Every week we will be highlighting some of the best release in music through our Fresh Hits column.
Here’s our favorite round up of the best tracks and music videos, which you can also check out in our Apple Music and spotify.
J.Cole Middle Child
Dreamville Records boss dropped off “Middle Child,” a T-Minus-produced track that finds the rapper getting loads of bars off as he attacks the beat with the same sort of fiery lyrics he’s sprayed freely on guest verses throughout last year. Now he’s back on the solo tip, and it’s glorious.
Over the course of about three-and-a-half minutes, Cole makes time to speak on both his rap game dominance, his ties to other contemporary rap greats and his support of the younger generation. Those bits come into play when he name-drops Drake and Kodak Black.
Gashi – New Year (G- Eazy)
G-Eazy comes through with the assist on GASHI’s latest track, “My Year.” GASHI delivers a bubbly pop record, flexing his penchant for infectious melodies before sliding it over to G-Eazy who comes through with a celebratory verse.
Tyga – Girls Have Fun (G- Eazy & Rich The Kid)
The former Young Money/Cash Money representer has dropped off “Girls Have Fun” featuring G-Eazy and Rich The Kid. Produced by DJ Snake, the new banger has the patented Tyga/West Coast vibe. Familiar xylophone synths permeate the track while booty bouncing bass may influence all the ladies in the area to drop it low.
A mysterious warped vocal dances around the instrumental as Tyga continues with his sexually charged lyrics. Rich The Kid lays down a truly lackluster second verse, but G-Eazy cleans up the final verse to help bring the single back to form.
XXXteantacion – Sauce
XXXtentacion’s team released another posthumous album of the late hip-hop artist, Members Only, Vol. 4 and “Sauce!” is a banging track on the compilation.
“Sauce!” is a remix of “$aUcE!,” XXXTENTACION’s February 2018 remix of Quavo and Lil Yachty’s “Ice Tray.” X’s remix was noted for not fitting that beat well, so Bass Santana created this completely new instrumental around X’s raw vocals to make a more seamless track.
Summer Walker – Riot
If you often feel the need to be alone with your feelings, Walker’s got you. CLEAR is the raw, uncut feed direct from her soul.
The bare-bones acoustic “Riot” and Latin-tinged “Grave” ask potential suitors for clarity instead of head games. The jazzy “Wasted” showcases her vocal dexterity while linking love and addiction (“Wasted time, my lover/Throw it back and I feel the burn”). On “Settling,” a bittersweet rumination on relationship woes, her timing is decades beyond her 22 years.
Donado – Love (Aglae Alleta)
“Love Me” is a collaborative powerhouse that has been carefully put together with two powerful vocalists and meets the standards of your favorite RNB singers.
Donado is yet to define himself as an RNB artist but has set a foundation and a pase for other upcoming and already existing RNB singers.
Ariana Grande – 7 Rings
“7 Rings” is a sexy, feelin’-myself bop inspired by an actual event: a champagne-fueled Tiffany’s shopping spree Grande went on after her breakup with Pete Davidson. She brought along “six of [her] bitches,” as the song goes, and everyone took home matching diamond rings.
The song pulls off a series of pop-trap moves, as Grande toys with an Atlanta flow over pink-hued hi-hats. It’s confident, fun and a huge leap for an artist who has quickly gone from her generation’s great pop vocalist to, potentially, its great pop star.
Tellaman Whipped (Nasty C & Shekhinnah)
Last week Friday Tellaman dropped of a new single off the album called ‘Whipped’ that features Nasty C and Shekhinah. The song is a mid tempo delivery that finds Tellaman starting things off with some romantic vocals from the crooner, Shekhinah then comes with her verse before Nasty ends things off.
Wiley Boasty (Sean Paul, Steflon Don & Idris Elba)
Wiley returns with a revamped version of his single, “Boasty,” but this time, he recruits the likes of Stefflon Don, Sean Paul and Idris Elba for some assistance. The four artists swap some “Boasty” bars on this dancehall-influenced record. Wiley kicks things off before passing it off to Stefflon Don and Sean Paul. Idris Elba comes through at the end of the track with a stand-out verse, further confirming that he’s one of the most talented men in Hollywood.
Afro B Melanin Remix (Yemi Alade)
Afro B comes through with the Remix of his last single “Melanin” to kick start the year 2019.