The T.G.I.F. (February 17) edition of the DX Digest finds Queen of R&B Mary J. Blige returning with a sultry breakup ballad in the form of U + Me (Love Lesson),” a raw Flume and Pusha T collab called “Enough,” and Saga and Thelonious Martin’s Rapper Big Pooh-assisted track, “All I Know,” in the top three slots. Music from Stix, ill Camille, Kid Ink and 2 Chainz, Leaf, Fat Joe and Remy Ma, P.O.S, Parquet Courts and Bun B, as well as West Coast G-funk rapper 2Eleven and indie folk-Hip Hop artists Why? all make the eclectic list. Turn up the speakers and welcome the weekend.
Mary j. blige – “u + me (love lesson)”
Mary J. Blige has always masterfully executed songs about love and relationships, most notably on the 1995 Method Man hit, “I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need to Get By.” The veteran R&B queen is still reeling from the divorce of her husband of 10 years, Kendu Isaacs, but has turned that pain into art. Taken from her upcoming album Strength Of A Woman, “U + Me (Love Lessons)” is about bouncing back from a devastating blow. Listen above.
Flume f. Pusha T – “Enough”
Australian producer Flume is back with another banger, “Enough,” which taps the vocal talents of Pusha T. The song is basically cutting room floor material from his Skin LP that he decided to turn into the Skin Companion II EP. The four-track project comes only days after winning his first Grammy for best dance/electronic album.
Saga & thelonious martin f. rapper big pooh – “all i know”
In support of Saga and Molotov’s collaborative LP, Molotov, the Brooklyn-to-Chicago duo has shared the album’s Rapper Big Pooh-assisted single, “All I Know.” Molotov is now available through all major digital retailers and streaming outlets, via Saga 718/EMPIRE.
P.O.S – “Bully”
Doomtree’s P.O.S is heavily pushing his new album, Chill, dummy, and has dropped the new video for “Bully” featuring Moncelas Boston and Rapper Hooks. Produced by Makrrr, the beat goes hard. The video was directed by Adam DeGross.
Fat Joe & Remy Ma – “Money Showers (Live)”
After losing the Grammy for Best Rap Performance to Chance The Rapper, Fat Joe and Remy Ma moved forward with a new performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where they did a live rendition of “Money Showers,” a cut off their new collaborative album, Plata O Plomo. Ty Dolla $ign also hits the stage for a few verses.
kid ink F. 2 chainz – “swish”
After delivering Rocketshipshawty2 late last year, Kid Ink has been relatively quiet, but has scored another 3-pointer with “Swish” featuring mega-rapper 2 Chainz, which follows the single release earlier this month. In the video, the misogynistic overtones are rampant as the duo swaps verses surrounded by half-naked women shaking what their mamas gave them.
Parquet courts f. bun b – “captive of the sun”
Indie band Parquet Courts has enlisted the help of veteran UGK rapper Bun B for “Captive of The Sun,” an adventurous foray into Hip Hop and experimental rock in the “key of New York.” They also performed the track on a recent episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
2Eleven – “that’s out”
West Coast rapper 2Eleven, Earl Swavey and Mitchy Slick team up for “That’s Out,” which features production from Cypress Moreno. Full of plenty of G-funk flavor, the track definitely bumps and the young MC gives props to fellow G-funk rapper G Perico with his “shit don’t stop” line, while also dropping zingers like, “Burnin’ it down like I’m Left-Eye.”
Trey Songz – “nobody but you”
Stix – “world class”
In support of the recent announcement of the venture between Tanqueray TEN, Snoop Dogg and a bevy of entertainers, Stix, who just got off Snoop’s Puff Puff Pass Tour, has rolled through with a video for “World Class,” which is directed by Von Jackson. The Watts, California native raps all about the fancy liquor and its “world class” appeal.
ill camille f. damani nkosi – “home”
ill Camille and film company Black Daughters have teamed up for “Home” featuring Damani Nkosi. The black and white video takes viewers on a trip down memory lane in the life of the Compton artist. She also reveals Kriss Kross was her first concert along the way. That’s what’s up.
little simz – “picture perfect”
U.K. rapper Lil Simz goes full cartoon for her latest video, “Picture Perfect.” The track appears on Simz’s Stillness in Wonderland album, which was released in December.
Leaf – “FWM (Lie to me)”
New York rapper and (sometimes) Lil Yachty collaborator Leaf blows through with “FWM (Lie To Me),” which shows off her softer side while still retaining her fierceness. Produced by Soundz (Jeremih, Rae Sremmurd), it’s undeniably catchy.
WHY? – “One Mississippi”
And now for something completely different. Why? is comprised of brothers Yoni and Josiah Wolf out of Berkeley, California. Described as indie folk Hip Hop, their new track, “One Mississippi,” is as intriguing as it is different.