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First Stream: New Music From Polo G, Lorde, Migos, Doja Cat and More

Before “Rapstar” reached No. 1 on the Hot 100 earlier this year, Polo G was a promising rap storyteller, capable of scoring chart hits but best known for the narratives he crafted across albums. With a smash single now in his back pocket, however, the Chicago native enters Hall of Fame with a much larger spotlight fixed upon him — but thankfully doesn’t stray from the confessional mic approach that had already made him so captivating. The new album includes more surefire chart fodder, like the ferocious “No Return” with The Kid LAROI and Lil Durk, but Polo G shines brightest when delving into his difficult upbringing, issues with fame and hopes for a prosperous future.

Lorde, “Solar Power” 

After leading 2017’s Melodrama with “Green Light,” a purge of emotion that raced through tempos and accusations, Lorde’s new single “Solar Power” is a playful splash of salt water onto our faces in time for the summer. With Clairo and Phoebe Bridgers providing backing vocals and Jack Antonoff playing bass and electric guitar (along with co-producing and co-writing, as he did on the majority of Melodrama), Lorde has gathered her friends and shown them her newfound euphoria, first in an intimate acoustic format, then in a swaying sing-along when the drums kick in with a minute to spare.

Click here to read a full review of Lorde’s new single, “Solar Power.”

Migos, Culture III 

“We the forefront, but the story of our lives before music was about proving ourselves,” Offset recently told Billboard ahead of the release of Migos’ long-awaited Culture III. “We cool with that because that pressure brings humbleness and forces another side of creativity to come out.” The most prolific trio in hip-hop spent three years apart after 2018’s Culture II, but sound impossibly hungry on this sequel, which aims to reassert their gravitational pull in rap’s universe. The guests show up to the party — Cardi B, Justin Bieber, Future and Drake, the latter of whom waxes poetic for over two minutes on “Having Our Way” — but hearing Offset, Quavo and Takeoff once again effortlessly bouncing off each other is the star attraction of Culture III.

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