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.
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.
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.
Mick Jenkins,‘ studio debut, The Healing Component, is finally available for streaming. His well-received projects The Water[s] and Waves[s] won over a legion of fans with his impressive wordplay encouraging listeners to search for the truth and think independently. The Healing Component digs deeper discussing romantic love, self-love and knowledge of self in an open and thought-provoking manner over atypical beats. Listen to the entire album below via Spotify.
Mac Miller does R&B greater than many current artists with his ode to love on his most surprisingly sophisticated project to date, The Divine Feminine. With vocals from CeeLo Green, Anderson .Paak, Bilal, Ty Dolla $ign, Kendrick Lamar and girlfriend/muse, Ariana Grande, the album’s silky vibe is perfectly executed with its sensual, but playful lyrics and production. Listen below via Spotify.
The recent subject of countless Internet jokes and memes has finally delivered his sophomore studio album, Blonde. Originally thought to be named Boys Don’t Cry, Frank Ocean spontaneously dropped Blonde Saturday afternoon via Apple Music and at pop-up shops in major cities.
The ethereal project filled with guitars, strings and moving lyrics is a strong follow-up to 2012’s Channel Orange and displays sheer creativity and growth. Features include Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce and Andre 3000. Enjoy the masterpiece below.
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If you’ve been wondering where the quality female MCs have gone, look no further. Chicago’s Noname (formerly Noname Gypsy) provides a mystical project entitled Telefone that successfully fuses elements of Hip Hop and Neo Soul. Honest and reflective about matters of the heart, the album is a wispy mix of lyrical glory and wispy production that channels the likes of D’Angelo and Jill Scott. Listen below via Soundcloud.
ScHoolboy Q‘s latest album, Blank Face, has finally arrived. Featuring grade A singles “THat Part” with Kanye West and “Groovy Tony,” the rest of the album is ear candy featuring ditties like “Dope Dealer” with E-40 and “Big Body” with The Dogg Pound. Stream the entire album below via Spotify.