Rap and r&b royalty run the show in this week’s haul.
Happy Friday, good people. And a blessed first week of public impeachment hearings unto you all. Release Day’s a deceptively tall hill this week, brimming with appearances from hip-hop luminaries and R&B royalty. So let’s get right to it.
The stellar and endlessly replayable Queen & Slim soundtrack has arrived, featuring new music from Ms. Lauryn Hill, Blood Orange, Bilal, Syd, Megan Thee Stallion and more. Medhane’s Own Pace provides a sprawling and spiritual introduction to one of New York City’s most potent pens. Moor Mother’s sophomore album, Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes, is a stark and sweltering haunt from the mold-defying Philly artist. And Black Grapefruit’s Waist is a sweat-and-smoke-fueled companion to a debaucherous night.
Q-Tip leads a trio of features (including Little Simz and Idris Elba) on James BKS’ energetic “New Breed.” MF DOOM and Sparklehorse join Danger Mouse on the shadowy producer’s latest one-off, “Ninjarous.” Neon Indian and Of Montreal each clock in with a jolt of off-kilter electro-pop. 03 Greedo and Kenny Beats offer an immutable glimpse at their upcoming collaborative album, Netflix & Deal. Fat Tony and Taydex tease their own full-length link-up with the roadworn, yet glistening, “Omaha.” And that’s just half the script.
Hear it all in this week’s episode of The Round-Up below. Hit the link to subscribe to Okayplayer’s Spotify channel and never miss another true note.