R&B/Hip-Hop Fresh Picks of the Week: Inayah, Terrace Martin & Gallant, ScarLip, Jenn Carter & More

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Awards Season Extravaganza: A Prelude to the R&B/Hip-Hop Fresh Picks

R&B/Hip-Hop Fresh Picks of the Week In the grand symphony of musical accolades, the 2023 Billboard Music Awards recently took center stage, crowning luminaries like Beyoncé, Drake, The Weeknd, SZA, 21 Savage, Nicki Minaj, and Metro Boomin as champions in the rap and R&B realms. As the afterglow of this celebration lingers, we anticipate the upcoming 2023 Soul Train Music Awards, hosted by the charismatic Keke Palmer. With leading nominations for SZA, Summer Walker, and Usher, the R&B-centric spectacle promises a melodic feast airing on Sunday, Nov. 26, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET and BET Her.


New R&B/Hip-Hop Fresh Friday Picks: Unveiling the Sonic Treasures

In the midst of these jubilant festivities, New Music Friday on Nov. 17 emerged as a beacon of auditory exploration, unveiling a trove of tracks destined to echo through the holiday break. In our endeavor to curate the most exceptional and intriguing sounds, Billboard presents Fresh Picks, a musical journey spanning R&B and hip-hop landscapes. From ScarLip’s meteoric rise to Inayah’s tender R&B ode, this week’s selections promise a kaleidoscope of sonic delights.


Freshest Find Inayah’s Unapologetic “For The Streets”

In the realm of contemporary R&B, rising star Inayah unveils “For The Streets,” a bold reinterpretation of Fantasia’s classic “When I See U” (2007). Inayah fearlessly dismantles the track, transforming it into a scathing critique of unreliable partners. Each lyric is delivered with a sly wink, nodding to the iconic aura of Fantasia’s original while sprinkling in her own tongue-in-cheek revelations.


41 & Jenn Carter: Navigating the Sonic Landscape with “Problems”

From 41’s “11-track EP,” Jenn Carter surfaces with a solo gem titled “Problems.” A testament to her prowess within the Brooklyn drill scene, the Touchamill-produced track delves into the complexities of relationships. Jenn’s introspective lyricism, akin to lovelorn ballads of A Boogie wit da Hoodie and Lil Tjay, showcases her versatility and marks her as one of the most captivating voices emerging from the scene.


Jay Rock’s Anthem: “Still That Way”

Five years since “Redemption,” Jay Rock makes a triumphant return with “Still That Way,” produced by Bongo ByTheWay. This booming anthem navigates the familiar territory of celebrating success while remaining grounded in one’s roots. Triumphant brass and skittering hi-hats set the stage, allowing Jay Rock’s commanding voice to propel the track forward.


ScarLip’s Dance-Infused Hit: “Blick”

After the success of “This Is New York,” ScarLip continues to captivate with “Blick.” This catchy single seamlessly blends the raw intensity of her earlier hits with the rhythmic qualities of Jersey club-inflected drill. Already sparking a TikTok dance challenge, “Blick” unveils the multi-faceted artistry within ScarLip’s musical ethos.


Mannywellz’s Soulful Ballad: “Be Alright”

From his new EP, “Mr. Oúlala,” Mannywellz presents “Be Alright,” a soulful guitar ballad radiating peace and assurance. With a simple yet resonant chorus (“It’s gonna be alright”), Mannywellz relies on the warmth of his tone and the idiosyncrasies of his enunciation, creating a dynamic listening experience.


Terrace Martin & Gallant’s Tandem Symphony: “Tandem”

In a subtly funky slow jam, Terrace Martin and Gallant metaphorically pedal a tandem bike to croon about the seamless connection with their lovers. “Tandem” unfolds as a musical dialogue, with Gallant’s come-hither coos complemented by Terrace’s lush production, featuring notes of funk and doo-wop. The result is a sensory backdrop that accentuates the chemistry within the tandem.


No Guidnce’s Reflective Melody: “Long Walk”

Rising British R&B group No Guidance takes us on a reflective journey with “Long Walk.” Departing from the hip-hop-inflected R&B spectrum, the quartet opts for a soulful drum-heavy beat. The track narrates a simple yet immersive story of meeting someone new, cleverly contrasting the chugging drums with yearning harmonies, creating a captivating auditory experience.


As the sonic tapestry of R&B and hip-hop continues to evolve, these fresh picks stand as a testament to the genre’s dynamic and ever-expanding landscape. Explore the nuances, indulge in the rhythms, and let the beats of these emerging artists resonate through your auditory senses. Don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in this curated collection, available on our Spotify playlist. Share the sounds, and let the music journey begin.

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