Usher & Little Simz Get Grand On Our New "R&B Season" Playlist Update: Stream

Our new "R&B Season" playlist update also includes cuts from Jermaine Dupri and Tommy Richman. Which one's your favorite?

BYGabriel Bras Nevares
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It's a big month for new music releases, and our R&B Season playlist update is here to round up the best soulful jams from this week. Leading the way is a massive one, which comes paired with an even more massive event. Moreover, Usher previewed his Super Bowl halftime show with a brand new album, COMING HOME, which released over the weekend. It has a lot of different melodic styles, aesthetic approaches, and dynamic displays of his vocal range and songwriting talent. If you're looking for a couple of tracks to clue you into the project, we'd recommend "Kissing Strangers" and "Stone Kold Freak" as particular highlights.

Furthermore, our R&B Season update also contains a pretty big team-up between superstar artists in the fields of R&B and hip-hop. Of course, we're referring to the new collaborative single between Jermaine Dupri, Nelly, Ashanti, and Juicy J, which is titled "This Lil' Game We Play." It's a fast-paced and heavily danceable jam with a lot of personality, lust, and plenty of charisma from its artists. It's been a long time since we got a radio-style song that encompasses pure fun, and nothing more to crowd up the mix.

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HNHH R&B Season Playlist: Stream

In addition, the most underrated pick on our R&B Season update is easily the new release from Tommy Richman, a dual single with "SOULCRUSHER" and "WHAT DO U LIKE." Specifically, we want to shout out the latter for its creative flip of Jersey club rhythms in a wavier and more melodically constant atmosphere than what those beats typically match with. It's a pretty catchy song with simple synth embellishments and a lot of layered harmonies. If there's something more long-form on the way from Richman, we can't wait to dive in.

Finally, for the best music release of the week, we have the one and only Little Simz's new EP, Drop 7. Similar to "WHAT DO U LIKE," which brightened and re-contextualized Jersey club, Simz's "Far Away" revitalizes those drums, while also giving the same treatment to drill. It's a gorgeous cut vocally, and the tender pianos anchor it in a dreamy mood. Let us know what your favorite R&B Season pick was this week, and what else we missed too. Check out the playlist above and, as always, stick around on HNHH for the latest great music releases around the clock.

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About The Author
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.