In this recurring playlist, The Dowsers’ Mosi Reeves gathers new sounds and styles from across the hip-hop diaspora. Some are familiar, and others are personal favorites, but all reflect the state of rap as it is lived now.
Thanks to a certain TIDAL exclusive, there’s a small but noticeable hole missing from our roundup of interesting rap tracks. Thankfully, these vital selections can help fill the breach. Young Thug (pictured) remains a beguiling—albeit divisive—iconoclast, and 2 Chainz is still the best Southern dad-jokes rapper. The elusive Jay Electronica finally released an official song—will his The Prestige-like career finally reach fruition? Rick Ross appears twice here, and so does Snoop Dogg. But not everyone here is pushing 40—check out Bay Area upstart SOB x RBE and Alabama’s OMB Peezy for that newness.