New Music Roundup: Skepta, Yasiin Bey, Chris Brown, The Mall & More

Yasiin gets melodic while Chris feels heartbroken.

  /  05.06.2016

Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), “Dec 99th – N.A.W.”

I think this is a really dope came-out-of-nowhere type of track for Yasiin Bey (Mos Def). I was immediately hooked from when the beat dropped. It kind of had a Kid Cudi vibe to it, like a beat he would’ve rocked on. I think it’s a dope Yasiin sighting. He’s doing his own melodic thing, where he is harmonizing and singing. That’s a classic Mos Def feel. I don’t know if it is off of a future project or album, and I don’t know if he is still jammed up in a situation being stuck in Africa, and I don’t know where he recorded it, but I’m glad he did it.—Corey Colvin

Jairemie Alexander, “High”

For a little background on Jairemie Alexander, back in 2012 he won the lead non-speaking role in Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love” video. Following this, he signed to Zaki Rose, managed by music vets Ricardo Frazer and Wael “L” Abou-Zaki. And now, he has released a song called “High,” which really showcases his vocal abilities. Check it out above and let us know what you think. —Erin Ashley Simon

Chris Brown, “Grass Isn’t Greener”

Low-key, Chris Brown has been cruising on an undocumented musical streak that some might agree started on 2014’s X leftover “Fine China.” Since then, the R&B bad boy has dropped heat back to back, and the latest example arrives on the mid-tempo number “Grass Ain’t Greener.” The single, which is set to arrive on Breezy’s newly-announced LP Heartbreak On A Full Moon, dropped yesterday and has already amassed nearly one million views on YouTube. Heartbroken, the singer laments on a failed relationship with a girl, who was “acting like you been a player.” —Ralph Bristout

50 Cent, “No Romeo No Juliet” Feat. Chris Brown

To coincide with New York’s murky weather as of late, 50 Cent decides to crush the dreams of any woman looking for a fairy tale ending. The Southside Queens native enlists the help of Chris Brown to get a point across, regarding his ruggedness. On the uptempo, club-inspired record, the pair shouts “we pimpin,’ n—a.” As for when Street King Immortal, 50’s upcoming sixth album, arrives, no one actually knows, but I suppose this is the start.—Robert Hansen

The Mall, “Shut Up”

Los Angeles group The Mall “aren’t trying to hear it.” Even if that is the case, REVOLT readers should try listening to their latest single “Shut Up,” anyway. Comprised of MWII and Scout, the Mall have released their first collective single, touching on a typical conversation that we may have with random admirers. Has there ever been a time where you’ve said to the person, or in your head, “Shut up, I don’t want to try and hear it?” (You definitely have.) That relatable moment and the slow-paced instrumental makes this a new single for the books or, should I say, your playlist. —E.A.S.

Skepta, “Lyrics” Feat. Novelist

It’s a damn good Friday in music. Especially because everyone’s homeboy Skepta just dropped Konnichiwa, his very own grime-supported album. Debuting “Lyrics” on Zane Lowe on Beats 1, Novelist joins the rapper-producer for a battle rap over a low, tweaking bass line. Setting the tone for the 12-track creation, his first since 2011’s Doin’ It Again, the album’s filled to the brim with cameos from fellow OGs Wiley, JME and Double E to Harlem’s Young Lord and musical mastermind Pharrell Williams.—Shante Merida



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