The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week - ft. Freddie Gibbs, Madlib, 9th Wonder, and More [Playlist]
New heat to cap the week.
Happy Friday, good people. Release Day's upon us and the spoils are stellar.
Leading the album charge, Offset's long-delayed solo debut has finally arrived, but new pieces from Benny Sings, IMDDB, and Spelling should scratch any remaining itch for left-leaning Migos-less long-plays. And for the boom-bap brigade, a 9th Wonder-produced Smif-N-Wessunproject packs a mountain of vintage soul flips and ace wordplay into a hard-hitting 43 minutes.
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The bulk of the week's bag, however, arrived by way of lush loosies, collaborative one-offs, and fiery campaign-starters for long-anticipated projects. Madlib and Freddie Gibbs hit the ground running with a menacing introduction to their upcoming Piñata sequel. Doja Cat and Rico Nasty joined forces on an early contender for "Trap Anthem of The Year." Sophie Faith joined lophile for a buzzing full-burn r&b spectacle. Kehlani tapped Dom Kennedy as purveyor of romance raps on a selection from her short and sweet While We Wait mixtape. Tierra Whack reached beyond the one-minute mark on an elastic exposition. And that's just half the script.
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Hear it all and more, along with selections from this week's album haul, in a new episode of The Round-Up below. Hit the link to subscribe to Okayplayer's Spotify channel for a running catalog of earworms and essentials, updated every week with Release Day's finest.