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Playlist
Quarantine or not, summer has arrived. Cherish pool days, purple sunsets, and pineapples with this vibe of a playlist.

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Song of the Week
Papaya - Yiuliusly
"La papaya es un fruta tropical muy popular popular popular"

 
What a fucking vibe for your summer drives. Enjoy this with anyone and share it with everyone because this is probably one of the most catchy songs we have heard in a very long time. 
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Weekly Quiz
In honor of Father’s Day this past weekend, we wanted to see if you can match the number with the number of kids the rapper has. 

a. Future 
b. Young Thug 
c. Chance The Rapper
d. T.I.
e. Chief Keef 


# of Kids: 6,   6,   6,   4,   2

Match the number of kids with the rapper. Answers at the bottom.
Drop Zone
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These are our favorite new music from this of week, click here for a full list of notable releases. 

Rap
"Trenches ft. Big Sean"- Tee Grizzley: Very hype song with a perfect feature from the Sean Don. We love the slow start to a lot of Tee Grizzley's more recognizable tracks, and this took on that same style. The perfect song to bump in the car with the windows down. 

"Reality Check" - Swae Lee: This downtempo R&B song is another preview of Swae Lee's sophomore solo album, Human Nature, supposedly releasing sometime this year. Good but not great, hopefully, the album will be better. 

R&B
"I Can't Breathe" - H.E.R.: This protest song is incredibly powerful; H.E.R.’s voice is beautiful and her message is clear. Released timely on Juneteenth, H.E.R. is having an uncomfortable but imperative conversation with her listeners.

"Lockdown" - Anderson .Paak: With this trackPaak reflects on the current state of the US: racial injustice, police brutality, unemployment, and COVID-19; emphasizing that “the people are rising.” This song pairs important messages with a very groovy beat, as always.

Honorable mention: The Album - Teyanna Taylor

Alternative
"sweet thing" - Dijon: LA-based artist Dijon shares a cover of Chaka Khan’s 1975 hit “sweet thing.” The track reminds him of being a kid. It captures a wholesome essence, soulful energy, and experiments with some funky sounds.

Pop
"Experience" - Victoria Monet, Khalid: This disco-infused song highlights the importance of experience, both good and bad, in shaping personal growth. It’s super upbeat and was released in an effort to celebrate Black joy and love in the midst of so much pain.

Translation - Black Eyed Peas: Black Eyed Peas are back with their second album from the past decade. This time, they went worldwide with their collaborations, featuring artists from Shakira to French Montana. At large, Translation capitalizes on the “Latin boom” that’s going on in the US right now. There are some bops on this album that will make you want to DANCE. 
 
EDM
"Warrior" - Aluna, SG Lewis: 1/2 of AlunaGeorge, Aluna, is moving on with her solo career as a pioneer Black female in the EDM industry. This song was featured in our Friday Chops last week but deserves more of your attention which you can read about here

Honorable mention: PLANET'S MAD - Baauer 

If you want to hear the latest music when it drops, follow our "Friday Chops" playlist.
Beef

The Beef: There has been quite a bit of beef between rappers Noname Gypsy and J. Cole. The topic of public debate was the BLM movement, if J.Cole was outspoken enough, and Noname’s intentions. 

J. Cole: J. Cole released a new single “Snow on the Bluff,” which many assumed was a criticism of Noname. "Just cause you woke, and I'm not, that shit ain't no reason to talk like you better than me." This follows the most exceptional line J. Cole spit, that provides the truth that everyone can learn from.

"How you gon lead, when you attack the very same n***as that really do need the shit that you sayin? Instead of conveying your holier come help get us to speed."

You won't get anywhere by just pushing away the people that disagree with you, or in J. Coles's words:

"Fuck is the point of you preaching your message to those that already believe?"

Noname: Noname released “Song 33” as a direct response. J. Cole took part in the marches, but to Noname, that wasn't enough. Saying, "n***as in the back quiet as a church mouse, [but they go into the] basement studio when the duty calls to get the verse out." 

Yesterday, Noname apologized for her response. 

“I’ve been thinking a lot about it and I am not proud of myself for responding with “Song 33.” I tried to use it as a moment to draw attention back to the issues I care about but I didn’t have to respond. My ego got the best of me. I apologize for any further distraction this caused.”

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a. Future has 6 kids
b. Young Thug has 6 kids 
c. Chance The Rapper has 2 kids
d. T.I. has 6 kids
e. Chief Keef has 4 kids
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