The rapper's magnum opus turned 10 years old over the weekend.
It's almost eerie how accurately Kanye West predicted his own fate when he uttered the words "I miss the old Kanye" on 2016's The Life of Pablo.
In my head, and likely in the memories of many others, there are two Kanyes: a then and a now. Both are cocky, self-important, certifiable jerks, but then, he at least still felt a marginal need to continue proving himself.
Now, he's so immeasurably detached from reality that it's a little hard to take anything he does or creates seriously—at this point, I find it difficult to even care. I don't want to explicitly cite a certain presidential election and its aftermath as the dividing line between the Kanye of then and now in my conscience, but...yeah, Kanye rubbing elbows with Trump was pretty much the last straw for me.
Plus, a new Charli XCX track featuring Lizzo.
RELEASE RADAR is here to give you the breakdown of the top singles, albums, and videos of the week so you can head into your weekend with a new list of killer tunes.
Charli XCX - "Blame It On Your Love" (Feat. Lizzo)
Few things are more blessed than a Charli XCX/Lizzo collaboration. The new song is an un-remixed version of Charli XCX'S "track 10" which was featured on her acclaimed album Pop. "Blame It On Your Love" is out now via Atlantic.
The Habits – "Love You"
Alt-pop duo The Habits shared an infectious new single this week called "Love You." This is the first single off of the duo's new EP, out June 14.
Juan Wauters – "Dos"
This week Juan Wauters shared a playful new song called "Dos," sung in his native Spanish via Captured Tracks. Wauters said of the song "On this particular version of 'Dos,' I hear the sound of music that describes Montevideo, the city where I was born. The harmonium solo was done in a way to emulate the sound of a bandoneon in the way Astor Piazzolla would play it. The song talks about the complexities of a love story." Juan Wauters will release his latest, Introducing Juan Pablo, on May 31 via Captured Tracks.
Hatchie – "Obsessed"
Hatchie reveals yet another fuzzy gem of dream pop with her new single, "Obsessed," from her forthcoming debut album, Keepsake, which is shaping up to be one of the most exciting releases. Keepsake is due June 21st via Double Double Whammy.
whenyoung – "The Others"
London's whenyoung are gearing up to release their debut album Reasons to Dream, through Virgin EMI on May 24th. They continued to show off their deft songwriting this week in their evocative new single "The Others," inspired by the Grenfell Tower fire in London.
The Beaches - "The Professional" EP
Toronto alt-rock outfit The Beaches are back with a new EP called The Professional out May 16 on Island Records, their first release since 2017's Late Show. The new collection of jams features fan favorites "Snake Tongue" and "Fascination."
Inner Wave – "wya" EP
The L.A.-based Latinx psych-rock band just dropped a wavey new EP titled wya, the followup from their previous LP Underwater Pipe Dreams.
Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated
Pop princess and purveyor of glossy bops, Carly Rae Jepsen returns to navigate love and loss on her fourth studio album, the follow-up to 2015's cult favorite E•MO•TION.
Tyler the Creator - Igor
Igor is Tyler the Creator's fifth album, but it feels like he's been at the forefront of our cultural purviews for much longer, considering his impact on the popular rap landscape. 2017's Flower Boy presented a much more eclectic and well-rounded version of the artist, and now, we see him grow even more on Igor.
Sara is a music and culture writer. Her work has previously appeared in PAPER magazine and Stereogum.
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