Blxst, Ravyn Lenae, Arin Ray & More – Billboard
Happy Monday music lovers! We’re back with ten of our favorite releases from up-and-coming R&B and hip-hop artists around the world. If you’re feeling low-key, Nia Sultana and 070 Shake are there to accompany your laid-back days, but if you’re looking to be energized, TiaCorine and Westside Boogie deliver upbeat and confident tunes.
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Nia Sultana, “In the Morning”
On her latest single, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Nia Sultana is all herself. “In the early morning, I need me-time,” she sings to a lover, expressing her desire for independence in the midst of a relationship. The instrumental is vibrant and light, as the shakers swell under the R&B singer’s layered harmonies.
red veil, “pg baby”
Redveil is a one-man show. On “pg baby,” the Maryland multi-hyphen plays producer and rapper, artfully turning Band of Thieves’ “Love Me Or Leave Me” into a song worth replaying. All the while, redveil eloquently displays devotion to his native “pg,” or Prince George’s County.
easy life, “BEESWAX”
The independent group easy life wants you to take care of your business. On “BEESWAX,” the British five-pack flexes their hip-hop muscle, as singer Murray Matravers unleashes cool rhymes under a ventilated beekeeping suit. The instrumental centers minor chords, giving a spooky and mysterious feel to the outfit’s latest single.
Ravyn Lenae, “MIA”
Summer has come early, with Ravyn Lenae’s latest offering. Centered around Afro-fusion beats, the carefree track embodies hot winds, love and spontaneity – basically, everything we want during the hottest months of the year.
TiaCorine, “Service station”
Try not to shake your head at the “gas station”. On the bouncy, trap-infused single, a purple-haired TiaCorine swims effortlessly through each instrumental pocket, with playful, boastful lines.
Blxst, “Be Forreal”
Blxst cannot miss. Over a self-produced beat infused with vocal reverb, “Be Forreal” finds the LA artist pleading with his lover to keep him 100 with him. “Just be forreal dawg, just be forreal / You’re the type they’d kill for, the type they’d kill for / Just drop the top and let it peel off,” he sings. “Be Forreal” appears on Blxst’s latest project Before you leave, which fell on Friday April 22.
070 Shake, “Skin and Bones”
On the first single from her upcoming second album, you can’t kill me, 070 Shake is a hopeless romantic. “Skin and Bones” also shows the New Jersey artist being equally dramatic in the track’s video, which features her singing in the rain over a dramatic electronic-fused drum beat, wearing football shoulder pads. “And we talked past tense / Reminisce ’bout when our minds were dancing together / We were smoking gasoline, yeah, it’s so romantic / Never wanna fast forward,” she sings on the chorus.
Arin Ray feat. D Smoke, “The Mood”
While many of today’s male R&B/hip-hop artists crave sex appeal, Arin Ray is a notable exception. The LA-via-Cincinnati singer marks his return with the raunchy “The Mood”, assisted by D Smoke. Delivering a red light-inspired visual, Ray plays up his sexy side, posing shirtless in a number of scenes and gazing seductively at the camera.
WESTSIDE BOOGIE feat. Shelley F.K.A. DRAM, “Aight”
On “Aight”, WESTSIDE BOOGIE is cool, calm and collected. Recruiting Shelley FKA DRAM for the bouncy track, the two pair vocally well, as the former raps over Ls take before reuniting. “The past two years have been crazy in a good way and a bad way, we’ll get to that later, though I love the shit y’all… 1st song from album out now,” Boogie wrote on Instagram while promoting the song.
Raury, “Feeling Good”
Atlanta native Raury flexes his buttery vocals on “Feel Good,” gliding throughout the velvety track as he secures the titular result for his lover, before delivering a rap verse. “Honey, it ain’t no drama / I got commas and I’m cool, I feel good / Out in my space in the woods / Out in my place, I’m talking money,” he offers in a whispered tone. “Feel Good” then ends with an instrumental outro, intertwined with synths and saxophone trills.