Saying that this was a good week in hip-hop is like saying the Super Bowl is a good day for football. In case you haven't heard, Los Angeles rapper Kendrick Lamar hopped on a Big Sean track and proceeded to single-handedly raise the stakes of the industry. Then, as if rap didn't already have enough drama, we saw the release of a new Earl Sweatshirt song that features Frank Ocean addressing his recent incident with Chris Brown. Outside of rap, we also have new tunes from King Krule, Kwes, Cults, Juana Molina, and an especially beautiful track from producer Jon Hopkins featuring Purity Ring. Check out all the ear candy below.
"Control (HOF)" (feat. Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica)
Sure, Kendrick Lamar calls out A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big K.R.I.T., Mac Miller, Wale, and more (not to mention Big Sean and Jay Electronica, who are featured on the track), but his verse is less of a diss track and more of a call to raise the bar. Now it's everyone else's job to show them they can.
Singer/producer Kwes is about to drop his debut solo LP, ilp. "36" is the newest taste from the record and shows the London artist offering a heartfelt ode to his grandparents.
King Krule once again proves that he's one of the most exciting young voices in music with his vocals a thing of soggy, half-rapped beauty. Superb.
Experimental folk artist Juana Molina returns after a half-decade absence with the beautiful "Eras." With an off-kilter rhythm and spare vocals, the track shows the Argentinian artist to be as wonderfully idiosyncratic as ever.
"Sunday" (feat. Frank Ocean)
Though he doesn't name names, Frank Ocean's verse on "Sunday" couldn't be about anyone but Chris Brown. The R&B crooner takes a break from rapping to let Brown know how he really feels while still maintaining the sensitivity and charm we love from the guy.
"I Can Hardly Make You Mine"
New York retro-pop band cults return with a slightly heavier sound on new track "I Can Hardly Make You Mine." Though the track has a vaguely psych-pop lean, Madeline Follin's vocals are as airy as ever.
"Breathe This Air" (Feat. Purity Ring)
Jon Hopkins is one of the most exciting electronic producers working right now, so it's exciting to hear that him re-imagine his track "Breathe This Air" with Purity Ring in tow. With Megan James' vocals added, the track gains an ethereal edge that we love.