Mic-Check 🎵 Weekly Music Newsletter (10.07.21)

Eminem & Skylar Grey reunite. Limp Bizkit returns. Bruce Springsteen & John Mellencamp team-up. Elton John & Stevie Wonder duet. New Wiki album.

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Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar are set to perform at next year’s Super Bowl halftime show.

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BIGGEST Songs of the Week 📈

Three years ago, Eminem released the laughably bad track Venom, the official song for the movie of the same name. This week, the rapper followed it up with Last One Standing for the film’s sequel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage. The single features fellow rappers Polo G and Mozzy and continues Eminem’s long standing partnership with singer-songwriter Skylar Grey. Their collaboration began in 2010 when Grey wrote Eminem’s №1 hit Love The Way You Lie and has continued throughout the last decade on songs including I Need A Doctor and Walk On Water.

1. Skylar Grey, Polo G, Mozzy, Eminem, Last One Standing (Pop Rap) 🗑️

2. Meek Mill, Intro (Hate On Me) (East Coast Hip Hop) 👍

3. Kali Uchis, SZA, fue mejor (Alternative R&B) 👍👍

4. Lil Wayne, Rich The Kid, Feelin’ Like Tunechi (Pop Rap) 😐

5. Burna Boy, Polo G, Want It All (Contemporary R&B) 😐

6. CL, Lover Like Me (Electropop) 👍👍

7. Ashnikko, Panic Attacks In Paradise (Pop) 👍

8. Ghost, Hunter’s Moon (Hard Rock) 👍👍

9. Kane Brown, H.E.R., Blessed & Free (Contemporary R&B) 😐

10. Years & Years, Crave (Dance Pop) 😐

Noteworthy 📰

  • Bruce Springsteen provided vocals and guitar on John Mellencamp’s new heartland rock single Wasted Days, one of three tracks The Boss recorded for Mellencamp’s upcoming album.
  • 21 year-old rapper NBA YoungBoy has been behind bars since March on firearms charges, but that didn’t stop him from releasing his album Sincerely, Kentrell last week. This week, he updated the project with two new songs, including Still Waiting which was recorded over a jail phone.
  • Over 35 years after the pair were featured on Dionne Warwick’s №1 hit That’s What Friends Are For, Elton John and Stevie Wonder have joined forces again, this time on John’s Finish Line.
  • After teasing the song at Lollapalooza, rap rockers Limp Bizkit finally premiered the track Dad Vibes, their first single since 2014.
  • Progressive metal band Mastadon released Teardrinker, their first single from the upcoming LP Hushed and Grin, their ninth studio album.
  • Frequent collaborators Wale and J. Cole reunited on Wale’s Poke It Out, the duo’s first collaboration since 2018’s My Boy Freestyle.
  • Megan Thee Stallion, Maluma and Rock Mafia teamed up on the reggaeton track Crazy Family from the film The Addams Family 2.
  • For the 40th anniversary of Tattoo You, The Rolling Stones dropped the previously unreleased Chi-Lites cover Troubles A’ Comin.
  • It’s never too early to listen to Christmas music — Norah Jones shared Christmas Calling (Jolly Jones) from her upcoming holiday album, I Dream Of Christmas, out October 15th.
  • WATCH: Kacey Musgraves opened the 47th season of Saturday Night Live with performances of justified and camera roll.

BEST Songs of the Week 🔥

British punk rockers IDLES released The Beachland Ballroom, the lead single for their upcoming album Crawler, out November 12th, the follow-up to last year’s Ultra Mono.

1. IDLES, The Beachland Ballroom (Art Rock) 👍👍👍

2. JPEGMAFIA, HAZARD DUTY PAY! (Hardcore Hip Hop) 👍👍👍

3. Phoebe Bridgers, That Funny Feeling (Bo Burnham Cover) (Indie Folk) 👍👍👍

4. Bartees Strange, Ohmme, Eric Slick, Province (TV On The Radio Cover) (Art Pop) 👍👍👍

5. The Alchemist, Mavi, Miracle Baby (Abstract Hip Hop) 👍👍👍

6. Converge, Chelsea Wolfe, Blood Moon (Sludge Metal) 👍👍👍

7. Courtney Barnett, Write A List Of Things To Look Forward To (Indie Rock) 👍👍👍

8. Palace, Lover (Don’t Let Me Down) (Indie Rock) 👍👍

9. Wet Leg, Wet Dream (Indie Pop) 👍👍

10. Sam Fender, Spit Of You (Heartland Rock) 👍👍

Honorable Mention: Ross from Friends, Love Divide (Garage House) 👍👍

Albums Spotlight 💿

New York City rapper Wiki released his fourth full length LP Half God, entirely produced by the exceptional lo-fi rap producer Navy Blue. The 27 year-old rapper made a name for himself almost a decade ago after he dropped out of high school when his group RATKING was signed to the notoriously exclusive record label XL, the same label which Radiohead and Adele call home. On the other side of the country, Navy Blue was working as a professional skater and model before breaking into the music industry as the art director for Earl Sweatshirt’s 2015 album I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside. Wiki and Navy Blue are a match made in underground hip hop heaven — their undeniable chemistry is evident throughout the entirety of Half God.

Wiki, Half God (East Coast Hip Hop) 👍👍👍

  • Favorite Tracks: Can’t Do This Alone, Roof, Promised, All I Need, Never Fall Off

Pond, 9 (Neo Psychedelia) 👍👍👍

  • Favorite Tracks: Human Touch, America’s Cup, Toast, Pink Lunettes, Song For Agnes

illuminati hotties, Let Me Do One More (Indie Rock) 👍👍

Favorite Tracks: Pool Hopping, Threatening Each Other re: Capitalism, MMMOOOAAAAAYAYA, u v v p, The Sway

Tirzah, Colourgrade (Minimal Wave) 👍👍

  • Favorite Tracks: Sink In, Hips, Send Me, Tectonic, Colourgrade

Meek Mill, Expensive Pain (East Coast Hip Hop) 😐

  • Favorite Tracks: Intro (Hate On Me), On My Soul, Sharing Locations, Expensive Pain, We Slide

Other Notable Projects: Asking Alexandria See What’s On The Inside, The Body, BIG|BRAVE Leaving None But Small Birds, Brandi Carlile In These Silent Days, The Doobie Brothers Liberté, Full of Hell Garden of Burning Apparitions, Headie One Too Loyal for My Own Good (Mixtape), Lil Wayne, Rich The Kid Trust Fund Babies, Kedr Livanskiy Liminal Soul, Ministry Moral Hygiene, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga Love For Sale, Yes The Quest

WORST Song of the Week 🗑️

Oliver Tree, Little Big, The Internet (Alt Pop)

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