Keeping up with new music can be exhausting, if not impossible. From weekly album releases to standalone singles that drop daily, the amount of music is so vast it’s easy to slip through the cracks. Even keeping up with Uproxx recommendations on a daily basis can be a lot to ask, so every Monday we offer this roundup of the best new music from that week.
This week, Doja Cat caught the eye and Gunna made a statement. Yes, it was a great week for new music. Check out the highlights below.
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At this point, Doja Cat has presented a hundred different versions of the title and sound of her next album. Now we know what at least one song that’s likely to end up on the project is going on: She released “Warning” last week and it’s a jazz-influenced number that sees Doja, who has been a major pop star in recent years, going all the way in his rap bag.
Gunna – “I was just thinking”
Gunna has been through a lot lately, to underestimate him. He tackles some of it (namely all the so-called snitching stuff) on “I Was Just Thinking”, from his new album A gift and a curse. He raps, “I know you hear the lies that your little brother might bend / Yeah, I was out, but don’t let ’em say I said it / No, I ain’t you little boys, I am to show you that I have grown.
Carol G – “Water” Feat. Aldo Ranks
THE Barbie The film has an all-star cast, and the talent showcased on the film’s soundtrack is equally illustrious. Among the OST’s favorites are Karol G and Aldo Ranks, who contribute “Watati,” a fun twist of reggaeton to bring even more color to the overdriven soundtrack.
Earl Sweatshirt – “Making The Band (Danity Kane)”
Earl tries something new on his latest single and it works out pretty well. Uproxx’s Aaron Williams explains, “Making The Band (Danity Kane)” departs a bit from the murky, sample-based music that longtime fans might associate with Earl, with a glitchy, uptempo beat produced by Clams Casino and Evilgiane which incites a more contemporary approach to the Los Angeles native’s rap.
Stone Age Queens – “Paper Machete”
At QOTSA’s latest news, there’s no doubt that Josh Homme is singing about his ex-wife. He even confirmed it himself, saying, “I’m supposed to write about my life. It’s supposed to be real and honest. Am I supposed to write about the nuptial cry of the uplifted swallow? Everything it’s really meant to be is as real and honest and vulnerable as it gets, because it’s my job.
Gucci Mane – “Bluffin” Feat. Little baby
Gucci Mane has a new album, Breath of fresh air, to roll out, and he kicked off that process last week with “Bluffin.” It’s a cut that sees Gucci bragging rights, while bringing in Lil Baby, another rapper who also has bragging rights, to come up with a feature.
Coi Leray – “Run It”
Coi Leray wants the women of hip-hop to come together and release the first #1 rap single of 2023. Who knows when or if that will happen, but in the meantime, we at least have the “Run It Up” of the week. last .” It’s a confident tune that sees Coi setting the standard in the bedroom, rapping, “We’re coming home, we’re going from the floor to the bed, to the floor / We f*ck but we don’t make love / Don’t wanna know what her day is like, baby, don’t get too attached ’cause you’re a fucking menace.
IDK – “Winning”
The second season of the Apple TV+ series inspired by Kevin Durant bluster is set to return soon, but we’ve already gotten a taste of it via an IDK soundtrack contribution, “Win.” It’s a smooth, jazzy number, and not just in terms of the jazz-inspired instrumental: IDK puts its bars up, but it also lets them take the back seat for the majority of the song, which consists of an instrumental breakdown. extent.
Killer Mike – “Scientists and Engineers” Feat. Future, André 3000, Eryn Allen Kane
In 2001, Killer Mike continued into Outkast’s legacy by appearing on the duo’s beloved “The Whole World”. Now he and André 3000 have reunited on his “Scientists & Engineers”. They’re not the only ones on the track, as Aaron Williams of Uproxx notes: “On gospel and funk-influenced instrumentation straight from the Atlanta breakout of the late ’90s, Mike, André and Future deliver some of their toughest verses in a long time, while Eryn Allen Kane sings the soulful chorus.
JVKE, Jimin, Charlie Puth and Muni Long – “Angel Pt. 2”
In 2015, Charlie Puth had his breakout moment when he teamed up with Wiz Khalifa to Furious 7 The soundtrack highlights “See You Again”. Now he indeed sees the Fast and Furious world again: Last week, he, JVKE, BTS’s Jimin and Muni Long bonded over “Angel Pt. 2,” a moving ballad from the x fast soundtrack.
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