• Avi Cantor

New Music Friday: 10 songs from the week that you gotta listen to

Merry New Music Friday everybody! Here are 10 songs to check out from the week:

Kid Cudi - Show Out ft. Pop Smoke & Skepta

Fans are ecstatic at the release of Kid Cudi's highly anticipated album Man on the Moon III which dropped today. The album is full of great songs along with heavy-hitting features from Trippie Redd and Phoebe Bridges, but one of the early standouts from the project was "Show Out." The track features an ominous drill instrumental with high energy performances from the late Pop Smoke, Skepta, and Cudder himself.

Vory - Ain't It Funny ft. Meek Mill

Houston's Vory is one of the best-kept secrets in the music industry. The Dreamchasers signee co-wrote Bryson Tiller's genre-defining track "Don't" and won a Grammy in 2019 for his work on The Carters' album Everything Is Love. Vory dropped his first full-length project since 2016 yesterday with the lead single "Ain't It Funny" with Meek Mill. The track is wavy, flexes Vory's writing chops, and is catchy as hell.

Mulatto - Sex Lies ft. Lil Baby

Mulatto and Lil Baby team up for "Sex Lies," a steamy yet vibey track that features a seldom-seen singing performance from ClayCo's own. The track comes off of the Queen of Da Souf deluxe album that she released today which features five new, high-energy tracks including "In n Out" with City Girls.

Lil Loaded - Right Now ft. BigKayBeezy

"Right Now" is the sixth track off of Lil Loaded's second major-label project, Criptape. Loaded and his texas counterpart BigKayBeezy rip apart the guitar notes on the instrumental. Criptape also features tracks from Florida's Hotboii as well as 1017 signee Pooh Shiesty.

Benee - Back to Black

Don't let the goofy picture fool you, Benee's rendition of Amy Winehouse's infamous "Back to Black" is dark, gloomy, and brilliant. The indie singer's ability to make Winehouse's track even eerier with a lower vocal register is impressive especially coming off of her album Hey u x, which featured more up-tempo, fun, indie-pop ballads. Moral of the story, don't sleep on Benee.

August 08 - 21 ft. YNG WeBB

88Rising's August 08 blends his unapologetically gritty, west coast roots with sweet vocals on his newest project Emotional Cuh. "21" is one of the slower R&B tracks on the album with a stripped-down, guitar instrumental. However, his Compton/LA roots kick in with a video that you'd never know was for an R&B if you turned the audio off.

Tay Money - Friendly ft. Key Glock

Tay Money and Key Glock team up for "Friendly", a track that's title does not match the persona Tay is going for. Her boisterous bars over an equally rowdy beat make for a great party song. "Friendly" comes off of her new project Blockedt with features from Mulatto and Saweetie along with Glock.

WESTSIDE BOOGIE - Outside ft. Joey Bada$$

Formerly known as just "Boogie," WESTSIDE BOOGIE teams up with New York emcee Joey Bada$$ for "Outside," a choppy, boom-bap influenced instrumental that gives the two rappers plenty of space to spar back and forth. 2020 has been a quiet year for Compton native, but the songs he has put out have given his fans an idea of who to look out for in 2021 with his features on Sainvil's "Boxed in" and Alycia Bella's "Cue the Sun."

Marc E. Bassy & Buddy - Cold

Singer/Songwriter Marc. E Bassy and Buddy team up for the funky, soulful cut "Cold". While this collaboration seems to be coming out of left field, both artists' singing chops complement the beat perfectly. The song is Bassy's first track since dropping his album PMD and it's subsequent three-track deluxe.

Sally Sossa - Star Song ft. Lil Durk

Okay okay, one more Texas act. Sally Sossa enlists the help of Lil Durk for her cut "Star Song."The track is an ode to hustling that sees both rappers use melodic flows over a guitar laced, trap beat. Sossa is best known for her tracks "GMFU," "A Letter To The Streets," and "Who You Are."