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The sun is out and there’s a puppy in the office so it feels like happiness should be all around us right now, but it would seem that there are still rappers who have hard times to complain about. Hit-Boy is responsible for making beats for artists such as Beyoncé, Drake and Mariah Carey, and he’s now turned to his own work – making songs about his struggle to get to where he is aka “Grindin’ My Whole Life.” Elsewhere, Beyoncé turns the tables by featuring on a track by BOOTS, who helped her realize her visual album last year, and there’s an incoming from newcomer King Avriel.

Enjoy our selection of this week’s musical happenings, and check up on previous This Week in Music features, here.

BOOTS feat. Beyoncé – Dreams

It’s a big deal for Beyoncé to appear as a guest on somebody else’s song; the only people to succeed in doing so far are her husband and her sister – that was until now. BOOTS is an artist that helped realize Beyoncé’s visual album last year, so it’s only fair she repay the favor by featuring on his track, “Dreams.” Listen to it via SoundCloud.


Joey Bada$$ – Mr. Wonderful

Bed Stuy-born Joey Bada$$ may only be 19 years old, but he has a sound that goes way beyond his years. His sophomore mixtape, Summer Knights, was dropped at the beginning of July last year and features production from MF DOOM and DJ Premier. This week he’s just dropped a track named after the alter-ego of UFC light heavyweight fighter Phil Davies. I can’t pretend to know a thing about UFC but I do know a thing about a good song, and this is one. Listen to it now via DatPiff.


King Avriel – Caricatures

Singer-songwriter King Avriel is the latest contemporary R&B artist to make waves in the music industry. So-called in an attempt to deconstruct gender binaries, it’s surprising how many people are baffled at the idea of a woman calling herself King. I like her for that alone. And of course for her latest track, “Caricatures.” Listen to it via SoundCloud.


Hit-Boy – Grindin’ My Whole Life

Being responsible for the beats of chart-topping artists such as Beyoncé, Mariah Carey and Drake doesn’t mean you’ve had it easy, which Hit-Boy is keen to assert in this track, “Grindin’ My Whole Life.” He’s taken the time to focus on his own discography, putting together a compilation titled Hit the Plug, which is due to release on May 6. Get a taste for it by streaming this track via SoundCloud.


Future feat. Pusha T – Move That Dope on Jimmy Fallon

Future turned up on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform his track “Move That Dope.” The Atlanta rapper was joined on stage by that pusher, Pusha T, with backing – as always – by The Roots. Unfortunately Pharrell wasn’t about to join them, but I could do with a break from that big Vivienne Westwood hat – it’s already burned into my retinas. Check out their performance for yourself via Dailymotion.

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