Best Songs of The Week: ft. Syd, Phife Dawg, and More [Playlist]

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 Syd, Koncept Jack$on, MonoNeon, Lou Phelps, the late Phife Dawg, and more.

Scroll through selections from this week’s sequence below and subscribe to Okayplayer’s Spotify channel today.

MonoNeon featuring Daru Jones – “The Little Green Man”

Following their appearance on Pete Rock’s first sampleless album, MonoNeon and Daru Jones reunite on a slinky and off-kilter instrumental ballad.

Lushlife featuring Dälek – “Depaysment”

A sprawling and dutifully-swung suite of jazz and bars from Philly’s Lushlife and Dälek.

Phife Dawg featuring Busta Rhymes and Redman – “Nutshell Pt. 2”

The first solo posthumous album from Phife Dawg may finally be on the way. The latest whiff of the long-delayed project is an update of the late rapper’s 2016 song “Nutshell,” where he’s joined by honorary Tribe member Busta Rhymes and the inimitable Redman.

Lou Phelps featuring Problem – “Nike Shoe Box 2.0”

Problem joins Lou Phelps on a slight recalibration of the Montreal rapper’s 2020 project, EXTRA EXTRA! 

Koncept Jack$on – “Wildstyle”

A silk-smooth selection from Koncept Jack$on‘s stellar new mixtape, JET Magazine ’21 Reissue. 

Smino and Saba – “Plead The .45th”

Smino and Saba join forces on a full-melt standout from the star-studded soundtrack to the highly-anticipated Fred Hampton biopic, Judas and The Black Messiah.

Syd – “Missing Out”

After a few years of sporadic features on a handful of songs, Syd reemerges with her first new solo single in nearly four years, signaling there might just be a follow-up to her 2017 album, Fin, in the works.

Chris Crack – “King of The Living Room”

Chris Crack can’t be stopped. After lighting up 2020 with his hallmark wit and prolific output, the rapper returns today with his latest album, Might Delete Later. One of many anchors to a sturdy Fools Gold debut, “King of The Living Room” is a boogie-blessed vessel for the rapper’s one-liners.


Zo is a staff writer at Okayplayer where he covers music.

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