12 New Rap and R&B Songs Out This Week
It's been another busy week for rap and R&B, including the release of the great new Tinashe album that you can read more about in Notable Releases. We also got new singles from Stormzy (ft. Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy), PARTYNEXTDOOR/Drake, Rod Wave, Consequence (ft. the late Phife Dawg), Take A Daytrip (ft. slowthai, Rico Nasty & ICECOLDBISHOP), Anderson .Paak/Mark Ronson, a Cardi B freestyle, and more. Read on for all the rap and R&B we posted on BV this week...
STORMZY - "OWN IT" (ft. ED SHEERAN & BURNA BOY)
Shortly after announcing his anticipated new album Heavy Is The Head, Stormzy has shared the Ed Sheeran/Burna Boy collab from the LP. It's more of a tender, sentimental song than the album's previous singles, and Stormzy's good at this kind of thing too.
PARTYNEXTDOOR - "LOYAL" (ft. DRAKE)
Drake has hopped on a new song by his frequent collaborator PARTYNEXTDOOR, which finds both of them in chilled-out R&B mode.
ROD WAVE - "DARK CLOUDS"
Rod Wave has been rapidly rising since releasing his great new album Ghetto Gospel, and today the soulful singer-rapper keeps the momentum going with this syrupy new jam.
CONSEQUENCE - "NO PLACE LIKE HOME" (ft. PHIFE DAWG)
The late A Tribe Called Quest member Phife Dawg would have turned 49 tomorrow (November 20), and in honor of his birthday, frequent Tribe collaborator Consequence has shared a previously unreleased song that he recorded with Phife around the time they were working on the final Tribe album, 2016’s We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service. Read more about it here.
TAKE A DAYTRIP - "LIGHTHOUSE" (ft. SLOWTHAI, RICO NASTY, ICECOLDBISHOP)
New York production duo Take A Daytrip started to rise after producing Sheck Wes' "Mo Bamba," and they came into 2019 swinging with an Octavian collab, just days after Octavian had won the BBC Sound of 2019. Now they're gearing up for a new project called Take A Daytrip vs. London, and they've shared this star-studded new song, featuring two of the most exciting rappers of the moment, slowthai and Rico Nasty, and recent slowthai tourmate ICECOLDBISHOP. That much talent on one song sets the bar pretty high, and "Lighthouse" delivers.
CARDI B FREESTYLE
Cardi B says she has a new album in the works, and in the meantime she uploaded a new freestyle to Instagram. And if that sounds like shrug no big deal not really a song just an IG video, you should click play and see just how much of a big deal it is.
ANDERSON .PAAK & MARK RONSON - "THEN THERE WERE TWO"
Mark Ronson is releasing a soundtrack EP for Spies In Disguise, the upcoming animated spy comedy film with Will Smith and Tom Holland (which gets released on Christmas), and it includes this new collab with Anderson .Paak. It finds the two artists offering up their take on classic, '70s-style soul, and there's a bit of a Bond Theme vibe to this too which makes sense considering it was written for a spy film. The soundtrack also includes a new Mark Ronson/Dodgr song, the De La Soul collab from the new DJ Shadow album, Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock's "It Takes Two," and more.
PAUL WALL & STATIK SELEKTAH - "OVERCAME" (ft. BENNY THE BUTCHER)
Paul Wall and Statik Selektah are releasing their new collab LP Give Thanks on Thanksgiving (when else?), and its new single "Overcame" features Benny the Butcher, who's been on a roll this year.
03 GREEDO & KENNY BEATS - "DISCO SHIT" (ft. FREDDIE GIBBS)</>
03 Greedo & Kenny Beats have dropped a minimal, melodic collab with a mile-a-minute guest verse from Freddie Gibbs.
ACTION BRONSON & THE ALCHEMIST - "DMTRI"
Action Bronson always sounds right at home over a permastoned, jazzy Alchemist beat.
BAD BUNNY - "VETE"
Bad Bunny continues his unstoppable reign with this new jam that sees him exploring his more chilled-out side.
BIG FREEDIA - "LOUDER" (FT. ICONA POP)
New Orleans bounce superstar and queen diva Big Freedia turns it up on her new single, which features electropop duo Icona Pop. "Louder is just that: I’m coming louder and stronger on all fronts this next year," Freedia says.