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The Round-Up is Okayplayer’s weekly playlist of the best songs in the worlds of hip-hop and R&B. This week’s set features new music from Flying Lotus, Steve Lacy, Yaya Bey, Lupe Fiasco, and more.
Scroll through selections from this week’s sequence of the best songs below and subscribe to Okayplayer’s Spotify channel today.
Steve Lacy – “Mercury”
Steve Lacy officially announces his sophomore album, Gemini Rights, with a buttery and bossa-tinged vocal workout. The self-produced follow-up to Lacy’s 2019 debut, Apollo XXI, is out later this summer via RCA.
Flying Lotus featuring Devin Tracy – “You Don’t Know”
Flying Lotus signals a new project may be in the works with this spacious, full-flutter r&b number, which is one of two new cuts out today from the Brainfeeder chief and producer.
E L U C I D featuring Pink Siifu, Quelle Chris, and billy woods – “Sardonyx”
Pink Siifu, Quelle Chris, billy woods reunite with E L U C I D on a steel-toed selection from the New York rapper’s stellar new solo album, I Told Bessie, which is out now via Backwoodz Studioz. Grab a limited edition copy of the album on vinyl via Bandcamp today.
Lupe Fiasco – “Drill Music in Zion”
Lupe Fiasco glides over a lush, horn-heavy loop on the title-track of his upcoming album, DRILL MUSIC IN ZION, which is set to arrive next Friday, June 24th via 1st and 15th Too.
Yaya Bey – “Big Daddy Ya”
A syrupy late-night anthem off the new Yaya Bey album, Remember Your North Star, which is out today via Bid Dada.
VIP Skylark – “Rhinestone Cowboy”
VIP Skylark gives a Madvillain classic a massive drill overhaul on this sturdy standout from the rapper’s new album, As Above So Below.