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Long time, no see. As we approach the end of the year the race for our favorite music of 2018 is getting tighter and tighter. September didn’t make things any easier, seeing some of the year’s most hyped releases finally come to fruition in Lil Wayne’s The Carter V and Noname’s Room 25 among others. So, let’s make up for lost time. Here’s what was hot last month.
On singer-songwriter Sunni Colon’s new EP Satin Psicodelic, summer is not a time of year, but rather a state of mind. Cue “Technicolor,” the project’s opening track that similarly to the rest, touts poetic lyricism and airy instrumentals. “You make me view a world that’s black and white, in technicolor, girl,” Colon sings on the track’s hook, walking the line of relaxation and hypnotism. Mood music at its finest.
On the bouncy lead single from his sophomore album Louniverse and his first released track of the year, Southside, Jamaica Queens rapper LouGotCash links up with one of rap’s most exciting voices in Trippie Redd for “Too Turnt.” On the track, the duo brags of getting rich, swerving Maybachs and keeping their fashion in check. After all, when the drip comes as easily as it does for Lou and Trippie, sometimes ditching the party is necessary.
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Crucified by accusations of devil and cult worship throughout the summer, Lil Uzi Vert arose from the grave with “New Patek.” The song was originally teased as a snippet on an Instagram video three months ago, and it quickly went viral as fans took a particular liking to Uzi rapping and dancing to the song in a bathroom. At about six minutes, listeners get Uzi at his best, rapping of pink diamonds on iced out Octopus tentacles, Naruto, and cereal. It is unknown what the mortals did to be gifted the eternal spirit of Lil Uzi Vert on this plane of reality, but we are thankful nonetheless.
Sissyfuss is the San Antonio based indie-alternative solo band that’s there to soundtrack all the feels. From his debut project The New Happiness, on “HML,” SissyFuss dances around uptempo drums while crooning “Baby, just hit my line…” throughout. “I’ll make it worth your while… you won’t regret it,” he continues.
Hidden towards the end of Noname’s highly anticipated sophomore album, Room 25, is “Ace,” perhaps its most driven track. Featuring dear friends and frequent collaborators Saba and Smino, the song is a formidable sequel to the trio’s original connection “Shadow Man,” which appears on her 2016 effort Telefone. Each artist brilliantly floats on “Ace,” going bar for bar with unique steez that contributes to the mixture while still paying dues to the song’s collective consciousness. Ace is bigger and bolder than its parts, but everything belongs. Put simply by Noname herself, “Room 25 the best album that’s coming out.”
Check out the rest of September’s best tracks in the playlist below.
Onaje is a Junior Journalism & African and African Diaspora studies major from Houston, Texas. He believes that the best kind of writer is a rapper and his work has appeared on NPR, The Daily Dot, Austin Monthly Magazine, and Orange Magazine.