Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion, Tainy, Rico Nasty
Female rap takes center stage this week, with new albums from Rico Nasty and Flo Milli. A surprise release from Billie Eilish meets our fractured cultural climate, and new music videos from The Weeknd and Saucy Santana are a feast for the eyes.
Billie Eilish – Guitar Songs
Pop phenom Billie Eilish leads this week’s new releases with a surprise two-song EP titled “Guitar Songs”, out today. The set’s leading track “TV” is part personal reflection, as Eilish sings “Maybe I’m the problem”, and part social commentary, with lyrics referencing the Depp/Heard trial and the overturn of Roe v. Wade. It’s a sobering and timely track sure to strike a chord with Eilish’s fan base. The EP is also a showcase for the star’s classically beautiful–and still evolving vocal talent.
Megan Thee Stallion – “Pressurelicious” ft. Future
This summer couldn’t be hotter, but the original Hot Girl Megan Thee Stallion is turning up the heat even higher with her new single and music video “Pressurelicious” featuring Future, released on July 21st. The track boasts Megan’s trademark confidence and command, but is slightly more rhythmic than her previous work. The song’s cover art and visualizer also present an edgier Meg. It’s a fresh direction for the Houston native that will leave fans eager for what comes next.
Rico Nasty – “Las Ruinas”
Punk rapper Rico Nasty released her sophomore album “Las Ruinas” on July 22nd. The Album standout “Skullflower” provides listeners with a versatile rebel half-rapping half-singing in a high-pitched tone over a techno beat. The project is proof of Nasty’s fearlessness and shows just how comfortable she is with exploring new sounds.
Tainy, Rauw Alejandro – “SCI-FI”
Reggaetón juggernauts Tainy and Rauw Alejandro team up for the spacey new single SCI-FI, out July 22nd. The track follows the current trend of electro-pop and its glitchy music video fits the vibe perfectly. Tainy’s forthcoming album “Data” is due later this year.
DVSN – “If I Get Caught”
Canadian duo DVSN seem determined to go viral with their new single “If I Get Caught”, a tongue-in-cheek defense of cheating. “If I get caught cheating, that don’t mean I don’t love you” lead singer Daniel Daley croons in the chorus, clearly intended to be a singalong. The song includes a sample of Jay-Z’s “Song Cry”, which Jay approved under one condition: DVSN make it clear that “this song is wrong”. It’s all meant to be in good fun, but it’d feel less offensive if the song were better.
Saucy Santana – “Booty”
Material Girl Saucy Santana dropped the music video for his new single “Booty” featuring Latto. The “Booty” video pays tribute to Beyoncé’s Crazy in Love, with Santana strutting down the sidewalk in a white tank top and booty shorts, reminiscent of the iconic “Crazy in Love” video. Like his previous hits “Walk” and “Material Girl”, Santana’s “Booty” offers listeners an infectious level of confidence and self assuredness.
The Weeknd – “How Do I Make You Love Me?”
Currently on a massive stadium tour and gearing up to star in his very own HBO series “The Idol”, The Weeknd is showing no signs of slowing down. He released the music video for his single “How Do I Make You Love Me?” on July 22nd. The thumping techno-pop track comes to life in an animated storyline that features Abel’s character escaping from a hospital bed, getting hit by a car, and turning into a child–among other shenanigans.
Flo Milli – “You Still Here, Ho?”
Two years after her debut mixtape “Ho, Why Is You Here?”, Alabama rapper Flo Milli has another question: You Still Here, Ho?”. And yes, we are. The 22-year-old surprise released her debut album this week, with features from Rico Nasty and Baby Face Ray. It’s a collection of fast-paced tracks, proving the rapper’s pop potential. The LP features some of Milli’s previously released singles including “PBC” and “Conceited”. A surprise release for a debut album is a bold choice from a commercial standpoint, but we predict the young star will score a mainstream hit sooner than later.
Panic! At The Disco – “Middle of a Breakup”
2000s pop-punk band Panic! At the Disco, which now consists only of frontman Brendon Urie, released a new single “Middle of a Breakup” earlier this week. It’s unlikely to impact the charts (or critics) as much as their previous work, but fans will have fun with the track and its theatrical accompanying music video.
P!nk – “Irrelevant”
“Woke Up. Got heated. Wrote a Song. Coming Soon.” wrote P!nk on twitter on July 12. Well, it’s out. Last week, P!nk released a new single “Irrelevant”, a political-pop anthem in response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Last Monday, its music video was released. Flashes of P!nk recording the track are interspersed with videos of protests against police brutality and abortion rights. It’s a powerful message and P!nk’s distinct vocal delivery backs it up well. Known for her radio mainstays, don’t be surprised if “Irrelevant” becomes a radio staple throughout the year and beyond.