A fresh haul of essentials for your weekend rotation.
Happy Release Day, good people. After an eventful early-autumn rush, the long-plays are fewer and farther this week. But the bars are burly, boisterous, and ample, nonetheless.
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Curren$y linked with Young Roddy and Trademark Da Skydiver for the kush-kissed collection, Plan of Attack. Flee Lord and Eto’s Rocamerikkka is brimming with grit and ghostly loops. MF DOOM and Bishop Nehru shared new edits of their collaborative 2014 outing. And chiming in with abbreviated sets, The Roots‘ Stro Elliot delivers the kung-fu swing and on his latest instrumental EP, Moods, while Father‘s Hu$band project is a brief but plenty buoyant sequence of glistening trap gems (featuring a predictably hilarious verse from Zach Fox.)
The loosies and standalones are an equally heady haul. Smoke DZA and Benny The Butcher’s Pete-Rock-produced twist-up is off to a helluva start with “Drug Raps.” Taylor McFerrin flipped Emily King’s “Blue Light” into a symphonic slow-burner. Caribou stormed back with a recalibration of Gloria Barnes’ holy grail soul ballad, “Home.” Homeboy Sandman, Quelle Chris, and Your Old Droog united on a warp-speed posse cut. City Girls’ JT celebrated her return with a victory lap. Xavier Omar and Parisalexa summon all the feels on their Sango-helmed heater, “What Do We Do?.” And that’s just half the script.
Hear it all in this week’s episode of The Round-Up below. Hit the link to subscribe to Okayplayer’s Spotify channel and never miss true note.