Khary is on a roll with his latest freestyle titled “Cowboy Bebop.” His suave flow is laced with shoutouts to Bob Ross and Lion King, flexing over a twinkling piano riff from producer slom. Directed by Elijah Chauvin, the video follows Khary around his recent intern aquarium pop-up shop in Rhode Island. The celebration of the project’s one-year anniversary featured exclusive merch, including new hoodies, an “intern” tote bag, and a square print of the cover art.
Khary has that rare energy that keeps you hooked and yearning for more. While we await his Tidal Graves collaboration with Lege Kale, check out the video below and grab some merch here.
On the heels of “Fallen,” The enigmatic Jaden Smith returns with a new single titled “Batman.” The latest peak of Jaden’s debut album [Syre] places a harrowing twist on Drake and Future‘s “Jumpman,” lacing woozy synths and delicate keys with his start-and-stop delivery. The track also arrives with a set of Moises Arias-directed visuals, featuring Jaden in an all-white Batman suit as he strolls throughout Hollywood.
While we await more info on [Syre], tune into “Batman” below.
W&V favorite Travis Thompson has been on a hot streak all year—from the Jake One-produced track “American Youth” to “Pipe Down” with Michael Christmas, the Seattle emcee shows no signs of slowing any time soon. With a smooth foundation from close collaborators Nima Skeemz and Tyler Dopps, Travis reflects on his accomplishments and where he’s headed on his latest offering titled “Die Today.” His effortless flow paired with vivid storytelling make for a repeat-worthy trip down memory lane for new and familiar faces alike.
Stream “Die Today” below and revisit our conversation with Travis.
Travis will also be headlining The Crocodile next month on August 4. Peep the flyer below and grab tickets here.
The TDE songstress SZA is back with her long-awaited debut album, Ctrl. Initially titled A to follow in the vein of her previous projects S and Z, the 14-track journey showcases SZA at her finest and most vulnerable. Her ability to shed light on insecurity and inadequacy that many of us face on a daily basis marks another leap forward in her sound laced with brutal honesty. Building upon the success of “Drew Barrymore” and “Love Galore” with Travis Scott, SZA cements her spot as one of most talented artists to pay attention to in the near future.
Stream Ctrl below.
On the heels of being named one of this year’s XXL Freshman class and his freshly platinum “iSpy” hit with Lil Yachty, KYLE shows no signs of slowing with “Nothing 2 Lose.” The Dez Wright-produced track is perfect for driving with the windows down and wyling out with squad as he details his focus on continuing to grow. Catchy and refreshing, KYLE’s latest track is another stand-out single in his discography you don’t want to miss.
Stream “Nothing 2 Lose” below.
Jay Prince is back with his latest bundle of golden tracks. From start to finish, the London artist delivers a whipping energy with his bouncy raps over production from the likes of J.LBS, Jonah Christian, and Axlfolie. His blend of positivity and flexes culminate in a thoroughly refreshing sound for listeners to enjoy. Also along for the ride are Aminé, Shakka, and Fabienne, tying the project together with stacked list of features. Building upon the success of his Smile Good mixtape and previous singles like “When I Die,” Jay is setting himself up for a true banner year.
In support of the project, Jay will also be hitting the States next month for a run of headlining dates. Peep the shows below and grab tickets here.
Gus Dapperton is back with another golden tune titled “I’m Just Snacking.” The self-produced cut pairs ethereal synths with his heavenly vocals that blend to form a thoroughly refreshing experience. Gus continues to evolve his sound with each release, with his latest placing the listener at the beachside.
Gus’ new track also arrives with a set of fitting visuals directed by Matthew Dillon Cohen. The video follows Gus as he searches to reclaim a lost love in-between roaming the streets with his headphones on and CD player in-hand.
Check out the video for “I’m Just Snacking” below.
The infectious Toronto duo Majid Jordan is back with a set of poppy visuals for their latest track, “Phases.” The Jordan Eady-directed video follows the two in the desert as they recall their development and growth over the years, channeled through their blend of uptempo R&B. With a stacked festival run to look forward to this summer, expect Majid Jordan to continue to skyrocket in the near future.
Check out the video for “Phases” below.
Portland’s own Aminé erupted into the scene when his bouncy breakout single “Caroline” just shy of a year ago. Since then, Aminé has kept the heat coming with tracks like “Baba” and “REDMERCEDES,” transitioning nicely into his latest single titled “Heebiejeebies.” His duet with Kehlani is a breath of fresh air reminiscent of what Ja Rule and Ashanti have conjured in the past, featuring sensual, synth-led production from Jahaan Sweet. With his debut album on the way, Aminé continues to impress with his clever raps.
Stream “Heebiejeebies” below.
The multitalented Sylvan LaCue has been steady plotting all year on his next release. Alongside touring with the likes of Saba, Elujay, and Khary, the blossoming artist has built momentum with golden tracks like “Best Me” and “Televised” with Rayana Jay, segueing nicely into another soulful trip, “Grateful.”
Sylvan returns to our pages today with the visuals for his latest offering. Reuniting with director Jonathan Benavente, the video follows Sylvan on the rooftops as he recalls everything he has to be thankful for. Topped off with a clip from “Crosswinds,” the track stands as a reminder for listeners to appreciate the little things in life when times get tough.
Sylvan has also announced that his forthcoming album will be titled Apologies In Advance. This will be Sylvan’s second project under his current moniker, building upon last year’s Far From Familiar.
Stay tuned for more info on the album and check out the video for “Grateful” below.