For this week’s music roundup, we saw a steady stream of new singles from the likes of Mura Masa, Kendrick Lamar, 6lack, Smokepurrp and Lil Uzi Vert amongst others. In addition, it was also week of major music headlines that included the release date announcement of N.E.R.D’s long-awaited comeback album, NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES. Forbes Magazine also crowned Beyoncé as 2017’s cash queen, hedging out Adele and Taylor Swift. Meanwhile, there was a rare Frank Ocean sighting this week after he appeared on the winter 2017/18 issue of 032c.
This week was also a big week for New York City hip-hop heads after Dipset reunited alongside A$AP Mob and shut down Hammerstein Ballroom where A$AP Rocky would declare himself as "The greatest contemporary artist of all-time." On the note of teaming up, Murder Inc founder Irv Gotti told the world on Instagram that he’s working on something "enormous" with Kanye West, while 21 Savage won’t be working with any rap veterans anytime soon after he slammed all the OG rappers criticizing the new generation. Check our picks for this week’s best new tracks and let us know what you think in the comment section.
DRAM & Playboi Carti – "Crumbs"
D.R.A.M. looks to begin his campaign trail this holiday season towards the release of his yet-to-be-titled album and to kick things off, he’s joined forces with Playboi Carti on newest track “Crumbs.” The song is the latest in a line of recent unveilings, having linked up with Rick Rubin for “Check Ya Fabrics” earlier in the month and also previously dropping “Ill Nana” with Trippie Redd and “Gilligan” with A$AP Rocky & Juicy J.
brothel – Something Somewhere EP
After building up quite a buzz in 2017, up-and-coming producer brothel has officially released a new project this week. Titled Something Somewhere, the 6-track EP is raw and emotional, showcasing the artist’s growth as a person and as a musician. “I wanted to make it more of an experience,” he explains, adding “I’ve learned that dreams really do come true. Never stop dreaming just keep going.”
Smokepurpp – "Geek Alot"
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Smokepurpp continues to unravel a seemingly endless stash of heaters. This week, after dropping off his acclaimed Deadstar album, the young Cactus Jack Records signee drops off another hot track featuring production from one Florida’s young rap pioneers himself, Ronny J. The song only clocks in at two minutes but that’s all you need when there’s an unexplainable musical synergy between two artists. Press play to listen in below.
Kendrick Lamar & U2 Re-Team – "American Soul"
U2 and Kung Fu Kenny joined forces again this week on “American Soul.” This latest collaboration comes after their “Get Out of Your Own Way” effort and is a reworking of Kendrick Lamar’s “XXX.” The original track is a cut off his DAMN. album, where U2 made an appearance on the hook. “American Soul” as well as “Get Out of Your Own Way” is slated to appear on Songs of Experience, U2’s fourteenth studio album that’s set to drop December 1.
6LACK & T-Pain – "One Way"
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Melbourne producer LUCINABLOMKAMP surprised everyone this week when he released two new collaborative 6lack songs, “In Between” featuring BANKS and “One Way” featuring T-Pain. The pair had previously worked together on 6LACK’s track “That Far,” and according to Lucian, there’s more unreleased material sitting on ice.
Mura Masa & Jadu Heart – "U Never Call Me"
Mura Masa and Jadu Heart shared an exciting new single this week after touring much of the world together over these past few months. "U Never Call Me" first appeared as a demo during an Anchor Point writing camp at the legendary Doghouse Studios in Henley, and after endless tweaking, the resulting track is now a perfect blend of Jadu’s lazy funk and Mura Masa’s future pop. Listen in below.
Lil Uzi Vert – "3 Pills"
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Lil Uzi Vert continues to let a slew of new material unravel: whether it’s bonus cuts, features or just loose singles, one thing is for certain — he’s keeping busy. This week saw the release of his latest titled, “3 Pills.” The song was previously only available as a snippet and now it’s out in full. The release comes shortly after it was revealed that Uzi and Nicki Minaj would be working on a video for the remix of “The Way Life Goes.”
Be sure to check out our previous music roundups for the best drops of weeks past.