Best Songs of The Week: ft. Tierra Whack, Navy Blue, and More [Playlist]

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.

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

J. PERIOD featuring Dave Chappelle, Black Thought, and Tiffany Gouché – “All In Your Head”

J. PERIOD signals his next volume with a neck-cranking warmup, featuring Black Thought, Tiffany Gouché, and Dave Chappelle, the narrator of the producer’s upcoming project, A Story to Tell. 


JPEGMAFIA lends a verse to a low-key summer anthem from BROCKHAMPTON‘s new album, ROADRUNNER: New Light, New Machine.

Benny Sings featuring Cautious Clay – “Run Right Back”

Benny Sings enlists Cautious Clay for a laidback yacht rock earworm from his latest outing for Stones Throw, Music.

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”

The Internet‘s Matt Martians opens his new album, Going Normal, with dancefloor-beckoning disco a la The Neptunes.

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”

Ari Lennox and Queen Naija investigate an unfaithful lover on a simmering late-night r&b anthem.

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.


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

Recent Posts

Rap Veteran Coolio Dead At 59

Coolio, known for his Grammy-winning hit "Gangsta's Paradise" died on Wednesday at 59-years-old, according to… Read More

September 28, 2022

The Making of Miguel’s ‘Kaleidoscope Dream’ Album

Miguel’s Kaleidoscope Dream is an album that splits time between rebellious youth and reverence for… Read More

September 28, 2022

Watch Lizzo Play James Madison’s 200-Year-Old Crystal Flute

While performing in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night, Lizzo made history by becoming the first… Read More

September 28, 2022

Social Media Responds to Yung Miami Saying She Wants to Be “The Black Oprah”

In an interview with XXL, Yung Miami declared that she wants to be "The Black… Read More

September 28, 2022

17-Year-Old Arrested In Connection to Murder of PnB Rock

The 17-year-old son of Freddie Trone has been accused of murdering PnB Rock before his… Read More

September 28, 2022

Marvel’s ‘Blade’ Reboot Is Having Some Problems

From losing its director right before filming was about to begin to reports about its… Read More

September 28, 2022