With an array of big-name releases coming through today, including 6ix9ine, Lil Baby, and more (June 12), for this edition of First Beat, we give Tyla Yaweh’s latest single a run, see if 10K’s Iann Dior is ready for stardom and more.
Check out our selections below.
Tyla Yaweh, “Tommy Lee” Featuring Post Malone
Tyla Yaweh is undoubtedly on the precipice of stardom. “High Right Now” and, “I Think I Luv Her” proved why the Florida upstart is more than just an understudy of his mentor Post Malone. On “Tommy Lee,” Yaweh connects with his big homie for the guitar-laden anthem, which pays homage to the ’90s rock legend.
Young T & Bugsey, “Don’t Rush (Remix)” Featuring DaBaby
After entering the Hot 100 with “Don’t Rush” last month, Young T & Bugsey went the remix route for their hit single. Enlisting DaBaby, the U.K. duo’s summery vibe gets a nice boost of flair and explosiveness with the Charlotte juggernaut onboard. Hopstoching his way through the bouncy earworm, Baby namedrops Kobe, while high-fiving his mom for blessing him with favorable genetics.
Iann Dior, I’m Gone
Iann Dior might be the secret weapon under Elliot Grainge’s burgeoning label 10K. After housing superstar acts such as 6ix9ine and Trippie Redd, Grainge potentially found his next goldmine with the Puerto Rico-bred artist. On his newest offering, Dior melds his rockstar flavor with his knack for sticky hooks, as shown on the project’s first two tracks, “Paradise” and “Pretty Girls.”
Buddy, “Black 2”
In 2018, Buddy penned “Black,” an unapologetic ode to the African American community. Two years, the criminally underrated MC punches in the sequel to his classic record. On “Black 2,” Buddy remains daring, knifing his way through white privilege with his piercing lyricism. His most striking lyric? “Everybody wants to be Black, but nobody wants to be a n—a.”
RMR, Drug Dealing Is a Lost Art
RMR found success earlier this year with his viral hit “Dealer.” The twangy introduction had him billed as the next Lil Nas X. Rather than dwell on that comparison, RMR’s eight-track collection, Drug Dealing Is a Lost Art, offers a broader perspective into his artistry. Not only does he provide a candid testimony on his muddy upbringing (“Welfare”), but he’s a hapless romantic seeking refuge (“I’m Not Over You”).
Insecure: Music From The HBO Original Series, Season 4
While Insecure continues to dominate the TV scene, Issa Rae looks to tighten her grip on the entertainment space with the show’s newest soundtrack. With her Raedio label propelling the project, Rae taps some familiar faces in Lucky Daye, Pink Sweats, and Rico Nasty to help lead the way for this smooth 17-track ride.