To celebrate 4/20, Pivot Gang artists MFnMelo and squeakPIVOT teamed up for the perfect weed anthem. While it’s not about the rapper-actor, “LL Cool J” is a chill bop that champions the “wake and bake” routine popular among many marijuana enthusiasts.
Bay Area artist Thuy is totally in love as she pleads for her lover to hold her close and calls them her “universe.” The rising R&B artist showcases her whispery vocals over this soft ballad, which is also the second single off of her upcoming EP.
Ye Ali, “Dangerous”
After teasing the track more than a year ago, Ye Ali finally released “Dangerous” and scored his first ever sync placement as an artist for the song on BET’s comedy series Bigger. The artist/producer maintains his suave aura as he describes why loving his mystery woman is detrimental but perfect: “Loving you’s dangerous and that’s why it’s made for us,” he sings. Toxicity at its finest.
Little Simz, “Introvert”
In this powerful six-minute track, British artist Little Simz makes a statement about race and oppression. “I’m not into politics, but I know it’s dark times/ Parts of the world still living in apartheid,” she raps over a serious beat laced with a choir and orchestra. “Introvert” is the first single off of her forthcoming album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, slated to drop in September.
Kota the Friend, “Outside”
Kota the Friend is adept at keeping his composure. On “Outside,” the Brooklyn artist is both unbothered due to his success but also ready to confront the people who doubted his come-up. “I could pull up and find out where you rent, but I just went and bought your crib instead,” he says. Self-explanatory.
Blaqbonez ft. Amaarae, “Bling”
Blaqbonez’s sparkling new single “Bling” is a catalyst for laid-back, sunshine-drenched joy, no matter the occasion. Dinner party? Bling. Sitting in traffic? Bling. Early start to your day? Bling. With Blaqbonez’s catchy flows, Amaarae’s crystal-clear, ASMR-like vocals and Buju’s raspy, fluid melodies, you’ll have this 3-minute-and-50-second Afro-fusion treasure on repeat from sunrise ‘til sunset.
Deb Never, “Sorry”
After fan-favorite single “Ugly,” Deb Never strikes again with another melancholic, alt-pop-trap anthem. While the title and gentle first verse imply otherwise, “Sorry” is an unapologetic, scream-the-chorus-at-the-top-of-your-lungs sigh of relief after freeing yourself from the grips of a toxic dependence.
Morray is back with “Trenches,” a love letter to his hometown of Fayetteville, N.C. “Everybody see the ghetto as being a bad place,” he raps in his impassioned melodic style, clarifying, “They don’t see the good times that outweigh the bad days.” The rapper’s vocals, carrying influences reminiscent of T-Pain’s delivery style, smoothly complement the underlying trap drums and emotive piano melodies.
Hamzaa ft. Miraa May, “In Between”
In her first single of the year, Hamzaa confidently glides between quick-witted raps and fluid melodies, proclaiming, “You don’t get to be my hero, cause I can save myself.” Fellow U.K. artist Miraa May doubles down on the alt-soul vocalist’s empowering message of independence and assertiveness, making the track an unparalleled start-of-the-week playlist pick.
Myke Towers, “Mírenme Ahora”
Myke Towers takes listeners back to his trap roots in the opening track to his latest album, Lyke Mike. “Mírenme Ahora” is a cinematic composition, asserting itself with attention-grabbing strings and orchestral elements before abruptly transforming into a trap sensation, laden with hard-hitting drums, blaring bass and bright claps. All the while, the burgeoning Puerto Rican rapper reaffirms himself as a trapero to be reckoned with across language barriers noting that, “Even the ones who don’t speak Spanish are sending ‘OMG’.”