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This week, JAY-Z dropped his highly anticipated and surprisingly excellent album, “4:44,” and Calvin Harris teamed up with three hip-hop stars for a modern disco hit.
Here are the best songs from the past week that you can stream right now:
JAY-Z — “Smile”
On “Smile,” one of the most candid songs in JAY-Z’s discography, the 47-year-old rapper speaks openly over a Stevie Wonder-sampling beat about (among other compelling topics) his support for his mom’s late-in-life lesbianism.
“Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate / Society shame and the pain was too much to take / Cried tears of joy when you fell in love / Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her,” Jay raps on the song, which includes a moving spoken-word outro from his mother, Gloria Carter.
Washed Out — “Hard To Say Goodbye”
Chillwave producer Ernest Greene (Washed Out) crafts an immersive and hypnotic tune with “Hard To Say Goodbye,” the latest single from his album “Mister Mellow.”
Tyler, the Creator — “911 / Mr. Lonely” (feat. Frank Ocean)
Odd Future rapper Tyler, the Creator joins forces with Frank Ocean on “911 / Mr. Lonely,” a vibrant track that features a sample from 1970s funk trio The Gap Band and some of Tyler’s best rapping in years.
Toro y Moi — “You and I”
Singer-producer Chaz Bundick (Toro y Moi) injects a heavy dose of melancholy into his latest single, the slow-burning, ’80s-influenced “You and I.”
Calvin Harris — “Cash Out” (feat. ScHoolboy Q, PartyNextDoor, and DRAM)
Calvin Harris melds disco and hip-hop on “Cash Out,” an energetic dance track featuring rapper ScHoolboy Q and R&B singers PartyNextDoor and DRAM.