Weekly-ish, a pre-approved, snap-judged music guide based on our very scientific, non-subjective Yes/No rating system. There’s really no debating this, come on stop.
Y: Alessia Cara’s “Wild Things” is a worthy theme song for people who like to stare blankly at so-called cool kids, and it’s the perfect follow-up to the antisocial-butterfly message of “Here.” It’s hard not to feel a kinship to lyrics like, “We will leave the empty chairs/to those who say we can’t sit there.” [Fader]
N: On “Dumb,” Kelly Rowland sings about making a guy jump through hoops to win her love. The beat switches intrigue me, so I’m on the fence about this one. [Rap-Up]
Y: Rick Ross is somber in a good way on his remix of Adele’s “Hello.” I like all the feels he exudes on here, rapping about being “invited to the Grammys but I feel so out of place.” [Complex]
Y: The video for Jack Ü and AlunaGeorge’s spazzy jam “To Ü”—a song about residual breakup feelings—spotlights real couples in loving moments (tonguing each other down) and confused moments (wondering whether they belong together) that are both all too real. [Idolator]
N: Jason Derulooooooo covered “Trap Queen” and had to read off the lyrics, on top of sounding really bad singing them. [Idolator]
Y: Way too many remixes of “Hotline Bling” exist, but this Spanglish version by American Idol’s Karen Rodriguez is pretty and spare. [Billboard]
Y: Thank you Katie Got Bandz for making a song I can text to anyone I feel is being ridiculous and petty. <3 [Complex]
N: Tyga continues to release irrelevant music to justify that there’s not much reason to like him. This time it’s a video for “Ice Cream” [Rap-Up]
Y: Kendrick Lamar’s expectedly movie-esque video for one of my favorite songs from To Pimp a Butterfly, “These Walls,” finds Terry Crews doing the Quan and Kendrick being ground on (past tense of “grind”), which takes me back to basement parties. [Miss Info]
Y: Chance the Rapper keeps the soulful big bang sound from his Donnie Trumpet album Surf on the sunny “Angels.” [Nah Right]
Y: I’m not really sure who Keke Palmer wants to be as an artist, but “I Don’t Belong to You” is good, generically. There’s a twist in the black-and-white video, which is Keke leaving her dude behind for CASSIE. Predictable. [Billboard]
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