Best Songs of The Week: ft. VanJess, Caleb Giles 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 VanJess, Caleb Giles, tobi lou, Nappy Nina, Xavier Omär, and more. Scroll through selections from our latest sequence below and subscribe to Okayplayer’s Spotify channel today.

Nappy Nina – “Weight”

Nappy Nina returns with a jazz-laced one-off for Mexican Summer’s ongoing Looking Glass series.

Caleb Giles – “Clockwise”

Caleb Giles stitches intricate wordplay into a flowing spiritual jazz arrangement on this vibes-heavy standout from his new album, Meditations.

RU$H ft. Jay Nice, Tha God Fahih and Quelle Chris – “Kalamata Olives”

RU$H wrangles Tha God Fahim, Jay Nice, and Quelle Chris, for a luxurious cypher set to a full-breeze loop that demands the highest caliber of smoke and a three-course meal in whatever order you deem fit.

Oliver The 2nd – “Acme”

Oliver The 2nd unleashes a verbal assault over a horn-heavy arrangement on his second standalone drop of the year. Keep an eye out for whatever else is on the way from the LA-based rapper. It’s sure to land with seismic force.

Junglepussy ft. Ian Isiah – “Out My Window”

Junglepussy and Ian Isiah jump across a range of pitches and paces on this shapeshifting and soulful mid-album check-in from the New York rapper’s raucous new project, JP4.

Harry Terrell feat. Jachary – “Do My Thing”

Drummer Harry Terrell steps out in front of the kit with a slick, strut-inducing shot of funk.

Xavier Omär – “want/need”

Xavier Omär brandishes the romance raps on a ramped-up flip of Dru Hill’s classic 1996 slow jam, “Tell Me.”

VanJess – “High & Dry”

The VanJess sisters strike again, signaling a new project with their second seductive single of the year.

Bathe – “Better Off”

Bathe resurfaces with a slow-burning, phased-for-days late-night suite.

tobi lou feat. MIA GLADSTONE – “Notice Me”

Another week, another dreamy dispatch from tobi lou. His latest is a lucid and entrancing duet with MIA GLADSTONE, arriving as a cap on a year that’s already seen the release of eight standalone cuts.


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

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