Maxwell just dropped the video for “Shame,” the second single from his upcoming album, blacksummers’NIGHT — the third in the trilogy. The singer describes “Shame” as a modern love song about the barriers to intimacy caused by a preoccupation with appearances — more specifically, the facades we put up on social media. The video helps convey this message beautifully. Check it out below.

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After a good eight or nine years of misfires, Mariah Carey finally gets it right. Sure, “With You” was cute, but it didn’t quite go the distance — pun totally intended. I had said it was her best *single* in years, but that’s a very low bar to clear. “The Distance,” on the other hand, is her best song in at least a decade — single or not.

Featuring Ty Dolla $ign, the third single from Mariah’s upcoming album, Caution, is about a long-term romance that was doubted by naysayers. The track was produced by Skrillex and Poo Bear, and I swear I had to be sure I was reading that right. Skrillex??! I didn’t know he had it in him.

My only hope is that Mariah doesn’t disappoint with the video, but Mariah gon’ Mariah. Listen to “The Distance” below.

T.I. just released the video for “The Weekend,” the third single from Dime Trap. Young Thug is credited as a featured artist, but he definitely performs most of the song.

“The Weekend” is probably the best I’ve heard from T.I. in a long time — heck, it’s also the best I’ve heard from Swizz Beatz, who produced the track. The video shows a vibey poolside party with a whole bunch of fully clothed people — because, blacks — that gets infiltrated by some pretty girl robbers. Check it out below.

Daniel Caesar sings about strange new addictions on his new song, “Who Hurt You?” which is presumably the first single from his sophomore album. The song, which has T-Pain providing backing vocals on the chorus, gives me early 2000s Ginuwine vibes.

I haven’t spent enough time listening to Daniel Caesar’s music — I have an aversion to artists who present themselves in hipster-ish ways — but so far, I haven’t heard a song from him that I didn’t like.  Listen to “Who Hurt You?” below.

MØ just dropped the fifth — yes, fifth — lead single from her upcoming album, Forever Neverland (due Friday). “Blur” sounds more rock than electropop, which is her regular musical territory; however, the chorus and lyrics are in keeping with what we’d expect from MØ. Listen to the song below.

Jeremih and Ty Dolla $ign — together known as MihTy — dropped the first single from their self-titled joint album this past Friday. “Goin Thru Some Thangz” is about a girl who’s being done dirty by the ain’t-shit nigga in her life. For some reason, the song kinda gives me Travis Scott vibes. Check it out below.


MihTy drops on October 26.

Today in 1978, one of the greatest musicians of all time, Usher Raymond IV, was born. He began a career in music in 1993 and has since sold over 70 million albums, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. With a quarter-century in the game, he is now eligible to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but I know those motherfuckers will be slow to give him the recognition he deserves.

Below are four of my favorite Ursh joints (one for each decade of his life), and trust me, it was difficult to narrow down to just four because I am a huge fan. Happy 40th, Ursh!

“Nice & Slow”


“My Boo” (duet with Alicia Keys)


“U Don’t Have to Call”


“U Got It Bad”