10 New Songs You Need This Week cuts through the noise to tell you what you can't miss. This is especially important in a week of quality releases from Young Thug, Young Dolph, BROCKHAMPTON, Father, JMSN and more.
Let us also say a prayer to the rap gods for the official release of Young Thug's “High,” and amen. (Here's a Spotify playlist with all 10 selections, if that's your kinda thing.)
Young Thug — “On the Run”
If Young Thug was worried about his litany of felony charges, you wouldn’t know it from his music. The title track to his latest EP finds him on the run from the cops and completely carefree, effortlessly winding through flows over bouyant, polished production from London on da Track. One can only assume Offset’s pending addition will make things even better.
J.I.D — “151 Rum”
“Standing next to Lil Tay when that bullet hit him / Shit, I miss him, I wish that that bullet missed him but it didn't / And since I been living with it like a sickness.” J.I.D has expectations sky-high for DiCaprio 2, the follow-up to last year’s The Never Story, but the Nice Rec and Christo-produced onslaught that is “151 Rum” provides plenty of hope.
Father — “Mirror Mirror”
With barely more than a mutter, a Santa’s sackful of boasts that reach out and backhand you (“Wrist got too heavy to pick up that bitch’s calls,” “Suck on her neck like a vampire / I’m Terrance Howard on Empire”), and a cabinet full of narcotics, Father has returned with Awful Swim and opener “Mirror Mirror.” His Adult Swim and RCA Records debut is a surreal after-party, all roiling bass, dark humor, and hypnotizingly lowkey flows.
Young Dolph — “On God”
“Why I'm missin' time with my kids, ‘cause I'm chasin' these stacks / Why did I just go and spend $30,000 at Saks?” Full of questions about his lifestyle but always enjoying the fruits of his labors, Young Dolph’s Role Model is another shining bright spot in the discography of one of rap’s most consistent.
Action Bronson — “White Bronco”
Strapped with homemade artwork and jazzy production from Daringer, Action Bronson has returned to live his post-major label best life and say things like “Shut the fuck up and eat your pudding / Twenty alligators die for this shit I put my foot in.”
BROCKHAMPTON — “WEIGHT”
The best moments on iridescence are those when the boyband’s grand sonic ambitions form like Voltron, taking disparate influences and making them something uniquely their own. “WEIGHT” is one such standout, containing but not limited to: a shifting blend of stirring strings, a bridge beamed in from the heavens, a drum and bass breakdown, a beat switch, a sampled monologue, and some of the best, most affecting rapping of the album courtesy of Kevin Abstract and Dom McLennon.
Little Simz — “Boss”
With her second single in as many weeks, Little Simz sneers through distortion to assert her dominance over blistering drums.
SOB X RBE — “Made It”
Mere months after their national breakout, Vallejo foursome SOB X RBE is breaking up. Or, they’re not. I have no idea. Regardless, this cheerful ode to a deserved come-up and SOB X RBE as a gang is another must-hear release, if a bit awkward considering the timing.
JMSN — “Sunshine”
Timeless soul from the ever-changing JMSN, from his new album, Velvet.
EARTHGANG — “Stuck” ft. Arin Ray
Spillage Village SZN apparently kicks off this week, as J.I.D’s fellow ATL compatriots EARTHGANG have also dropped a single for their upcoming album, MirrorLand. Arin Ray guests and Doctor Dot raps about “summer nights, stargazing, Frank Ocean and shrooms,” among other things.
Album of the Week:
Tie: Young Thug — On the Rvn / Young Dolph — Role Model / Father — Awful Swim
Meme of the Week:
Bonus Meme of the Week:
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