In 2016, Saba dropped one of my favorite albums to date titled Bucket List Project. The Chicago artist solidified his spot in the music scene, especially with standout tracks like “Stoney” and “World In My Hands.” As one of the most talented in Chicago and beyond, Saba continues to bolster his ballistic flow and clever lyricism.
Saba returns to our site with his latest track, “Busy.” Standing as one of his most introspective tracks to date, Saba touches upon everything from trust issues and mental health to maintaining relationships and tour life. Fleeting melodies from Daoud, daedaePIVOT, and Saba himself are brought to life in a set of elegant visuals from director Peter Campbell.
With his ability to captivate listeners with his skilled pen, Saba is sure to have another great year ahead. In the meantime, check out the video for “Busy” below and grab tickets to his upcoming Care For Me tour.
In the midst of their nearly sold-out headlining tour, China’s hip-hop supergroup Higher Brothers is back with a new music video, “Trickery.” Their latest offering via the 88rising empire channels heavy ’90s R&B vibes with DZ on hook duty and MaSiWei taking control of each verse. Topped with bouncy production from Soulection representative j.robb, the crew has a truly refreshing and dynamic sound that’s sure to have you dancing along.
Catch “Trickery” below and stay tuned for their TYPE 3 EP next week.
Earlier last month, Raveena emerged into the scene with her Shanti EP. The New York songstress crafts a six-track joyride that’s dreamy from start to finish, capturing her alluring vocals over production from Everett Orr.
Raveena makes her debut on our pages this week with a truly stunning performance of “If Only” for COLORS. Her soothing voice melts over twinkling piano melodies and a jazzy pocket. The track is easily one of the smoothest I’ve heard in a while, serving as an effortless ode to being better without a former love.
Get familiar with Raveena and check out “If Only” below.
Building upon the success of his El Zuko EP and tracks like “Àndale,” Eddie Zuko returns with “Wanna.” The Imperial Valley/San Diego-based artist recruits Neptune for the perfect hit for cruising. Self-directed alongside Cobian, the video follows Eddie and Neptune around Barrio Logan as they vent over woozy production from Jonny Keyz and Paul Redona. The duo encourages listeners to go by their own timelines instead of succumbing to skeptics in an overall refreshing collab.
While we await what’s next from Eddie and his crew, vibe out to “Wanna” below.
One of Top Dawg Entertainment’s latest signees SiR imbues each track with an unparalleled soul. The Inglewood-bred artist has built a dedicated following with Her and Her Too, with even more smooth content on the way.
“Something Foreign” recruits fellow TDE member ScHoolboy Q for a true late night vibe. The two sway over piano-led production from Saxon, allowing listeners to get lost in a blissful experience. Director Jack Begert builds upon the ominous atmosphere to bring the track to life. SiR also hints at his next release slated to arrive on January 19.
SiR will also be heading on tour with Miguel and Nonchalant Savant in the new year. Check out the video for “Something Foreign” and his upcoming tour dates below.
Jay Prince is back with another gem to top off the year. As one of the tracks from his explosive Late Summers mixtape, “Last Summer” finds Jay venting over production by Axefolie and Marty Khan. Jay crafts a beacon of hope for listeners to enjoy, pairing introspection with optimism as he delivers uplifting verses. Self-directed alongside Josh Gonzales, the video is topped off with a snippet of what appears to be a preview of new heat that we can expect from Jay in the weeks to come.
Check out “Last Summer” below and revisit Late Summers.
Rayana Jay of Richmond, CA has been steady killing it all year. Her effortless croons and taste for a wide range of production envelope listeners in a soothing trance that’s sure to have her making even greater waves in 2018.
To round out the year, Rayana returns with the official music video for “Magic.” Directed by Adrian Per, the ROMderful-produced standout from her Morning After EP is a modern twist on a ’70s vibe, topped with doses of classic call-and-response breaks throughout. Keep your eyes peeled for a few cameos as you’re dancing along, too.
Check out the video for “Magic” below.
Ahead of his first headlining tour, berhana is continuing his hotstreak with the visuals for “Grey Luh.” The track comes from his self-titled debut EP, pinning the blossoming singer-songwriter in the spotlight as he serenades with his tender croons. berhana sways over tropical production from Sapphire Adizes, capturing listeners as he rolls through the undertakings of love.
Peep the video for “Grey Luh” below, directed by Sam Guest.
It’s been nearly two years since Pell dropped his last project LIMBO, but anxious fans won’t have to wait much longer for new music. As the first taste of his forthcoming girasoul EP, the NOLA artist returns with “chirpin’.” His slick verses glide over gentle and piano-led production from Rahki, painting his search for love past touch screens and social media. Pell’s set to top off the year with a triumphant victory lap.
Check out the video for “chirpin'” below and expect girasoul on December 8.
When your favorite artists tour together, there’s always a part of you that hopes they have time to hit the studio. Last month, Smino and T-Pain brought this fan dream to life with their saucy remix of “Anita,” a true standout from the former’s blkswn album.
In celebration of Black Friday, the duo returns with a bundle of colorful visuals for the tune. T-Pain opens with his suave lines, followed by Smino building upon his original verse. With their matching outfits, the two tour a set filled with beautiful women to create an overall fun time.
Check out the video for “Anita” below.