Once upon a time, DJBooth had many charts, each with 20 songs, each updated once a week. Unfortunately, with the rise of streaming services, social media, and the nonstop flood of music and content, there is simply too much music and not enough time to go around.
So we simplified things.
Here are 10 new songs from the worlds of hip-hop and R&B that you need to hear this week. (Listen to them all in a Spotify playlist here.)
Frank Ocean — "Moon River"
Frank Ocean has reached the point where each time he surfaces from the reclusive abyss he inhabits it’s often to deliver the best thing you’ll hear all month (or year). “Moon River,” his beautiful, minimal Audrey Hepburn cover, will probably make you cry, and if it doesn’t, the fact that you still haven’t received your Endless vinyl will.
SAINt JHN — "I Heard You Got Too Litt Last Night"
SAINt JHN heard you got too lit last night, mixing purple with your purple Sprite, saucing on ‘em, dancing naked on a table—you know, typical night out shit. The Brooklyn rapper wrote this tune in response, which somehow becomes catchier with every repeat listen. Hangovers shouldn’t feel this good.
Young Dolph - "Paranoid"
As BlocBoy JB, Moneybagg Yo, and Key Glock signal a new wave of national attention on Memphis, Young Dolph sent out a reminder that bubbling competition means little in the wake of multiple failed attempts on his life. On “Paranoid,” the standout from his excellently titled new N****s Get Shot Everyday EP, Dolph couldn’t actually sound any less paranoid as he confidently boasts over a winding beat from Izze The Producer.
Wale — "All Star Break Up"
Skeptical as I was when Yoh alerted me to a new Wale single, "All Star Break Up" is a reassuring companion for all those who, like Wale, don’t believe in Valentine’s Day. Though it would benefit from shedding the NBA tie-in to lean harder into sentimental territory more fitting with its stirring production, the DC rapper’s future looks brighter as a newly independent artist than it did upon SHINE’s release.
YG — "Suu Whoop"
“‘YG don’t you got a daughter?’ Yeah I’m a gangbangin’-ass dad.” Along with the most intimidating cover art of the year (so far) comes the latest from Bompton’s most notable Piru, a warning shot to anyone claiming Blood with isn’t living it (or who has "pink hair").
Diplo — "Look Back" ft. DRAM
DRAM steals the show on a theatrical, slow-building single from Diplo that provides the perfect soundtrack to a movie scene where someone digs deep in order to push through at the last second and win a race with all the odds against them.
Valee — "Miami" ft. Pusha T
Valee’s “Miami” is over a year old, but now that the buzzing Chicago rapper has inked a deal with G.O.O.D. Music, the G.O.O.D. prez has blessed his new signee with a typically technically proficient verse for a newly-updated version.
G Herbo — "Everything (Remix)" ft. Lil Uzi Vert & Chance The Rapper
Last year’s quietly great Humble Beast just received the deluxe version treatment, adding on another project’s worth of new tracks to G Herbo's debut. “Everything”—with it’s booming trap beat, aggressive mentality, and oddly conventional yet admirable rap verse from Uzi—is just about the last track from the LP I could have pictured Chance The Rapper joining for a guest feature, but here we are.
TGUT — "Maybe" ft. Dutchboy
Valentine’s Day is over, but “Maybe,” a sultry new collaboration between New York producer TGUT and New Jersey dual threat Dutchboy, is sticky enough to last much longer.
Cozz — "Hustla's Story" ft. Kendrick Lamar
"Hustla’s Story," a standout from Cozz's Dreamville debut Effected, will draw in many because of its Kendrick feature, but Cozz takes center stage here, breaking down the ins and outs of life in his South Central neighborhood over swirling synths and a fat bassline.
Album of the Week
Everything Is Recorded — Everything Is Recorded