What you should be listening to: Young Thug; Disclosure and Mary J. Blige; Romeo Santos and Drake; Ty Dolla Sign

A weekly selection of recordings you should be listening to. 


Ty Dolla Sign. (Photo by Reid Rolls)

WARNING: Songs streaming below may contain explicit lyrics.

If you like your rappers courageous and obnoxious . . .

No one in hip-hop is exploring the properties of their own throat more aggressively than Young Thug. On “Black Portland” —  the head-turning new mixtape he recently dropped with fellow Atlanta newcomer Bloody Jay — he suggests that tomorrow’s rap universe will be a place where everyone will be free to squeal, squawk, groan, growl and cluck like chickens.

If you need your faith restored in duets . . .

Last month’s Grammy Awards may have cluttered your head space with too many unnecessary pop collaborations, but don’t let that discourage you from checking out the stellar remix of Disclosure’s neo-house anthem “F For You,” featuring Mary J. Blige. When you’re done, start praying they make an entire album together.

And while Drake and Romeo Santos might not need to go that far, their fab new bachata duet, “Odio,” proves Drake to be the most adaptable rapper of his generation.

If B-list R&B torch-passings warm your heart . . .

“Beach House,” the latest EP from Los Angeles R&B phenom Ty Dolla Sign, has a crowded guest list — Wiz Khalifa, Casey Veggies, French Montana and DJ Mustard among them —  but it isn’t until Trey Songz materializes during the icy-slick remix of “Paranoid” that we witness a changing of the guard. Like Songz before him, this California newcomer has a smart sense of melody and a penchant for trash talk that’s hard to resist.

Chris Richards became the Post's pop music critic in 2009. He has covered D.I.Y. house shows, White House concerts, go-go and Gaga.
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