As summer sputters to cool conclusion, having roundly disappointed in both quantity and quality of major hip-hop projects, at least we can look back and appreciate a season of good ol' fashioned, new school singing and dance. We got studio debuts from BANKS and FKA twigs. A breakout hit from former girl-group singer Tinashe, and another coveted Drake/OVO co-sign for Atlanta's own iLoveMakonnen. An insurgent mixtape showing from Ty Dolla $ign and PARTYNEXTDOOR, and resurgent laps from Trey Songz, Chris Brown, and Jeremih.
With so many dope R&B projects having dropped, and with so little time to review them all individually, here’s our round-up analysis of this summer's releases from FKA twigs, BANKS, Jeremih, Trey Songz, and Ty Dolla $ign. (We reviewed PND and Breezy fully, separately.) Do feel free to sing along.