Nicki Minaj, "Barbie Dreams"
Nicki Minaj borrows a Biggie beat to roast literally (almost) everyone in the music industry in "Barbie Dreams," requiring constant rewinds to fully digest the severity of the attacks.
Mitski, "Two Slow Dancers"
On the stark and solemn-sounding "Two Slow Dancers," Mitski and a past lover reminisce on old times, making for a quiet reflection on the persistence and inevitability of time.
Nef the Pharaoh ft. Cuban Doll, ALLBLACK, "86"
Major Bay Area sounds here on Nef the Pharaoh's "86," which he pounds through double-time with help from Cuban Doll and ALLBLACK.
Rina Sawayama, "Cherry"
It's been time for a sparkly, early millenium-era radio pop song about queer attraction, and Rina Sawayama finally delivered with "Cherry"!
Young Nudy, "Know Whats Happenin"
Young Nudy's conversational and measured flow over dynamic beats is the quality characterizing the young Atlanta rapper's rise. Witness it on the classically-Nudy "Know Whats Happenin."
Tirzah, "Do You Know"
Simulating the way thoughts turn in our head, Tirzah's glitched out "Do You Know" is a delicate unspooling of how people can circle our minds like a sink drain.
Mr Eazi, GuiltyBeatz, Medikal & Joey B, "Genging"
Besides the minimalist beat that demands movement, the conversational flows from Ghana's Mr Eazi, Medikal and Joey B make "Genging" a sizzling and effortless hit.
Moses Sumney, "Rank & File"
Inspired by his first and last protest, Moses Sumney's "Rank & File" features jittery finger snaps and chant-like verses, highlighting the urgency in its political message.
Adrianne Lenker, "cradle"
Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker has a voice like rippling water, a clarifying quality that shines brightest here on "cradle," her newest solo offering.
Doja Cat, "Mooo!"
Doja Cat's "Mooo!" combines A1 "lo-fi, chill beats to study and relax to" with an endearing and heavy dose of self-aware absurdity that makes this song actually, really good.