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This Is Your World – [Shy Girls]

Though it is only about a year old, the Keep Cool imprint some serious weight behind it. Under the RCA umbrella, Keep Cool was co-created by  Tunji Balogun, who, if you’re wondering, has played an instrumental role in the career of SZA, Khalid, Bryson Tiller, H.E.R., and Goldlink (just to name a few). Just yesterday, the imprint announced the “Keep Cool Projects”, described on  Twitter as a “forum for events, visual content, everything-in-between + a way for us to release music we love that might otherwise get lost in traditional systems.” The first project? “This Is Your World”: a smooth, understated effort from Portland crooner, Shy Girls. With a plunging bass, steady drums, and a smooth guitar solo that rounds out the effort, the track gives off some jazzy vibes. Vocally, Shy Girls impresses with his gliding, feathery vocals that, when juxtaposed with the bass-driven boardwalk, provide a unique flavor, and the final result is a song that I can’t seem to keep off of repeat. That said, “This Is Your World” is the first single off Shy Girls’ forthcoming album, Bird on the Wing, set to drop this spring. Be sure to keep a close eye on the Keep Cool Projects as well. With major …

Justine’s Interlude – [Goldlink]

District of Columbia emcee Goldlink resurfaces with a new single via Color Studios entitled “Justine’s Interlude.” 2018 was a relatively quiet year for Goldlink after releasing his RCA debut album ‘At What Cost’ in 2017. If you’re familiar with Goldlink’s discography then you know his music has a deeper underlying meaning behind it the majority of the time. “Justine’s Interlude” speaks out against domestic abuse. If you’re unfamiliar with the backstory Justine Skye came out with a song titled “Build” that talks about her experience with a domestic abuser. Her alleged abuser Sheck Wes has yet to speak out about these allegations, but it’s good to see more men holding others accountable for their actions especially in the music industry. Skye showed her gratitude by retweeting the post with a heart emoji and saying “thank you” Watch Goldlink flow effortlessly on “Justine’s Interlude” below.

Lost – [Brent Faiyaz]

Brent Faiyaz released his new Lost EP on Friday and already has us begging for more. The Baltimore native released the EP off the heels of his “Gang Over Luv” video from his debut album, Sonder Son, released back in October of 2017. His newest EP shines a light on the journey Brent has experienced since his newfound fame. From his collaborative achievements with Sonder and his platinum single with GoldLink and Shy Glizzy, Faiyaz has found time to update his fans on the journey so far. The Sonder frontman tackles subjects ranging from his life as a growing Black man in America, self-reliance, trust and the struggles of adjusting to the success of his career. Known for his dense writing ability the six-track, 19-minute EP serves as a great appetizer for fans who have been craving new content from the young vocalist. Listen to the new EP from Brent Faiyaz below and give us your thoughts in the comment section!

Pretty Little Fears – [6LACK] feat. [J. Cole]

6LACK continues his hot streak with the release of his newest video featuring J. Cole for his song, “Pretty Little Fears.” This is 6LACK’s second music video from his recently released sophomore album, East Atlanta Love Letter, but his first collaboration debut with the famed Dreamville MC. Directed by Matthew Dillon Cohen, who has directed videos for GoldLink, Clairo and Joji builds on his impressive visual storytelling career. The new video follows 6LACK and Cole as they confront the women in their lives about their past relationships and future plans. The cinematic visual goes from shots of the ocean to a high school gym then an abandoned carnival, with the focal point being the two main characters and their love interest. Check out 6LACK’s new video featuring J. Cole for “Pretty Little Fears” and give us your thoughts in the comment section!

JuiceWalk – [SuckaFreeJuice]

The DMV has birthed some of the most influential acts in hip-hop over the last decade. Despite the musical gravitation to places like New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta, the DMV has been a consist supplier of talent. Incredible acts like Timbaland, Pharrell, Missy Elliot, GoldLink, Shy Glizzy and DRAM all call the DMV their home. One of the areas most promising rising artist, SuckaFreeJuice, is making some of the hottest music out right now. Not much is known about the DMV native other than his deep back catalogue which features three mixtapes and a handful of singles, all showcasing the MC’s clever wordplay and pop culture references. His most recent song, “JuiceWalk,” is dripping in confidence using his unique style to dismantle the trunk-rattling production. Needless to say, SuckaFreeJuice has something special on his hands and we are eager to see what the evolving rapper has in store for us next. Listen to SuckaFreeJuice’s “JuiceWalk” below and tell us what you think of the promising DMV rapper in the comment section!

It Runs Through Me – [Tom Misch] feat. [De La Soul]

Tom Misch, the U.K. instrumentalist and vocalist has released his latest music video for his song, “It Runs Through Me.” The song comes off of Misch’s recently released album, Geography, which featured the likes of GoldLink and Loyle Carner. His newest video turns the clock back capturing a recording studio in the late 70’s as Misch and members are draped in brightly colored leisure suits. The groovy aesthetic compliments the songs funky nature providing viewers with the perfect representation of the song’s far out energy. The song itself is an ode to music, the power that sound has to change moods, lives, feelings, situations and people. A special moment in the video comes from the song’s iconic feature from the legendary, Pos of De La Soul. Watch Tom Misch’s funky new video for “It Runs Through Me” below and tell us your thoughts in comment section!

Got Friends – [GoldLink] feat. [Miguel]

GoldLink and Miguel have teamed up to release the cinematic video for their summer smash, “Got Friends.” Although the video does not actually feature an appearance from GoldLink, it does feature Miguel as one of the main characters. More of a short film than a music video, director Christian Sutton follows the paranormal experiences of three women leaving a late-night diner for a night out on the town. Coming to face with an array of characters, including Miguel, the three women become the targets for something nefarious and supernatural as their fun-filled night listening to “Got Friends” takes a hellish turn for the worst. The abstract take on the duo’s summer hit delivers on all fronts leaving you with questions that can only be answered by watching the video again and again. Check out the new video for GoldLink and Miguel’s “Got Friends” below and share your thoughts with us in the comments!

Head In The Clouds – [88rising]

88rising’s influence on the culture along with their ever-expanding team of artists becomes more & more untouchable by the day and now, we have just been given the biggest project in its labels history. Entitled Head In The Clouds, the 17-track effort features the regular squad consisting of Keith Ape, Rich Brian, Joji and the Higher Brothers followed by a massive list of guest appearances including Playboi Carti, Famous Dex, Yung Bans, BlocBoy JB and Goldlink amongst several others. Not only is the feature-list bursting with artists, the production on the record came from the likes of MurdaBeatz, Southside, Oren Yoel as well as the in-house talents of AUGUST 08 and many more throughout. Whether or not you were digging the singles in Japan 88 with Famous Dex and Peach Jam with Joji and BlocBoy JB, Head In The Clouds has something for everyone looking to get into the Summer-mood and get in-tune with some of music’s most sought-after names. Go ahead and jump into Head In The Clouds and don’t miss the visuals for Japan88 and Peach Jam also at the links below:

Got Friends – [Goldlink] ft. [Miguel]

Here’s an example of a collaboration that sounds as good in reality as it does on paper. 2017 was no doubt a big year for Goldlink, with his breakout single “Crew” in contention for song of the summer, and on his latest, “Got Friends”, it seems like he’s ready to vie for that spot yet again. The DC wordsmith immediately gets in his bag on this track, letting his signature bullet-speed flow takeover on the verses. Miguel does what he does best on the hook, crooning out smooth, boastful melodies; not to mention an outro that’s bound to be a crowd pleaser at any live show this summer. West coast hit-makers The Stereotypes absolutely bodied this beat, giving it the polished potential of a summer jam combined with a raw, chopped-up style that feels tailor-made for Goldlink’s punchy delivery.

Function – [Ciscero] ft. [Goldlink] [April George] [Cheakity]

Heading into the weekend, everyone looks to find just the right anthem to soundtrack the next few days of their life, and today, we’ve found that new anthem within a new offering from Ciscero featuring Goldlink, April George, and Cheakity appropriately titled “Function”. The song itself has been out for some time, but now that it receives a well-deserved visual companion directed by Michael Bregenzer and produced by Omada Cinema, “Function” is given a beautiful, cinematic breath of new life for fans to latch onto in all of its black-and-white, illustrative value. Lyrically, this star-studded joint takes us into a thematic barrage of lyrics all surrounded by one main idea: how we all get by, day to day. It’s just the right hit to set the weekend off on the right foot, and thanks to stellar deliveries from each artist involved, “Function” bundles a massive supply of energy into an intoxicating, 4 -minute song for us all to enjoy, both visually and audibly. That being said, be sure to watch the new video below and let us know what you think in the comments!