The weather is WARM in New York City, and the spring/summer vibes are finally floating our way. (Thank god!) And, most fittingly, this week has been an insanely good week for new music. From Kali Uchis’ new album “Isolation” to Princess Nokia’s mixtape, Nicki Minaj’s new songs to Cardi.
We’ve made a playlist to help carry you into those warmer nights headed our way, starting with this weekend. Nicki Minaj’s “Barbie Tingz” is a fizzy trap-flavored single, meanwhile, Kali Uchis’ West Coast sad ‘n cool “Just a Stranger” is already reminding me of sweaty summer bars. Princess Nokia’s emo-inspired project “A Girl Cried Red” starts off with optimistic beats and appropriately emo lyrics right off the bat: “It won’t even hurt, I’m already dead,” says a chirpy voice on the mixtape’s first song “Flowers and Rope”.
And as for Cardi B? Apple announced today, Friday, April 13th, that her debut album, Invasion of Privacy, set a new Apple Music record for the most-streamed album by a female artist in a single week.
Cardi is a great talker, but her voice itself is its own instrument. It wraps around each word; her accent and inflections forge each syllable into a snap, making every utterance feel novel. She wields her voice like a weapon, and she can make even the mundane seem glamorous with a particularly choice phrasing. This specific economy of language is the core of her appeal, and every verse is imbued with its impact. Some punchlines are laugh-out-loud funny, others are immensely clever. A few are both.
And with that, we’ve rounded up the songs that will be on your playlist all season long.