The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week - ft. Knxwledge, Little Dragon, Megan Thee Stallion and More [Playlist]
Updated every Friday, The Round-Up is Okayplayer's weekly haul of the best new hip-hop and R&B songs. This week's set features new music from Knxwledge, R.A.P. Ferreira, Curren$y, Little Dragon, Megan Thee Stallion, and more. Scroll through selections from the sequence below and subscribe to Okayplayer's Spotify channel today.
Knxwledge - "Don't Be Afraid"
"Don't Be Afraid" is half of another two-pack from Stones Throw's prodigal looper. The song comes ahead of his upcoming sophomore studio album, 1988. Probably the cleanest production we've heard from Knxw yet.
R.A.P. Ferreira - "LAUNDRY"
The buzzing Wisconsin rapper glides over neck-cramping swing with razoring wit on this selection from his new album, Purple Moonlight Pages.
Nelson Bandela - "Galactic Funk 01 Hub"
The Brooklyn-based artist beams in with minimalism that knocks on a cut from one of three new tapes he's released in as many months. Think Lord Quas and Georgia Anne Muldrow blessing air on The Mothership. Yeah, that.
Curren$y - "52 Seconds"
Just north of a minute long, this one's pulled from a recent three-track EP from the NOLA rapper, extending what's already an untouchable streak with another batch of luxurious lines and entrancing soul loops.
Larry June - "You Can Get Rich"
The Bay Area rapper blasts a lush b-side soul ballad with best life bars on a breezy selection from his new album, Adjust to The Game.
2 Chainz - "NO TV"
You can never go wrong with some new 2 Chainz. The rapper is back with another banger.
Lil Uzi Vert - "Venetia"
With Eternal Atake finally landing, there's a lot of new Uzi to get through. But "Venetia" is a guiltless point of entry to the trap-laced neon pop the Philly rapper's brandishing on his new project.
Charlotte Dos Santos - "Helio"
The latest single from the Norwegian songbird is a sparse, swirling specimen that mounts to a heart-crushing cap. It arrives a week out from the release of her upcoming Harvest Time EP.
Megan Thee Stallion feat. Kehlani - "Hit My Phone"
Never knew I needed Meg and Kehlani on a modern funk anthem. But here we are. And my goodness does this go.
Little Dragon feat. Kali Uchis - "Are You Feeling Sad"
Just a few weeks out from the release of their next album, the Swedish R&B experimentalists offer another glimpse with a pulsing floor-filler.
Butcher Brown - "Tidal Wave"
Back with their first transmission since 2018, the Richmond, Virginia band slips between Rhodes-soaked groove and booming brassy breakdown on a dazzling, genre-and-era-bridging loosie.
John Carrol Kirby - "By The Sea"
The recent Stones Throw signee delivers another hypnotic instrumental suite from his forthcoming debut with the label. Best paired with cabernet and a grip of kush.