Best New Music Of The Week // February 4 – February 10, 2019

Trey Songz + Chris Brown – “Chi Chi”

Trey Songz and Chris Brown have teamed up on their new song “Chi Chi” (which is a Mexican slang term for ‘breasts’), and they have also created a video for it.

The video is rather ‘out there’ in terms of sexual liberation, as the artists sing about their sexual endeavours and wealthiness. It’s a big comeback for Chris Brown as well, and the friends have paired up to create a massive tune for their fans.

Could this be a brilliant start for an RnB twosome in 2019?

It has also been praised by many for including an array of beautiful black women in the video, celebrating them for their often under-appreciated beauty.

HNHH says “this is exactly what you would expect from the duo of Trey and Chris. It’s a track that will be in your girl’s playlist for a minute. Perfect for the bedroom or for general relaxing, Trigga and Breezy get pretty sensual here, painting an image with their graphic lyrics”.

“The song had been teased for a few days before Trey dropped it last night, spicing up the night since the Super Bowl wasn’t exactly the most eventful thing in the world. If you’re into two of the best modern vocalists showing off their chops together, have a listen to “Chi Chi” and let us know your thoughts”.

The chorus lyrics are below:

“Pull up in that Bentley GT
Skrrt, skrrt, beep, beep
Girl, meet me in my bed
I’ma go down eat, eat
Ride them chi chis
Know I’ma skeet, skeet (Oh yeah, yeah)
Got me on repeat, b**** wanna freak me
Girl, I know you ain’t from ’round here
Shut up, shut up, make you c** easy
What up? What up? P**** come easy”

Listen to the song here:

Dizzee Rascal – “Quality”

One of the most recognisable faces in British music, Grime pioneer Dizzee Rascal returned to the fray when he dropped the brilliant Don’t Gas Me EP to much acclaim. Now, one of the fan favourites on the project gets the visual treatment as he unveils the new music video for “Quality“.

As “Quality” samples the classic 1992 hardcore track “The Sound Of Music” by Nookie, it comes as no surprise that the creative direction for the visuals carry the same old school theme. Directed by Joel Spencer, we see Dizzee in and around his old East London stomping grounds.

The visuals carry the essence of yesteryears, from the outfits, to the classic Mercedes; the nostalgia from the early rap cyphers to just kicking it on the stairs of the estate. Dizzee brings the energy and unmistakable lyricism to the laid back re-work of this underground classic and it’s great to watch and listen.

Frenzy – “Caesar”

East London rapper Frenzy comes through with a first taste of what he has in store for us for 2019 with first single “Caesar” from upcoming project Heat of The Moment.

This new track Caesar is nothing short of this trademark ability to transcend various BPM’s and genres, as he combines the dark production of Eyes the producer with his matter-of-fact lyricism. Having endured many struggles in life, seeing close friends and family being locked up or killed, Frenzy not only outlines these tragedies but also takes enforcing positivity and hope back into his community of Hackney.

Frenzy is a noted name in his community for his mentoring and charity work. Running workshop for young artists called Fast Forward, he helps provide free studio time, production and engineering, which this time has resulted in a compilation titled Fast Forward Vol. 1.

With previous support from BBC 1Xtra’s Jeremiah Asiamah and Robert Bruce, as well as forthcoming features from London heavyweights, Frenzy has laid some unbreakable foundations for his project dropping early this year. “Caesar” is Frenzy’s first statement of the year, his authentic sound and positivity solidifies signs of a promising future.

Snakehips + Rivers Cuomo + KYLE – “Gucci Rock N Rolla”

Having previously collaborated with artists like Chance The Rapper, Anderson Paak and Joey Bada$$, London duo Snakehips have now teamed up with KYLE and Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo to deliver the game-changing “Gucci Rock N Rolla“, a progressive evolution of their trademark hip-hop sound.

Led by a pop-rock, surf-rock feel, “Gucci Rock N Rolla” is accompanied by a video which sees the duo star in a Napoleon Dynamite inspired high school dream sequence as they light up the school dance with their infectious grooves. Director Mikey Alfred casts a teenage version of KYLE & an innocent adolescent star as the ‘Gucci Rock N Rolla’.

Snakehips first started working on the record in March 2018, with Oliver Lee adding: “We decided to try something completely different. James are I are huge Weezer fans, so it was just crazy that someone we respect so much (Rivers Cuomo) was really into our vibe. We’ve always pulled off crazy collaborations…But this is definitely the wildest one yet!”

Dijon – “Cannonball”

Los Angeles-based artist Dijon returns to share new single “Cannonball” as he follows the release of his first two solo singles “Wild” and “Nico’s Red Truck” back in 2018. Dijon is taking strides to break out on his own accord after the release of his critically acclaimed EP Montana with longtime musical partner Abhi.

The new track continues Dijon’s evolution as a solo artist, channeling the pain of unrequited desires through a dreamy falsetto and soft strings. The track is a sparse but building number that especially packs a punch toward the end.

“‘Cannonball‘ was written in crayon about how much it hurts to want something very badly,” Dijon says of the track, “Inspired by myself as a kid.” Along with the new single, Dijon is also announcing his debut EP Sci Fi 1 will arrive March 1 and serves as an introduction to his poetic world of R&B-tinged folk, which has already grabbed the attention of critics and fellow artists alike. With his new EP, Dijon is poised to establish himself as a poetic savant, creating tracks that are both commanding and intimate in the same breath.

Bagz – “Tek Time”

Following his recent “Vibes” collaboration with Moelogo, and still riding high on the back of his underground hits “Snapchat” and “Popular Person”, which have seen garner support from the likes of Spotify, Capital Xtra, GRM Daily, Link Up TV and Earmilk, among others, East London rapper BAGZ is excited to kick start 2019 with his brand new single “Tek Time“, and its exciting accompanying music video, as premiered via GRM Daily.

“Tek Time” was written by Bagz, and produced by emerging North London musician Dada, who has previously worked with Wretch 32, Mr Eazi, Kojo Funds, Fuse ODG, Mista Silva and Sarkodie, among others, while the visuals for “Tek Time” sees Bagz linking up once again with exciting new video director and longtime collaborator Jake Japan, who is perhaps best known for his previous work with the likes of Headie One, Stylo G, Margs and of course, Bagz.

Speaking about the inspiration behind “Tek Time” and the visuals that come with it, Bagz says, “The record is simply about me approaching a girl that I like and professing my love for her. For the video, I wanted us to tell a story that could bring the track further to life, it’s a romantic and intimate one, and the themes that cut across the video, focus on love, intimacy, the colourfulness of young romance, and being on a higher level with the one you love”.

Words by Nicole Russell and Jay Tijani.

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