A Nightmare Ed Sheeran Video, a Dopamine-Spiking House Track, and SZA Goes Full Martial Arts

Sure: SZA feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Doves in the Wind” — SZA rides a horse with style, Kendrick Lamar levitates, and his alter ego Kung Fu Kenny plays the master teacher in SZA’s narrative sendup of classic martial arts films, complete with chin-stroking tropes and ninja imagery that’s dramatically cliché in parts. -…

Watch Don Cheadle and Kendrick Lamar Lip Sync Battle In the 'DNA' Video

“DNA” is the most relentlessly rapped track on Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN., an album that plays like a deep, critical exhale from the intensity of To Pimp a Butterfly. The song now has a video, where we find Kendrick—a pretty good actor—locked in an interrogation room with another pretty good actor, Don Cheadle, who jokes,…

Listen to 'No More Parties in L.A.,' Kanye's New, Great Song with Kendrick Lamar 

“Pink fur got Nori dressing like Cam” is obviously the best line of this track on listens 1-10, and despite it, Kanye sounds less like a dad here than on any other tracks he’s teased from SWISH, out February 11, so far. “No More Parties in L.A.” is the fruit of a My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy-era session, and…

Y/N: Alessia Cara Tells All the Awkward Rebels and Outsiders They Can Sit With Her

Y: Alessia Cara’s “Wild Things” is a worthy theme song for people who like to stare blankly at so-called cool kids, and it’s the perfect follow-up to the antisocial-butterfly message of “Here.” It’s hard not to feel a kinship to lyrics like, “We will leave the empty chairs/to those who say we can’t sit there.” [Fader]

Kendrick Lamar's 'Alright' Is Our Song of the Summer

A bright spot on an otherwise bleak album, Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” instantly feels necessary. Besides being the most celebratory jam on To Pimp a Butterfly, it’s a modern-day liberation anthem. It’s that first salvational gasp after nearly drowning. Yet, for such a happy song, “Alright” is innately sad. By design,…