Best Songs of The Week: feat. Knxwledge, Shay Lia, and More [Playlist]
Updated every Friday, 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 Knxwledge, Shay Lia, Westside Gunn, Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire, MIKE, and more. Scroll through selections from our latest sequence below and subscribe to Okayplayer’s Spotify channel today.
Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire - "Black Mirror"
Within a week of dropping his latest tape, Confessions of a Sex Addict, Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire reemerges with a vital and vigorous Madlib-produced loosie called "Black Mirror."
Knxwledge - "bodies"
If there was any question as to whether Knxwledge could drop the rap blends and forge a whole new world in R&B, this simmering, full-glimmer treatment (from one of two new tapes initially released as 1988 box-set exclusives,) should put an end to any and all of it.
Westside Gun - "Jose Canseco"
Westside Gunn toasts to a glorious come-up on this spacious selection from his freshly released sequel to the stellar 2019 mixtape Flygod is an Awesome God.
Dinner Party (Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder, Kamasi Washington, and Terrace Martin) feat. Phoelix - "Freeze Tag"
After years of casual crossovers and collaborations (most notably on Kendrick Lamar's 2015 album, To Pimp a Butterfly) Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington, Terrace Martin, and 9th Wonder, officially forge the new supergroup, Dinner Party, with the release of their sweetly-soulful debut single "Freeze Tag," featuring vocals from frequent Noname producer, Phoelix.
Sporting Life - "THE World IS OUR LAB"
Sporting Life glimpses all the kinetic beauty of an ace micro-chop on this glitchy and gorgeous blip from his new project, Labplex.Eco.
Shay Lia - "All Up To You"
Shay Lia's latest dance floor dagger serves a party of one or 1,000 with equal force.
McClenney feat. Baby Rose - "Karma Plays"
A pair of neo-soul's brightest disciples, McClenney and Baby Rose join in densely-stacked harmony on this buttery, slow-burning duet.
MIKE feat. Earl Sweatshirt - Allstar"
The blurred-and-slurred cap to MIKE's expansive new set, Weight of The World, features an incendiary performance from Earl Sweatshirt.