Baby Keem — The Melodic Blue
Rap’s current Chosen One delivers his much-anticipated debut album. Baby Keem has amassed a rarified amount of hype over the past few years, in which he’s released two acclaimed mixtapes, scored a Platinum single (“ORANGE SODA”), and contributed to the Black Panther and Lion King soundtracks in addition to albums by ScHoolboy Q and Jay Rock. The Melodic Blue arrives in the wake of hit singles with Travis Scott and cousin Kendrick Lamar, and bounces between Keem’s yelp-raps and nasally croons as the Carson native details his come-up.
María Isabel — i hope you’re very unhappy without me
While her 2020 debut EP found her Stuck in the Sky, both in bicoastal travel and a stagnant relationship, Maria Isabel’s follow-up project is more bluntly over things. Born in Queens and based in Los Angeles, the Dominican-American singer-songwriter blends vulnerable, honest R&B with Latin elements. i hope you’re very unhappy without me explores the end of a fractured romance with vivid details, with Isabel’s poetry background evident whether she’s singing in English or Spanish.
Learn more about María Isabel in our feature interview, María Isabel Was Born to Be a Singer