New Music Friday: Raphael Saadiq remembers kin; Snowman, Missy make big returns

Missy Elliott (Photo credit: Bang Media)

On a day that includes releases from music legends like Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott and Raphael Saadiq, we are truly thankful to have the activity of our limbs and eardrums. DJ Kno It All checked in to provide a worthy assist, and DBS Sounds provided more hidden gems. Peep it all out below.

Missy Elliott – Iconology

And with that Missy Elliott reinjected herself into music’s landscape after a 14-year hiatus. The appropriately dubbed EP is dripping with sass and swag, led by the sinister-sounding “Throw it Back,” whose video counterpart was released simultaneously.

Jeezy – TM104: The Legend Of The Snowman

Word has it this will be the last installment of Jeezy’s famed Thug Motivation series in favor of something new. If this is in fact a departure of sorts, it’s going out with a bang with 18 tracks and features from the likes of Meek Mill, Rick Ross, CeeLo Green, Ball Greezy, Ty Dolla $ign, Chi-town’s own John Legend and more.

Jidenna – 85 to Africa

The “Classic Man” is back, and he took it back,  all the way to the Motherland with this brave installment that traces back to his Nigerian roots. The first since his debut album, The Chief (2017), it’s 11 tracks that merge his soulful voice alongside Mr. Eazi, GoldLin, Seun Kuti and Mereba, among others.

Rapsody – Eve

It’s only her third studio album, but Rapsody gets it. Then again, what else would one expect? She was handpicked by 9th Wonder.

Raphael Saadiq – Jimmy Lee

While the album Jimmy Lee comes from a dark, personal place that claimed his older brother’s life, Raphael Saadiq’s first album in eight years speaks to issues the entire community can relate to. Sparked by the infectious lead single, “Something Keeps Calling” (ft. Rob Bacon), it’s a sonic inspection of life Saadiq can certainly be proud of.

Other notable releases today include:

Trae Tha Truth – Exhale

Peewee Longway – Blue M&M 4

 

Hidden Gems (provided courtesy of DBS Sounds) 

Yuna – Rouge

David Benoit – David Benoit & Friends

 

Playlist-ready singles

Skippa Da Flippa ft. Young Thug – “Move”

Summer Walker – “Playing Games”

Lizzo – “Truth Hurts” (DaBaby Remix), ft. DaBaby

G Eazy ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “All Fact”

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