Premieres, Tracks

Premiere: YMTK Wants Your “Undivided” Attention

Los Angeles (by way of Oakland) rapper-singer YMTK kicks off his new three-part Zeeky Minaj series with the track “Undivided”, a smooth and nostalgic song about earning a woman’s undivided attention. Departing from last year’s All The Right Places, YMTK opts for a futuristic R&B sound on “Undivided”, using a combination of airy vocals and quick […]

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Tracks

London’s ECKOES Pulls Inspiration from Maya Angelou on “Human”

London-based singer ECKOES takes a cue from Maya Angelou on her newest track “Human”, which includes a small excerpt at the start from Maya Angelou’s poem, ‘I Am Human’. The transformative song is a myriad of different genres blended into one powerful track, with a lingering vocal performance from ECKOES who projects a freeing tone in her […]

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Tracks

Listen to “This Time” from Oakland Rapper Just Rese

Oakland emcee Just Rese shares a new track by the name of “This Time”, produced by Bay Area mainstay Wax Roof. The rapper uses honest round-about wordplay to explore his feelings about a complicated yet promising relationship. Nestled within vibraphone-led production, Just Rese uses the track’s nostalgic layers to deconstruct his own thoughts and arrive […]

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Music Videos

Kendrick Lamar Shares the Video for DAMN’s “DNA”

As if his Coachella performance wasn’t enough, Kendrick Lamar shares the official video for one of DAMN‘s many standout tracks, “DNA”. The video begins with acclaimed actor Don Cheadle, who eventually breaks out of character and turns into a rapper himself — possibly taking on one of Kendrick’s personas that he often alludes to. Watch Kung […]

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Tracks

London Singer Cherée Gives Her Take on Love with “For Me”

London newcomer Cherée has been releasing songs over the last few months and adding her two cents to the landscape of love-driven content. The singer most recently shared her track “For Me”, which is a transformative R&B-electro ballad that describes a troubled relationship, accompanied by even more confusion. In “For Me”, Cherée has seemingly found […]

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Music Videos

Watch Toronto-Based Artist AIDA’s Retro “Let’s Ride” Video

Toronto by way of Montreal singer AIDA has shared the visuals for her light-hearted single, “Let’s Ride”. Described as “a party in musical form”, the talented French-born artist uses 80’s inspired backgrounds and fictional Miami scenes for a bit of nostalgia. Although the majority of the scenes are quite colorful and cheery, AIDA acts as a hired killer […]

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Albums

Joey Bada$$ Releases Politically Charged “ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$” Album

It’s still hard to believe Joey Bada$$ is only 22 years old. He first made national headlines with his Golden Era, torch-carrying song, “Hardknock”. For hip-hop traditionalists, he was the 17 year old bringing back “real hip-hop” right out of its very place of essence—Brooklyn. Fast forward five years later and he’s delivered ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$, […]

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Music Videos

Music Video: Charlotte Dos Santos – Red Clay

Emerging Norwegian singer-songwriter Charlotte Dos Santos shares the video for her powerful single and one of our personal favorites this year, “Red Clay”. The video for the song is simple and intimate with graphic overlays of the changing states of clay and matter, that eventually feel as if they’re apart of Santos as her body […]

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Tracks

Xavier Omar and GoldLink Connect for “No Way Out”

Xavier Omar and GoldLink connect for a smooth new track by the name of “No Way Out”, produced by Hit-Boy. The 4-minute track is an ode to a past relationship that belongs in the present according to GoldLink and Xavier Omar, who delivers achingly beautiful vocals throughout the hip-hop/R&B ballad. Take a listen to the […]

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Culture, Politics

How to Outlast a Donald Trump Presidency

You’re not still in a bad dream. Donald Trump is on his third month of being the leader of the free world. Every time I hear a buzz on my phone and see the dreaded news alert, I flip my phone over in hopes ignorance will really turn to bliss. There is no universal way […]

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Tracks

1-O.A.K. Drops Off The Dreamy, “In The Moment”

1-O.A.K., a quiet mainstay in the Bay Area music scene for the last few years, releases his second single, “In The Moment”, from his forthcoming project Riding in Cars with Girls. The self-produced beat, anchored by floating strings, smooth bass from Drew Banga, and a “Prototype”-esque guitar loop, lays the foundation for the Oakland singer to nonchalantly boast his […]

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Albums

Dreamville Rapper J.I.D Achieves Controlled Urgency on “The Never Story”

Atlanta rapper J.I.D, the latest signee to Dreamville, recently shared his new album, The Never Story, which includes features from 6LACK, Dreamville’s EarthGang, and Mereba. Pivoting at 12 tracks, the talented emcee doesn’t hold anything back with skilled wordplay, equally impressive delivery, and controlled urgency. Whether he’s going full speed with pulsating bars about his family and neighborhood on […]

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Albums

Miami’s Sabrina Claudio Embraces Self-Discovery on Re-Release of ‘Confidently Lost’

Although she released the original project about a year ago, Miami songstress Sabrina Claudio has re-released her Confidently Lost mixtape as an EP for any new listeners who haven’t been paying attention until now (a.k.a. us). Throughout the 7-track EP, Claudio mixes dominant R&B production with ethereal and achingly angelic vocals, creating a sultry space where her lyrics about […]

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