Fresh R & B / Hip-Hop Picks: Ye Ali, Skip Marley and more


New LVRN signer Eli Derby has released his debut single, “Gaslight”. At 18, the singer from Maryland is wise beyond his years, recounting Complex that the song is about “making sure the listener feels good, not knowing what to call their ‘situation’.” And that sometimes uncertainty can be just what you need right now. His maturity is also reflected perfectly in his music, as he sings with an impressive fervor for a newcomer of his age. Oh, and he dances a bit too!

Joseph Chilliams, “I have not been outside”

Pivot Gang’s new single from Joseph Chilliams, “I Ain’t Been Outside”, is about recovery. “I got punched with a gun, got a plate in my face forever now. I did a song about recovery attempts,” he tweeted. The Chicago rapper too describes the song as his “most personal bop to date”. Chilliams is the first artist in the group to release a solo single since the death of his colleague squeakPIVOT. Rest in peace, Squeak.

The feat of Chase B. Babyface Ray, Zona Man and GT, “365”

Chase B has teamed up with Babyface Ray, Zona Man and GT for their new single “365”. The four artists also bonded for a hockey-themed drama video full of fights, guns, and of course ice.

Ryan Trey, “selfish”

On “Selfish,” St. Louis / DC rapper-singer Ryan Trey continues a relationship that has fallen through the cracks. “I had to get lost to find myself / Along the way, I lost you / Pursuing the bag, I left you behind,” he recalls. The pensive track lasts a little over a minute and is on his new project A 64 East saga.

Ye Ali, “Sweatpants”

Ye Ali is back with another single ahead of his next EP. This time around he’s singing about his lover wearing his sweatpants, a habit and feeling too familiar to us women.

feat of Elujay. snake feet, “Luvaroq”

Newcomer Elujay took off from the New York Fashion Week show and landed straight to our reading list. “Luvaroq” is a timeless and relaxed journey, transporting listeners to the groovy world of the LA-based singer.

Denaisha, “Season of Aquarius”

It might not be Aquarius season, but Denaisha’s debut single comes out just when we need it. The raw tone and honest lyricism of the Minneapolis singer is a breath of fresh air, exciting fans for what is to come.

Lonr. feat. Coi Leray, “CUFFIN”

Last week, artist, producer and songwriter Lonr released his project, Land of nothing real 2, including the romantic track “CUFFIN” with Coi Leray. The track has a trap-like feel, refreshed by Lonr’s emotionally evocative melodies and cadences.

Skip Marley feat. Popcaan, “Vibe”

The fountain of talent that is the Marley family strikes again. Skip Marley (Bob’s grandson) teams up with Jamaican mainstay Popcaan for “Vibe”. The song is a thrilling and swaying offering, perfect for any weekend activity.

Polun ft. Gracie Ella, “Higher Ground”

Let Polun and Gracie Ella uplift you with their joint single, “Higher Ground”. With Ella’s ethereal falsetto and exhilarating production from Toronto-based Polun, you’re sure to keep this track spinning for days.


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