Need some new songs to listen to? Tune into this weekly new segment: Songs of the Week.
It’s hard to keep up with the abundance of music that is put out. Not all of it’s good either, so why waste your time listening to song upon song trying to find the one that will really end up striking you? This is where Songs of the Week comes in. I’m here to provide you with the best rap and pop highlights, every Sunday. So let’s get right into it:
Prepare yourself to hear another side of Jay-Z. On the title track of his thirteenth solo album, Jay digs deep into personal matters, something which he has rarely done throughout his expansive career. “I apologise, often womanized / Took for my child to be born, to see through a woman’s eyes” he raps as he confesses the guilt he feels over his infidelity towards Beyoncé. The soulful production contributes to the emotional feel of the track. It’s one of his best songs in a long while.
Calvin Harris, Schoolboy Q, D.R.A.M., PartyNextDoor, “Cash Out”
EDM producer Calvin Harris has taken a new direction this year with his latest offerings. “Cash Out” is a funk-disco track featuring vocals from Top Dawg rapper Schoolboy Q and singers D.R.A.M. and PartyNextDoor, who delivers a silky hook. The funk instrumental is infectious and guarantees a new addition to your summer ’17 playlist.
Lorde, “The Louvre”
Lorde is back with her new album, Melodrama. One of the highlights off the solid album is “The Louvre”, a lowkey yet progressive pop track with psychedelic vocals which is great at building tension. It’s a refreshing pop offering compared to the dancehall-inspired, rinse-and-repeat songs that are currently dominating the charts. If you like this song, check out the rest of the album.
AJ Tracey, “False 9”
AJ Tracey, one of the best new generation grime MCs to emerge out the UK, drops a new track titled “False 9”. He delivers his typical footballing metaphors and similes (“My new girl’s fire like Katniss”) over an ascending, glitching instrumental. If you’re totally oblivious to UK rap and grime music, this one’s not a bad song to get your interest going.
Tyler the Creator, “Who Dat Boy”
Want some experimental rap? Check this one out. The ever-creative Tyler the Creator returns with one of two new tracks. “Who Dat Boy” is a sinister and aggressive track elevated by Tyler’s skittering flow and a smooth guest verse from A$AP Rocky. The squeaky violin along with other elements in the beat do well to create tension, ranging from minimalistic to bombastic levels over the course of the mere 3 and a half minutes. Odd Future fans, you might be looking forward to a new Tyler album soon.
All songs listed are available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music, with the exception of “4:44” which is currently available to listen to exclusively on TIDAL.
Tune in next week to discover even more great new music.