Best Songs of The Week: Kendrick Lamar, Quelle Chris, and More

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Kendrick Lamar performs during halftime in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 13 2022 in Inglewood, CA.
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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 Kendrick Lamar, Quelle Chris, Elcamino, Leikeli47, and more.

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

Kumbaya – “Hold On”

A hyper-swung anthem of resilience from Queens rapper and producer, Kumbaya.

Quelle Chris featuring Navy Blue – “So Tired You Can’t Stop Dreaming”

Quelle Chris and Navy Blue dig into their dualities on this jagged jazz-anchored selection from Quelle’s new album, DEATHFAME, out today via Mello Music Group, featuring appearances from Pink Siifu, Denmark Vessey, Cavalier, Knxwledge, and more.

Elcamino – “Wont Show It”

Elcamino laces a pristine loop with prime nostalgia on this easy-pulling standout from his new album, Let There Be Light, which is out now via Anti Gun Violence Co.

Kendrick Lamar featuring Baby Keem – “Savior”

Kendrick Lamar and Baby Keem interrogate celebrity worship and fan culture on this booming highlight from Lamar’s towering TDE finale, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, which is out today, featuring appearances from Sampha, Ghostface Killah, Summer Walker, Alchemist, and more.

bLAck pARty – “Hotline”

bLAck pARty serves up a silky r&b suite as his latest loosie.

MIA GLADSTONE featuring Matt Martians – “EMPATHY”

MIA GLADSTONE and Matt Martians find a sun-kissed space between drum-and-bass and dreamy bedroom r&b on this ascendant single.

Yaya Bey – “Reprise”

Yaya Bey keeps the singles campaign alive with a sweet and simmering slow-burner.

Leikeli47 – “Free to Love”

Leikeli47 unloads on an unfaithful lover on this soulful spawl from her new album, Shape Up, which is out today via Hardcover and RCA.

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