Stay in the mix of what’s new every week with Our Generation Music’s Top 10 “Platinum Picks” from New Music Friday.
NBA YoungBoy — “I Rest My Case”
After debuting six total projects on the Billboard Top 200 in 2022, NBA YoungBoy continues to be relentless. With his first tape of 2023, I Rest My Case is a 19-track extension of the Baton Rogue, Louisiana native’s refined prowess in the rap game. Featureless and ferocious, I Rest My Case is packed with heaters to kick the new year off on a high.
Quavo — “Without You”
Uncle Quavo pays tribute to his late nephew and fellow Migos groupmate Takeoff on his heartbreaking new single “Without You.” The ATL legend is seen sitting idle in the studio in the track’s music video, as lines about him crying and wishing to “see [Takeoff’s] smile” conjure more prayers towards Quavo and Offset during this difficult time. The “Unc and Phew” duo released their debut album as a tandem, Only Built For Infinity Links, last October. Takeoff was tragically killed on Halloween and laid to rest in his hometown of Atlanta a week after his untimely death.
DC The Don — “Sacred Heart”
Redveil — “2daside”
TyFontaine — “Love At All Cost”
Seezyn — “GREY”
Popcaan & Drake — “We Caa Done”
Recapping his summer trip in Turks & Caicos, Drake and Popcaan reconnect for another unruly banger on “We Caa Done.” The visual, directed by Theo Skudra, sees the longtime friends bounce off each other’s energy with cameos from Kevin Durant, Lil Yachty and others — spinning a riddim only they can cultivate.
Real Boston Richey — “Public Housing Pt. 2 (Deluxe)”
With Future, Kodak Black, Lil Durk and Moneybagg Yo on his side, it seems that nothing is stopping the street-centric voracious spitter Real Boston Richey in 2023.
Dende — “Before We Crash”
If love songs were the only thing left to listen to, we’d let Dende sing them for eternity. His new 6-pack EP is not only versatile, but proves the CXR artist’s range as both a vocalist and undeniable presence as a budding R&B star. If the intro “Sensually” doesn’t entice you enough, just wait until he hits those high notes. Chills.
Other highlights in singles like “Road Trip To Atlanta” and “Georgia” with the inimitable Deante’ Hitchcock see warm and fuzzy synths complement the slow-burning allure Dende illicits throughout. “Please U” with Erykah Officer and “Flowers” also offer another silky layer to his smooth-toned soundscape. Taking another step forward from his December 2021 EP Pregnancy Pack, Dende’s voice is bound to be heard at a higher volume this year.