Thursday afternoon’s (May 18) edition of the DX Digest highlights Francis and The Lights’ promised remix of “May I Have This Dance,” featuring Chance The Rapper. The song only debuted this morning, but that didn’t stop Francis Farewell Starlite and company from following up with the entertaining official visual, which can be seen above. (Spoiler alert: take the title literally.)
Additionally, Danger Mouse bands together Run The Jewels and legend Big Boi on “Chase Me,” which can be best described as magical. Lil Yachty’s new single “X-Men” keeps awareness around him as he readies his debut album, Teenage Emotions. Find all of the above in the DX Digest below.
Francis and The Lights f. Chance The Rapper – “May I Have This Dance (Remix)”
Well, that was quick. Francis and The Lights roll out the official visual for “May I Have This Dance (Remix)” – their new track featuring Chance The Rapper – just hours after debuting the record. For much of the clip (the “official video sequel” to Francis’ treatment for “Friends”), we see Chano display some footwork by his lonesome before he’s eventually joined by the namesake artist for a final dance number.
Danger Mouse f. Run The Jewels & Big Boi – “Chase Me”
Separately, Danger Mouse, Run The Jewels, and Big Boi are some of the most sonically ambitious and experimental acts in all of music. It only makes sense that a collaboration featuring all three would be impressive in all categories. Danger Mouse masterminds the connection on “Chase Me,” featuring verses from Killer Mike, El-P, and Big Boi. The song will live on the soundtrack from the upcoming film Baby Driver, in theaters June 28th.
Lil Yachty f. Evander Griiim – “X-Men”
We’re sure Lil Yachty’s life has been on a rollercoaster ride, and the speed will only pick up as the May 26 release date for his debut album, Teenage Emotions, draws near. He premiered track 14, “X-Men,” which features Evander Griim, on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Radio show. During the interview portion, Yachty tells Lowe that the quality of Kendrick Lamar’s visuals for “DNA.” and “HUMBLE.” inspired him to come correct in the upcoming treatment for “X-Men.”
Nas & DJ Shadow – “Systematic”
The images in Nas and DJ Shadow’s visual for “Systematic” are powerful, as well as racially and politically charged. The song appears on the soundtrack to the new season of HBO’s Silicon Valley.
Young Thug – “Free Blac Youngsta”
“F*ck 12, free Blac Youngsta.” That’s Young Thug’s message to law enforcement on his new track, affectionately titled “Free Blac Youngsta.” It was released quickly in response to the Memphis rapper’s arrest in connection with a February shooting in Charlotte that allegedly targeted Young Dolph. Not to forget about Thugger’s track, we hear him play with his vocal inflections as he’s been known to do.
Young Dolph – “I’m So Real”
This week brought major developments of the Charlotte shooting targeting Young Dolph. And by major developments, we mean Blac Youngsta was arrested in connection with the crime. Meanwhile, the Bulletproof rapper continues to live his best life, as he debuts a visual for “I’m So Real.”
Yo Gotti f. Meek Mill – “Top Lookin Down”
Ahead of their Against All Odds Tour, Yo Gotti and Meek Mill connect on the former’s new song “Top Looking Down.” As expected, we hear the duo deliver verses reserved for fans of their brand of street emceeing. That includes plenty of braggadocio over pulsating trap production.
Kool G. Rap f. Manolo Rose, Sheek Louch & Cormega – “Capitol Hill”
Few MCs can hold a candle to Kool G Rap, whose upcoming solo album, Return of The Don, releases June 2nd. He receives assistance in the form of verses from Sheek Louch and Cormega, and a chorus from Manolo Rose, on his new single “Capitol Hill.” Produced by MoSS, this is what we like to call eloquent street rap.
XXXTentacion – “garette’s REVENGE”
One day XXXTENTACION drops a rap track, the next he goes the folk rock route. His guitar-heavy new release, “garette’s REVENGE,” is self-produced and features him displaying his talents as a vocalist.
Talib Kweli & Styles P f. NIKO IS, Jadakiss & Sheek Louch – “Nine Point Five”
Tour life can be grueling, but it’s rewarding, as shown by veteran MCs Talib Kweli and Styles P in their video for “Nine Point Five” from their new joint EP, The Seven. Here, we see great behind the scenes footage of the aforementioned wordsmiths alongside featured artists NIKO IS, Jadakiss and Sheek Louch.
Khary – “Floating”
It’s ironic that rising wordsmith Khary named his new track “Floating,” because it details a time in his life where he was in a sunken place of anxiety. Produced by Dane Orr, it’s a freebie that was left off of his Intern Aquarium mixtape.