Just in time for MLK Day, Young Thug dropped off an uplifting new track over piano flourishes and a subtle sleigh bell sounds. "I was havin' a dream/ I was whippin' a Rolls Royce."
2. Troye Sivian, "My My My!"
Troye Sivian's "My My My!" is the greatest pop anthem of this young year. In the video, he strobes his way through a warehouse and everything feels completely in the moment.
3. DJ Taye, "Trippin'"
DJ Taye, the youngest of the Teklife camp, is prepping to drop a new album in March and the lead single combines psychedelic footwork production and acrobatic raps.
4. NBA YoungBoy, "Love Is Poison"
Like many of YoungBoy's songs, "Love Is Poison" is about the pitfalls of being vulnerable — even for a second — in a cruel world. The 18-year-old's weary delivery sounds like a long journey home after a trying day.
5. Frankie Cosmos, "Jesse"
"Jesse," the first song from Frankie Cosmos's forthcoming Sub Pop debut, latches on and doesn't let go. The song is subdued — as Greta Kline considers that wide expanse between optimism and apathy — and it ends right before the scales can tip in either direction.
6. Maleek Berry, "Pulling Me Back"
Maleek Berry's new EP, First Daze of Winter, is perfect for the cold weather and "Pulling Me Back" is an immediate standout. The song is a dancefloor-ready jam about uncertainty, which seems kind of counterintuitive, but somehow makes all the sense.
7. Creek Boyz, "Trap Digits"
Following their breakout hit "With My Team," Baltimore County's Creek Boyz return with the new anthem, "Trap Digits." The group's choral harmonies have never been more inspirational than they are here — a friendly reminder to get up and go get it.
8. SOB X RBE, "Once Upon A Time"
The four members of Vallejo rap crew SOB X RBE are experts at turning '80s samples into slappers and they went for some interesting source material on their latest track. Yhung T.O and Daboii are perhaps the best two-man combo out of the group and, on "Once Upon A Time," they rap until they're out of breath and then let the other take over.
9. Camila Cabello, "In The Dark
Camila Cabellos's solo debut is full of bangers but please don't nap on "In The Dark." The track is co-produced by Frank Dukes and Kuk Harrell (of The-Dream and Tricky Stewart's production team) and Camila is piercing in her analysis of the song's subject: "I can see you're scared of your emotions/ I can see you're hoping not hopeless/ So why can't you show me?"
10. Starchild & The New Romantic, "Language"
Bryndon Cook, who records as Starchild, has played guitar for Solange and Dev Hynes but in February he'll deliver his debut album entitled Language. The title track is a perfectly funky piece of pop nostalgia, as Cook's silky voice sits on top of piano slides and syncopated bass lines.