It’s a great week for music in Southern California. This weekend’s playlist includes a slew of new releases from SoCal natives that will make you want to hit the beach or post up at a park while you bask in the unseasonably warm weather. Our list includes a new album from Long Beach lyricist Vince Staples, ScHoolboy Q’s first track since 2019, a solo project from L.A.-born singer Syd, and a new album from pop-R&B artist, Banks.
Vince Staples, Ramona Broke My Heart
Vince Staples has delivered his highly anticipated new album, Ramona Park Broke My Heart, which is a tribute to the Long Beach neighborhood where he grew up. The 16-track project includes guest appearances from Mustard, Ty Dolla $ign, and Lil Baby. Ramona Park Broke My Heart also offers a powerful tribute to “Monster” Kody Scott, the former L.A. gang member and bestselling author who was found dead last summer, as well as an homage to West Coast rap legend, DJ Quik. The deeply introspective album arrives less than a year after Staples’ self-titled LP. [artist info]
Syd, the frontwoman for alt-R&B group The Internet, has unveiled Broken Hearts Club, her second solo effort, following 2017’s Fin. Broken Hearts Club finds the L.A. native opening up about a difficult breakup that she experienced during the pandemic. “The album is about a relationship I had that ended in my first real broken heart,” she said in a press statement, according to Fader. “It was like a rite of passage. I started writing the album on the relationship when I was in love. You’re really getting the whole journey from the beginning to the end.” Kehlani, Lucky Daye, and Smino make guest appearances on the album. [artist info]
Banks has unleashed her fourth studio album, Serpentina. The 13-track album includes the previously released singles “Meteorite,” “I Still Love You,” “Holding Back,” “Skinnydipped,” and “The Devil.” It also offers a lone feature from Samoht on “Spirit.” In celebration of the album, the L.A.-born singer announced that she will be expanding her North American Serpentina tour to a full 25-date run with special guest Lauren Jauregui. She’s slated to hit San Diego at The Observatory North Park on May 25, The Observatory in Santa Ana on May 27, and the Hollywood Palladium in L.A. on August 11. [artist info]
Omar Apollo’s debut album, Ivory, has officially arrived. The 16-track project includes the previously released single “Tamagotchi”—produced by Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo—which arrives with an accompanying music visual that follows the Mexican-American singer bouncing around what appears to be L.A. and attending a house party. Daniel Caesar and Kali Uchis also make appearances on the album. [artist info]
ScHoolboy Q is back with his first solo single since 2019. The Top Dawg Entertainment artist previewed the horn-filled track titled “Soccer Dad”—produced by Fu, Skyehutch, and TaeBeast—on social media earlier this week. ScHoolboy Q has demonstrated that he’s really about the soccer dad life over the years by posting photos and videos to Instagram of him cheering on his daughter from the sidelines. “Soccer Dad” is the Los Angeles rapper’s first solo track since the release of his 2019 album, CrasH Talk. [artist info]
Camila Cabello’s third album, Familia, has arrived. The 12-track includes the previously released “Bam Bam” with Ed Sheeran and the brand new “psychofreak” featuring WILLOW, which sheds light on her split from Fifth Harmony. The album also includes guest appearances from Yotuel on “Lola” and Maria Becerra on “Hasta Los Dientes.” [artist info]
In a dream collaboration, L.A.-based rapper IDK has teamed up with Grammy-winning producer and groove master Kaytranada on his latest single “Taco.” Coasting over the wavy, jazz-piano infused track, IDK incorporates street slang to tell a dark tale about city life and fires off insults with a combination of raw force and comedy. “Taco,” which arrives with an accompanying black and white music video, is IDK’s first release since his 2021-album, USEE4YOURSELF. [artist info]
BIA has linked up with J.Cole on her first track of 2022, “London.” The single comes with an accompanying Daps-directed video, which shows the “Whole Lotta Money” rapper going on a lavish shopping spree across the across the pond. J. Cole, who released D-Day: A Gangsta Grillz Mixtape with his Dreamville crew last week, revealed on social media that he was “blown away” by BIA’s original cut of the song and that he was “genuinely nervous” to add his guest verse because he didn’t know how the song could get better. [artist info]
Fresh off his recent Grammy win for a guest appearance on Kanye West’s DONDA track “Hurricane,” Lil Baby has now dropped two of his own. “In A Minute” and “Right On” also arrive with accompanying music videos, one of which was directed by Lil Baby himself. It’s unclear if the tracks are loosies or if they will appear on his forthcoming project. [artist info]
Other Notable Mentions: Doechii, Big K.R.I.T, Wiz Khalifa, Girl Talk, and Smoke DZA
TDE’s Doechii has shared a chaotic visual for her latest track “Crazy,” which was directed by C. Prinz. Also, Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T, Girl Talk, and Smoke DZA have teamed up to unveil Full Court Press, a 10-track project that includes the previously released “Put You On” and “How The Story Goes.”
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