Only 18 years young, Internet member Steve Lacy compiles a soulful and mature project, Steve Lacy Demo, that is filled with rich drums, bass and guitars. Fans of easygoing feel-good tracks need to look no further than the 6-track project created incredibly on an iPhone. Standout single “Dark Red” is hauntingly uptempo with a rhythmically appealing and unforgettable hook. Listen to the work below via Soundcloud.
The Internet‘s frontwoman, Syd, takes a hiatus from the group to drop a more Pop-infused project, Fin. Filled with soft and sultry tracks, her solo work is still gorgeous, but wouldn’t have fit the band’s trademark sound. “None of these songs would have made sense as Internet songs,” she explained.
Though Matt Martians will also drop a solo album, Internet fans need not worry as the band has expressed taking time off to mature and reunite. Listen via Spotify below.
Kanye West and Solange collaborator Sampha wows with his debut studio album, Process. The self-produced gem was written while his mother was ill and passed away. His grief is expressed through his haunting voice over sublime keys and drum pads that flawlessly accompany the brilliant project. Listen to the album below via Spotify.
Donald Glover continues to create his own lane with his new 1970s R&B-inspired Awaken, My Love! Soulful elements of George Clinton, Funkadelic, Tower of Power and The Isley Brothers can all be heard on the stunning project. Rapping is noticeably absent from the album, but the harmonization over twangy electric guitars, electric pianos and flutes on its 11 tracks provide a breathtaking and dream-like experience for the ages. Stream via Spotify below.
Known best for killing freestyles and her appearance on Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp a Butterfly, Rapsody is back with her Crown EP. Now signed to Roc Nation, the MC catapults back into the game with her first project since 2014. Features include Ab-Soul, Raphael Saadiq, and Anderson Paak with production by 9th Wonder, Nottz, Khrysis. Listen below on AudioMack.
Today, legendary Hip Hop group A Tribe Called Quest has finally delivered their final album, We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service. After recording their first project since 1998’s The Love Movement, fans of the eccentric group can revel in vibrant production that pays homage to old school in a uniquely modernized way.
Late member Phife, who passed away earlier this year due to diabetes, recorded his last verses and frequently traveled for the project that Q-Tip believes may have ultimately cost him his health. Recorded together at Tip’s house after the two ironed out their notoriously tumultuous relationship, the group reunited after rediscovering their chemistry during their Jimmy Fallon performance last year. Recruiting current favorites Kendrick Lamar, Andre 3000, Anderson Paak and OGs Busta Rhymes and Elton John, Q-Tip observed he “hadn’t seen Phife that happy since (they) were kids” during its making.
Listen to the long-awaited masterpiece below via Spotify.
After being co-signed by Dr. Dre and making a splash with Malibu, Anderson Paak teams up with esteemed producer Knxwledge (Kendrick Lamar‘s “Momma“). The duo known as NxWxrries is a match made in Hip Hop heaven forming their own highly enjoyable experience called Yes Lawd!. Listen to the project here.
Solange‘s latest, A Seat at the Table, is already drawing whispers as a potential top 10 album contender. With its quality R&B production and intention to provoke joy and healing while taking the listener on a “journey of self-empowerment,” the project is not one to be missed. Lil’ Wayne, Sampha, The Dream, BJ The Chicago Kid, Q-Tip and Kelly Rowland also offer incentive to listen below via Spotify.
After 2 years of writing, Danny Brown is back with his latest effort, Atrocity Exhibition (named after Joy Division‘s album by the same name). The project’s early trademark is its out of the box production concocted by Alchemist, Petit Noir and Black Milk. Sonically inspired by bands like System of a Down and Talking Heads it also boasts appearances by Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Earl Sweatshirt, and B-Real. Listen below via Spotify.
Netflix‘s hit series, The Get Down, has quickly become a cult favorite with music fans. Loosely based on Hip Hop‘s humble beginnings in the late 70s, its soundtrack is just as colorful as the scenes portrayed throughout by director Baz Luhrmann. A mix of classic Hip Hop, R&B, Disco, Gospel, Funk and original tracks written and performed by executive producer Nas, the mood is celebratory, yet also heartfelt during the latter part of the album. Other contributing artists include Miguel, Raury, Nile Rodgers, Janelle Monae and Jaden Smith. Listen below via Spotify.