As the mundanity of Monday settles in, there’s no better way to jump-start the week than by catching up on the latest and greatest tracks. On this week’s MERRY JANE Playlist, we’re spinning everything from new Run the Jewels, to the first song in 18 years by shoegaze rock idols the Jesus and Mary Chain. Give them a listen and get your week started right!
Curren$y - Defenseless
Known as one of the most consistent and prolific rhymers in the game, the kush-loving rapper Curren$y dropped a refreshingly real track about the racism and injustice that minorities are subjected to on a daily basis. The new song was dedicated to ex-NFL player Joe McKnight, who was unlawfully shot and killed in a road rage incident by a man shouting racial and homophobic slurs.
Ab-Soul - Threatening Nature
As one of the many highlights on his new album DWTW, “Threatening Nature” is an Ab-Soul seminar on corrupt politics and sexism. Despite the heavy subject matter, Soulo keeps his witty rhymes in tact throughout the track, finishing strong with two cheeky lines: “Hillary Clinton is out somewhere tryna get ahead in the senate/I’m getting head and I’m sinning, nigga I’m threatening nature.”
Run the Jewels - Legend Has It
This past week, the hard-hitting dynamic duo of Killer Mike and El-P got back to business with a release date for their highly anticipated third studio album under their Run the Jewels moniker. Along with the announcement, Run the Jewels also dropped the thunderous single “Legend Has It,” a triumphant track where the two slick rhyme-spitters cover everything from dropping acid to having a “unicorn horn for a cock.”
Kehlani - Advice
This past week, R&B up-and-comer Kehlani accompanied the announcement of her debut album SweetSexySavage with the heartbreaking and soulful single “Advice.” The track explores the lessons that come with failed love, likely influenced by her relationship with NBA all-star and former boyfriend Kyrie Irving. It’s perfect for anyone going through a romantic rough patch.
Lil Yachty (feat A$AP Ferg) - Terminator
Last week, Lil Yachty and A$AP Ferg went on a collaborative rampage over the Maaly Raw-produced track “Terminator,” The two eclectic rhymers go back and forth with verses over the bubbly beat, showcasing their unique flows and playful lines. You know you’re in for a wild ride when Lil Yachty starts the song by rapping, “Damn, I might just fuck on my Uber driver.”
YG (Feat Lil Wayne) - Trill
It’s been a busy year for Compton-based rapper YG, who started a new anthem for the outspoken with the controversial and viral track “Fuck Donald Trump,” and also released new clothing for his 4hunnid imprint. This past week, Red Bull’s 20 Before 17 music series released a collab between YG and Lil Wayne, both of whom go in on the West Coast-style track called “Trill.” The Boi-1da production starts off with a strong verse by Weezy, then YG uses the rest of the smooth beat to prove that West Coast gangsta rap is still alive and well.
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Amputation
Back with a new track for the first time since their 1998 album Munki, Scottish indie band the Jesus and Mary Chain have rejuvenated a more mature version of their shoegaze roots on the new song “Amputation.” Though they’ve been out of the game for awhile, the catchy and distorted single should create a lot of buzz for their upcoming album Damage and Joy, which is scheduled to drop March 24, 2017.
Jazz Cartier - PREE
Canadian rapper Jazz Cartier is new on the hip-hop scene, but he’s already making waves with the moody and mind-numbing new track “PREE.” The single throws shade at those biting his style—a move that hasn’t prevented him from hustling his way to the top of Toronto’s food chain. The new track proves that Jazz Cartier plans to continue building on the hype generated earlier this year from his well received mixtape Hotel Paranoia.
Bonobo (feat. Rhye) - Break Apart
Anything created by the British producer Bonobo is sure to take you into a dreamscape of some sort, and with indie R&B duo Rhye by his side, that dreamscape is a magical one. On the new collab “Break Apart,” Bonobo lays out his tastefully minimalist production for the immaculate voice of Rhye singer Milosh to soar over. The soulful electro track will be featured on Bonobo’s upcoming album Migration, which drops Jan. 13.
Wiz Khalifa - Young Millionaires
Fresh off of this summer’s High Road Summer Tour with Snoop Dogg, Pittsburgh rapper and cannabis connoisseur/entrepreneur Wiz Khalifa recently celebrated the fourth anniversary of his chart-topping album “O.N.I.F.C” by dropping a trio of unreleased tracks. On “Young Millionaires,” a younger Wiz raps valiantly about his rise to wealth. The unreleased material is the perfect song to sit back, stack dough, and smoke dro to.
J. Cole - False Prophets
After being holed up in the studio for two years, North Carolina rapper J. Cole has finally risen to the occasion with his new album 4 Your Eyez Only. Before dropping the record last weekend, Cole released the single “False Prophets,” a painfully honest track that many think throws shade towards Kanye West. On the exclusive single, Cole talks about being disappointed and ultimately resenting his idol, spitting, “I believed him when he said his shit was purer, and he the type of nigga swear he real but all around him fake.”
MØ - Final Song (Jauz X Diplo Remix)
If you’re looking for something to warm you up before you hit the club next weekend, try the Jauz and Diplo remix of the Danish singer MØ’s catchy track “Final Song.” The remix takes the atmospheric pop original and turns it into a tropical and uptempo banger. Los Angeles-based DJ extraordinaires Diplo and Jauz twist this heartfelt song into an energizing jolt.