Friday, February 26, 2016

5 New Must-Hear Hip-Hop and R&B Tracks

Ah, what a time. So far, 2016 has been off the hook with its rap and R&B releases; so much so that it's been really quite difficult to stay on top of the mixtapes, surprise cuts, exclusive streams and everything else hitting us at lightning speed.

And, while we're all upset we've yet to see a new Frank Ocean album drop, this past month has still been loaded with too much good stuff to ignore. (There's no point in putting Formation, Anti or TLOP on here - you'd be nuts not to know they're iconic.)

Here are five essential new R&B and rap tracks to take you into the weekend:

1. Danger - Vic Mensa: Premiered at Kanye West's Madison Square Garden Yeezy Season 3 unveiling, G.O.O.D. Music young gun Mensa blows the top off this autotune-laced banger.

2. Kung Fu (ft. Pusha T and Future) - Bauuer: This brand new track is what the doctor ordered - whether for your daytime chill-out or evening turn-up. Although the Zane Lowe-debuted track looks like a weird collaboration at first glance, Pusha's grimy rhymes and Future's sung chorus coast perfectly over Bauuer's hazy electronic backdrop.

3. Heart Crush - BJ The Chicago Kid: While I toyed with which song to highlight off BJTCK's fire major label debut (Church, Woman's World and The New Cupid were all strong contenders), it's this understated heartbroken ballad that puts the rising star up there with genre-mates and admirers Miguel and The-Dream.

4. By Chance - Rae Sremmurd: Say what you will about Rae Sremmurd - like, how they're by no means revolutionizing rap - but the brothers have continued to perfect their formula of blasé earworms like this one, which will appear on Mike WiLL Made-It's forthcoming mixtape.

5. The Introduction - J. Dilla: The late, beyond great Dilla was, and continues to be, a mastermind who crafted endless beats, rhymes and material - a legacy which has carried into his posthumous chapter. This April, Dilla returns in the form of lost album The Diary, with this relentless track as the album opener.

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