New Music From SZA, Big Sean, 6ix9ine & More

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SZA
Radka Leitmeritz

SZA photographed on Nov. 12, 2018 at Skyline West Mansion in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles.

This week, SZA makes a delightfully unexpected return, Big Sean big-ups his hometown and 6ix9ine aims for the mainstream. Check out all of this week’s First Stream picks below:

The Song That’s The Most Pleasant Surprise of the Day:
SZA feat. Ty Dolla $ign, «Hit Different»

Although it’s only been three years since SZA released her masterful Ctrl album, the relative silence that has followed has been maddening for fans, as they eagerly await the next move from one of R&B’s most captivating voices. Now, out of nowhere, we get “Hit Different,” a new single featuring Ty Dolla $ign, produced by the Neptunes and showcasing the vision that makes SZA so unique. A song about yearning after a man and the jealousy that springs from passion, SZA runs circles around the sinewy beat, packing each thoughtful observation with enough vocal flair that she overshadows Ty’s sturdy hook. Will “Hit Different” lead a new project, or is it a one-off to tide us over? Either way, it’s nice to hear SZA back at what she does best.

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The Album That Helps Cement a Legacy:
Big Sean, Detroit 2

A sense of peace defines Detroit 2, Big Sean’s first album in three years and a sequel to his 2012 mixtape: once a punchline rapper looking up to Kanye West on the G.O.O.D. Music releases, Big Sean is now a seasoned, surefooted veteran, and his confidence in his craft elevates the work. Detroit 2 is a jam-packed record — there’s a nine-minute cypher featuring 11 Detroit MCs, a TWENTY88 reunion, a Travis Scott collaboration designed to be a smash, and an Erykah Badu spoken-word interlude, and that’s just the second half of this behemoth. Yet Big Sean nimbly hops around the different styles without sounding overtaxed or losing his carefree approach; on “Lucky Me,” he opens up about being diagnosed with a heart condition as a teenager, and through that lens, Detroit 2 is a celebration of life and survival from a still-hungry artist.

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The Album That Tries To Bring Trolling To The Mainstream:
6ix9ine, TattleTales

What happens when an underground hero, defined by his controversies and cult-figure status, goes fully mainstream? It’s the question that 6ix9ine’s latest full-length, TattleTales, tries to answer: after all, the most polarizing figure in modern pop is coming off of a jail stint as well as his first Hot 100 No. 1, both free and ready to dominate the charts with collaborators like Nicki Minaj, Akon and Lil AK. TattleTales ultimately straddles the line between more traditional pop craft — check the opening one-two punch of “Locked Up 2,” a rework of the Akon hit, and the rhythmic “Tutu” — and ultra-aggressive rap, as on “Punani” and the previously released “Gooba.”

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The Album That Compels You To Move:
Ozuna, ENOC

As you look at the track list to Ozuna’s new project, ENOC (El Negrito Ojos Claros), your eyes linger on the heavy-hitting guest list: not only has the reggaeton star tapped fellow Latin A-listers J Balvin, Nicky Jam, Daddy Yankee and Karol G, but he’s also united Doja Cat and Sia on the radio-ready single “Del Mar.” The collaborations often live up to their pedigree, but the 72-minute ENOC also gives Ozuna ample time to shine on his own, his voice deepening and winding around the simmering beats on tracks like “Sincero,” “A Escondidas” and the hit “Caramelo.” Both charming and prolific, Ozuna has figured out how to evolve on his own and alongside other major artists.

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The Music Video That Is… Absolutely Not What You Expected:
DJ Khaled feat. Drake, “Popstar”

It’s easy to imagine a music video for “Popstar,” the recent DJ Khaled/Drake collaboration, after a single listen — Drake and Khaled, floating around a decadent existence with expensive toys surrounding them, as they’ve done in countless clips together and separately. Instead, the “Popstar” video is high-concept — after an opening monologue in which Drizzy vents his frustration with Khaled’s many demands, he calls in a favor from Justin Bieber, who lip-synchs the song and enjoys the luxurious setting in his place. The gamble pays off, as “Popstar” sounds more arresting when its visual is an unexpected experience; also, kudos to Drake for some over-the-top, genuinely funny exasperation in the intro.

The Remix That Unites Six Rising Stars:
Chloe x Halle feat. Doja Cat, City Girls & Mulatto, «Do It» remix

Grouping Chloe x Halle, Doja Cat, City Girls and Mulatto together on the same remix feels like it will be a quietly important moment — as if, years from now, we’ll look back and marvel at how many soon-to-be stars shone on a single track. And the best part: this remix of Chloe x Halle’s Ungodly Hour standout “Do It” somehow doesn’t stray too far from the essence of the original, as the guests join the party without making the room too crowded. Listen for Doja Cat’s raucous energy, City Girls’ melodic flow and Mulatto’s confident drawl, but don’t overlook the classy vibe Chloe x Halle carried over from the original.

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The Song That Aims To Inspire During a Tumultuous Time:
Finneas, «What They’ll Say About Us»

In a statement, Finneas reveals that he wrote his new solo track “What They’ll Say About Us” in June, inspired by both the powerful voice created by the Black Lives Matter protests as well as the sorrow inflicted by the coronavirus  pandemic: “I hope this song can offer some sort of comfort to those who may need it,” he writes. During a year of great upheaval, Billie Eilish’s most trusted collaborator has done his best to take center stage and transmit 2020’s mix of emotions. While the production on “What They’ll Say About Us” is effectively restrained, credit Finneas for going full-on showstopper when he draws out the line, “We’ve got the time to take the world / And make it better than it ever was.”

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The Song That Understands its R&B History:
Bryson Tiller, «Inhale»

On the same day that SZA has returned with a new single, another enigmatic R&B star whose last project was released three years ago, Bryson Tiller, also takes a bold stride back into the spotlight with a single, “Inhale,” that’s daring in all the right ways. Sampling both SWV’s “All Night Long” and Mary J. Blige’s “Not Gon’ Cry,” Tiller uses the prism of ‘90s R&B to refract his own vulnerabilities on the track: “Yes, I spent all these f–kin’ years dwelling, yes, I feel irrelevant,” he sings, a few seconds after admitting he’s been both crying and overanalyzing text messages. Dating back to 2015’s TRAPSOUL, Tiller has proven to be a songwriting dynamo, and “Inhale” is one of his most inventive moments yet.

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Demi Lovato And DJ Khaled Tease Their “I Believe” Video

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The A Wrinkle In Time soundtrack is filled with contributions from the likes of SadeSia and Kehlani, but it looks like the offering from Demi Lovato and DJ Khaled is going to be a scene-stealer. The tour mates announced they had hit the recording studio to put together a song called “I Believe” for the soundtrack last month. Since then we have heard a small teaser of the track, and now we are getting a first glimpse at its accompanying video.

Today (March 6), Good Morning America aired a teaser of the video, and it looks like an otherworldly affair. In it, Demi appears in a gorgeous red gown and sings in various natural settings. She emotes in the midst of a spacious field and is surrounded by lights in a lush forest setting. “I got the light inside of me. And I’ve got no choice but to let it breathe,” she sings over a building production. It sounds like the track is shaping up to be an inspirational anthem, and the video will be a must-see event.

Things could not be looking better for Demi right about now. The “Sorry Not Sorry” siren recently kickstarted her Tell Me You Love Me World Tour and last week she unveiled an English-language remix of her Luis Fonsi duet, “Échame La Culpa.” Titled “Not On You,” it seems destined to extend the Latin bop’s tenure on the charts for at least another month or two.

The soundtrack is set to drop this Friday (March 9), and hopefully the video will follow shortly after. Sade’s contribution, “Flower Of The Universe,” made a late-night appearance yesterday but seems to have been pulled offline. Hopefully we get another teaser before Friday. While we wait, check out the teaser for Demi’s latest offering below!

 

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DJ Khaled Calls On Jay Z, Beyonce & Future For “Top Off”

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DJ Khaled set the internet alight yesterday (March 1) when he teased a new single called “Top Off.” With all due respect, the main cause of the excitement was a featured artist listed only as B. The song arrived this morning and, as expected, Beyonce steals the show. The “Wild Thoughts” producer sets the flashy tone early — opening the bone-rattling banger with an intro from Jay ZFuture then steps in for the irritatingly catchy chorus, before Hov returns for a killer verse. He ends it by declaring, “Bey, put these fuckboys on notice.”

And she does. “I’m the only lady here, still the realest nigga in the room,” Beyonce spits. “I break the internet, top two and I ain’t number two.” The 36-year-old continues to tell it like it is, referencing different moments in her career. “My body, my ice, my cash, all real, I’m a triple threat,” Queen Bey brags. “Fuck it up and then leave, come back, fuck it up and leave again.” No lies detected. “Top Off” is the lead single from the followup to DJ Khaled’s hit-filled Grateful LP. Expect to hear a lot more of it over the next few months. Press play below.

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DJ Khaled, Jennifer Lopez & Cardi B Come Together For “Quiero Dinero”

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This is going to be big! Rumors of a Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B collaboration have been doing the rounds online since December and, somewhat surprisingly, the song actually exists. DJ Khaled brought the ladies together for a banger called “Quiero Dinero” and it’s expected to drop this month. A snippet has surfaced online and it sounds like a hit. “Quiero dinero,” J.Lo sings over the producer’s chunky beats on the bilingual chorus. “I just want the green, want the money, want the cash.”

While Jenny is a fully-fledged legend and Khaled was behind some of the biggest hits of 2017’s (“I’m The One” and “Wild Thoughts”), Cardi B has come out of nowhere to be one of the hottest rappers in the game. In fact, she has already landed three top 10 hits with “Bodak Yellow,” “No Limit” and “MotorSport.” It’s only a matter of time before she nabs her fifth with the remix of Bruno Mars’ “Finesse.” Will “Quiero Dinero” be her fifth? Listen to a snippet of the track below.

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DJ Khaled Teams Up With Rihanna & Bryson Tiller On «Wild Thoughts»

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A couple of weeks ago Rihanna was spotted on the set of a video shoot with DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller, and internet detectives were quick to uncover the title “Wild Love.” Well, they were close. The real title is “Wild Thoughts” and the song premieres tomorrow (June 16) at an eye-watering 6am ET. The rapper/producer spoke about the song in an interview with Yahoo, expressing his gratitude to RiRi. He reveals that he “damn near passed out” when the pop star said she wanted to film a video. Why?

“You only [make a video] when you know you got a smash-hit record,” the King of SnapChat revealed. “And you only do that when you’ve got love involved.” DJ Khaled is really bringing out the big guns for his 10th LP. He has already teamed up with Beyonce and Jay Z (“Shining”), Justin Bieber (“I’m The One”) and Drake (“To The Max”). You can now add Rihanna and Bryson Tiller to that star-studded list. The only artist missing is Eminem. “I have tried before, but I’m gonna try again,” DJ Khaled mused. “I don’t think he’s telling me no. I think I just gotta come with the right presentation.”

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DJ Khaled Working on New Video With Rihanna & Bryson Tiller

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DJ Khaled is bringing out the big guns for his 10th LP. The rapper has already teamed up with Beyonce and Jay Z (“Shining”), Justin Bieber (“I’m The One”) and Drake (“To The Max”). You can now add Rihanna and Bryson Tiller to the star-studded tracklist of Grateful, which drops June 23. According to rumors, they feature on a track called “Wild Love.” The song and video are already in the can. The major key-sharing producer shared a series of pics from the video shoot and they show RiRi rocking floral tights and a see-through pink top.

This could be the “new music” Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw recently mentioned in an interview. After all, it seems a little quick to move on to a new era when ANTI is still fresh in everyone’s mind. Not that she plans to take a break. Since dropping her 8th LP, Rihanna has kept busy with TV and film roles as well as a string of features including Mike WiLL Made It’s “Nothing Is Promised,” Future’s “Selfish” and Kendrick Lamar’s “LOYALTY.” Check out pics from her latest video shoot below.

 

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