The Round-Up is Okayplayer’s weekly playlist of the best songs in the worlds of hip-hop and R&B. This week’s set features new music from J.PERIOD, Navy Blue, Tierra Whack, Benny Sings, Queen Naija, and more.
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J. PERIOD featuring Dave Chappelle, Black Thought, and Tiffany Gouché – “All In Your Head”
BROCKHAMPTON featuring JPEGMAFIA – “CHAIN ON”
Benny Sings featuring Cautious Clay – “Run Right Back”
Royce Wood Junior – “Slush”
Royce Wood Junior steps out on his own with a jolt of driving funk and synth wizardry.
Matt Martians – “Can’t Believe It”
Topaz Jones – “D.I.A.L”
Fresh off the (virtual) Sundance circuit, Topaz Jones appears to be readying his first project in nearly five years. On his second single of 2021, the New Jersey artist puts one up for the paper chase with a dizzying performance.
Queen Naija featuring Ari Lennox – “Set Him Up”
Tierra Whack – “Link”
Tierra Whack sends up a note to our intergalactic neighbors with another playful audiovisual bomb.
Navy Blue – “Durag Anthem”
Navy Blue glides over an entrancingly minimalistic Awhlee treatment on his latest dispatch.
NAIMA – “City Lights”
NAIMA slips into a very purple strain of r&b balladry on her debut single.