This past week was semi-busy for music releases.
Post Malone is a known pal of Justin Bieber, so it was only a matter of time before the two were going to do a song together. "Deja Vu" could be considered as a peace offering after Post didn't drop his album on August 26 as anticipated. The duo actually make pretty dope music together. Hear "Deja Vu" here.
I sound like a broken record when it comes to "Timmy Turner" but I don't care. Minus some weird quirks on the hook, this "Timmy Turner" remix does its thing. Of course Kanye West would come through with the cameo as expected, and what a welcomed remix it is. After this one, I'm good on remixes of this joint. — Kathy Iandoli
Common just took it back to the Like Water For Chocolate days with his latest song "Lovestar." Groovy, funk-tinged production which toes the hip hop/R&B line lays the canvas for Lonnie Lynn to speak on relationships like he's done so well for 25 years. Adding the finishing touches is Marsha Ambrosius on the hook. — Jacob Rohn
SauceLord Rich decided to take a cue from the United States Olympic Team and make his own gold medal single. "Winner Time," featuring Post Malone, reflects on SauceLord's evolution from his humble beginnings to the start of some rap success. PM's faded hook fits into this song perfectly as well. — Paul Meara
Taking it to Brooklyn’s underground hip-hop scene this week, Venture Cook’s new Alpha Omega LP is worthy of several back-to-back spins as 2016 continues to give birth to dope, innovative sounds thriving in the fringes. Being able to create a wave distinctive to one’s own style while building momentum in the spaces between forward-thinking R&B, guilty-pleasure trap and rap in the traditional sense is not an easy task by any means, but the Trini rapper excels here by way of staying true to his roots and his vision. “Link Up” is the type of banger that holds crossover appeal for the city’s club dwellers looking to turn up and those who can’t help but sing along to an Auto-Tune-dripped chorus during the song’s slower moments alike, with something in the cut for fans of U.K.-influenced grime, too. Needless to say, Venture Cook is on to something. — KC Orcutt
(Photos from left: Noam Galai/Getty Images for BET Networks, Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Universal Music)