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  • Jay Z, Air Credits, Jamila Woods Elevate Top Songs Of The Week - July 2-8

    Fri, 08 Jul 2016 14:36:28

    Jay Z, Air Credits, Jamila Woods Elevate Top Songs Of The Week - July 2-8 -

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    The social issues that envelop our nation have been at the tips of everyone's tongues this week and that has been reflected in many of the new songs released. Swizz Beatz and Scarface teamed up on "Sad News," with the rapper delivering lines about the KKK and Donald Trump. Miguel sings about how tired he is of all the unnecessary death in "How Many." Local Natives crisis in "Fountain of Youth" may be more interior and existential, nonetheless it reflects the state of the modern condition and the desire for change with lyrics like "I think we'd better listen to these kids / We can't keep pretending we know what we're doin'."

    However, not every new song released this week was centered around politics or existential crises. Gucci Mane released "On Me," which features a verse from Tupac. Ryan Walker talks about how he likes to see his home on the folk ballad "The Roundabout." nonkeen delivered the iridescent "Glow." And that was only the beginning for a week filled with songs from all over the music map.

    Here are our favorites:




    Jay Z - "spiritual"

    Jay Z's new song "spiritual" calls out police brutality and how many people just want to "do good," but aren't afforded the opportunity. It's a poignant track, especially after a week that saw tension between denizens and law enforcement once again reach an apex.


    Jamila Woods - "LSD" [ft. Chance the Rapper]

    Jamila Woods and Chance the Rapper have worked together before, most famously on "Sunday Candy." Her new song "LSD" is searching the depths for child-like love, like she once found while staring at Lake Michigan.


    James Vincent McMorrow - "Rising Water"


    The synthpop-y "Rising Water" is more buoyant than the somber songs we've heard from James Vincent McMorrow in the past. It makes us only more excited for his upcoming third album, "We Move."


    Air Credits - "All I Need"

    Air Credits sees rapper ShowYouSuck team up with DJ duo The Hood Internet. "All I Need" is explosive fun. There is no way not to have a good time when listening to this track and it couldn't be more necessary after the past week.

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff
    07.08.16

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