Beyond the Surface

On the 21st, Lupe Fiasco's seventh album, Drogas Wave was released a week before its proposed date. As expected the album is lyrically and musically impressive. The 24 track album is dynamic sonically, hosting a variety of sounds-- whether it be through Lupe's chosen style of delivery, production, or the inclusion of other genre artists. With Drogas Wave, Lupe takes a fictional route in highlighting truths about slavery and it's lasting affects on world culture. Execution practices such as throwing slaves overboard while at sea and baiting slave babies to alligators, colonization, and miseducation of "blacks" are remembered in the fabricated tale about a group of slaves dying at sea, but return in spirit. The album progresses to shed light on the continued efforts against "blacks" post slavery-- ie, drug wars, and the material manifestations of the psychological effects of slavery, ranging from lack of self knowledge to gang violence, and even diet. Lupe highlights the widespread controversial notion that the indigenous race is the Creator's people, referring to curses spoken about in multiple religions and our connection to celestial bodies. I think Lupe deserves a grammy for this one. Drogas Wave is available on all streaming platforms.
Earthgang and Arin Ray teamed up to turn out a love song about a sticky situation. "Stuck" overall sound is reminiscent of Outkast.
I am (an EP) is RnB star in the making, Symphani Soto's, first official project. On I am, Symphani melodically uses her vocal range to speak on a push and pull affair. The project is available on all streaming platforms.


Day's after the release of his album, 6lack shared the visual for the album-titled single "East Atlanta Love Letter". Future appears in the video to perform his fervent portion of the collaboration. Read more about East Atlanta Love Letter.
Earlier this week Jorja Smith's "On Your Own" visual was made public. The single is off her sensually melancholic album Lost & Found, released June of this year. With few moving parts, the "On Your Own" visual is still eye-catching.
A week ago Masego took a public poll to determine which song from his recently released album to shoot a video for; on the 20th, the jazz musician delivered the official video for "Old Lady" as requested. Learn more about his album, Lady Lady.
The official video for Ella Mai's "Trip" went viral on the 18th. The director takes a simplistic approach, capturing beauty shots of the singer on various sets. "Trip" along with Ella's other smash hits will be featured on her self-titled album Ella Mai set to release on October 12th.