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10 songs you need in your life this week

Tracks we love, in no particular order.

November 05, 2020
10 songs you need in your life this week
"20 10 20" — Burna Boy

On October 20, Nigerian authorities shot into a crowd of peaceful protestors demonstrating against the country's notorious anti-corruption unit SARS. The tragedy, now known as the Lekki massacre, killed at least 12 people. Burna Boy's protest song mourns the dead and turns a righteously furious gaze upon the country's political leaders.

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"Dora" — Tierra Whack

Whack sounds like the Pied Piper with bars on her first solo single of 2020. Her lyrics radiate with the gleeful appreciation of the greener pastures she's built for herself.

"NOT PART OF THEIR PLANS" — B L A C K I E

B L A C K I E is as defiant and brutal as ever, and the Houston experimental rapper's new album FACE THE DARKNESS couldn't have come at a better time. "NOT PART OF THEIR PLANS" is outsider art as a matter of survival, and raises a bloody-knuckled fist at the opposition.

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"Block Boy" — Pa Salieu

One of the most exciting new voices in U.K. rap fires on both barrels with a dark, dancehall-inflected sound.

"Gemini" — Knox Fortune

Stock Child Wonder showcases the Chicago artist's deft ability to weave between genre, and even so, "Gemini" is a disco ball-sized anomaly on the album's tracklist.

"rootin4?" — dj blackpower

Here's a stand-out track from BLP2020 "King of the Night", an EP surprise-released on Sunday by N.Y.C. rapper MIKE. The project hews close to his other alias: dusty samples warped into a cosmic haze and relentless bars peppered with breathtaking introspection.

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"One Shot" — Jim-E-Stack feat. Bearface

BROCKHAMPTON's Bearface drowns his vocals in love for Jim-E-Stack's shambly, delightful take on future-pop.

"True Love" — WizKid feat. Tay Iwar and Projexx

Afrobeats wrapped in Sade's smoothness? Yes please.

"JIDTranada Freestyle" — JID (produced by Kaytranada)

Kaytranada, as unstoppable a hip-hop producer as he is a dancefloor-conquering electronic artist, finds rare chemistry with JID. The Atlanta rapper burns rubber with lung capacity to spare over a beat that would sound perfect in some distant planet's beach cabana. Hopefully, these two have more in the tank.

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"I Will Survive" — ANOHNI

Cutting straight to the emotional core of the original song, ANOHNI gusts away the miasma of heartbreak with her tremulous vocals. It's the nightmare ballad of the pandemic/election season.

10 songs you need in your life this week