This week, Pharrell Williams’ N.E.R.D released a new album that features Kendrick Lamar, and MGMT dropped an eccentric new single.
N.E.R.D — “Don’t Don’t Do It!” (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
With writing from Frank Ocean and an impactful verse from Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams’ N.E.R.D takes on police brutality on the rock-influenced “Don’t Don’t Do It!” a highlight from the group’s self-titled, fifth studio album.
SZA — “The Weekend” (Calvin Harris Remix)
Continuing in the spirit of his latest album, “Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1,” Scottish producer Calvin Harris released an upbeat, funk take on SZA’s contemplative, hit single “The Weekend,” with an album cover that references the Matisse painting “Dance.”
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah — “Freedom Is A Word” (feat. Vic Mensa)
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, an acclaimed jazz trumpeter from New Orleans, teams with Chicago rapper Vic Mensa on the dark single “Freedom Is A Word,” a social commentary on the epidemic of violence in Mensa’s hometown.
Ravyn Lenae — “Sticky”
Chicago pop singer Ravyn Lenae’s best track to date, “Sticky,” comes courtesy of the 19-year-old wunderkind and Kendrick Lamar producer Steve Lacy, who joins Lenae’s electric falsetto with bright layers of his signature, guitar-led sound.
MGMT — “When You Die”
MGMT follows the release of its best song in years with the eccentric and psychedelic single “When You Die.” Seemingly narrated from the perspective of Death, the song is accompanied by a disturbingly hallucinatory music video.