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.
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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.