The week’s lineup for The Queue features some new selections from Ravyn Lenae, Turnstile, 2 Chainz, Gunna, The Black Panther Soundtrack, and throwbacks from Cam’ron.
Ravyn Lenae – Crush EP
Coming just in time for Valentine’s Day, Ravyn Lenae’s newest EP, “Crush” is going to bring out all of the feelings you have for boo. The Steve Lacy-produced project brings together a classic funk sounds with Lanae’s modern vocals that compete with Minnie Ripperton‘s iconic range.
Turnstile – “Moon“
The fourth single off of their upcoming album, Time & Space, Turnstile is continuing their dominant run within the punk scene. Following their singles “I Don’t Wanna Be Blind“, “Generator“, and “Real Thing,” this latest offering provides a more laid back sound than the rest. Keep an eye out for Time & Space and check out the minimalist video for “Moon” below.
Gunna – Drip Season 3
Gunna comes off his rise in 2017 with his first project of 2018, Drip Season 3. Combining light instrumentals and the trending autotuned vocal style from Atlanta’s youngest generation, Gunna’s project isn’t a big surprise, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth giving a listen.
Standout tracks: “Oh Okay (Feat. Young Thug & Lil Baby)” and “Car Sick (feat. NAV & Metro Boomin)
2 Chainz – “The Play Don’t Care Who Makes It“
2 Chainz‘s latest offering comes after the completion of the first season of his newest Viceland show, Most Expensivest, and it seems like the high life has had an impact on Tity Boi. Filled with laid-back beats and 2 Chainz’s notorious smooth flow, this EP oozes lavishness.
Kendrick Lamar – Black Panther The Album: Music From and Inspired By
Kendrick Lamar taps on a laundry list of stars for this compilation of Black excellence. The companion album to the highly anticipated movie, Black Panther, is just as political as the film and manages to be just as consumable. Rather than overburdening the album with political sentiment, Kendrick is able to hone in on his ability to balance political sentiment with truly great music. The entire project is incredible, so much that we couldn’t pick out just two tracks as standouts.
Cam’ron – Purple Haze
Dipset is back. Dipset is forever and to celebrate, I just want to remind you how incredible Killa Cam is – note, his excellence wasn’t temporary. Cam’ron’s Purple Haze wasn’t isn’t the project that first comes to mind, and that is a travesty. Sure “Hey Ma” and “Oh Boy” slap, but when was the last time you listened to Purple Haze, if you ever have? Go put this album on and take in the laid back revolutionary sound of Cam’ron.
Standout Tracks: “Down and Out” and “Killa Cam / Roll That Skit“
With a background in studying pop culture, philosophy and literature; Nate takes an almost academic approach in thinking about the things he loves whether its punk, hip hop, the NBA or art.