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Noname: Song 33 With references to George Floyd and Toyin Salau, “Song 33” by rapper, poet, producer and activist Noname is presumably a response to J Cole’s recent, widely lambasted release, on which he criticizes and tone-polices her. Over the mellow Madlib-produced beat, Noname (aka Fatimah Warner) meditates, “Wow, look at him go / He really ’bout to write about me while the world is in …

Anderson .Paak: Lockdown

Beginning with sirens and chanting, Anderson .Paak’s “Lockdown” is unmistakably a protest song—despite his inimitable, gentle lilt. “Cause they throw away Black lives like paper towels / Plus unemployment rate what? 40 million now / Killed a man in broad day, might never see a trial / We just wanna break chains like slaves in the south / Started in the north end but we …

Anderson Paak + Knxwledge: Lyk Dis

Anderson.Paak and Knxwledge simultaneously announced their first LP as a collaborative outfit called NxWorries and released a track from it. Having worked together on an EP last year, Paak (who recently collaborated with Mac Miller) and Knxledge (who has produced for Kendrick Lamar and Joey Bada$$) will release Yes Lawd 21 October through Stones Throw Records. The just-released song “Lyk Dis” is super-soulful, sexy and …