Childish Gambino & Amaarae Explore New Worlds On Our Latest “R&B Season” Playlist Update: Stream

We hope you had a great Fourth of July weekend whether you’re in the U.S. or not, and what better way to chill out pst-party than with some R&B-adjacent jams? Moreover, our newest update of our R&B Season playlist rounded up the best of the best music drops of the week, starting off big with Childish Gambino’s new single “Lithonia.” The preview for his next album, Bando Stone & The New World, is actually more of an alt-rock-inspired piece with dramatic vocals, grand drums and pianos, and heavy electric guitars. It’s yet another tool in Donald Glover’s ever-expansive box of styles, influences, and skills, and we can’t wait to see what the rest of the project holds.

In addition, the R&B world also graced us with an extended version of one of 2023’s best albums with Amaarae’s roses are red, tears are blue expansion of Fountain Baby. There are two particular highlights here we wanted to mention: the summery jam that is “wanted” with Naomi Sharon and the more upbeat and hard-hitting “jehova witness.” Either way, no matter where you look on this project, you’ll find sharp melodies, dreamy sonic atmospheres, and a really peppy approach to song structures. Of course, you’ll also be marveled with the Ghanaian-American singer’s distinctly high and captivating vocal tone.

HNHH R&B Season Playlist: Stream

Elsewhere on our R&B Season playlist update, you’ll also find a new remix of “The Message” from OVO’s Majid Jordan. It’s a pretty chill and measured house track, building up its rattles and stark percs patiently as watery synths stay calmly in the background. The vocal performance, light pianos, and eventual acoustic guitar strums are a very tender addition, and the track never loses its soothing nature. Most importantly, the track’s long runtime gives you plenty of time to lose yourself in the timbres and fall under the song’s spell.

Speaking of intoxicating atmospheres, RAAHiiM and Isaiah Falls go drowsy and sultry with their slow-burning collab, “IMISSTORONTO (Been A While).” Finally, we wanted to point you to SAHXL’s “NEGLIGENT” remix with Kaash Paige, which is probably the most classically R&B-sounding song on our update this week. Let us know what your favorite R&B Season inclusion was this week, as well as what else we missed, down in the comments section below. Check the playlist out above and, as always, come back to HNHH for the best new music drops around the clock.

About The Author

Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output.

Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond.

Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C.

His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.

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