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R&B/Hip-Hop Fresh Picks of the Week: Pink Sweat$, Rotimi, DreamDoll & More

Paris Price and Dende linked for their heartfelt, mellow new single, “Love Jones.” Price, who hails from Prince George’s County, Maryland, intentionally channeled his vulnerabilities in the song, telling Flaunt, “The purpose of the song is me saying I don’t want to have so much love for someone that it is ruining my day if I don’t see them. To the point where I can’t eat, sleep, and breathe without them.” — CYDNEY LEE

Slimelife Shawty feat. Lil Durk, “Suit Me Up”

Atlanta rapper Slimelife Shawty tapped Chicago’s own Lil Durk for the first single and title track off of his latest album, Better Living. On “Suit Me Up,” the two trade verses about life in the streets, the former rapping “how the h–l I’m winnin’ and thеy bother me?/ mama I’m sorry but the streets took a part of me,” to close out the song’s chorus. The song is piano-lad and hi-hat heavy with hard 808s heard in between. Slimelife Shawty also raps in third person during his last verse, which is quite amusing. — C.L.

Pink Sweat$, “I Feel Good”

Pink Sweat$ is totally in love, and he wants the world to know it. The Philly singer released a vibrant, upbeat track about feeling good ahead of his forthcoming project Nothing Feels Better. A perfect fusion of R&B and pop, “I Feel Good” provides a quick burst of dopamine as the newly engaged artist sings about having clarity and feeling like he’s got “magic inside me.” — C.L.

Ego Ella May, “Breathe”

On “Breathe,” South London singer Ego Ella May reflects on self-imposed pressure and its simple remedy. “Who says I need to do anything?/ I could just breathe, take it all in,” she sings calmly. The song is the opening track on her latest EP Fieldnotes. — CL

Zack Fox, “boy i’m on yo a–”

Comedian and rapper Zack Fox surprise-released his debut album, Shut the F–k Up Talking to Me, and it’s all over the place in the best way possible. Notably, “Boy I’m On Yo A–” sounds just as dramatic as its title suggests with its intense piano and 808s — “Y’all lil n—as is so weird/ And y’all ain’t headed nowhere/ Y’all so late like Colbert,” he raps — though Fox still succeeds at keeping the raps humorous anyway. — CL

Casper Sage, “Summers Gone”

The summer is over and we hate to see it. But why not send the season off with a gorgeous tribute from Casper Sage? The 20-year-old artist and college student hones in on the parallels between the seasons of the year and those of human life. As his voices branches into a sea of mesmerizing harmonies atop a laid back hip-hop drum pattern, Sage reflects on the progression of life, love and nature. –NEENA ROUHANI

Orion Sun, “Concrete” 

East Coast singer and producer Orion Sun is as immaculate as ever on her latest single, “Concrete.” The chill songstress flows over a minimal beat, centering her sensual words and molasses melodies. Picking apples and tending to goats on a California farm, Sun brings to mind rapper 2Pac’s poem with the line, “sprouting from the underground through the concrete,” weaving in themes of growth and remembrance.

Dream Doll, “You Know My Body”

DreamDoll is putting her spin on Fabolous’s 2003 hit, “Can’t Let You Go,” alongside Capella Grey, on her new track “You Know My Body.” The instrumental pulls that track’s classic guitar loop, layering it with more current trap drums and 808s. “I’ll admit that I like you, or whateva,” Dream says cooly, coining what may be the most 2021 way of confessing love.

Rotimi, “I Do”

As the leaves turn colors, Rotimi says “I Do” to cuffing season in a major way. His romantic single, clearly poised to be a wedding favorite, brings the Y2K feels thanks to lyrics that gush with emotional affection. While much of today’s R&B centers on the messiness of breakups and toxic tendencies, Rotimi is bringing the Usher and Ne-Yo energy of the past into the present.

Kalisway, “Hit ’em With The Funk”

What better way to start the day than with the funk? Toronto singer Kalisway channels the energy, attitude and rhythm you need to manifest all the wins this week. With a tone and flow reminiscent of soul icon Erykah Badu, the freestyling artist and instrumentalist brings her own distinct flavor to this funk track, breathing new life into the genre for the 21st century.

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