New Friday, new music. We’ve got a lot on our plates this weekend between political soothing, shows from Southern legends, and a bunch of one-off collabs. Walk with us, it’s time to enlighten your ears.
Tinashe – NIGHTR1DE
Tinashe’s back with a brand new project for your night time pleasure. It’s equal parts dreamy and lucid, a perfect segue into your weekend hangover.
Common – Black America Again
Common took a risk by stepping in more experimental territory with his last project Nobody’s Smiling, but fan reactions brought him back to the drawing board for Black America Again. With collabs from Bilal, Stevie Wonder, B.J. The Chicago Kid, Syd The Kid, and more, it’s a comfort zone made less comfortable by Common’s pensive but hopeful thoughts on Black America today.
Alicia Keys – Here
New new from Alicia Keys! She’s taken the same approach with her latest project Here that she took by no longer wearing makeup: natural and organic. This is acoustic-tinged pop for the soul (and the pandering A$AP Rocky collab “Blended Family”), so if that’s your bag, hop on it.
Talib Kweli – Awful People Are Great At Parties
Talib Kweli has two jobs these days: fighting trolls on Twitter and rapping his ass off. Now he’s released his first new project of 2016 in the form of this Soundcloud morsel. Dig in.
Lil’ Flip is back and playing no games on this new joint. The Texas native dropped El Jefe last year, but he’s got even more fire on The Art of Freestyle.
Dae Dae x London on da Track – The DefAnition
Atlanta hitmaker Dae Dae catching the legendary ear of London on da Track is a big deal. The fact that they came together for an 11 track project (originally premiered over at The Fader), that’s monumental. His staccato energy over London’s keys and working with 21 Savage and TK Kravitz is too dope.
Blu & Union Analogtronics – Cheetah In The City
Blu is one of the most versatile wordsmiths in the game today, gliding over beats both somber and glitchy with ease. His debut project with French production duo Union Analogtronics plays to the latter. Give this a listen and prepare for bliss.
Czarface – A Fistful Of Peril
7L, Esoteric, and Inspectah Deck proved themselves hip-hop super villains to beat when they dropped the first Czarface album back in 2012, and they took three years to follow it up with more nefarious rhymes and beats. Just over a year later, A Fistful of Peril is more proof that vintage Wu Tang-inspired mayhem isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Big Scoob – H.O.G.
Missouri’s pride and joy has been off the scene since 2011’s Damn Fool and a spat of mixtapes from 2012, but he’s coming out swinging on his first album in five years. With features like Killer Mike, E-40, Bumpy Knuckles, Paul Wall, and Strange Music head honcho Tech N9ne, you know you’re about to have your face smushed in some mud.
Nacho Picasso x Harry Fraud – AntiHero Vol. 1
Nacho Picasso got some of those Czarface vibes and decided to hit a villainous streak of his own, and he’s brought producer Harry Fraud along for the ride.
La Coka Nostra – To Thine Own Self Be True
Danny Boy, iLL Bill, and Slaine have been feeling restless lately. Their fierce intensity after 11 years of working together is as refreshing as a chain spike to the temple, so give this a listen if sharp horrorcore-tinged bars are your thing.
Tall Black Guy – Let’s Take A Trip
Tall Black Guy has been offering up mindful jazzy beats to your favorite rappers for a long time now, and his latest project Let’s Take A Trip is no exception. Blusey, low pass filtered bounce for those ears.