Keeping up with new music can be exhausting, even impossible. From the weekly album releases to standalone singles dropping on a daily basis, the amount of music is so vast it’s easy for something to slip through the cracks. Even following along with the Uproxx recommendations on a daily basis can be a lot to ask, so every Monday we’re offering up this rundown of the best music released in the last week.
This week saw a fresh French Montana track that’s stacked with big guests, and the return of Nicki Minaj. Yeah, it was a great week for new music. Check out the highlights below.
French Montana — “Writing On The Wall” Feat. Post Malone, Cardi B, and Rvssian
French Montana started teasing this track months ago, and “Writing On The Wall” has finally arrived. He’s not alone here, as he’s accompanied by Post Malone, Cardi B, and producer Rvssian. All four find room to shine on the reggaeton-influenced track, which is the first taste of Montana’s appropriately titled upcoming album, Montana.
Tegan And Sara — Hey, I’m Just Like You
The Canadian twin sister duo’s new album is based on a fascinating concept: They took songs they wrote as teenagers, and recorded them today. As the two have put it, Hey, I’m Just Like You is “the record we never could have made as teenagers, full of songs we never could have written as adults.” The result is a fun collection of songs that pairs youthful vigor with production and performance wisdom.
PNB Rock — “Fendi” Feat. Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz
Recently, Nicki Minaj announced that she would be retiring from hip-hop in order to focus on her family. Well, that didn’t last long: PNB Rock’s newest song features contributions from the “retired” rapper. Popping up on “Fendi” isn’t a huge surprise for her, though, as she has touted the fashion brand on a number of occasions. That said, this may not mean her retirement is actually over, as it’s very possible she recorded the verse prior to making that announcement.
Sturgill Simpson — Sound And Fury
Sturgill Simpson has made a name for himself as one of the finer country artists of recent years, but now he’s seeing if he can conquer a different genre. So far, the early returns are promising: Simpson’s new album, Sound And Fury, is a rocking departure from the sound he’s known for, like on the aggressive Black Keys-style rocker “Sing Along.”
Read our review of Sound And Fury here.
DaBaby — Kirk
It’s been a big year for DaBaby, and it just got bigger, as he has released Kirk, his second album of 2019. He got some great guests to contribute too, including Chance The Rapper, Migos, Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane, Kevin Gates, and Lil Baby. If for some inexplicable reason, nobody else hears this album, you know DaBaby will, as DaBaby is the only artist that DaBaby listens to.
Diplo — “Lonely” Feat. Jonas Brothers
Diplo infamously decided to livestream Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner’s secret Las Vegas wedding, but there are no hard feelings there. In fact, Diplo and the Jonas Brothers have turned the whole thing into a big joke: Their video for their new collaboration “Lonely” makes fun of the whole thing by showing the JoBros ghosting Diplo after he tries to apologize for his mishap.
Zedd — “Good Thing” Feat. Kehlani
Kehlani said that making “Good Thing” with Zedd was “one of the most fun studio sessions I’ve had in a long time,” and that shines through on the recording. Zedd was right when he said that the song “has elements of pop, jazz, electronic, and even soul,” as it really is a track that makes the most out of the artists’ myriad talents.
Kevin Gates — I’m Him
Kevin Gates fans thought they would have had this album by now, as it fell victim to multiple delays. The follow-up to 2016’s Islah, I’m Him, has finally arrived now, though, and since Gates wasn’t too forthcoming about album details ahead of release, fans have a chance to delve into a genuinely fresh experience. There are some morsels of familiarity here, though, via singles like “Push It” and “Facts.”
Young MA — Herstory In The Making
Earlier this month, Young MA delivered a killer freestyle that had fans itching for Herstory In The Making, and now their waiting is over. In a number of ways, Herstory In The Making goes against the grain of modern hip-hop. For one, she took her time making it, never feeling pressured to release something for the sake of releasing something. She also goes about things mostly by herself, as only two of the 21 tracks contain featured artists, meaning that Young MA has confidence that she can take care of business solo.
Summer Walker — “Stretch You Out” feat. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
On Summer Walker’s latest, she spends time reflecting on a past relationship that wasn’t worth the stress. It’s a short tune, because who wants to spend too much time worrying about their exes? Lyrically, “Stretch You Out” song is as explicit as the title might suggest, and it has a sultry tone to match.
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