Updated every Friday, The Round-Up is Okayplayer’s weekly haul of the best songs of the week. This week’s set features new music from Samiyam, Liv.e, JPEGMAFIA, Nappy Nina, Ian Isaiah, Medhane, Ka, and more. Scroll through selections from our latest sequence below and subscribe to Okayplayer’s Spotify channel today.
Ka – “I Love (Mimi, Moms, Kev)”
Nappy Nina feat. Maassai – “Modestly”
Continuing their respective hit streaks, Brooklyn-based MCs Nappy Nina and Maassai trade bars over full-glide synths and a mid-tempo break on this selection from Nina’s new tape, 30 Bag.
Medhane – “Allegedly”
Burly-voiced Brooklyn rapper Medhane’s latest dispatch is brief, but regal, lighting up a symphonic backdrop with ace-penmanship.
Caleb Giles – “Diamonds”
Another buzzing Brooklyn bar specialist, Caleb Giles puts on a blistering display with his latest loosie.
Blaque Dynamite – “Time Out”
Like the album that bears its name, this dizzying standout from drummer Blaque Dynamite’s new project shifts and pivots on a dime, covering jazz, punk, and lo-fi hip-hop, without ever getting close enough to categorize.
Liv.e – “Bout These Pipedreams/Lessons From My Mistakes..but I Lost Your Number”
Dallas singer Liv.e unleashes a blitz of electric keys, skittering hi-hats, scatter-brain bars, and ever-morphing melodies on this glistening two-parter from her upcoming album.
Ian Isiah feat. Chromeo – “N.U.T.S.”
Blood Orange collaborator Ian Isiah links with the Funk Lordz for an empowering two-stepper.
JPEGMAFIA feat. Denzel Curry – “BALD! (Remix)”
An electric loosie from JPEGMAFIA gets updated with some renegade raps from Carol City’s Denzel Curry.
VHOOR – “Esperança”
A full-float offering from Brazilian producer VHOOR’s new Baile & Vibes tape.
Samiyam – “do what i gotta do”
Stones Throw producer Samiyam caps his new Reflectionz tape with an entrancingly minimal soul flip.