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 Jay Electronica, maassai, Count Bass D, keiyaA, BbyMutha, Tom Misch, and more. Scroll through selections from the sequence below and subscribe to Okayplayer’s Spotify channel today.
Jay Electronica feat. JAY-Z – “Ghost of Soulja Slim”
13 years in the making, Jay Elec’s debut album has finally emerged and it’s basically the Ye-less Watch The Thrones sequel none of us saw coming. While there’s lots of unpacking to do over repeated runs, the album’s regal self-produced opening is as much a testament to the rapper’s pen as his ear.
maassai – “Mind Urs”
Not-so-quietly establishing herself as one of hip-hop’s most jolting MCs over a handful of recent features, the Brooklyn rapper breaks out with a blistering performance from her newly released project, CON$TRUCTION 002: The Caution Tape.
Count Bass D – “Byob”
The rap veteran returns with a batch of boastful jabs on this glistening cut from his new album, CBD.
Jay Worthy feat. Elcamino – “Uncle Brad”
What began as a double-sided collaboration with Alchemist has bloomed into a full-length. Out today, this standout from Two4one features a fit of wordplay from the Compton and Buffalo rappers over a brawny loop from Harry Fraud (doing one helluva Madlib.)
keiyaA – “Negus Poem 1 & 2”
On the lead single from her forthcoming project, Forever, Ya Girl, the New York singer stacks shifty harmonies over a warm, warped, and spacious production.
Guapdad 4000 – “Greedy”
A gritty scam rap anthem from the Bay Area artist whose joint tour with Thundercat could be one of the more tragic coronavirus-related postponements.
Contour – “Rain Man Freestyle”
A chanted melody over sparse, but no less piercing, piano chords, the closing track on the Charleston artist’s new project, Weight, haunts and howls its way into your head. And it may never leave.
Yves Tumor – “Kerosene!”
The dream of a scorching post-quarantine summer incarnate.
Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes feat. Rocco Palladino – “Lift Off”
Pulling a page from John Mayer’s trio days, the British guitarist has assembled an unholy three-piece of his own. Aptly titled, their debut single is equal parts unhinged jam session and icy, calculated vamp.
Lakecia Benjamin feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow and Meshel Ndegeocello – “Om Shanti”
The sax maven wrangles royalty for a booming Alice Coltrane send-up.