This Week’s Best New Music: Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Roddy Ricch, Tinashe, and More

It’s a new month, which means new songs. This week, Lil Baby and Lil Durk released their long-awaited album The Voice of the Heroes, which includes the Travis Scott-assisted track “Hats Off.” On the calm single “Late at Night,” Roddy Ricch rejoined with Mustard. Tinashe collaborated with Buddy on their danceable summer single “Pasadena.” New music was also released by Ty Dolla Sign, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, and Brockhampton.

Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Roddy Ricch, Tinashe, and More

Lil Baby & Lil Durk f/ Travis Scott, “Hats Off”

Lil Baby and Lil Durk’s “Hats Off” became an instant hit, with the duo rapping over a spooky beat produced by YoungTN and Chi Chi. They take on the personas of mob lords while rapping about the difference between the real and the phony. Lil Durk raps, “We just a family, we never recruitin’/ Clique full of killas, we choosin’ to shoot em.” “After this drop, then it’s only a label/ You see the crosses surroundin’ the table/ But never crosses, we flip ya alfredo,” Travis Scott raps. The single “Hats Off” from Lil Baby and Lil Durk’s collaborative album The Voice of the Heroes is a standout.

Roddy Ricch, “Late at Night”

Roddy Ricch and Mustard team up once more in “Late at Night.” The rapper and producer team take things down this time for a late-night atmosphere, which is appropriate given the song’s title. On the track, Roddy harmonizes about relationships while sliding on the beat. On the chorus, he says, “Late at night/Kiss me in the mornin’ or late at night.” Roddy Ricch and Mustard have previously recorded more hype tracks like “Ballin” and “High Fashion,” but “Late at Night” is a departure. Regardless, “Late at Night” is a fine album that demonstrates Roddy’s expanding flexibility. 

Tinashe & Buddy, “Pasadena” 

Thanks to the shouting in the background, “Pasadena” is a danceable record with a raucous intensity. Tinashe sings softly on the single, letting go and celebrating the nice sentiments and summer weather. “Life is all that you make it/ I received a vision of a lovely night,” she sings now more than ever. Buddy is an excellent companion to the single. “Never been the kind who wants to be right/ I like to live life/ Some say I’m nuts but this stuff here go in cycles,” he raps. Tinashe’s first single of the year is “Pasadena.” 

Ty Dolla Sign f/ Jack Harlow & 24kGoldn, “I Won”

Ty Dolla Sign collaborates with newcomers Jack Harlow and 24kGoldn on “I Won,” a victorious single with a captivating groove. The first stanza begins with braggadocious raps about Jack Harlow’s opulent existence. He spits, “And I’m not gon’ stop winnin’/ And I’m not gon’ stop spendin’/ Lifestyle, I’m locked in.” “Baby, I feel costly, okay/ Yeah, I came from the cut and I ran that shit up/ Just to spend it and indulge with the gang,” raps 24kGoldn, who is similarly hypnotizing. The song “I Won” is featured on the Fast and Furious 9 soundtrack. 

Bad Bunny, “Yonaguni”

The song “Yonaguni” is a must-have for your vacation playlist. The song, which is named after a Japanese island, sees Bad Bunny becoming sentimental as he sings about taking a flight to see a woman, despite the fact that she may already be in another relationship. The song has an escapist quality to it that makes you want to leave town and head to the beach. It also incorporates a lively reggaeton rhythm, which is ideal for any luxury resort’s dance floor. Bad Bunny’s fourth single of 2021 is “Yonaguni.”

John Mayer, “Last Train Home”

The electric guitar and keyboard underpin “Last Train Home,” which John Mayer sings about daring to take a chance in his relationship. Despite the fact that he recognizes that things could go wrong, he wants to give it a shot. Things go wrong no matter how hard you try/ I put my heart where it doesn’t belong/ So if you’re coming with me, let me know,” he sings. By the end of the song, Mayer has surrendered, allowing his emotions to take control. The single “Last Train Home” is from John Mayer’s next album Sob Rock, which will be released on July 16.

Dua Lipa, “Can They Hear Us”

“Can They Hear Us” begins with a jazzy saxophone before giving way to Dua Lipa’s sensuous vocals. The UK singer sounds almost ghostly or paranoid on the single as she battles her own demons and negative emotions. “We all die, but right now I want to live/ And we all cry, but right now I’m not going to give in.” Dua Lipa’s song “Can They Hear Us,” which was used in the June 2021 film Gully, isn’t your standard bouncy pop tune, but it still has a lot of the flare and sound that drew audiences to her music in the first place.

Brockhampton f/ ssgkobe, “Pressure / Bow Wow”

Brockhampton’s “Pressure / Bow Wow” is a two-part album. The group is loud and raucous on the opening half of the track, “Pressure,” as Meryln Wood and Dom McLennon energetically rap over an unnerving trap-like beat. The track switches to the second portion of the track with a brief segue by Kevin Abstract. “Bow Wow” is a more subdued version. Kevin Abstract raps about living “in the hills with the gang where the valleys end” with Bow Wow and Birdman, while ssgkobe raps about living “in the hills with the gang where the valleys end.” One of the additional tracks on Brockhampton’s Road Runner: New Light, New Machi is “Pressure / Bow Wow.”

Peter Rosenberg f/ Styles P, Ransom, & Smoke DZA, “S.R.D”

“S.R.D” is a new song by Peter Rosenberg that features Styles P, Ransom, and Smoke DZA, and has a classic rap flow. Styles P starts things out strong, rapping, “Yeah, I’m cool, but I’m petty as fuck/ I’m the type to beat his ass when he said it’s enough.” Ransom enters, pondering his age. He spits, “A soldier’s prime is sometimes lost in war/ Never forget that there’s no credit for elder rappers whose flows decrease.” Finally, Smoke DZA brings the tune to a close with some smooth bars. The song “S.R.D.” is included on Peter Rosenberg’s compilation CD Real Late. Here’s a link to a recent interview with him on the album’s creation.

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