The Weekâs Hottest Music

The Week’s Hottest Music

Azealia Banks leaves drama behind to spit hot rhymes over dope beats again, plus Chrisette Michele drops a future wedding classic and more

March 12, 2013


Azealia Banks takes a break from Twitter beefing, P.So and 8thW1 muse about a girl who hates hip-hop, Chrisette Michele is back with the lovey-dovey and more.

Azealia Banks, “Yung Rapunxel”

The forever Twitter beefing, passionate rap padawon just dropped “Yung Rapunxel,” and it became Twitter-trending gold. It’s an electro-dance inspired track produced by Lil Internet that is consistent with Banks’s typical style. Admittedly, the beat here is so distracting that the lyrics kinda get lost in the mix. If all else fails, keep calm and… just vogue.

Listen here.

P.So the Earth Tone King ft. 8thW1, “She Don’t”

The song’s intro leads with a trumpet hook that reminds you of Mo’ Better Blues. But when the bass drops, you know you’re listening to straight up hip-hop, which is apropos. P.So and 8thW1 trade bars back and forth about their respective lover girls with uppity tendencies. She doesn’t love hip-hop, and she hates MCs, but she loves these special guys; interesting twist on a love song. “She Don’t” can be found on P.So’s new album, The Gateway to Greatness.

Listen here.

Chrisette Michele, “A Couple of Forevers” (Video)

I sang the praises of this song when it came out earlier this year. One of the things I said was that it would be perfect for anyone looking for a wedding song. But even if not, it’s enough to induce the soft and pink in all of us. Anyway, Chrisette Michele teamed up with celebrity photographer Derek Blanks, who directed the newly released video. The setting seems to be in Europe, and the scene is Chrissie and her man holding hands, all lovey-dovey walking around the city. The classic visuals and washed-out lighting scream romance. “A Couple of Forevers” is the first single from her forthcoming album, Better, scheduled for an April 30 arrival.

Watch here.

Solange, True (Limited Edition)

Solange’s critically acclaimed EP True has been getting play for a few months now, but for those who are really into it, there’s a special limited edition version that just dropped Monday. Solange partnered with New York artist Mickalene Thomas for the special version, which comes with new artwork. The collaborative project picks up where their trailer for “Losing You” left off, and is filled with the artist’s signature vibrant colors and textures. The new True is available for purchase for $15 at US Opening Ceremony stores. Quantity is limited, so get yours asap.

Purchase here

Starrene Rhett Rocque is a pop culture junky who often fantasizes about becoming a shotgun toting B-movie heroine, and aspires to save the world from the impending #ZombieApocolypse… In reality she’s a freelance entertainment journalist/blogger who muses about music, TV, movies and love. Follow her on Twitter @GangStarrGirl.

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