As this month comes to an end, join me as I look back on the latest releases of the month. From new albums to collaboration announcements to singles, March 2021 has been packed with new music.
March 2021 New Music Playlist
1. The Cold by Kota the Friend & Statik Selektah
I reviewed Kota and Statik’s “To Kill a Sunrise” here. This track is a good example of the quality of music these two put out with this tape.
2. Ziplock by Saba
It’s been 3 years since Saba’s phenomenal “CARE FOR ME” album. “Ziplock” is a great reintroduction and affirmation that Saba hasn’t lost a step.
3. Plug Talk by Benny the Butcher & Harry Fraud f/ 2Chainz
Benny and Harry Fraud’s “The Plugs I Met 2” is an early frontrunner for my favorite project of the year. Benny sounds incredible over Harry Fraud’s lush soundscapes and 2Chainz glides in effortlessly with his feature.
4. Tha Divide by Pink Siifu & Fly Anakin f/ Zelooperz, MAVI and Koncept Jack$on
This track is an underground rapper’s delight. “Want me to feel good, I just can’t.” Just bask in the flow and check out Pink Siifu and Fly Anakin’s collab album “$mokebreak” when you get a chance.
5. Leave the Door Open by Silk Sonic (aka Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak)
Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars is the collab I never knew I needed in my life. We’re getting a whole album out of this duo (going by Silk Sonic) and if this track is a harbinger of things to come; we’re in for a classic.
6. What’s Next by Drake
Drake really dropped 3 number 1 singles on “Scary Hours 2” when we know damn well his album is supposed to be dropping soon (?!). I’m not mad at it though.
7. Peaches by Justin Bieber f/ Daniel Caesar and Giveon
This song is so damn smooth I’m not even mad at how poppy it sounds. Besides, grabbing Daniel Caesar and Giveon for this track is such a heat check for JB.
8. ‘Cosmic’..4a (The Alchemist Version) by Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats f/ Joey Bada$$
If you haven’t listened to “Unlocked” by Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats, do yourself a favor and check it out right fucking now. “Unlocked 1.5” showcases remixes of the first iteration of the album and it hits just as hard. “‘Cosmic’..4a” featuring Joey and remixed by Alchemist is just a sample of what to expect.
9. FEEL LIKE by Aaron May
The 19-year-old Houston native is slowly building a collection of devoted followers after his 2019 debut album “CHASE” Go ahead and get acquainted with his newest single and go back and check out his other work as well.
10. BUZZCUT by BROCKHAMPTON f/ Danny Brown
Love em or hate em, BROCKHAMPTON always brings it. Gotta love a high pitched Danny Brown verse too.
11. SHELTER by Vic Mensa f/ Chance the Rapper and Wyclef Jean
It’s been a minute since we’ve heard any new music from Vic Mensa and seeing his most recent release “I TAPE” was a pleasant surprise for March 2021 new music. Bringing along frequent collaborator (and friend) Chance the Rapper is a great move for both of their respective careers (and comebacks?). Wyclef adds gravity and soul to this track that fits perfectly with the theme. It’s also the perfect song to end this playlist with….
Thank you for rocking with me on this inaugural NLJ playlist. I appreciate you all! Let me know in the comments, what kinds of playlists you’d like to see us construct for you next and check out the playlist in its entirety right here…