The new SG Lewis single is different for him…

I’ve been following SG Lewis for quite some time now, ever since he landed the moody “Warm” on the Season 1 finale of Ballers. The U.K. producer/songwriter has either captured dark moods or sunny moods in his own, fresh way.

His new single drops tonight, “A.A.T” with Drew Love, and the self-admitted “experiment” is “different for him” but it actually falls into the lane of other songs like it. You’ll hear why, but at least the beat is fresh, and it’s actually well-executed too by all parties involved. I’ll rock with it for now and see if it sticks.

Kid Cudi on how some of his biggest records came about

Awesome sit-down in the studio with GQ that I only wish was longer.

Cud describes how “Reborn”, “Cudi Montage”, “Father Stretch My Hands” and “All of the Lights” came together with Kanye. Highlights like sampling Nirvana and being surprised at what made “Father Stretch My Hands” and “All of the Lights”. Hah, you never know what Kanye will end up using, right?

It’s cool to hear this behind the scenes insight that not only could have been longer, per song, but even covered many more of Cudi’s “iconic tracks” from his first couple of albums. Need a Part 2 (or 3…)

Lupe Fiasco’s one-take a capella of “Mural Jr.” does it justice

Man, I love Drogas Wave and I love one-take videos.

Those two loves combine in this wonderful work of art above as Lupe recites the poetic “Mural Jr.” alongside NYC’s Williamsburg Bridge. Does one of the album’s lyrical standouts feel even heavier now?

Yup, this does it justice.

Klever shows off L.A. in raw new visual for “God”

Here’s an independent artist pick for your weekend and it may make you want to visit L.A.

Alas, we reside here now and this visual does the city justice with a few hot spots captured with a raw filter by Klever and co-director (and close Gowhere collaborator, Hetal Bhatt).

The duo provide “God” with that extra L.A. feel and you get a sense of Klever’s personality throughout too. This is a standout of the all-production new album from Klever — Conquer. Check it out (good driving and working music too!)

 

Quavo’s new solo album features Drake, Kid Cudi (oh and also Madonna)

It’s always interesting when the most popular rapper from a group goes solo for their first album. Quavo does just that with his new Quavo Huncho album you’re probably already spinning this weekend. I skipped ahead to the Drake feature (solid) and the Kid Cudi conclusion. As the bigger fan of Cudi amongst all the artists mentioned, I enjoyed his lyrics the most but the heavy autotune reminded me of Travis Scott (when usually when I listen to Travis, it’s the other way around.)

And oh yeah, that Madonna and Cardi B feature. Well, the “Champagne Rose” sample on the hook is kinda cool. Probs not for me but that song will appeal to the masses.

Usher’s surprise album is definitely produced by Zaytoven

Pleasantly surprised by a new Usher album on #NewMusicFriday… and the headline is inspired by literally every track starting off with the Zaytoven tag. Haha. Just start each track and the volume gets slightly louder by the end. After all, the album is technically “Usher & Zaytoven”.

That observation aside: I was hopeful for some instant classic Usher to match some of his singles post-Confessions era (let alone anything approaching Confessions or 8701) but that hope went quickly to naught.

Sadly, the only joint that really stood out was “You Decide” (below) with the overall sound of the album matching the underwhelming, OFF-White knockoff cover. I’ll give it some spins over the weekend to see what grows on me though, but even more than that, I’ll just spin back those classics.