As Music Week draws to a close, HYPEBEAST has rounded up the best projects for the latest episode of Best New Tracks.
This week’s list is led by YoungBoy releases Never Broke Again, Shenseea and Megan Thee Stallion and 2 Chainz with Moneybagg Yo and Beatking, who dropped the mixtape Colors, the collaboration cut “Lick” and the single “Pop Music” respectively. Also joining this week’s list of offers from Fred again… featuring Romy and Haai, Fly Anakin and Madlib, Guapdad 4000, Che Noir, Lana Del Rey, Brahny and Honey Dijon along with Dave Giles II, Cor.Ece and Mike Dunn.
YoungBoy never broke again – Colors
Less than a month after the fall Bayou With Birdman, YoungBoy Never Broke Again is back with the mixtape Colors. His debut project of 2021 features 20 tracks and a single appearance by Quando Rondo on “Gangsta”, and is also billed as his first solo album since 2021. Sincerely, Kentrell.
Stallion Shenseea x Megan Thee – “Lick”
Shenseea kicks off its 2022 with the Megan Thee Stallion-assisted cut, “Lick.” The new single marks the DONDA collaborator first single from her debut album ALPHA, which premieres March 11 and is produced by Murda Beatz. “Lick” hears a snippet of “Work” by Pupa Nas T and Denise Belfon, which is then re-imagined by Shenseea in the track’s hook.
2 Chainz x Moneybagg Yo x Beatking – “Pop Music”
As 2 Chainz prepare to release their new album DOPE DON’T SELL on February 4, he tapped Moneybagg Yo and Beatking for the record’s second single “Pop Music”. The cut follows “Million Dollars Worth Of Game”, which featured 42 Dugg and was released earlier this month. Fans can also purchase exclusive albums, customizable lithographs, and limited-edition autographed CDs from the 2 Chainz website.
Fred again… x Romy x Haai – “Lights Out”
Fred once again… teamed up with Haai and Romy of xx for the new “Lights Out” cut. The GRAMMY-nominated producer revealed in a declaration, “I started this song on my laptop on a train to the Scottish Highlands and immediately sent it to Romy and Teneil (Haai) because it felt super special.” He added, “Romy’s lyrics and vocals are like a hug from a rave angel.”
Fly Anakin x Madlib – “No Dough”
Fly Anakin officially announced his first studio album Franc with the release of his new single “No Dough” featuring the legendary Madlib. Clocking in at one minute and 30 seconds, the track is Fly Anakin’s reflection of his journey into that current at some point, and is also a reaffirmation of his self-worth. Franc is set to include the 2021 singles “Ghost” and “Sean Price” and will be released on March 11.
Guapdad 4000 – “I need bands”
Guapdad 4000 rings in the new year with “I Need Bands”, his LL Cool J inspired cut produced by Link+Up. The slow jam pays homage to “I Need Love” and arrives with an accompanying music video directed by Paul Middleton, which sees the rapper enjoying a lavish trip to Miami.
Che Black – food for thought
Che Noir is back with his latest feature film, Food for thought. The 12-track project features guest appearances from Ransom, 38 Spesh and 7xvethegenius, and is produced by CartuneBeatz, Tricky Trippz, Chupz, JR Swiftz, Motif Alumni and Noir herself. “I wrote and recorded Food for Thought during one of the darkest and most trying times of my life,” she said in a statement. “I turned my thoughts to a full meal.”
Lana Del Rey – “Watercolor Eyes”
The rumors are true – Lana Del Rey recorded a song for the second season of the HBO show Euphoria titled “Eyes in watercolor”. The cut was first teased in the preview for the series’ January 23 episode and will be included in the official soundtrack which will be released on February 25.
Brahny – “Nimbus”
Brahny ushers in the new year with his latest single, “Nimbus.” The three-minute dreamy cut arrives with a self-directed music video, and features choreography and performance by Jessica Mak and Brayden Cair. “The video is inspired by 嫦娥 from Chinese folklore and her loving man loved her even though she was a moon goddess,” he revealed in a statement.
Honey Dijon x Dave Giles II x Cor.Ece x Mike Dunn – “Work”
Honey Dijon tapped lyricist Dave Giles II, Brooklyn singer-songwriter Cor.Ece and house legend Mike Dunn for their new track “Work.” The three-minute cut (six minutes for the extension) is billed as the fourth single from his forthcoming album. Black Girl Magic!, which was first announced in 2020.