New Music Friday
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We made it to Friday, y’all! Which means it’s time to do all the things: be outside looking cute at the functions, park dates, stay on the couch binging watch Harry Potter — guilty! — or give in to your cheat meal desires with that Shack Burger but most importantly it means its new music Friday. Some of our favourite artists have released a bevy of musical offerings. From the emo-punk musings of Willow Smith to the extraterrestrial pop-rap of Doja Cat, there’s something here for everybody and every mood.

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Below we take a look at some of the fire tunes we’re going to enjoy all weekend:

Doja Cat

It’s finally here and we are freaking out! We can finally book a space shuttle to Planet Her and get a feel for the universe the pop-rapper has dreamt up. The 14-track album is full of multi-genre bops and features cameos from some of the industry’s biggest names like Ariana Grande, The Weeknd and Young Thug. As seen last year through her many interpretations of “Say So,” this album shows Doja in her element — effortlessly blending sonics and genres to create her own universe of pop-rap. Planet Her finds Doja completely in a lane that’s all hers. She’s the new rap princess and we are all just honoured to be invited to the coronation.

Our fav tracks: “Get Into It (Yuh)”, “Naked”, “Payday”, “Been Like This”, “Ain’t Sh*t”

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Planet Her. Doja Cat. Photography by David LaChapelle.

Along with the release of her highly anticipated — emphasis on highly — sophomore album, the galactic, pop rapstress released the next visual in her Planet Her universe, the music video to her next single “You Right.” Featuring fellow pop-star The Weeknd, the visual shows Doja as a Grecian goddess decked out in a custom CHRISHABANA look (complete with some stunning hair art in the shape of the Libra zodiac sign) roaming around her “Mount Olympus” grounds before being sent down to earth by a celestial deity, played by The Weeknd. (There’s also a Rick Owens alabaster bed cameo —and hey, what can we say, we love good furniture over here.)

Tyler, The Creator

Tyler, The Creator’s 6th studio album, Call Me If You Get Lost, is out today and masterfully curates sonics that only he could assemble. Much like his prior work, songs on his latest album, read like mini mixtapes themselves — switching in and out of various sounds and styles effortlessly. Call Me If You Get Lost is the follow-up to his 2019 Grammy award winning album IGOR and features an all star roster of rap’s best: Lil Wayne, Lil Uzi Vert, Pharrell, 42 Dugg, DJ Drama, Ty Dolla $ign, Domo Genesis, and NBA YoungBoy as well as voice overs from cultural figure Jay Versace and DJ Drama with his iconic Gangsta Grillz tag. The album cover seems to pull inspiration from rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s 1995 debut album Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version cover. Much like his IGOR era and the commitment to staying in character it seems, Tyler is continuing that concept through his visuals for this album and his through-line of Ushanka hats.

Our Fav Tracks: “RUNITUP”, “SWEET/ I THOUGHT YOU WANTED TO DANCE”, “WUSYANAME”, “RISE”

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Call Me If You Get Lost. Tyler, The Creator.

Get into some of Tyler’s cinematic visuals from his new era, complete with his signature Ushanka hats, below:

WILLOW Smith 

Ok, we’ve said it before but we are so here for Willow Smith coming for her pop-rock crown. I mean it only makes sense, with her mother, actress-singer Jada Pinkett Smith, being a veteran rock singer herself with her early aughts, nu-metal band, Wicked Wisdom. Fresh off her hit, angsty punk single, Transparent Soul, Smith is back again to deliver another pop-rock anthem. Lipstick fits in perfectly to the pop-punk, Flyleaf meets Fefe Dobson era she’s about to give the girls. Her fifth studio album, Lately I Feel Everything, is set for release on July 16. Well we’re ready to stock up on Vans — from Hot Topic only — and live out our Warped Tour dreams.

Check out the official visual for Lipstick below:

Justine skye

We’re just going to say it: Justine Skye deserves more recognition and this album surely makes a case for that. Skye’s fifth studio album, Space and Time, is an 11-song record jam packed with ethereal sounds, cute alternative R&B jams and flawless production, courtesy of THE Timbaland. “It’s my time now, and nobody can tell me any different,” Skye says in her Space and Time documentary and we couldn’t agree more. This album sees the singer-songwriter coming into her own. It’s the makings of an emerging rnb-pop princess. Sidenote, Mmm Mmm needs to be added to your playlist for the weekend stat.

Our fav tracks: “In My Bag”, “Twisted Fantasy”, “About Time”, “Mmm Mmm”

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Space and Time. Justine Skye.

Skye also documented the process of making her fifth studio album. Watch it out below:

Jazmine sullivan

Our favourite vocal beast, Jazmine Sullivan, has decided to bless us with a new single, Tragic”, that falls right in line with the concept of her 2020 critically acclaimed album, Heaux Tales. An iconic saying from Saint Louis’ own, Congresswoman Maxine Waters — Reclaiming my time, reclaiming my time — opens the track and makes it way into the hook. Sullivan’s pen game is something of legend, masterfully weaving millennial stories of love, sex, situationships, pain, breakups and empowerment. This track finds the “Pick Up Your Feelings” singer, “reclaiming” her time and continuing the conversational theme surrounding sex and women owning their sexual power in a continuation of Heaux Tales.

See the visualiser to Toxic below:

 

You want to be moody and emo this weekend? In you feelings? Intergalactic? We’ll this week’s roundup has you covered for just about any mood you’re in. Enjoy the tunes and the weekend!

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