2017 started off with a bang! Artists released some great music with a blend of street anthems and soulful tracks. In no particular order, check out some of the hits that dropped in January ’17.
- Kehlani -‘Do U Dirty,’
The eleventh track from the Oakland singer/songwriter’s debut album, ‘SweetSexySavage’ resort to more of the ‘sexy’ and ‘savage’ spectrum of the album. The smooth rhythm, sultry and confident lyrics follows the confession of Kehlani’s will to not commit and avoid love, but have fun instead. Savage indeed.
- Tory Lanez-Proud Family’
Twitter went into a frenzy as Lanez ‘Proud Family’ track from his sixteenth mixtape ‘Chapter IV,’ hit viral the moment it dropped. Fans and music lovers couldn’t help but vibe to the R&B ballad that sampled one of the best Black animated cartoons of our time. For those who didn’t know before, Lanez is a master at sampling and his vocals on this track made the skill even better.
3. Migos -‘T-Shirt”
Migos have made their mark as one of the most impactful Hip-Hop groups going into 2017 with the #1 song in the country, ‘Bad and Boujee.’ T-Shirt was one of the four singles released before their second studio album, ‘Culture’ dropped, with a visually appealing video and even a pitched down version of Dem Franchize Boyz ‘White Tee,’ for the beat. Fun Fact alert!
- J.Cole – ‘High For Hours’
A month after releasing his fourth consecutive studio album, ‘4 Your Eyez Only,’ Cole dropped a political and socially driven track on Martin Luther King Jr. Day which possibly was in response to the recent unfortunate events happening in our country. He addressed a memorable encounter with 44th President Barack Obama, social issues affecting African Americans and enlightening change within us all.
5.Papoose feat. Fat Joe and Jaquae – ‘Back On My Bullsh*t,’
One of New York’s finest MCs, Papoose hasn’t lost his flow from being gone from the booth for a while. The just over two and a half minute track comes with full energy from the rapper, with hard-hitting punchlines exposing exhilaration and speed within his flow to let people know he’s certainly back at it like he never left.
- SZA – ‘Drew Barrymore,’
This sweet and smooth ballad from the Urban R&B singer’s first studio album ‘CTRL’ carries listeners through the sound of the tambourine, violin, and drums with the appealing sounds of Sza’s reggae-like voice. The song indicates insecurities in an unstable relationship, which searching to find the meaning and feeling of self-worth.
- Big Sean – ‘Moves’
Big Sean has already started the year off right with a different direction of artistic figures and a wide range symbolistic color put into his videography. ‘Moves,’ from his fourth studio album ‘I Decided,’ puts forth a motivational feel with a solid beat to boost your confidence. It’s the redemption of the rapper’s ‘Bounce Back.’
- Tinie Tempah feat. Tinashe – ‘Text From Your Ex’
This upbeat bop gives off a house party in the 90s feel with Tempah’s short but sweet lyrics, and R&B singer/songwriter and dancer Tinashe’s soft vocals adding flavor to the track. It reflects on receiving texts from your current partner’s bitter old flame and will be featured on the British rapper’s upcoming album, Youth. Beside the odds of spitefulness, it’s a good jam for a hip-hop dance break.
- Syd – ‘All About Me’
‘The Internet,’ lead vocalist released this self-motivating, smooth jam from her upcoming debut solo album, ‘Fin’ set for release Friday, February 3rd. Syd’s chilled vocal tone goes perfectly with the Steve Lacy produced beat and adds on to the anticipation for the sounds of the rest of the album.
- Fabolous and Jadakiss feat. Tory Lanez – ‘Rapture’
The New York native rappers and R&B singer/songwriter Tory Lanez, collabed on this track for Fab and Jadakiss’s new studio project, Freddy v.Jason. Produced by Vinylz & Cam O’ Bi, the song brings back early 2000s hip-hop vibes with the singer on the chorus of love, carried by a smooth beat and clever punchlines from both rappers.