After Childish Gambino‘s FX series Atlanta recorded the biggest cable debut since 2013 , the rapper/actor/writer/director makes his return to music with the fantastically retro “Redbone.” Donald Glover strays away from the current landscape with outlandishly Funky production and no hint of rapping. Check for it on his Awaken, My Love! album on December 2. Listen to the cut and his other psychedelic single “Me and Your Mama” 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.
R&B star John Legend and one of Hip Hop’s current favorites, Chance The Rapper, come together to grace their listeners with a melodious new track “Penthouse Floor.” Chance drops another solid verse with his trademark imaginative flow as John Legend croons picturesque lyrics over funky bass and strings.
Listen to the song, which will be available on Legend’s new album, Darkness and Light, due out December 2 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.
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.
After a 5 year hiatus, rapping duo Sir Michael Rocks and Chuck Inglish are back with a fresh new cut interspersed with pulsing bass and catchy vocals. Featuring Maxo Kream, “Running Man” is definitely a strong comeback that reminds listeners of their unmistakable chemistry. Listen below via Audiomack.
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.
Detroit rapper/singer/songwriter Persia Grai has been busy making waves in his own right. Opening for artists like Big Sean and getting airplay on Hot 107.5, his latest, “Calabasas,” exudes commendable honesty and vulnerability on a harmonious track produced by False Ego.
Touching on fear along the road to stardom, personal doubt and deaths in the family, the track comes to a hopeful conclusion: “The pendulums of pain & joy are truthfully what make life/Pain is no excuse to waste life..right?” Listen below.