Saba feat. theMIND: SIRENS

“SIRENS,” the second half of the track “BUSY/SIRENS” from Saba’s album Care for Me, is a poignant portrayal of misaccused black men. “Riding through the city / I’m young, I’m black, I’m guilty / I know one time wanna kill / They don’t know me but they fear me,” he begins his first verse. With cutting cadence, Saba tackles topics ranging from police brutality to racial profiling …

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Neo-soul, blues, hip-hop, pop and more in this week's bops

King Princess: Pussy is God With equal parts sweetness and swagger, King Princess (aka Mikaela Straus) has crafted an incredibly satisfying and infectious bop with “Pussy is God.” The singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer’s new track is glittery and polished, with plenty of synths and boom-bap percussion, but shies away from becoming overly saccharine or twee. It’s a delightfully catchy, perky pop song celebrating queer love. Earl Sweatshirt: Nowehere2go After plenty of teasing …

Earl Sweatshirt: Nowehere2go

After plenty of teasing and a three-year hiatus, Earl Sweatshirt (aka Thebe Kgositsile) has released “Nowhere2go”—a noisy, experimental track produced by Adé Hakim Sayyad. Kgositsile’s growth as an artist is evident in the ways that he finds his place on the track—fittingly, he raps about finding friendship and relief, and coming out on the other side of dark times.