DAILY FOCUS

On December 10, 2017, we decided to commit to a daily writeup; a daily exploration of a release – a single, a mixtape, an EP, an album, or a video; a Daily Focus. It granted us a constant glimpse into the state of music, countless connections, and a labyrinth of songs we’ll listen to for the rest of our lives. On October 10, 2020 – more than 1,000 Daily Focus writeups later – we wrote our last.

 

We’ll, of course, continue writing plenty of spotlighting pieces on music; continue to explore at great depth the route we began nearly three years ago. But, with the foundation that Daily Focus built for us, removing ourselves now from the responsibility of one immersive exploration of music every single day, will give us, among other things, more time to explore topics at even greater depth.

 

The Daily Focus Project will be a permanent part of our magazine, living in perpetuity as one of the most telling, immersive looks into the state of Hip-Hop, R&B, Neo-Soul, Afro Fusion, Mellow Pop, Electronic, and Acoustic from 2017 to 2020. And you can always find it, and the 1,000+ writeups that accompany it, on our music page.

10/10

3 To 5 Business Days

Sy Ari Da Kid

10/7

Wonder

Billy Lemos

10/4

Layer Cake

Bari

10/1

Vanity Pack

Brian Brown

9/28

Rap N Roll

Dom Kennedy

9/25

Fingerprints

Bari

9/22

Fuchsia

Bari

9/19

Kiss

Devin Morrison ft. Alex Isley

9/16

Passport

Masego

9/13

The Government

The Philharmonik

9/10

MANGO

KAMAUU

9/7

Baptize

Spillage Village

9/4

Hit Different

SZA

9/1

Emotional Summer

Jyou

8/29

Caught Up

Brandon Banks

8/26

Something

YellowStraps

8/23

E.A.$.T.

Villeboy Rand

8/20

Dedicate

PETTY

8/17

Mac Roni

Cousin Stizz

8/14

09

Alë Jay

8/11

Stressed Out

Kyle Dion

8/8

Stayback

Omar Apollo

8/5

Blessed

Juls

8/2

Be My Muse

Aaron Taylor

10/9

Lavender

Terrell Morris

10/6

Tribe Talk

Ron Obasi

10/3

On My Block

OGTHAGAWD

9/30

Me & My Lady

Tessellated

9/27

ICARUS

Aaron Taylor

9/24

Are You Happy

Sy Are Da Kid

9/21

Agreeable

Cautious Clay

9/18

Lie Again

Marlounsly

9/15

MF DOOM (visuals)

MFnMelo

9/12

Remember Me

Treasure

9/9

The Red

Kiya Lacey

9/6

Kamikaze

Omar Apollo

9/3

Si Tu Savais

YellowStraps

8/31

Golden Ticket

Brasstracks

8/28

Until

Kaleem Taylor

8/25

Durag Remix

Thundercat, Smino + Guapdad 4000

8/22

Worthy

Dave B.

8/19

Black Filter

Trinidad James

8/16

Different World

Billy Lemos

8/13

Channel Chasers

Grandace

8/10

All Mine

THEY.

8/7

Postcards I Forgot

Moise

8/4

Highs N Lows (video)

JORDAN Xx & SECK

8/1

Rudechild

Donavon

10/8

No Moor Bad Days

Chuck Indigo

10/5

When It' All Said

Giveon

10/2

Questions

Kaleem Taylor

9/29

Slip n Slide

Sunni Colón

9/26

ALICIA

Alicia Keys

9/23

ATC

Namir Blade

9/20

Dance On Me

Dave B.

9/17

Human

Malik Elijah

9/14

Flowers

Aaron Taylor

9/11

BS

Still Woozy

9/8

safe2say

HXRY

9/5

Monarch

Yours Truly, Jai

9/2

Isolation

Treasure

8/30

Renaissance Boy

Galimatias

8/27

Something, Safe

Sonn

8/24

Flow

Flwr Chyld

8/21

Ain't It Different

Headie One

8/18

Kick It

Childish Major

8/15

Lied

WizTheMc

8/12

X.

Trey Graves

8/9

Limbo

Aminé

8/6

Lockdown (remix)

Anderson .Paak

8/3

These Days