By Diane Cervantes
We’re in the middle of summer and the energy that comes along with it is undeniable! Everything just feels more fun and carefree, so it’s essential to match the frequency with some fly music. This summer we’re highlighting bangers made by talented women of color. Whether you’re on vacation, beach bummin or straight up chillin, the following tunes will enhance your summer time experience.
Ciara – Level Up
Ciara has returned! The singer’s new jam dropped right on time, as well as the visual to accompany it. Switching up Jersey’s DJ Telly Tellz “F*ck It Up,” Ciara has made it her own and is brining high energy with this one.
Nitty Scott – La Diaspora
Last summer, Brooklyn emcee Nitty Scott dropped an amazing body of work with her album CREATURE! A year later we’re still grooving to it like it’s the first time. The album’s entirety feels like a summer experience ranging from uptempo tracks to a more serious tone throughout, similar to a gloomy July day. CREATURE! is a tropical storm with “La Diaspora” being a standout.
Yaeji – raingurl
Gaining much attention following her first Boiler Room session in 2017, Korean-American DJ/Artist Yaeji has been making waves with her productions. Her second project, EP2 was well received and even included a cover of Drake’s “passionfruit” that made us forget its originally the OVO frontman’s song.
House-influenced, the bouncy rhythm throughout this song puts you in a trance.
Rico Nasty – Countin’ Up
Sampling N.O.R.E.’s track “Superthug,” produced by The Neptunes, Maryland’s Rico Nasty goes off on “Countin’ Up.” Now under Altalntic Records, her latest mixtape Nasty is perhaps one of the hardest rap records of the year. “Countin Up” is only one of the many tracks throughout the mixtape that will have you feeling like a badass.
Saweetie – ANTI
Gaining recognition for her jump on Khia’s “My Neck, My Back” instrumental earlier this year, Bay Area’s Saweetie got a viral hit with the track “ICY GIRL” and followed to create anticipation from fans for the release of her debut EP High Maintenance. Before the drop, Saweetie put out “Anti” a freestyle over SOB x RBE’s track of the same title. The beat is so West Coast and Saweetie makes it her own by delivering a carefree verse that is well paired for a summer night.
Amber Mark – Heatwave
This song is the epitome of a hot summer. It even hints it in the name. The vibrant beat over Mark’s rich voice go hand in hand. Despite what the title of the track suggests “Heatwave” won’t make you want to flee the rising temperatures and feels just right.
CupcakKe – Crayons
Chicago rapper CupcakKe became a viral sensation with tracks like “Vagina” and quickly soared into the rap scene dropping music that some would deem outrageous. Being open and comfortable with her sexuality, CupcakKe is very explicit in her raps and it’s not different in her song “Crayons.” The song has become a LGBTQ anthem, as it is meant to represent the colorful flag and celebrates diversity within the community. “Crayons” is bold and bright.
Beatriz Luengo – Caprichosa
Spanish singer Beatriz Luengo drops a sultry track with “Caprichosa.” The single is flirty, yet nonchalant — perfect for getting ready for a night out.
Karol G – Pineapple
Hailing from Colombia, reggaeton singer and songwriter Karol G proves she is one of the genre’s rising artists. She delivers a warm and sensual visual for her single “Pineapple,” where she creates her own paradise. The song is hot and seductive.
Rachel Foxx – Happen to Me
Cuffing season is said to be in the winter, but it’s those unexpected summer romances that sometimes are the most thrilling and memorable. London’s Rachel Foxx delivers a groovy set with “Happen to Me.” The song transports you to a funk/disco-influenced world with its sound. (It’s my personal fav.)
Now that we’ve shared some of our feel good tunes, what are your favorite summer-inspired jams by women of color? Comment below!