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January is already over. How are those New Year’s resolutions coming?
Regardless of your progress on those, some exciting singles have dropped this month, as well as teasers for upcoming projects, that should make 2018 a good year for music. Read below to see the songs that made me tap the “+” button on my Apple Music and subsequently turn up (or cry) in my whip.
1. Skizzy Mars - “2006”
After being largely absent for 2017, Skizzy drops a bouncy, melody-driven single that borrows a bit of vocal direction from the current rap/R&B heavyweights but by no means should you ignore this. This single talks about an ex who Skizzy realizes might be the one while also reflecting on experiences in between his 2016 project, Alone Together, and now. The hook is very sticky. Definitely looking forward to a project announcement soon.
2. Carnage - “Learn How to Watch” ft. Mac Miller and MadeinTYO
Mac has returned on a Carnage banger! And it couldn’t have came at a better time. Very much a departure from his 2016 project, A Divine Feminine, Mac brings bars aplenty to his somewhat short verse. MadeinTYO handles the hook and “skrt skrt”s effectively and I’m excited for what else Carnage has in the works. Also, check out the music video directed by the very talented Cole Bennett. It’s got mac, dogs, and pizza. What else do you want?
3. Rhye - “Song for You”
Let me tell you, I am so pumped for this coming project. Rhye’s last album, Woman, released in 2013, and since then, content has been scarce, besides a few features here and there. This single dropped in early January, and, just like the other singles that dropped at the end of 2017, is dripping with Rhye’s sensual, alt-R&B vibe. Mike Miloshs’ falsetto is beautiful and hasn’t lost an ounce of emotion in the four years he’s been under the radar. Play this for your significant other and watch their clothes melt off. I’m serious.
4. Ansel Elgort - “Supernova”
I was so shocked by this release I had to recheck about 4 or 5 times to make sure this was the dude from A Fault In Our Stars. I was aware he was making music and heard snippets of a few of his past single releases, but this one actually made me stop and go “wait, who’s this?” Ansel croons and snakes his way through a dark, trap beat that I could easily hear a rap feature on. While it’s easy to see influences, I think he’s established his own lane in the genre. Very nice surprise. Check it out.
5. Young Thug - “MLK” ft. Trouble and Shad da God
Young Thug/Jeffery rings in 2018 with a triumphant, piano-led unofficial release. Features all the Thugga elements you know and love, centered around a hook that states his dream has come true “turning into MLK overnight.” Features hold their own and we are once again reminded that there really is no one out there doing it like Thug.
6. Drake - “God’s Plan”
You know this one already. And I’m sure you can’t wait til you’re in the club turnt shouting, “I only love my bed and my momma, I’m sorry” along with everyone else. It’s ok, I can’t wait either. Fun fact, it was streamed 68 million times in one week. Drizzy said “see y’all in 2018” and he did.
7. Rich Brian - “See Me”
Rich Brian (fka as Rich Chigga) drops a vibey, smokey single that is very much a departure from his “Dat $tick” days, but that’s ok. And there’s a line about hanging 20 mirrors in his place; hanging with his friends. Deep, and slightly depressing. But makes me excited for his debut project, Amen, to drop in February.
And that’s it for January guys! Thank you for reading and let me know how you felt about music in January or give me suggestions for the coming months. See y’all in February.