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The Songs You Need to Hear This Week

These are the best songs that came across our desks this week, featuring Sampha, Vybz Kartel x Wizkid, Kendrick Lamar and more.

At the end of every week, we highlight the creme of the crop in music and round up the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks throughout the last few days.


Check out all of the "Songs You Need to Hear This Week" in our extended Apple Music curator playlist and read about some of the selections ahead.

Wizkid x Vybz Kartel

Last month, Wizkid and Vybz Kartel dropped a banger in the form of their single “Wine to the Top.”

The music video for the dancehall-infused track arrived this week. Though it doesn’t feature either Wizkid or Vybz (naturally), the video stays fairly true to the lyrics, as it shows a group of girls “whining,” not only to the top, but in pretty much all directions.

Sampha's Tiny Desk Concert

Sampha's new album, Process, speaks to the necessity of vulnerable Black masculinity. The singer visited NPR's Tiny Desk Concert where he played stunning renditions of album standouts "Plastic 100°C," "(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano," and "Blood On Me."

Konono N°1 x Batida

Congotronics meet Angolan rhythms in Konono N°1 and Angolan/Portuguese producer Batida’s collaborative album. A new video from the project for the highly-energetic "Yambadi Mama" dropped this week.

 Stream our ‘Songs You Need to Hear’ playlist on Apple Music, updated every Friday.

Kendrick Lamar "The Heart Pt. 4"

Kendrick came through and "handed out body bags," as Okayplayer puts it, with his new single, "The Heart Pt. 4."

The devastating track is rumored to be the first single from his upcoming album, which the rapper has hinted is coming April 7 (K.dot tells other rappers they have “until April 7th to get their sh*t together” on this new track). Listen to it on iTunes.

Legendury Beatz x Vanessa Mdee

Production duo Legendury Beatz master every shade of afrobeats in their latest mixtape, Afropop 101. They're joined by Tanzania's Vanessa Mdee for "Duasi," one of the catchiest, hip-hop-leaning club tracks on the mixtape.

 

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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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