The Round-Up is Okayplayer’s weekly playlist of the best songs in the worlds of hip-hop and R&B. This week’s set features new music from Nas, Brent Faiyaz, Big Boi, Rico Nasty, dvsn, and more.
Scroll through selections from this week’s sequence of the best songs below and subscribe to Okayplayer’s Spotify channel today.
Nas — “Silent Murder”
“Silent Murder” is a lost classic that was left off of It Was Written. The song finally gets a proper release. Nas is in top form here.
Common & PJ — “Imagine”
Common teams up with frequent collaborator PJ for the inspiring new single “Imagine.” Check out the video here.
Brent Faiyaz & Drake — “Wasting Time”
Singer Brent Fayaz hooks up with Drake and Pharrell for one of the smoothest cuts of 2021. Tap in.
dvsn, Ty Dolla $ign, & Mac Miller – I Believed It
This one is crazy. dvsn and Ty Dolla $ign get strong verse from Mac Miller on the soulful cut “I Believed It.”
G Herbo — “No Jail Time”
Not many do reality rap like Chicago MC G Herbo. The highlight from his new album, 25, is the searing “No Jail Time.”
Mariah The Scientist — “Aura”
Singer Mariah The Scientist returns with a new bop called “Aura.”
Big Boi, Sleepy Brown, Killer Mike — “Lower Case (no cap)”
We have ourselves a Dungeon Family reunion. Big Boi, Killer Mike, and Sleepy Brown reconnect for the molar rattling single “Lower Case (no cap).”
Rico Nasty — “Magic”
Rico Nasty is known for her mosh-pit music. But she turns the volume down in her catchy new single “Magic.”
Declaime & Madlib — “Cool Ways”
Declaime and Madlib could release a bunch of their old shit and it would still better than 90 percent of what’s dropping now.
Janelle Monáe — “Stronger”
“Stronger” is an uplifting track from the soundtrack from We The People, Netflix’s new educational show.