R&B/Hip-Hop Fresh Picks of the Week: Bia, 22Gz, Lucky Daye & More

Bonnie Nicholds


The air is getting crisp and so are our picks.

Ease through this first week of autumn with some mellow sounds by Lucky Daye, Reggie and more. Yet if you're in denial about seasons changing, and still in summer, turn-up mode, we got you covered there too -- with bops by Bia, Bankrol Hayden, Token and more.

Don't forget to share the wealth with our Spotify playlist, linked below.

Shordie Shordie feat. Blxst, “Specific”

On "Specific," East meets West. Baltimore rapper Shordie Shordie tapped LA's finest Blxst for the first ballad off of his upcoming album Captain Hook 2. The video finds the two back in high school crushing on the same girl.

Nashir, “Just Try”

"It can't hurt to try," and Nashir asserts that beautifully on his mellow new single, "Just Try." The New Jersey artist is one of a handful of promising young artists under Crxssroads Music/Management. For the video, he keeps it simple with a classic picnic and carnival date.

Reggie feat. Smino, “Avalanche”

Houston artist Reggie and Smino complement each other exceptionally well on the former's new single, "Avalanche." With a delivery and tone similar to that of André 3000, Reggie has a way of easing the mind through his lyricism. "Even when my downs feel like an avalanche, somehow everything in my life feels like it's Heaven sent," he rap-sings.

22Gz, “Retaliation”

Brooklyn rapper 22Gz has a message for his opps. Simply put, he's vengeful -- and the song is as daunting as the title and video suggests.

Bankrol Hayden feat. Lil Tecca, “Come Through”

California rapper Bankrol Hayden linked with Lil Tecca for his melodic new bop, "Come Through." The young artists rap-sing about getting lit and turning up -- and like many songs with this title, all they want is some girls to come through so they can share the wealth.

Token feat. Rico Nasty, “High Heels”

Massachusetts rapper Token joins forces with Rico Nasty for his hard-hitting single, "High Heels." Overtop the dark production, Token reminisces on how far he has come, as a grinning Rico Nasty brings her signature rugged flavor to the boastful track.

BIA feat. G Herbo, “Besito”

BIA is back with a little bilingual energy. The "Whole Lotta Money" singer is as braggadocious as ever in her G Herbo-assisted single, "Besito." The trap instrumental moves from minimal to active, as the duo deliver their verses while in a boxing ring and BIA's native Puerto Rico.

Harry James Jr feat. C. Tangana, "Honest"

Let's be honest, this Harry James Jr. track makes us wish summer lasted a little bit longer. The sunny single is sexy and sentimental, capturing both R&B and island vibes. A smooth Spanish feature from Madrid rapper C. Tangana seals the deal on this tantalizing track.

Remble feat. Lil Yachty, "Rocc Climbing"

Famously crystal-clear rapper Remble returns with "Rocc Climbing," alongside feature favorite, Lil Yachty. Both present contrasting approaches to their verses, which is exactly why the union of the two rappers works. The laid-back beat provides a blank canvas for Yachty and Remble talk their s--t, laying out equally boastful and menacing rhymes.

Lucky Daye, "Over"

A dazzling guitar loop coupled with gentle drums gives Lucky Daye's latest single a bossa nova undertone, with straightforward trap drums breaking through after the song's calm intro. Daye delivers punchy melodies as he dances under active lights before being joined by his on-screen love, Jordyn Woods.