
Jay Critch is poised to be New York's next great hip-hop star, and it's only a matter of time before we hear his "Ego" flow jacked by various imitators.
Kilo Kish — “Elegance”
Kilo Kish is humanizing high art. “Elegance,” her latest single, is a mesmerizing collision of airy grace and twisted industrial noise. It’s beauty and ugliness locked in an intoxicated dance.
Milo — “Stet”
Milo’s new album is called Budding Ornithologists Are Weary of Tired Analogies. It was also the title to a song from his 2011 mixtape I Wish My Brother Rob Was Here, and also a line from "Circumcision Is the First Betrayal," the opening track to Nostrum Grocers, his joint album with Elucid released last month. I still have no idea what it is supposed to mean, but "Stet" has me excited to hear it.
Octavian — “Revenge”
One of 2018’s best new artists has released a varied handful of impressive singles this year. None of them will find a home on his just-announced SPACEMAN mixtape, out September 10, but “Revenge” will, in all its 102-second glory.
Innanet James — “Amazing”
In just over two minutes, Innanet James further proves why he’s the most exciting prospect out of DC and leaves you wishing there was a second verse.
Boogie — “Deja Vu”
What's up with all these songs being too short? Boogie may not have received many compliments from his label boss, who spent most of his new album criticizing new rappers he doesn't like without doing much in the way of putting on new rappers he does like—except for Joyner Lucas and... uh... Hopsin—Shady signees Boogie, Westside Gunn, and Conway included. Regardless Boogie continues putting out quality records with quality visuals to match, even if they could be longer.
Nao — “Make It Out Alive” ft. SiR
A sweeping duet from British singer-songwriter and producer NAO and TDE golden soul SiR.
Sunni Colón — “Technicolor”
Two years after the release of Sunni Colón’s debut EP Thierry Disko, the Los Angeles singer-songwriter has released its follow-up, another tight, seven-track release named Satin Psicodelic. It’s breezy, muted funk is perfect for the fading humidity of late summer, and “Technicolor" levitates.
Album of the Week:
SahBabii — Squidtastic