Notable recordings from the world of pop music.
WARNING: The songs streaming below contain explicit lyrics.
This rising duo’s extraordinary new mixtape, “Ice,” proves how vivid rap music can be 20 years after the fantastic arrival of the Wu-Tang Clan. Rapper Face Vega talks trash as viciously as anyone in A$AP Mob — but in a tone of voice better suited for booty calls — while producer Gila Monster frames all of that intimate bluster with beats that evoke sizzling grease, melting snow, shattering glass and disintegrating jazz.
7 Days of Funk
Snoop Dogg. Snoop Lion. Snoopzilla. Regardless of the suffix, he plays well with others. On Sunday night in Washington, Snoop shared the Kennedy Center stage with a slew of jazz icons to pay tribute to fellow West Coaster Herbie Hancock.
Now he’s teaming up with outsider-funk producer Dam-Funk as 7 Days of Funk for an eponymous debut of electro-funk head-bobbers. It’s Snoop’s strongest offering since 2004’s “R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece.” It might be Dam’s best ever.
We raid R. Kelly’s albums for jaw-dropping punchlines, too often taking the man’s jaw-dropping musicality for granted. Too bad, then, that the scales have fallen out of balance on “Black Panties,” a new collection heavy with NC-17 babble but light on melodies that dare us to sing along. On the standout track, “Genius,” Kells admits that scandalizing the universe isn’t as easy as it used to be: “I know you heard it all before.”