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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pusha T’s solo career is taken to new heights with yet another impressive body of work. After dropping the lyrically impressive My Name Is My Name, Pusha T returns with his solid sophomore album, Darkest Before Dawn. Pusha brings the bars again and the eclectic production is provided by Kanye West, Puff Daddy, Timbaland, Q-Tip and Hudson Mohawke. Stream below via Spotify.
Fans have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Kid Cudi‘s new album, Speedin’ Bullet to Heaven. Self-described as “Alternative” instead of Hip Hop, the album is a far cry from his galactic production laced with melodies and rhythmic bars. His latest creation is a harsh, cutting edge punk rock hodgepodge filled with guitars and angst. Listen to the experimental project below via Spotify.