Top 5 from the Week #1 (ft. Orion Sun, YGTUT, Roddy Ricch, Q, and Mick Jenkins)

There was A LOT of really good music this week. A bunch of new Denzel (including me listening to some old collabs he’s done), some revisiting of old school r&b songs I used to listen to in the car with my mom, some revisiting of Saba’s Care for Me and Childish Gambino’s because the internet. There were also a bunch of really good singles that came my way this week. Here are a few of the ones I really loved:

“Lavender” – Q

“Lavender” gives me Juto and Steve Lacy lovechild vibes. It’s a very lowkey song that has a bluesy instrumental and lyrics that make me feel like I’m living my daydream in real life. I’ve never heard any of Q’s songs before, and part of that might be because they only have a few songs on Spotify. But I’m definitely into hearing more from them in the future. Their Forest Green project is REALLY good, and if it’s any indication of what’s to come, I’m very excited.

“Carefree” – Mick Jenkins

I’ve been listening to Mick Jenkins for a couple years now – I started listening to him around the beginning of my senior year of high school when The Water[s] came out. I fell instantly in love with the way Mick paired jazz fusion beats with his super witty verses and reminders to “drink more water,” and I fell even harder when Wave[s] dropped. It was also around the time when I started listening to Chance the Rapper, Noname, Vic Mensa, Saba and the other rappers from Chicago that were coming out around that time. I took a little break from Mick Jenkins after a little disappointment from The Healing Component (that led to me not really listening to Pieces of a Man), but I am very excited to continue to listen to The Circus, after hearing “Carefree.” It puts me back in the space songs from Wave[s] and The Water[s] put me in.

“Big Poppa” – YGTUT

YGTUT was also someone that I ran into musically during high school, when he was still going by TUT. I didn’t listen to him a lot – tbh, I only remember one specific day listening to Preacher’s Son in 2015. But it was a welcomed surprised to be reminded of how good he was. I love everything about this song. The way the hook sounds, the instrumental…it’s all so good.

“The Box” – Roddy Ricch

LOL. I did not want to listen to this song. I have this thing about listening to things or experiencing things when everyone else is. Not because I’m too cool (lol def the opposite), but because I want to be able to actually decide if I like or dislike something based solely on my own feelings and not the way I was influenced by something someone else said. But after seeing “The Box” float around all over the internet, mainly on the top song charts on Genius and on Twitter, I decided to give it a chance. And…I LOVE this song. The beginning of the song is an absolute masterpiece. And the way he switches his flow and how his voice sounds is straight out of the Kendrick/Wayne/Young Thug playbook, and it works so well. I’ve started listening to a few other songs off Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, and I’m impressed so far. Definitely should have paid more attention to him after the XXL Cypher.

“Ne Me Quitte Pas (Don’t Leave Me)” – Orion Sun

This is my favorite song of the week, and I didn’t even find it until Friday. I’m in love with this song. I’ve been a fan of Orion Sun for the past year or so, so I was super excited to see a new song from Tiffany under my new releases from Spotify. Her voice is so dreamy and beautiful. “Ne Me Quitte Pas” definitely has a similar vibe to some of Tiffany’s older songs, but it’s its own gorgeous bowl of warm and cozy. I love the guitar at the beginning, and the “love me forever’s” at the end. It’s such a short song, but it works. The hook – omg. The way she says “it feels so good to know ya” makes me want to die and be buried in a pile of roses. She gives your heart everything it needs in such a short amount of time. And I think that’s the thing I like about Tiffany’s music. It’s so simple, but it lingers with you for a long time after you listen to it. An absolute masterpiece. 

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