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.
Since announcing himself with his huge debut track “Trap By My Lonely,” Squidnice has seen his presence in the New York and national music scene blow up. Following features on Blonded Radio and Noisey Radio, the rapper is gearing up to release his debut project later this month. In preparation, Squidnice laced his fans with a set of loosies, “OMG,” “Lit Now,” and “Still.” The 20-year-old’s latest drop shows just why he caught the attention of so many last year, building on and branching off the foundation he created with “Trap By My Lonely.”
“Still” leads the trio as a calling card for Squidnice. The rapper hops on top of an A. Lau and Tony Seltzer joint that joins the woodwind wave that has been sweeping producers everywhere. The airy flute winds in with the trap production to bring the best out of Squidnice and Gloss Gang. Squidnice pushes the track with his drowsy vocals and stylish inflections that have made him one of the most vibrant talents to come out of New York in recent months. Squidnice described the tracks as “something for [his fans] to hold on to” until his EP drops. Listeners will hope that the EP can replicate the quality of the tracks that precede it.
Stay tuned to Squidnice and catch his debut EP soon. Check out “Still” and the rest of Squidnice’s collection on soundcloud 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.
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.
It’s been a few years since Por Vida hit speakers, but following the success of “Only Girl” with Steve Lacy and Vince Staples, as well as the alluring “Get You” with Daniel Caesar, Kali Uchis‘ debut album is steadily approaching. The sultry singer recently unveiled the first single titled “Tyrant” featuring fellow vocalist Jorja Smith. Their confidence and chemistry blends to form a warm track that’s sure to have hips swaying all over the dancefloor, leaving us anxious to hear the full project when it arrives later this year.
Vibe out to “Tyrant” below.
When it comes to relationships, it’s not always easy to see eye to eye. Titled “Language,” Paper Boy Fabe‘s latest outing explores this idea of discontinuity with another. The Los Angeles artist recruits Brent Faiyaz, who’s been building his own fanbase with his sultry trio Sonder, to guide listeners on the emotional rollercoaster of love. Brent’s heavenly vocals sit seamlessly with Paperboy’s steady rhythms to carry the track forward, culminating in a smooth collab to vibe out to.
Stream “Language” below.
I’ve been a huge fan of Matt McGhee ever since I stumbled upon “CARNIVAL” on SoundCloud a few months ago. The Maryland artist has since held us down with singles like “Shea Butter Mami” and “Shining,” leading into the release of his latest project titled Under New Management. Matt flexes his skills with the pen over a wide range of production, paired nicely with features from King Rose, rMell, and Autumn Bella. As the title suggests, the mixtape serves as a testament to leaving his previous management team behind and focusing on the independent route moving forward.
Matt teamed up with Artistic Manifesto to premiere a special version of Under New Management with audio clips from The Office in-between tracks. Matt also sheds light on his forthcoming album, Somehow I Manage, slated for release next week on June 2.
Peep both versions below and stay tuned for more from Matt and his GRAMFAM crew.
Adding to his repertoire of top-notch work with Kamaiyah and Rayana Jay, Oakland’s multitalented artist 1-O.A.K. is back with his latest album, Riding In Cars With Girls. The 15-track outing explores his experiences with a past relationship, painting the scene with a balance of upbeat slaps like “Lit” featuring IAMSU! and slower jams “Success.” Topped off with talent from fellow Bay Area icons Drew Banga, DUCKWRTH, and Kuya Beats, 1-O.A.K. crafts one of the smoothest projects to drop this year as he reminisces and reflects on single life moving forward.
Stream Riding In Cars With Girls after the jump.