The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week – ft. Jean Deaux, MESSIAH!, Buddy 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 Buddy, MESSIAH!, Jean Deaux, Tanya Morgan, Kemba, IDK, CRIMEAPPLE, and more. Scroll through selections from the sequence below and subscribe to Okayplayer’s Spotify channel today.

lojii and Swarvy feat. Versis – “potion (Blend)”

One of two righteous reworks from the duo’s upcoming remix project, DUE RENT (Blends.) 

CRIMEAPPLE – “Funkhouser”

The Jersey-based vice rap specialist gets radiantly gritty on a selection from his latest tape, Jaguar on Palisade.

MESSIAH! – “Flenory”

Hymnal chants that outlast the tragically brief runtime, check out MESSIAH!’s latest, one of the best songs to drop this year.

Tanya Morgan – “Across The Spot”

A rap duo born of the boards‘ returns today with the five-track suite, Be Right Back (presumably a placeholder for a full-length follow-up to their 2017 studio album, YGWY$4.) Hear them trade bars over a full-float Arthur Verocai flip.

Buddy and Kent Jamz – “She Think”

Buddy and  Kent Jamz link for a warbled late-night R&B cut with an earworming hook.

Jean Deaux feat. Saba – “Moody!”

A glitchy and minimalistic club anthem from two of Chicago’s finest rappers, Jean Deaux and Saba.


The country trap enigma with the voice of an angel reemerges with a shifty and kinetic follow-up to a viral introduction.

Cousin Stizz – “VENDETTA”

Boston rapper Cousin Stizz glides back into the rotation with a lo-fi loosie.

Shy Glizzy – “Lonely Vibes”

Solitude raps are about to have their moment. We’re here for it. Check out Shy Glizzy’s latest.

McClenney – “just stay”

A gorgeously warm bit of R&B balladry from DMV singer McClenney.


Zo is a staff writer at Okayplayer where he covers music.

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