Key – “Apples” (Prod. by Executive Beats)
There are some obvious influences permeating from Key’s “Apples.” Regardless, this soulful, bare-bones single from the rising South Family MC is hard to deny. Once Key added his flawless flow and magnetic energy to Executive Beats’ clean, sample-based production, the final product was bound to have listeners taking a big ol’ bite out of the catchy single.
Brasstracks feat. Masego – “Melanin Man”
To celebrate the release of their Good Love EP, Brooklyn production duo Brasstracks dropped one of the project’s standouts in “Melanin Man.” The upbeat song features DMV Jazz vocalist Masego, who provides soulful vocals that compliment the horn-heavy engine and turn corporate America’s pillaging of Black culture into a positive message of power. His words couldn’t be more true, making the collaboration equally powerful and catchy.