It was a slow music week until today (May 13). Chance the Rapper finally released his Coloring Book mixtape to much fanfare. Prior to the release, he gave fans a taste of what was coming with “No Problem,” featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz.
ScHoolboy Q also dropped something fresh. “THat Part,” featuring Kanye West, is the follow up to last month’s “Groovy Tony” as the TDE artist is gearing up for his forthcoming album. No word yet on what the title for it will be, however Q said it could drop anytime.
ScHoolboy Q Featuring Kanye West – "THat Part"
The phrase “ScHoolboy Q featuring Kanye West” begs ears to perk up on their own. Add in a backdrop built for summer cruises and expectations rise even further. Throw in the TDE spitter's penchant for riding the beat and Kanye West spewing lines like "Wifey gonna kill me, she the female O.J.," and the deal is sealed. — Iyana Robertson
It's not everyday that an artist can make a hard pivot into a new territory, but it feels like that's what Sean Kingston has successfully done. Over the course of nearly a decade since Kingston arrived with "Beautiful Girls," he's managed to make the swift move from Caribbean-tinged pop tunes into whatever the hell is popping at the moment. "All I Got" was a jam by itself, bringing some lowlight vibes that traipse into trap while still being slightly Caribbean flavored. The addition of Migos to the remix wasn't necessarily vital, but it's a nice bonus. Their gruffer voices cut the continuously melodic tone of Sean that balances out the record. The beauty of a guy like Sean Kingston is that he can do the sing-songy thing that most rappers have attempted and made their own brand as of late. The only difference, being, that Sean can actually sing. No shots, but... shots? — Kathy Iandoli
Two of OVO's newer signees connected for a home run just in time for summer with the synth heavy "Move Together." The radio-friendly track features an EDM-tinged retro sound reminiscent of Disclosure's breakout hit with Sam Smith "Latch." — Jake Rohn
Producer, Kaytranada, finally released his debut album 99.9% and it’s a house filled treat that may remind a lot of Disclosure – except the Montreal-based producer doles out soul like no other. His team-up with the English Craig David is a throwback ode to 90s R&B and makes David sound so insanely current I forget he’s been around for almost 14 years. Out of all the standout tracks on 99.9% – just check out the one’s with Vic Mensa and Syd the Kid – you get a real sense of Kaytranada’s future with this one and it’s super bright. - Jon Reyes
Project Pat's Street God 2 mixtape was heavily underrated, especially if you're into that North North ish. Patta's back again and in gearing up for forthcoming Street God 3, he gives us a taste with "Everyday." Featuring Kidd Kidd and Big Trill, the track's a prime example of Pat's more recent move from strictly Memphis-based tunes of yesteryear to more of an updated Trap-feel. - Paul Meara
A. Ros, a rising artist out of Rhode Island, wisely recruited none other than the G.O.O.D. Music prez Pusha T for “All I Wanted,” an impressive feat for a track that is doubling as his debut single. With a vibe leaning towards a R&B flavoring reminiscent of the sounds dominating the late '90s and early 2000s, the song is a feel-good display of A. Ros’s talents, strengthened by an earworm hook and a bouncing beat built off of a familiar foundation. While King Push’s feature is short and sweet, the co-sign holds significant weight, officially putting this 22-year-old singer on the board. — KC Orcutt
It sounds like Chance the Rapper is doing a “good a** job” with Chance 3, just like he predicted on Kanye West's The Life of Pablo opening track “Ultralight Beam.” The mixtape officially dropped last night and the Chi-Town native gave us a last taste before the full platter with “No Problem.” The 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne-assisted track is catchy as hell, which is a good thing. Anytime I find myself singing along with Chance, it’s always a good a** time. — Janice Llamoca