Best Songs of The Week: ft. Smino, Freddie Gibbs, and More

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Smino performs on Day 2 of Sol Blume Festival 2022 at at Discovery Park on May 01, 2022 in Sacramento, California.
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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 Smino, Freddie Gibbs, billy woods, and more.

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

Rome Streetz – “Ugly Balenciaga’s”

Rome Streetz bullies a warbled Conductor Williams beat on this standout from the NYC rapper’s new album, KISS THE RING, which is out today via Griselda Records/EMPIRE, featuring contributions from Westside Gunn, Stove God Cook$, Armani Caesaer, Conway The Machine, Benny The Butcher, and more.

Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire – “West Indian Archie”

Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire delivers a steel-toed performance on this booming anthem from his new project, I Love Y.O.U. cuz Y.O.U. Ugly, Vol. 1, which is out today via Chocolate Rabbit.


billy woods featuring E L U C I D – “Fuschia & Green”

billy woods and E L U C I D reunite as Armand Hammer on a cloudy, kush-kissed cut from woods’ new Messiah Musik-produced album, Church, which is out today via Backwoodz Studioz, featuring AKAI SOLO, Fat Ray, FIELDED, and more.

Nicholas Craven and Boldy James – “Designer Drugs”

A butter-smooth and cinematic spell off Fair Exchange No Robbery, the new collaborative tape from Nicholas Craven and Boldy James, which is out today.

Freddie Gibbs featuring Scarface – “Decoded”

Scarface joins Freddie Gibbs on a DJ Dahi-produced dagger, capping the Gary rapper’s stellar new album, $oul $old $eparately, which is out today via Warner Records and ESGN, featuring a loaded guest list with appearances from Kelly Price, Rick Ross, Raekwon, Anderson .Paak, as well as production from Madlib, The Alchemist, Kaytranada, Jake Uno, and more.

Smino featuring J. Cole – “90 Proof”

Smino tests his vocal elasticity on the first earworm from his upcoming Motown debut, Luv 4 Rent.

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