Kendrick Lamar & SZA Leave No Doubt That Women Are In Control (Audio)

Life is too short to listen to bad music. So…let us fight through it for you and only supply you with that great stuff. Despite the reports, Hip-Hop is alive and well and, in many ways, is better than it’s ever been. Not only are we able to go back and listen to all of our favorites, at the click of a button, there is also a ton of great music still being made by artists, young and veteran alike…if you know where to look.

To help with that task, we’ve created two playlists. One features more recent music—songs that have been released within the last year or so—while the other is throwback, focused on the ’80s and ’90s. We update each of these playlists regularly, so, if you like what you hear, subscribe to follow us on Spotify.

This Throwback Playlist Celebrates The Hip-Hop That Is Never Played-Out. (Audio)

Today, we celebrate one of music’s most promising emerging artists. Back in 2013, SZA became the first lady of Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE), both figuratively and literally, as she was the first woman to join the label that was then home to Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q and Ab-Soul. Unlike her predecessors, however, SZA did not rap. Instead, she sang with an ethereal vibe that lay somewhere between Rihanna and Jhene Aiko. After her debut album Z, in 2014, SZA has now released her long-awaited follow up, Ctrl. While the album does not have a title song, “Doves In The Wind,” SZA’s collaboration with label-mate Kendrick Lamar, is all about control. On that song, both she and Kendrick make it clear in the battle of the sexes, men are no match for the power of the P.

In addition to new SZA, Ice Cube also released new songs with his silver anniversary deluxe edition of his classic, Death Certificate. The playlist highlights those tracks, as well as releases by Kendrick, Snoop Dogg, David Banner, Logic, Brother Ali, Oddisee, Wale, Nas, Joey Bada$$, J. Cole, Big Sean, Drake, Nick Grant, Rick Ross, Talib Kweli & Styles P, and many, many others.