Rated by The Face: a weekly playlist

Featuring Cardi and Meg’s sex-positive smash, mean and melodic rap by Lil Baby and Lil Keed, plus a helium-fuelled love song from 654AR and FKA twigs.

We’re in a crisis, but great music keeps coming out.

To keep up with it all, check out this playlist which we lovingly update every week. Read about last week’s additions here.

Cardi B – Wap ft. Megan Thee Stallion

Testament to the irrepressible horniness of the human race, Cardi and Meg’s sex-positive smash has already racked up 60 million YouTube views in three days. 

Lil Keed – She Know ft. Lil Baby

Lil Keed’s 2019 album Long Live Mexico marked him as one of Atlanta’s best post-Young Thug rappers. Back already with the star-studded full length Trapped on Cleveland 3, here Keed teams up Lil Baby – another disciple of Thugger’s slimey style – for a seductive collab that’s both mean and melodic.

Fabiana Palladino – Waiting

Jai and A.K. Paul have dropped Summer 2020 – a compilation EP of funky and futuristic tracks by artists on their Paul Institute label. Pallandino’s song is about a perspective of a broken android left behind in a destroyed city” who is sick of waiting for her human lover to come back for her,” and it’s inspired by new wave bands like Squeeze and The Police as well as Prince – specifically, the Purple One’s song When You Were Mine. 

Eartheater – How to Fight

After many years experimenting with her sound, the NYC-based artist is largely returning to guitar-based songs for her new album Phoenix: Flames Are Dew Upon My Skin – which, conceptually, draws a path back to the primordial lava lake from which she first emerged.”

654ARSum Bout U ft. FKA twigs

When people hear 654AR’s music, their first response is often to wonder if it’s a joke. The Atlanta-via-Brooklyn rapper pitches his vocals so high he sounds like a Chipmunk after inhaling a helium balloon. But twigs recognises the talent. Check out our guide to the looks in the Sum Bout U video, in which twigs plays an onlycamzzz’ girl – the object of 654AR’s desires.


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