Abel Tesfaye, better known as his stage name The Weeknd, has come along way from being the underground, Toronto crooner with his chart-topping album Starboy. The Weeknd has slowly climbed to stardom and proves that he is prepared to remain at the top of the charts. It’s been years since The Weeknd charmed us with his underground, tortured music that had us helplessly fall in love with his soft, tender voice as he sang about love, drugs, and his own securities.
Coming down from her 2014 release Aquarius and gearing up for her sophomore album Joyride, Tinashe decided to join the ranks of music’s elite and surprised the world last month with Nightride, a sexy, subdued, cool and slightly dark glimpse into another side of the singer’s skill set.
Are you looking for the perfect song? The one that fits every mood and emotion you have? Well, you are in luck because we’ve found fourteen perfect songs just for you. Johnnyswim’s sophomore album Georgica Pond is here and it is beautiful. After the release of 2014’s Diamonds, fans eagerly awaited new music from the duo as they teased songs from the new album on their YouTube channel’s “New Music Mondays.” On October 14th when the album released, we were up at midnight eager to listen, too.
Rising to fame after the successful release of their legendary mixtape Lords Never Worry in 2012, the A$AP Mob has continued to represent their roots in their chart-topping album Cozy Tapes, Vol. 1: Friends. In honor of the late co-founder of the A$AP Mob, A$AP Yams, the Harlem rappers come together to revere their friend and essential part of the group. A collaboration with new and old friends, the A$AP MOB proves once again to be a rap group not to mess with.
Chloe Baker, also known by her compelling stage name Bitter’s Kiss, is a force to be reckoned with at the critical age of 15. Her music, which is described as earthy, transcendental, and nostalgic, physically manifests her teenage angst and melancholy. At such a young age, Baker has been busy traveling throughout Europe, releasing her own music, and adding her voice to 2016’s Life in Color Music Festival. Along with her thought-provoking sound, Baker easily acquires fans with her captivating music videos. Outwardly displaying her creativity through her artistic music videos, especially for her hit “The Rope,” Baker has gained popularity after the release of her self-titled album Bitter’s Kiss.
Get ready to navigate through the downward spiral of Danny Brown’s psyche with his fourth studio album Atrocity Exhibition. With the help of the incredible producer The Alchemist, the album is haunting with its sheer honesty and is undeniably real as Danny Brown reveals the skeletons of his past. Unafraid to hold back, Danny Brown delivers his usual manic verses, ranging from low and serious to high-pitched and jittery, Brown gets real as talks about how drugs has affected his social life, his health, and relationships. A sort of therapy for the Detroit rapper, we are audience to Danny Brown’s therapeutic need to execute the demons from his past.
There are no illusions that Mac Miller is all about sex in his fourth studio album, The Divine Feminine. The cover art a whimsical shade of pink, The Divine Feminine is a tribute to women’s sexuality and feminine vibes. Revealing a more tender, vulnerable side of himself, Mac Miller demonstrates how a woman’s more compassionate outlook and the pleasures they can provide has saved him. Expressing his struggles with his battle with addiction and his own insecurities, Mac Miller embraces the gifts of femininity in his latest project.
Frank Ocean proves once again that you cannot rush perfection with his visual album Endless and Blonde. The original Odd Future crooner dominated the music world with the critically-acclaimed Channel Orange in 2012 along with his significant mixtape nostalgia/ultra. After bravely revealing that his hit single “Thinkin About You” was about a man, Frank Ocean took a hiatus after touring, going back to school and driving fans crazy. After the four-year lull of teasing singles like “Mezmerize” and “Hero,” heartfelt Tumblr posts, and the reveal of his previous title “Boys Don’t Cry,” fans were truly fearful that he would never deliver.
If you follow DJ Khaled on Snapchat, you would know he has had an amazing year so far. From his partnership with T-Mobile, signing a deal with Epic Records, and opening up for Beyoncé on the Formation World Tour, DJ Khaled has been almost inescapable. With eight albums already under his belt, he found a way to reinvent himself through the use of social media by showing us his daily life and hard work ethic on Snapchat. Day after day, DJ Khaled shows us the things “they” don’t want us to have and the “major keys” to success with cameos from his celebrity friends and his endearing fans whom he calls “fan luv.”
After the chart-topping success of his first major-label debut album Oxymoron, ScHoolboy Q, also known as Groovy Q, has faced high expectations with the recent release of Blank Face LP. Luckily, the West Coast rapper has not disappointed. Never sticking to one sound, ScHoolboy Q is a hard, gritty rapper with an unique vibe that sets him apart from his East Coast brothers. ScHoolboy Q is also able to masterfully “break the rules” with rapping, mixing his verses and, at times, taking a more aggressive take to his tracks.
The highly anticipated Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper dropped May 12 and proves to be a masterpiece that intertwines both smooth, imaginative hip-hop verses and soulful, heart-wrenching gospel sermons. In various interviews, Chance the Rapper has made many references about his religious background and how it has influenced and guided the independent rapper’s music ventures for his latest mixtape. Fans had a taste of Chance’s experimentation with blending hip-hop and gospel on his memorable verses on Kanye West’s latest album The Life of Pablo. On Kanye’s track “Ultralight Beam,” Chance steals the spotlight with his religious allusions as he croons along with a gospel choir and organ in the background. Teaming with Kirk Franklin, Chance delivers his own sermon in his third mixtape as the Chicago native masters a new sub-genre of hip-hop.
KAYTRANADA’s album 99.9% was released earlier this May and despite the commonplace idiom, you can judge this album on the cover because it is apparent that no small detail is overlooked. Kaytranada, sometimes referred to as Kay, is a 23-year-old Montreal-based producer, born in Haiti as Louis Kevin Celestin. Kay’s Haitian heritage has influenced his beats, producing an innovative blend of dramatic, soulful African beats and West Indian island vibes in his music.