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 Phony Ppl, Freddie Gibbs, Makaya McCraven, Mother Nature, and more.
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Makaya McCraven – “In These Times”
Makaya McCraven opens his new album, In These Times, with a spectacularly grand and symphonic entrance. In These Times is out today via International Anthem, featuing contributions from Brandee Younger, Jeff Parker, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and more.
Young RJ featuring Pete Rock, Pino Palladino, Sorry Drummer, and Rebel Kuzco – “World Tour”
Slum Village alum, Young RJ, links with the legendary Pete Rock and low-end maestro, Pino Palladino, on this buttery title track from his new album, World Tour, which is out today via Neastra Music, featuring appearances from Blu, Boldy James, Daru Jones, and more.
Phony Ppl – “Nowhere But Up”
Phony Ppl put a polished spin on a Cherrelle classic, which is slated to be featured on their upcoming album Euphonyous, out this fall via 300 Entertainment.
Mother Nature – “Crystal Cadillac”
Freddie Gibbs – “Dark Hearted”
James Blake provides the frigid backdrop for the latest glimpse at the new Freddie Gibbs album, $oul $old $eparately, which is set to arrive next Friday, September 30th via ESGN and Warner Music, featuring a massive guestlist, including appearances from Rick Ross, Pusha T, Raekwon, Kelly Price, Anderson .Paak, and so many more.