The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week – ft. Noname, Anderson .Paak, and More [Playlist]

Updated every Friday, The Round-Up playlist is Okayplayer’s weekly haul of the best songs in the worlds of hip-hop and R&B. This week’s set features new music from Noname, Anderson .Paak, Starchild & The New Romantic, Black Noi$e, Kaelin Ellis, MXXWLL, and more. Scroll through selections from our latest sequence below and subscribe to Okayplayer’s Spotify channel today.

Black Noi$e feat. Liv.e “The Band”

Detroit producer, Black Noi$e, returns with a twisted-beyond-its-runtime loosie featuring some candied vocals from Liv.e.

Anderson .Paak – “Lockdown”

Paired with a poignant visual, Anderson .Paak’s latest single is a sobering eagle-eye on the unrest erupting across the country.

Noname – “Song 33”

Noname returns fire and corrects the focus over a full-breeze Madlib suite on this laser-eyed clapback to an entirely unprovoked jab from J. Cole.

MXXWLL feat. John Givez, Rae Khalil, and CARRTOONS – “Light Turn Green”

A sedative and slow-burning smoker’s anthem off Australian producer MXXWLL’s new album, SHEESH.

Kaelin Ellis – “SWIM”

Silk-smooth and swung-to-death, this standout from Kaelin Ellis’ new instrumental project, Moments, is yet another signal of an emerging guard of increasingly sophisticated, socials-savvy producers bubbling up through the algorithm.

Starchild & The New Romantic – “Artful Dodger”

Starchild & The New Romantic dips into the ever-flowing pool of pop-adjacent purple balladry with this soaring standout from his new album, Forever.


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

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