New Music from Nicki Minaj, Kali Uchis and Summer Walker
In this week’s edition of The New York Times’ music critics’ playlist, Nicki Minaj, Kali Uchis, and Summer Walker are among the artists with notable new songs and music videos.
Nicki Minaj kicks things off with “Seeing Green,” a collaboration with Drake and Lil Wayne, in which she raps about the ups and downs of her career and personal life.
Kali Uchis releases “telepatía,” a dreamy track with a nostalgic feel, sung entirely in Spanish.
Summer Walker brings her seductive R&B vibes to “Body,” a track focused on love and appreciation for the female form.
The playlist also includes standout tracks from Arlo Parks, Leon Bridges, and H.E.R.
Arlo Parks’ “Hope” is a bittersweet ballad about coming to terms with the toxicity in a relationship.
Leon Bridges delivers a smooth and soulful track with “Motorbike,” which showcases his vocal range.
H.E.R.’s “Damage” maintains her signature R&B sound, but with a more upbeat tempo and lyrics about the highs and lows of relationships.
Other notable songs on the playlist come from emerging artists like Lava La Rue, Jenevieve, and Bree Runway.
Lava La Rue’s “Angel” is a catchy and upbeat track that celebrates self-love and individuality.
Jenevieve’s “Midnight Charm” is a sultry ode to the rush of a new romance.
Bree Runway’s “Hot Hot” is a playful, high-energy track that emphasizes the importance of being confident in one’s sexuality.
The playlist also features new music videos from artists like Doja Cat, Rina Sawayama, and Jessie Ware. Doja Cat’s video for “Streets” features the singer in a series of glamorous and surreal settings, while Rina Sawayama’s video for “Loser” takes a more introspective approach, exploring themes of identity and self-acceptance.
Jessie Ware’s video for “Remember Where You Are” is a visually stunning nod to classic Hollywood glamour.
Overall, this week’s playlist is a diverse mix of genres and styles, showcasing both established and up-and-coming artists.
Whether you’re looking for soulful ballads or upbeat bangers, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.