The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week - ft. Thundercat, CHIKA, Mac Miller 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 Thundercat, Medhane, CHIKA, Shura, Chris Keys, Mac Miller, El Michels Affair, and more. Scroll through selections from the sequence below and subscribe to Okayplayer’s Spotify channel today.
Thundercat ft. Ty Dolla $ign and Lil B – “Fair Chance”
A spacious and touching Mac Miller tribute from the power trio we deserve.
CHIKA – “DESIGNER”
It’s a big month for the Alabama rapper, releasing her major-label debut, INDUSTRY GAMES, and a Tiny Desk performance as a proper introduction. This selection from the project is a precise distillation of her wit, pace, and technical ability as an MC, lighting up a chipmunk soul flip with rapid-fire wordplay.
Quelle Chris and Chris Keys feat. Joseph Chilliams and Cavalier – “Living Happy”
One of rap’s most dynamic duos rallies Brooklyn and Chicago stalwarts for a full-float cipher.
KEY! – “Let’s Go”
A guiltless nautical trap anthem from the Atlanta rapper on the heels of his breakout year.
Shura feat. Ivy Sole – “Elevator Girl”
Is a British R&B takeover imminent? Is it already too late?
JPEGMAFIA – “Covered in Money!”
The latest in a streak of loose audiovisual bombs from the Baltimore rapper and producer.
Medhane feat. Jay Versace – “HOW U KNOW?”
The Brooklyn rapper’s latest dispatch is pure cinema over a gorgeous four-bar loop.
El Michels Affair – “Enfant”
Another lush entry from the Brooklyn soul outfit, landing somewhere between an obscure French library cut from the late-60s and Madlib’s more symphonic experiments.
Lizette & Quevin – “Grow Forever”
The Big Crown crew strikes again with the NY duo’s warm and warped debut single.
Mac Miller – “Floating”
One of two new songs featured on a deluxe edition of the late rapper’s posthumous album, “Floating” is an ace take on the gospel-fueled mid-90s R&B ballad and a heart-warming Thundercat/Mac crossover to close Circles.