If the only song you know by Jidenna is his “Fancy” rework “Classic Man,” you are surely missing out. Between “Classic Man’s” release and last Friday’s release of his debut album The Chief, Jidenna has released many conscious hip-hop singles, performed at award shows on MTV and BET, and had a short, recurring role on HBO’s hit series Insecure. On his full-length debut, Jidenna demonstrates his musical and artistic versatility. The Chief’s tracklisting is comprised of a delightful mix of conscious rap, party anthems and love songs. On a remix of the album’s current single “The Let Out,” Jidenna teamed up with Quavo from Migos to create a song that shows off both parties’ vocal and rhyming abilities.
After years of penning songs and contributing guest vocals, Albanian singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha has finally released the first half of her debut album All Your Fault. The first six songs from the twelve track collection reminisce about an ex-boyfriend of Rexha’s who ended their relationship via text message. Almost every one of the songs is poised to be a hit, but the contender for Rexha’s next single is “Small Doses.” The track “Small Doses,” best shows off Rexha’s lyrical and vocal abilities and her knack for appealing to emotions. The second half of All Your Fault is set to be released this April.
Two months after leaving Fifth Harmony, Camila Cabello has made her post-departure debut on Cashmere Cat’s new single “Love Incredible.” One of the reasons Cabello chose to leave the girl group was to have the freedom to write her own lyrics and create her own sound. While Cabello’s vocal abilities are overshadowed by Cashmere Cat’s production, her lyrical ability as a solo act appears to be promising.
On Future’s self-title fifth studio album, the trap-pioneer gives us a more personal look at his life. With minimalistic production and the absence of vocal collaborations, Future allows us to hear his lyrical ability and the emotion the rapper puts into each of his songs.
Tropical house producer Kygo has teamed up with the face of mid-tempo pop, Selena Gomez, to create a break-up anthem for the ages. The collaboration “It Ain’t Me,” seems to take shots at Gomez’s ex Justin Bieber, with lyrics like “Who’s waking up to drive you home / when you’re drunk and all alone.” Given that both parties are given equal billing on the song’s credits, both Kygo and Gomez are setting the bar high for what’s to come later this year.