Curation is a crucial aspect of any musician’s job these days. No one can release enough material to keep the internet happy—with the possible exception of Young Thug—but a good way to keep people interested in you is to turn them on to other good stuff. Jay Z is not as well known for this as say, Drake (all the co-signs, the Sotheby’s exhibit) or Kanye (a vocal supporter of Teyana Taylor, Pusha T, and Big Sean). But Jay has a streaming service at his disposal, and he's started to take advantage of it: today he unveiled a playlist titled “Fuck The Summer Up.” It’s pretty evenly split between big names with big hits, many of which have been around for a while—Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen,” Nicki’s “Truffle Butter,” Drake’s “Know Yourself”—and up-and-comers: Post Malone, Leikeli47 (though the song that gives the playlist its title came out last summer), and Kehlani. Though Beyonce is a noted fan of D.R.A.M.’s “Cha Cha,” that tune did not make it on to Jay’s list.
Kehlani was excited to make the cut: