1. "Real Shit (ft. KYLE)" by Sophia Black
Welcome to hip-hop in the age of the Internet. Don't be fooled by the VCR aesthetic, the overalls, or the flip phones; "Real Shit" is a product of 2018. It forgoes flowery lyrics for something down-to-earth and relatable. Just in time for summer, Sophia Black and KYLE have made the cold brew of music: light, enjoyable, but still something that'll get you through your day. Is it a little weird to start your weekend off by thinking about how life's not perfect? Maybe. But where's the fun in perfection?
Check out "Real Shit" below!
2. "Twerp Verse" by Speedy Ortiz
Speedy Ortiz hasn't dropped a full-length album since 2015, but the timing couldn't be better for their comeback. With the modern wave of feminist rock that's making headlines, we've been waiting for more from the Massachusetts four-piece. Luckily for us, "Twerp Verse" doesn't disappoint. Dig out that hammock that's been sitting in your closet for months, grab your headphones, and let Speedy Ortiz get you into the summer spirit a few months early.
Check out "Twerp Verse" below!
3. "Dirty Computer" by Janelle Monáe
What do you do when you're a counter-culture pop artist, and want to celebrate the release of your new album? If you're Janelle Monáe, you release a 40-minute "emotion picture" to accompany the mood of your music. "Dirty Computer" strings one coherent plot through the songs and music videos of the album, bringing everything into one dystopian world. It's a story of drifting away from the norm, from what society expects you to be. If you're looking to kick your weekend off with some minor acts of rebellion against the world at large, "Dirty Computer" is the perfect soundtrack.
Check out "Dirty Computer" below!