New Music From 2 Chainz, Big Boi, Aminé and More

Just because you blinked while you were thumbing through your apps doesn’t mean you should miss one of the many musical gems that come out every single day. We’re here to make your life a little easier and to make it sound a whole lot better with The Listening Room, our daily roundup of the new songs you need to hear.

2 Chainz
“OG Kush Diet”
Producer: FKi

Summer has arrived and so has 2 Chainz’s Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, the Hair Weave Killa’s much anticipated follow up to Hibachi for Lunch. The hype surrounding the project was so immense that an NYC listening party was shut down. While we’re still taking in the 17-track project, “OG Kush Diet” is a definite stand out. On the track, 2 Chainz blacks out over sparse production by FKi, dropping hints of mischief throughout. While most of y’all may be busy scarfing down salads and doing crunches in preparation for beach days ahead, Tity Boi has a smoked out diet plan of his own… and you can bet your bathing suit that it’s vegan. Kyle Petreycik

Big Boi
“In the South” f/ Pimp C and Gucci Mane
Producers: Cory Mo, TM88, Organized Noize

Possibly more than any other region, the South embraces its elder statesman and looks to them for guidance. Guys like Migos and Young Thug may not have found their footing had it not been for Gucci Mane, and La Flare’s early-aughts run might not have been possible without a pace-setter like Big Boi. That lineage is on display beautifully on “In the South,” which features a perfectly placed Pimp C sample that handles chorus. “They want to know what’s going on in the South,” sings Pimp. His cadence isn’t an inviting one though, and by the time Gucci and Big Boi get through their verses, you understand why. Khari Nixon


After releasing “Heebiejeebies” with Kehlani last month and having his 2016 summer hit “Caroline” go triple platinum last week, Aminé is back with a introspective new single, “Turf.” On it Anime looks back at growing up in Portland, Oregon, reminiscing about having a flip Motorola Razr and telling his story about why he had to leave. The song doesn’t just showcase Animé’s storytelling abilities, but also some singing chops with the smooth vocals on the hook. Compared to what else is out there, “Turf” is probably some of the deepest bars Anime has spit since that FDT verse on network TV. —Lei Takanashi

“Gone Away”
Producers: Chris McClenney and Syk Sense

A few days after H.E.R. released a short film that embodies her catalog, the Brooklyn artist dropped a second project, Volume 2. “Gone Away,” produced by Chris McClenney and Syk Sense, stands out among the rest of the release for its production and her vocal delivery, which pull it away from more traditional soul and R&B sounds and enters less easily defined territory. It’s devoid of edge or pressure, but full of depth and fluidity. Her voice cascades down meaningful paths of reasoning with an arm around a lounge-y piano. Soft, reverb coated 808s pop in the forefront while snaps disperse in the distance. H.E.R. is stuck in her feelings, reflecting on a failed relationship, singing, “You don’t feel a way/ You’re gone away/ You don’t listen/ You promised you wouldn’t change/ It’d stay the same/ But it’s different.” Different can be good though. —Mike Steyels

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