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“10 First-Quarter Tracks You Should Be Listening To: New Music From Jayson Cash, Siete7x , Jordan Ward, and More”
This week we racked up the top 10 tracks fresh off the first quarter, that are fluidly making waves in underground Hip Hop and RnB. In this list, you’ll discover singles breaking boundaries across coasts and collaborations between artists you may not have seen coming. Featured artists include AzSwaye, Zacari, Jayson Cash, Major Myjah, Blxst, Lamb4oe, Siete7x, and more.
1. “I Want Her” – AzSwaye ft. Zacari
We’ve all encountered artists who dish out numerous projects and begin to lose hunger for the mic. Such is not even remotely the case, however, for AzSwaye. The Los Angeles native spent the last two years introducing his newfound passion for melodic trap, presenting several singles that have skyrocketed his rebrand and proved his potential beyond his regional title as one of the pioneers of west coast traffic rap. Just a week before unleashing the album, AzSwaye gifted us the RnB-infused lead single “I Want Her” featuring TDE heavy hitter Zacari. The production provided by Corey Cail carves an exciting future for AzSwaye in the RnB genre with their reinvigorating approach.
2. “Questions” – Jayson Cash ft. Major Myjah
Jayson Cash just delivered a 3 track EP “Some More Of It” which perceptibly displays the expansion of his talent and signature player style. A stand-out track from the collection was “Questions,” which features frequent collaborator Major Myjah. Recently learning that Jayson recorded the original version of this song over a different beat, without Major Myjah, ignites scrutiny of the value of RnB hooks in Rap today and just how much attention Jayson puts into delivering quality pieces. This further suggests that the proud Carson native is on the path to conquering the rap game with his name ringing bells in his city and integrating into mainstream music with a formula to success.
3. “FAMJAM4000” – Jordan Ward
Coming from a world of professional dance and having performed backup for acts like Justin Bieber and Becky G, Jordan Ward knows a thing about getting people to move. I became familiar with Jordan after hearing his 2019 track “Tryingthings” in Issa Rae’s Insecure. He’s delivered a handful of replay-worthy tracks since then and since his official signing to Interscope Records. His latest release, “FORWARD,” a 14-track EP, includes some of my favorite songs from the artist. “FAMJAM4000” looks into his St. Louis, Missouri upbringing and his love for his original stomping grounds. The forward-moving -inspired track is a fitting sendoff to the summer he is so confident he will take over.
4. “Tada” – Lamb4oe ft. Blxst
If you’ve been following the sonic storm, these two have produced for the West Coast; then it is no news that they have the formula for hits. Continuing to give fans what they want, Lamb4oe enlisted Blxst for single “Tada.” The song focuses on the unpredictable free fall of love and the power of lust at first sight. Aside from the track’s contagious hook, the humorous role-play of Bow Wow’s lead role in Lottery Ticket and the well-thought-out casting in the official music video is what caught my attention. Lamb4oe understands the value of entertainment as an artist and never shies away from the competition.
5. “Fool”- Corey Cail ft DCMBR
We all have coping methods to deal with heartbreak after a relationship goes south, but we rarely admit we were wrong while mourning a serious fumble. Shrouded in mournful soundscapes provided by Corey Cail, DCMBR pleads for his lover to return to him, confessing his wrongs while reintroducing the begging and yearning that modern RnB is missing today. In “Fool,” DCMBR steeps himself in resentment after being robbed of pride in a failed attempt at making a one-sided relationship work. Though no official music video has been released yet, with his slick penmanship, we envision DCMBR ‘letting it burn’ like Usher — crying in the rain for his exhausted lover. The ethereal feel of Corey’s production creates an uplifting anthem for fools worldwide.
6. “Right In” – Azjah feat. BlueBucksClan
BlueBucksClan and the princess of Compton, Azjah, teamed up ‘Right In’ time for the summer. The clan’s punchline-packed contribution gives the song the distinctive character and magnetism required to gas a LowTheGreat beat. In her signature springy cadence and velvety rap style, Azjah sounds ready to drift into the warm weather and perhaps album mode working into the second quarter.
7. “All These Eyes On Me” – Siete7x
Since 2019, I have examined Siete‘s attempt to ascend to the top. Beginning with his upbringing in Compton, Siete7x contributes to the gritty and raw lyricism his hometown is notorious for. In the music video for his track “All These Eyes On Me,” Siete backs up his confessed and contagious melodies with theatrics that certainly keep him in the spotlight. The track is one I can’t just listen to one time; it’s worthy of immediate replay every single time.
8. “Phil-Collins” – Kye Colors
Referencing Phil Collins’ infamous “In The Air Tonight,” Kye Colors gives us a glimpse into the gloomy, color-shifting world he’s painted in his newest album “COLORMAN: RED” with “Phil Collins.” Though this single was released last year, its initial success led to a managerial partnership between Kye, Wasteland Records, and Atlanta-Based LVRN, allowing the single to be re-introduced via a stunning visual just a few weeks ago.
9. “Outer Space” – 22Gfay
Since 2020, 22Gfay has been on a powerful takeover of the San Diego music scene. Steering left from the gangsta rap most praised in his city 22Gfay has become one of my favorite melodic rappers in recent years. His musical versatility has been a shining aspect of his artistry. Through slurred melodies, he has proven himself to be one of the most commercially viable artists on the West Coast. “Outer Space” is just one of many recent videos I have enjoyed from the artist. His chemistry with a camera and his videographer has come a long way since his days of recording at local stores and sidewalks, now he’s outer space.
10.”Pacs” – Yungc Joke
So Way Out’s newest member Yungc Joke continues to impress me. The last couple of releases he has dished out are currently 3 for 3. Though the sound is ranged, it still sticks to the West Coast roots of executive producer Uce Lee. The Los Angeles-bred and now Las Vegas-based artist displays a firm grip on what motivates even the most casual of Rap fans to bop their heads to his attention, retaining punchlines and hooks.