Happy Thanksgiving, friends.
I know you are thankful for new music because we haven’t had a lot of that this year. In any case, here are the 10 new songs you need this week.
Anderson .Paak — “Trippy” ft. J. Cole
Depending on your personal taste, Anderson .Paak’s new album is either not getting the respect it deserves or getting entirely too much respect for what it is. No, it’s not Malibu, and it’s definitely not Yes Lawd! It’s Oxnard—a generational talent falling short of expectations with a mix of good songs and sterile Apple commercial fare. On “6 Summers,” he even delivers both on the same track! But while it may be .Paak’s worst album, there’s plenty to enjoy, chiefly “Trippy,” an intoxicating love song that includes not only a great J. Cole verse but also a well-placed Rodney Dangerfield joke.
Earl Sweatshirt — “The Mint” ft. Navy Blue
Earl is two for two in the lead-up to Some Rap Songs, which is shaping up to be a raw, blunted, hazy, lo-fi affair. Earl went from not going outside to baking in the sun.
A$AP Rocky — “Sundress”
This can’t be the first time A$AP Rocky has sampled Tame Impala, could it? “Sundress,” co-produced by Danger Mouse, is one of Rocky’s best songs in years, coupled with one of the best music videos of the year.
Allan Rayman — “Never Any No Good”
If there’s one non-rap release you need on your radar this week, it’s Harry Hard-On, the peculiarly titled new album from enigmatic Toronto singer-songwriter Allan Rayman. Refining his forlorn blend of rock and alternative R&B with longtime Kanye collaborator Andrew Dawson, Rayman’s new album is nine gripping and varied tracks held together by his singular voice. Test the waters with the driving “Never Any No Good” if you must, but better yet just give the entire album a full spin.
Mike WiLL Made-It, Young Thug & Swae Lee — “Fate”
It turns out that the Creed II soundtrack was not the greatest collaborative album of our generation. Sorry, Mike. It did, however, gift us another Young Thug and Swae Lee collaboration.
Mariah Carey — "Stay Long Love You" ft. Gunna
Mariah and Gunna the new Marvin and Tammi.
Tyler, The Creator — “Big Bag”
From Tyler: “A song from the perspective of the grinch stealing.” A quick but satisfying holiday treat from Tyler to accompany some of the best artwork of the year. Side note: What's going on with this new Grinch and why does he seem so nice?? The Grinch is supposed to be a complete asshole and borderline psychopath. Look at this crazy motherfucker. Now look at Jim Carrey's Grinch—absolutely batshit crazy. Looks like he has bodies hidden in a wall somewhere. The new Grinch looks like he'd tie your shoelaces together and apologize before you even realize he did it. Smfh.
ALLBLACK & Kenny Beats — “Weigh Ins” ft. Rob Vicious
Armed with racing production with a West Coast bounce from Kenny Beats and a dynamic, impressive guest verse from Rob Vicious (the third most-heralded member of LA rap crew Shoreline Mafia), “Weigh Ins” is a standout rush of adrenaline from Oakland rapper ALLBLACK’s new 2 Minute Drills EP.
Ari Lennox — “No One”
After dropping a duo of duds, the first woman of Dreamville Records bounced back just days later with yet another pair of new singles that close in on the highs of her summer single “Whipped Cream.” Despite the warm, dusty production, “No One” finds Ari Lennox very alone, with a homie who just wants to play GTA and a contact list full of fake friends.
Kemba — “Exhale” ft. Smino
Kemba signing to Republic may strike me as somewhat of a Lupe/Atlantic situation, but if it means the Bronx wordsmith starts dropping off slow-burning heat like “Exhale” then I’m very interested to see where it goes. With NOIR still smoldering in the virtual tapedeck, new Smino is already appreciated.
Album of the Week:
Allan Rayman — Harry Hard-On
Meme of the Week:
Correction: In a previous version of this article, Kemba was listed as a "Brooklyn wordsmith." He is from Hunts Point, Bronx, New York.