Ease into your week with these three brand new songs from Mac Miller, The Weeknd, and Childish Gambino featuring 21 Savage.
Mac Miller – "Right"
"Right" is one of two songs composing the deluxe version of Mac's first and possibly final posthumous album, Circles, which hit streaming services last Friday.
Relaxing synth chords, funky bass guitar and an echoing bass drum join hands to whisk us away to a tropical evening like the one in the video above. Simultaneously, Mac invites listeners to let down their defenses for a few minutes as he tells a tale of lost love, patience and personal growth. "Three years ago I was so dumb / Clueless, young and stupid, but look at who I have become," he softly sings.
"Right" is a massage for your ears with just enough instrumental texture to keep us entertained.
The Weeknd – "Snowchild"
If Mac was our chauffeur to a warm evening among palm trees, then The Weeknd's "Snowchild" is what we hear as we exit the party and fall into the abyss of the night. He even captures the transition on the hook: "Leaving, leaving into the night."
Coming as part of his latest album, After Hours, The Weeknd sways with a drunken confidence while reflecting on his come up from the cold, snowy streets of Toronto to the reclusive hills of California to New York's famous Tribeca district.
The duality of "Snowchild" is what really makes it special, though. While the vibe is perfect for cozying up next to a significant other, The Weeknd's ambitious attitude will make you think twice about taking it easy for the night. "Not to mislead, turn my nightmares into big dreams / Whole squad mobbin' even though we only six deep," he croons.
Childish Gambino – "12.38 (feat. 21 Savage)"
Childish Gambino shared his new album, 3.15.20, on Sunday, one week after a low-key leak surfaced online at donaldgloverpresents.com. "12.38" is a standout track co-produced by Gambino and DJ Dahi that includes a guest verse from 21 Savage.
Gambino opens the song, displaying an incredible vocal range and freeform flow supported by fun, stretched out keys. Later, we hear Sir Savage's signature chopped up cadence as he raps about past run-ins with the police, possibly referring to his February 2019 arrest by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): “The police keep harassin’ ’cause I’m rich and I’m black (Straight up) / They mad ’cause I made myself a boss without crack (On God).”