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Playlist: Fierce Women in Hip Hop and R&B

A necessary reminder of the brilliant, talented, and fierce women dominating the hip hop and R&B world, courtesy of The Gavel.

In Common” - Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys, a revered veteran in the music world, has graced us with her new single. The song’s minimal beat and Latin-infused vibe introduces us to a new side of the singer's repertoire. If this new hit is at all telling of her upcoming album, fans can expect a masterpiece of sorts. 

“Gangsta” - Kehlani

I have a low-key (actually high-key) obsession with Kehlani. Last year, she was awarded a nomination for the "Best Urban Contemporary Album" at the Grammy's. This eerie and ominous song is also featured on the Suicide Squad album.

“F*** Apologies” - JoJo

I spent an hour trying to figure out what that title word is supposed to be. I still don’t know. Let me know if you figure it out. JoJo is sure to impress with this new single consisting of her seemingly effortless vocals. JoJo presents herself as a fierce woman who realizes that she doesn’t have to apologize for mistakes that aren’t her fault. 

Do You Like It - Victoria Monet

Yes, I do like the song, Victoria Monet. That’s what she is asking about, right? This tune has obvious dance hall vibes that are reminiscent of Drake’s Controlla.

“Ain’t My Fault” - Zara Larsson

Despite the song title, it is certainly Zara Larsson’s fault that I have a new favorite song. The Swedish singer’s new single is quite different from her well-known hits “Lush Life” and “Never Forget You” (feat. MNEK). It is filled with urban vibes while still maintaining attractive pop aspects that I expect will solidify its spot in the charts.

“All I Got” - Sundai

Finally. A reminder of the greatest period of R&B music: the 90s. However, the song incorporates some modern aspects of the hip-hop world to make this piece truly unique and worthwhile.

“CRZY” - Kehlani

Kehlani strikes again. However, her new single presents a distinctive contrast to her hit "Gangsta" with its upbeat and enthusiastic vibe that displays excellent range.

“She Don’t” - Ella Mai (featuring Ty Dolla Sign)

The sultry song has a soulful vibe while still producing an addicting hip hop beat. Though I appreciate Ty Dolla Sign’s addition to the song, Ella Mai’s talent is on true display here with her hybridization of singing and rapping.  

“Crush” - Yuna (featuring Usher)

This jam is featured on Yuna's new album “Chapters.” Featuring Usher in the second verse, "Crush" is a feel-good song about the rush of adrenaline released in the initial stages of infatuation. I don’t know what is more un-relatable: the fact that a crush is reciprocated by a crush or that it’s reciprocated by Usher. Honestly, Usher is more realistic.

“Rihanna” - Consideration

I am so excited to be introducing this virtually unknown hip hop artist to you all. Definitely check out her music. I love her other song “Work” (feat. Drake), but I don’t think it will be that popular at all.

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A gal who likes to read, write, and listen to Rihanna (the three Rs).