Vic Mensa feat. Thundercat: Strawberry Louis Vuitton

Chicago-based rapper Vic Mensa teams up with singer and musician Thundercat and R&B vocalist Maeta for the glorious “Strawberry Louis Vuitton.” Produced by Mensa, Thundercat, El Michels Affair and Johan Lenox, the soulful love song was partly inspired by Virgil Abloh. “I made ‘Strawberry Louis Vuitton’ while watching one of Virgil’s last LV films; the one with Saul Williams,” the rapper explains in a statement. …

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A radical rework, an ode to a legendary singer-songwriter, a duo of mellow yet spirited tracks and more

Jamila Woods: Boundaries New from Chicago-based singer, songwriter and poet Jamila Woods, “Boundaries” is the artist’s first solo track since 2020’s “Sula (Paperback)” and it’s smooth, soulful and mellow yet spirited. The song is about “the negotiation between private and shared space in a new relationship, the risk involved in letting someone get close enough to see your rough edges,” she says in a statement. …

Thundercat: Thousand Knives (Ryuichi Sakamoto Cover)

From To The Moon And Back: A Tribute To Ryuichi Sakamoto—an album made in honor of the Japanese composer, musician, singer, producer and actor—comes a Thundercat (aka Stephen Lee Bruner) cover version of “Thousand Knives.” The title track from Sakamoto’s debut solo album, the 1978 version is a sweeping and swirling 10-minute electronic piece, while Thundercat’s cover is a radical rework—most notably adding English vocals—that …