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New Music Roundup: Schoolboy Q, Sammie, Promises LTD. & D-Roc

Songs to dance, make money, and contemplate to.

Adrien Vargas // REVOLT

Schoolboy Q, "Neva CHange" feat. SZA

In the midst of America dealing with the deaths of two black men at the hands of police, dropping your heavily anticipated album seems like the unlikeliest thing to do. ScHoolboy Q manages to not only release a fine project, he also offers his views on some of our country's problems, ranging from drugs, violence and even child support. "Neva CHange" details some of the repetitive cycles in life and how, if unbroken, they leave misery and pain in their wake. As if he had a premonition of the events to come in recent days, Q chillingly raps "Still nervous as drivers/ You see them lights get behind us/ They pull me out for my priors/ Won't let me freeze 'fore they fire/ You say that footage a liar." The tragedy in the lyrics is Q describing his own fears and experiences before they happen almost exactly to another man, thus explaining how situations never change. —Rob Hansen

Sammie, "I'm Him"

Remember the cute lil boy named Sammie, who sang "I like the way you look at me/ I like the time we spend baby"? Well, today he released "I'm Him," a song about taking care of a woman, that shows that the cute kid is a grown man now. Sonically, it's in the vein of so-called Trap 'n' B, a mild, mid-tempo song with driving 808s, but lyrically it's a nice alternative to the melancholy musings of Young Tiller and his imitators. —Driadonna Roland

Promises LTD., "Days Of Lavender"

If Kavinsky and Tame Impala were to create a song together, I'd imagine they come up with something along the lines of "Days of Lavender." The single is actually the first release made by Promises Ltd., a duo comprised of Jeremy Malvin (who you may already know as Chrome Sparks) and Charlie Brand from the band Miniature Tigers. Their debut EP doesn't drop until August 19, but until then check out the underground dance vibe. —Sabina Palmieri

D-Roc, "Billionaire"

"I just want to be a billionaire"...isn't that the truth? Oh well, wishful thinking. But at least most of us share the same determination as multi-platinum producer D-Roc. On his self-produced track "Billionaire," the Brooklyn native expresses to listeners how money influences him and serves as a pivotal force that keeps him grinding. The lyrical confession is musically supported by Auto-Tuned vocals, which is surprisingly neither boring nor unbearable because too often do we come across the tool being abused. But obviously D-Roc's previous work with Fabolous and The Game is a clear indication of the quality of work that he brings to the table. No release date has been announced for his EP or the DJ Envy-collaborated compilation project but that's OK because the standard that D-Roc set for this track is a telltale sign of what is to expect from him soon. —Erin Ashley Simon

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