Dave East, "Dead Man"
"I done seen the 4 train, I done seen the benzes," raps Dave East on the hard as nail cut, "Dead Man." At four-minutes, Dave snaps like a game of dice, delivering his signature gritty, New York flow. "Flex keep dropping bombs, that's why I'm out here flexing," he adds. With Hate Me Now behind him, the Harlem MC appears locked and loaded for the follow-up. The boy's a problem!— Ralph Bristout
Sampha, "Timmy's Prayer"
London artist Sampha makes good on his promise of new music, with an unmistakable sensible offering titled "Timmy's Prayer." It's the first new original material since 2013's Dual EP, and a departure from his frequent collaborations with SBTRKT, Katy B and Drake. "It's been awhile," he writes in a message via Twitter. "I've had a lot to process these past couple of years, as we all doo, and it's hard to articulate sometimes. I wanted to say thank you to all the people who've shown me so much love and support. I'm looking forward to start sharing my music with you again." — Shante' Merida
Khary, "2AM Thirst Ballad"
As a precusor to the release date for intern aquarium, Rhode Island rapper previously dropped his noteworthy single "2AM Thirst Ballad." However, everyone must pay further attention to his entire EP. Graduating from Swim Team captain to interning at the aquarium, Khary took his new position as an opportunity to dive deeper into the struggles of a 20-something year old trying to navigate through life. From family business and religious beliefs to finding yourself and following your dreams. The yellow raincoat rapper touches on it all for his most vulnerable, honest and relatable efforts to date. Tying "2AM Thirst Ballad" and project with some hilarious skits that rival the feeling of Kanye's The College Dropout, Khary's 11-track EP is the perfect addition to your #TuesdayMotivation playlist." — Trisha C
Samuel Proffitt, "Andre" Feat. Josh Jacobson
Samuel Proffitt & Josh Jacobson's latest single "Andre" is so raw with emotions, it has such a settling melody. You can feel the personal attachment to the song and through the lyrics: "We always want something that can’t be right for both of us / But I can't be here by myself / We always want something that can't be right for both of us / Someday I'll know what's best for me." And as you hear the personal story attached to it, it all makes sense.
The story starts with Samuel, who studied in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2012, where he made friends with another student named Andre. A few months after Samuel's departure from Russia, he received a message that Andre passed away. Fast forward a few years later, Samuel sent the demo to Josh who was set on "Andre," writing the beautiful vocals over jazz, euphoric instrumentals. This track is the next single off of Samuel Proffit's upcoming EP, Grey Notebook. — Erin Ashley Simon