Best Songs of The Week: ft. Tierra Whack, Common, Alchemist and More [Playlist]

The Round-Up playlist is Okayplayer’s weekly haul of the best songs in the worlds of hip-hop and R&B. This week’s set features new music from Tierra Whack, Common, The Alchemist, Busta Rhymes, Black Grapefruit, and more. Scroll through selections from our latest sequence below and subscribe to Okayplayer’s Spotify channel today.

Alchemist – “Cigarette Drum Machine”

An entrancing suite from Alchemist’s newly released instrumental projectThe Food Villain, toasting to another triumphant lap around the sun.

Ru$h, Jay Nice, and Tha God Fahim – “Grandiose”

Ru$h, Jay Nice, and Tha God Fahim trade luxurious raps over a full-breeze beat on this selection from their new collaborative tape, An Album Called Classic.

Busta Rhymes – “Deep Thought”

Busta Rhymes slips into a seductive mood on this late-album cut from his lengthy new comeback outing, Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God.

Common feat. Black Thought – “Say Peace”

Common and Black Thought reunite on a menacing afro-funk romp that announced the surprise drop of the Chicago rapper’s stellar, sequel-signaling new album, A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 1. 

Your Old Droog – “Ukraine”

Your Old Droog waxes on his ex-Soviet roots and dueling identifies on a rugged-and raw loosie.

Waldo feat. Willie The Kid – “Reeds Lake”

Waldo reconnects with Sango on a standalone stunner, featuring a slick assist from Willie The Kid.

Black Grapefruit – “Vulnerability”

Black Grapefruit’s latest is a scorching, genre-blurring anthem, pacing between drum-and-bass breaks and a twinkling mid-tempo refrain.

Tierra Whack – “Dora”

Tierra Whack ends a brief hiatus with a characteristically twisted and playful audiovisual bomb, featuring muppets and stop-motion animation galore.

Lou Phelps – “MUST BE”

A footwork-friendly highlight from Lou Phelps’ new mixtape, EXTRA EXTRA!, featuring production from Lakim, tek.lun, and big bro, KAYTRANADA.

Seba Kaapstad feat. Oddisee – “I’m Scared”

Seba Kaapstaad mark their first transmission of the year (and a potential follow-up to their intricately-crafted 2019 project,) with a sleek and sobering new single, featuring an appearance from Oddisee.


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

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