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Friday Music Flow 8/4

1. “Toyko” (Video), Thundercat


The very talented and eccentric Thundercat gave us Drunk back in February but he’s back to remind us how strange yet amazing the album was. The 2:22 song “Toyko” is about Thundercat’s love affair with the mysterious, magical place and the video illustrates just that. The hazey visual cuts between Thundercat playing games, his journey around Tokyo and a lot of cats.


2. “My Girl”, Chromonicci


Producer and new R&B crooner has laid his voice on a track and it’s so beautiful! Texas native Chromonicci isn’t new to the game but his love life inspired him to write and sing on one of his dope beats. Get familiar with Chromonicci’s with his new track “My Girl”.

3. “Goodnight Freestyle”, Alem Worldwide


Innovative artist Alem Worldwide has blessed us with a new track we can dream to. “Goodnight Freestyle” is an airy single with Alem effortlessly freestyling about various topics; taking you to another world. Enter Alem Worldwide’s vortex below:

4. “The Act”, Cartier Dave


Atlanta’s Two9 member has a new breakout single entitled “The Act”. Cartier Dave has always been a memorable voice on Two9 tracks so it only makes sense that he keeps the fire going on his own. Dave rides on the (TroyDave of 1991) production just like he’s supposed to. Check out Cartier Dave’s flow below:

5. “Cruel”, BOSCO


Only a few days before the release of her forthcoming project, BOSCO has given us another taste of what we can expect on b. “Cruel” reminds me of a 90’s TLC record with the soft, light vocals with strong lyrics. The NEVR produced single is a funk filled masterpiece. Take a listen below.

Friday Music Flow 7/28

1. Truth Is I’m Always Annoyed, Saturn, Alexander


New Jersey has a new hip-hop princess: Saturn, Alexander jumped on the scene last year with the IOU EP, and after teasing us with the standout single “Don’t” a few months ago, her new EP, Truth Is I’m Always Annoyed, was definitely worth the wait. Saturn knows how to ride the beat while showing her personality. “With this project, I wanted to give the listener an introspective view to both sides of the topic of the everyday micro-aggressions that plague us all to often,” she said. “To be able to give some perspective, and to be able to see ourselves in these songs, and relate to us sometimes being the source of our own aggression.”

2. “Hot Fire,” And “Rags To Bxxtches,” YGTUT


Chattanooga’s YGTUT dropped two new tracks, “Hot Fire” and “Rags To Bxxtches,” that are both actually “hot fire.” YGTUT released these new records in preparation of his new project (his first mixtape Preacher’s Son is definitely worth a spin) giving us just a little taste of what we can expect.

3. “Working Woman”, Kona

Having worked with The Internet and Awful Records, Kona has made herself a cozy spot in the industry over the past few years. Off her forthcoming project, Uncanny, “Working Woman” is about being overlooked by someone you want. “‘I was feeling looked over by a girl that I saw a lot of potential in at the time,” Kona tells Okayplayer. “Zack originally sent the beat in a batch of things that he wasn’t using for his album Little World and I instantly connected with it […] Fast forward a few months and the girl who was overlooking me is now my girlfriend, and the leading lady in the video.”

4. Pink & Blu, Narx


London DJ, producer and multi-instrumentalist Narx released his debut EP Pink & Blu, giving us a fresh and eclectic sound. It’s the second release from NAO’s budding record label, Little Toyko Recordings.

5. “Netflix & Dusse”, Smino

Smino’s blkswn project was easily one of my favorites from this year, showcasing his quick yet smooth cadences. The Monte Booker-produced “Netflix & Dusse” received visual treatment from director Calmatic, adding even more personality to the track.

Friday Music Flow 7/21

1. “Rio,” Ciscero ft. Jay Prince and FoggieRaw


Ciscero has been perfecting his craft since we were first introduced to him on Goldlink’s “Fall In Love.” He shows his skills in “Rio,” linking up with fellow DMV rapper FoggieRaw and one of my favorite London MCs, Jay Prince, over collab-production by J.Robb and Misterneek.

2. GSPL, Phoelix


Phoelix is no newcomer, with production credits for Chi-Town artists like Noname Gypsy and Saba — but in his new EP, GSPL, he’s found his voice. The project’s standout track, “Red Beans And Rice,” was written when the Chicago producer was stuck on a church mission trip a year ago in the Virgin Islands. “I was infuriated and with no other outlet I made ‘Red Beans & Rice’ in the Virgin Islands,” he said. “[July 17] was the start of this project and to drop it on this date just makes it a complete year of my life that I can release.” Listen to this amazing 7 track project from start to finish.

3. “F*ck The Summer Up,” and “Type Different,” King Combs

Diddy’s son King Combs is making his own waves in Miami — and these two new releases are the Bad Boy summer jams we needed. While “F*ck the Summer Up” has an inescapable party vibe, “Type Different” caters to the trap scene. Get into these two visuals ASAP.

4. Safe Travels, Gwen Bunn


After finding success on ScHoolboy Q’s “Collard Greens” in 2013, producer-songwriter-singer Gwen Bunn had label offers flooding in — and once she landed a production deal, she got to work with the likes of Childish Gambino and Sean Paul. In Safe Travels, we get to finally experience Bunn’s emotions and airy flowing vocals through an eight track solo project. Learn about Bunn in her VICE documentary and take a listen to the leading single, “Think Twice.”

You can purchase Safe Travels on Bandcamp.

5. “Celebration”, White Gold


As a mostly behind-the-scenes producer and songwriter, Bronx native White Gold is ready to step into the spotlight and show us what she’s got. “Celebration” is a bold debut, with production and empowering lyrics that are contagious. Listen below, and learn more about White Gold on Pigeons and Planes.


Friday Music Flow 7/14

1. Issa Album, 21 Savage


21 Savage’s debut project, ISSA Album, reminds me of early Gucci Mane: his lyrics are grimey, yet well put, and he rides every beat with conviction. With no features and only the best production (Pierre Bourne, Zaytoven, DJ Mustard, Metro Boomin), 21 lets us know he’s comfortable with his new star status — rumor has it he produced the project’s standout track, “Bank Account,” himself. Play this one from beginning to end, with the speakers all the way up.

2.  “Hasta Luego”, J.I.D.


Dreamville rookie J.I.D has been laying low since The Never Story put him on our radar. This week, he returned with “Hasta Luego,” lacing a WondaGurl and CuBeatz beat with his signature staccato flow to show his chops.

3. “Touch The Floor”, VanJess ft. Masego (Video)

If you haven’t heard of Nigerian American sister-duo VanJess, this is the perfect way to get familiar. A celebration of the summer with a perfect dose of house vibes, this new video gives the 2016 single featuring Masego new life.

4. One Night Only, Cousin Stizz (Mixtape)


Boston’s Cousin Stizz has dropped his anticipated 13 track project, One Night Only. Since hearing the Offset-assisted single “Headlock” we already expected this to be a summer soundtrack — and Stizz delivers. His cadence glides over any production, and he blends effortlessly on his features. Stream his new project below and cop that on iTunes.

5. “Magic”, Rayana Jay  (prod. by ROMderful)


Bay Area songbird Rayana Jay teams up with Soulection producer ROMderful on “Magic,” from her upcoming EP Morning After. A retro- sounding reflection of her magical love, Jay recently described the song’s inspo in an interview with NYLON: “It gave me such a ’70s vibe;” she said. “I could see people skating with huge afros, I thought about funk and disco, I saw Soul Train, and it just hit me. Magic.”



Audio: Calvin Harris – Slide ft. Migos & Frank Ocean

1439979897815.cachedOver the last few weeks hitmaker Calvin Harris has been hinting at a new song accompanied by Migos and Frank Ocean. We can finally get off the edge of our seats and dance because the highly anticipated single has arrived. “Slide” has the perfect piano intro leading us into the spring season. Frank blessed the tropical track with his rare vocals while Migos’ Offset and Quavo melodically ride the beat into the sunset. Gear up for warm weather, tropical tunes and new music from the Scottish DJ with “Slide” in mind. Listen in below.



Audio: Keiya – No Gravity


Songbird Keiya is back again to lift us off our feet with her magical vocals. The Chicago-born, New York native has been on a bit of a hiatus while working on new music, but recently dropped off a new single. “No Gravity” is the perfect song to remind us why we fell in love with her voice when she first stepped on the scene a few years ago. Keiya’s soothing tone glides over the simple, silky production as she sings about her “No Gravity” love. We’re definitely looking forward to hearing more from the singer this year.

Vibe out to “No Gravity” below:




Stream NxWorries Album ‘Yes Lawd!’


NxWorriesAnderson .Paak and Knxwledge, have released their collaborative debut album Yes Lawd! in full exclusively via Apple Music prior to its October 21st release on Stones Throw Records. Following previously released singles like “Suede,” “Lyk Dis,” and “Get Bigger/Do U Luv,” Knxwledge leads exceptionally well in production, providing the perfect canvas for Anderson’s soulful vocals. The 19 track project from the duo has a song for every single emotion. Take a listen below.


Kaytranada Surprises us with a Mixtape to Enter Fall With


Shortly after winning the 2016 Polaris Music Prize, Kaytranada has released a new mixtape; reminding us why he deserves all awards and accolades given to him. Although the new mixtape, “0.001%”, may come as a surprise to most of us Kaytranada did speak about its release briefly. After the release of his debut album 99.9% he visited Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show and hinted at a mixtape which was to be called “0.01”.  We’ve kept our ears open and have finally gotten the quietly uploaded mixtape in the form of “0.001%”! Not much in the description about the mix but you can expect Kaytranada’s signature style of splicing samples and a lot of surprises revealed throughout 87 minutes.

Vibe out to 0.001% via Kaytranada’s soundcloud below:

Stream Mick Jenkins’ Debut Album, ‘The Healing Component’


Chicago native Mick Jenkins has finally blessed us with his debut album, The Healing Component, after teasing us for months with amazing singles. Tracks like “Drowning” and “Spread Love” had us ecstatic for what was to come, and with the likes of recent collaborators BADBADNOTGOOD, Noname, Kaytranada and theMIND on this solid record, we can start to see Jenkins forming a powerhouse behind his sound.

Undoubtedly, Mick Jenkins is still impressing us after becoming one of our favorite new voices with the release of many stand-out mixtapes in recent years. Give the 15-track debut album The Healing Component a listen via Apple Music below.



Audio: OPAL – France


Newcomer OPAL, from Los Angeles by way of Virginia, has released a groovy sophomore single and we cannot stop spinning this one! Since exploring and mastering many different crafts, including music production, DJing and fashion design, this song bird is ready to show the world her true passion.

OPAL is creating a futuristic new lane for herself with the help of friend and producer Fake Uzumi with their collaborative effort “France.” OPAL’s soft and sweet vocals blend seamlessly with the atmospheric bounce of Uzumi’s production, making for the perfect collision of sound. Vibe out to the futuristic cut below.