R&B/Hip-Hop Fresh Picks of the Week: Kendrick Lamar, Tyla, Big Sean & More

R&B/Hip-Hop Fresh Picks of the Week: Kendrick Lamar, Tyla, Big Sean & More


Kendrick Lamar, Tyla, Big Sean – In the bustling landscape of contemporary R&B and hip-hop, the weekend of March 22nd brought forth a seismic shift as Kendrick Lamar resurfaced with a culture-defining verse on Future & Metro Boomin’s latest album. This lyrical bombshell, landing direct hits on Drake, J. Cole, and the notion of “The Big 3,” sent shockwaves rippling through the industry. However, amidst this rap saga, emerging talents in both genres continue to make waves, shaping the soundscape with their fresh and innovative offerings.


Main Highlights:

  1. Kendrick Lamar’s Provocative Verse: Lamar’s incendiary contribution to Future and Metro Boomin’s track “Like That” set the stage for one of the year’s most significant rap narratives. With pointed jabs at Drake and J. Cole, Kendrick reignited a longstanding feud, promising an electrifying showdown in the world of hip-hop.
  2. Tyla’s Debut Album: Amidst the rap turmoil, South African amapiano sensation Tyla unveiled her highly anticipated debut studio album, showcasing a fusion of Afropop, dancehall, and R&B. Tracks like “Jump,” featuring Gunna and Skillibeng, exemplify Tyla’s magnetic presence and undeniable talent, hinting at a scorching summer ahead.
  3. Big Sean’s Resurgence: Detroit wordsmith Big Sean returned from hiatus with “Precision,” a dynamic track affirming his enduring prowess in the rap game. Against the backdrop of infectious production, Sean delivers sharp lyricism, signaling a revitalized chapter in his career.
  4. SiR’s Soulful Resonance: SiR’s long-awaited album, “Heavy,” delves into themes of addiction, love, and redemption, culminating in the soul-stirring ballad “Brighter.” With gospel-infused melodies and poignant lyrics, SiR offers a beacon of hope amidst the album’s introspective depths.

Emerging Artists to Watch:

  1. Forrest Claudette: With the upcoming release of their EP “Jupiter,” Forrest Claudette captivates audiences with the haunting allure of “Gold,” a compelling blend of introspective lyricism and contemporary R&B sensibilities.
  2. Bairi’s Seductive Charm: Hailing from Hershey, Pennsylvania, Bairi enchants listeners with the sultry allure of “Come My Way.” With velvety vocals and intoxicating melodies, Bairi sets the stage for her forthcoming debut project, “Fire Siren.”

Conclusion: As Kendrick Lamar’s fiery verse ignites rap rivalries and dominates headlines, the R&B and hip-hop landscape continues to evolve with a diverse array of talent. From Tyla’s infectious rhythms to SiR’s soulful introspection, these fresh picks offer a glimpse into the vibrant future of urban music, promising an exciting journey ahead for enthusiasts and artists alike.

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