We’re back with AFTR PRTY Radio Week 12! We say this far too often, but this might be our favorite playlist yet... New music Friday certainly did NOT disappoint this time around. Our highlights from this week include a favorite track from the gift that is Savage Mode II, a WiFiGawd and GAWD collaboration, an Oz Sparx album and spotlighted singles from Jazz Ingram and nappy 01’.
"Slidin'" by 21 Savage & Metro Boomin
21 Savage and Metro Boomin' have heard fans loud and clear. Today marks the release of Savage Mode II, the long-awaited follow up (over four years later) to 2016’s Savage Mode. Alas, we have 15 new tracks with standout features from Drake, Young Nudy, and Young Thug, all wrapped up in a Pen & Pixel cover. The two officially announced the release date of the project this past Monday, leaving us very little time to mentally, emotionally, and physically prepare for the moment we’ve all been waiting for. This news was delivered in the form of a trailer narrated by none other than Morgan Freeman, who concludes his monologue with a tale as old as time: “Basically, if someone is in savage mode, they’re not to be fucked with.”
"Outside" by WIfiGawd & GAWD
Less than six months since the release of his joint album with NYC underground producer Tony Seltzer, WifiGawd is back at it with another co-authored project. This time around, the DC rapper linked up with fellow DMV native, GAWD, a standout emerging producer in the Virginia underground scene (who also boasts production credits on Babyxsosa’s breakout song, “EVERYWHEREIGO”). WifiGawd doesn’t just hop on and off of beats, he works thoughtfully alongside producers to accomplish a true integration of style and sound that always seems to push the envelope. Always ahead of the wave, WifiGawd has cemented himself as a true underground rap pioneer.
"a hundred declarations" by Jazz Ingram
Atlanta native Jazz Ingram is undoubtedly one to watch. Atlanta is steeped in a rich hip-hop tradition, but the 21-year old is constantly finding new ways to innovate his sound. His latest project, i coulda been onika 3, released in July of this year, amounts to 9 tracks of pure sonic bliss, and stands as a true testament to his versatility. On “a hundred declarations”, Jazz’s voice swims through autotune over bouncy 808s—the foundation for production that is textured and full of depth, with a zippy record scratch, a bright piano loop, and superimposed vocals.
"Vlone Friends" by Oz Sparx
Earlier, Oz Sparx brought us his third full-length project, aptly titled Vibin, Slidin, N’ Connivin. The 19-year-old Philly native flaunts his stamina, carrying 18 songs with just two features total—one from fellow 510 Records label mate J Green and one from 2KBABY. On “Vlone Friends” Oz Sparx ebbs and flows between an emotional lilt and an animated flow over a sentimental beat, which features a sampled chorus and a delicate piano.
"no love" by nappy 01’
Over in Kentwood, Michigan, nappy 01’ is carving out his own path. Though his most popular track, “no love,” stands at over 450k streams on Spotify, the artist remains something of a mystery. Like many of our favorite artists, his flow sits pretty somewhere on the increasingly blurred spectrum between rapping and singing. On this irresistible track, his voice is drenched in autotune as he croons of heartbreak: “I can’t find no love, it’s like every single girl is just a dub.”