SZA & Jean Dawson's "NO SZNS" Fits Right Into Our "R&B Season" Playlist Update

Other tracks from Jermaine Dupri, 070 Shake, Brent Faiyaz, K. Michelle, and Amindi brought the fire to breezier September days this week.

BYGabriel Bras Nevares
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We're almost at the last leg of the year, but our R&B Season playlist updates aren't getting any less stacked. Moreover, this week saw a lot of soulful tracks and a few robust projects to sink our ears into, including from some of the genre's biggest names. For example, the one and only SZA assisted the endlessly creative and idiosyncratic Jean Dawson on their latest single "NO SZNS." It's a tender and guitar-led duet with powerful vocal performances, an anthemic chorus, and atmospheric instrumental embellishments. If you need a moment to breathe and relax after a busy week, spin this cut and get lost in it.

In addition, Brent Faiyaz makes his return to R&B Season with a woozy, sultry, and intoxicating jam, "WY@." The crooner is well-known for his dreamy soundscapes and buttery vocals, and this song does what his fans love him for best. On the other side of that spectrum we have 070 Shake, whose track "Black Dress" takes more inspiration from dramatic and cavernous rock production. Deep guitar tones, a slow but consistent drum pattern, and additional synth passages make it a near-four-minute journey.

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To pick things up a little more on our R&B Season playlist, we have the aptly titled "Pick It Up" from Jermaine Dupri and Jacquees. While other songs this week sit in emotive spaces, this song is concerned with little else other than a head-bobbing groove and smooth, romantic vocal harmonies. If you missed that low-tempo vibe, though, Amindi's "bake" featuring Jordan Ward will loop you right back into that trance. Not only that, if you want even more, then she has a whole new mixtape, Take What You Need, offering 14 more gems.

Finally, another notable project release this week came from K. Michelle, who dropped I'M THE PROBLEM. One of its standout tracks is "This Man," which is a simple but effective piano ballad with crisp snaps and a gorgeous performance from the Memphis-born hitmaker. Hopefully this update brought you some new songs to check out and reminded you of how great the genre's biggest stars remain. Check out the R&B Season playlist above and stay up to date on HNHH for more great music releases each week.

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.