From the minimalism of Syd to the progressive lyricism of Kendrick Lamar, here are some of our favorites.
This appears in the April 17, 2017 issue of TIME.
Sept. 29, 2016, Def Jam
After writing hits for Rihanna and Selena Gomez, this German-born 22-year-old is set to make a mark with her own voice. Bourelly has a powerful delivery and an open-book authenticity that finds a home in songs ranging from rock to R&B. “Ballin” suggests a slinkier sound for her forthcoming debut album.
“The Heart Pt. 4”
March 23, Interscope
Master of fiery rhyme Lamar teased new material and a fresh album this spring, kicking things off with this jubilant track, which showcases his dexterity as he moves confidently from slow jams through jazz interludes into burning political send-ups–all hallmarks of his unique flow.