#7SONGSAWEEK REVIEW / by Noor Kalouti

Hello all! Muffakirah here.

This week’s post is a #7days7songs article; I’ve discovered a lot of new music and I want to share the love! On this roundup, we have new releases from Toro Y Moi, Mick Jenkins, and an especially unique track by Tyler, The Creator.

In comparison other roundups, this one is brief. I’m practicing writing less and saying more, but with that said all the essential track info is still there. I have another article coming out this week, and it’s gonna be one of a kind! I’m very excited, stay tuned!

Alright, let’s boogie.

1.Shame: Summer Walker

I discovered this song at around midnight last Thursday, scrolling through Instagram stories. The Atlanta-native blessed us with her debut album Last Day of Summer—a vulnerable compilation of self-portraits, and this one stood out to me as the most intimate. Released on LVRN Records (short for Love Renaissance), a D.I.Y record label established in 2012, Summer Walker enters the alt-pop/r&b scene with nothing short of bliss.

2. Dear Yessie: Jessie Reyez

Another female monster! Everyone and their mother knows Jessie Reyez, but not everyone is up to date with her most recent EP Being Human in Public which landed in October via Island/FMLY. This particular track unloads unto the world the realness that is Jessie Reyez, it’s a weird track, to say the least.  I personally prefer the first section of the song, but she explores two radical sides of herself in this piece.

3.Freelance: Toro Y Moi

It’s been a minute since I’ve listened to Toro Y Moi (a.k.a. Chaz Bear), but he’s pulled me right back in with that staple funky sound. I lost touch around his album Live From Trona, and dabbled with Boo Boo , but after hearing this track I remember why he’s worth keeping tabs on. Freelance dropped this week on via the independent label Mistletone records based in Melbourne, Australia.

4. Smoking Song (ft. BADBADNOTGOOD): Mick Jenkins

Oh man, this album! Mick Jenkins just recently released his album Pieces of Man via  Cinematic Music Group and I’ve been anticipating it since I reviewed What Am I To Do with Kaytranada. It’s as though he dropped this track with me in mind because BADBADNOTGOOD’s collaboration here completely redeems them from the hiccup they had with Little Dragon on Tried. What I love most about the track is the jazz, of course, but also the overall atmosphere. Its dark and sexy, and Jenkins blends into the instrumentals seamlessly. This track may not be the most popular on the album, but I had to draw attention to its peculiarity.

5. Pray For the Drip (feat. Offset): Tee Grizzley

Just skip straight to Offset’s verse, cause that’s the only reason this song is on my roundup. I’m not a fan of Tee Grizzley, formally named Terry Sanchez Wallace. It’s not that he’s a bad rapper but I find nothing unique or innovative about his flow or content. Then again, I haven’t been following for very long. Offset, however, is my man — Kiari Kendrell Cephus, a.k.a. Offset raps every track like he’s in a street battle. So quick, slick, and rhythmically dynamic.This track dropped this week in preparation for Grizzley’s album Still My Moment via Atlantic Records scheduled to drop November 9th.

6. FYT (feat. French Montana): Mihty, Jeremih, Ty Dolla $ign

What a collaboration, so many names on the writer credits. The opening of the song is perfect, though it’s not until Jeremih’s verse that I’m sold. It’s definitely a sexy track, how could it not be with all these r&b specialists. The track dropped this week on Def Jam Records and has so far received a stellar reception.

7. You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch: Tyler, The Creator.

This track is freaking hilarious. I’m not in the least surprised that Tyler, The Creator opted to re-write this iconic anti-Christmas carrol— and he urbanized it! I just can’t stop laughing and loving it. It was released this week in anticipation for the Grinch Movie premiere on November 9th. Tyler definitely leaves an impression, especially in his verse (0:55-1:16), please listen to this song you will not regret it.