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.
Doja Cat – Say So (remix) ft. Nicki Minaj
After initially being released on her 2019 album Hot Pink, Doja Cat’s breezy disco-rap anthem has had a belated rise, largely thanks to – you guessed it – TikTok. In the US, this remix is now a no.1 hit. Funnily enough, this is the first time Nicki’s ever had a song that’s topped the US Billboard charts (she got pretty close with Anaconda, which reached no.2 in 2014).
Liv.e – Lessons From My Mistakes… but I Lost Your Number
LA-via-Dallas artist Liv.e has been quietly dropping intriguing music for a while now. Her releases on Bandcamp have put a surreal twist on soulful rap and RnB – thus attracting appreciation from Earl Sweatshirt. This jazzy track from her forthcoming album Couldn’t Wait To Tell You crackles with irresistible warmth.
Kehlani – Hate the Club ft. Masego
A highlight from Kehlani’s new album It Was Good Until it Wasn’t, here she honours the proud tradition of getting pissed in the club and making a scene in front of someone you fancy. Fun fact: it features production from London jazz drummer Yussef Dayes.
Headie One – Rose Gold
After GANG – Headie One’s experimental mixtape with Fred Again – divided opinion he’s returned to a more traditional drill sound for Rose Gold. The track’s producer Ghosty has had considerable success recently, making an entire album with Brooklyn rapper 22Gz and producing Unknown T’s new single Squeeze and Buss. The eerie vocal melody might bring to mind Headie’s classic track Know Better.
Megan Thee Stallion – Savage (remix) ft. Beyoncé
On the US Billboard chart, this sits just behind the Say So remix, meaning that this is the first time two female rappers have dominated the charts as lead performers, and that four black women have occupied these top two spots together. History has been made.