There has been a lot of great new music released over the last few weeks. You can find out what was released this weekend in our New Music Report, but take a look at what we've been listening to lately. Our editors Nicole, James, and Isha have shared some of their Expert Picks for the week. Check it out below:
Dillon Francis featuring G-Eazy - "Say Less"
I love when my favorites join forces. So I was particularly happy to see this collaboration between producer/DJ Dillon Francis and G-Eazy. With "Say Less" we get an electronic/trap production from Dillon, combined with the smooth flow of G-Eazy's rap verses. Dillon and Gerald -- which is coincidentally the name of Dillon's famous piñata pal -- have been working together for a while, as fans have seen on via social media, and I'm sure "Say Less" isn't the only thing they've together. But as summer approaches, and especially with the arrival of festival season, fans will likely be hearing this new tune a lot. Also, the lyric video is awesome:
Piñata Gerald obviously loves it:
G-Eazy & Carnage featuring 24hrs - "Down For Me"
Can you tell I'm on a G-Eazy kick? G-Eazy teamed up with producer/DJ Carnage on an entire EP together called Step Brothers, and "Down For Me" is just one of the songs from the four-track release that was dropped at the end of last month (March). "Down For Me" also features singer/rapper/producer 24hrs, as he and G-Eazy sing and rap about a very special loyal lady. It's a bop.
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Shakira - "Me Enamoré"
After the colossal success of her Maluma-assisted “Chantaje," Shakira continues on with the stream of Spanish material with a new song called "Me Enamoré.” Over a delicate electro beat, the Columbian songstress croons about all the things she loves, including one particular lover. "I never thought it would be like this, I didn't think you'd fall for me ... With you, I'd have 10 kids, but let's start with a pair," she sings.
MAAD - "90s Love"
If you need a smooth dose of R&B, look no further than newbie MAAD and the sweet sounds of her single, “90s Love.” With the help of Claude Kelly (Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson), MAAD is planning on taking her model-turned-singing career to the next level with the release of her EP, Le Funk, and this cut is definitely a must-add to your April playlists. Remember this name, folks.
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Wale x Travi$ Scott - "Fish N Grits"
Wale released his new single “Fish N Grits” featuring Travis Scott and yes, it’s a banger. In usual Wale fashion, the D.C. rapper delivers deep lyrics that make you get lost in thought. But, since our guy Travie is also on the record, we can also turn up with his contributions to the song, AKA his auto-tuned hook and verse. Yasss!
Maino - "The Ghost of Kalief Browder"
After watching Spike TV’s “The Kalief Browder Story” six-part documentary, Maino was so moved by it that he created “The Ghost of Kalief Browder.” As many people in the urban community know, Kalief Browder was only 16 years old when he was locked up at Rikers Island for over 1,000 days for a crime that he didn’t commit. Unfortunately after witnessing countless amounts of monstrous acts in the facility, as well as falling victim to physical and mental abuse at the hands of fellow prison-mates and Rikers Island prison guards, Browder committed suicide two years after his release. This story hit close to Maino. So, he decided to make a song from Browder’s perspective, so people could understand the emotions he must have felt during these struggles.
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