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H.E.R. grabbed the week’s only Top Ten debut with ‘Back of My Mind’ For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

The love-as-drug song has been a pop-music cliché since at least 1938, when Billie Holiday recorded “You Go To My Head.” This makes sense. The buzzy, fluttery, fleeting feeling of being newly in love is one of pop’s great subjects, and it’s hard to find too many other sensations that can even be compared to that feeling. Again and again, pop musicians have gone back to describing that feeling as a high: Roxy Music’s “Love Is The Drug,” Huey Lewis’ “I Need A New Drug,” Robert Palmer’s “Addicted To Love,” the Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face.” It’s a little more rare that we actually hear someone singing a love song to a drug, but one song like that is emerging as one of 2021’s omnipresent rap bangers.

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Murs had a keyboard player. I thought that was pretty weird. Sometime in the early ’00s — let’s say 2003 — I caught a Def Jux package tour at my local indie rock club, and when headliner Murs was onstage, there was a tall, slightly familiar-looking guy off to the side of the stage, adding all these jazz-funk runs to his squelchy underground rap tracks. Especially in the context of a skronky and chaotic underground rap show, those slick keyboard embellishments were a surprise. But they worked. About halfway through the show, we got a bigger surprise. That keyboard player briefly stepped out from behind his instrument, put on a pair of plastic novelty glasses with a fake nose attached, and he instantly became a whole other person. That keyboard player wasn’t just a keyboard player. That keyboard player was Humpty Hump. It was like watching Clark Kent transform into Superman in front of me.

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Eric Church’s Heart debuts at Number Two For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

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“We’ve got a lot of work to do, and this is a long fight,” says Atlanta rapper For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

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Rico Nasty is building toward the release of her official debut album Nightmare Vacation sometime soon. Since announcing the project, she’s released “iPhone,” produced by Dylan Brady of prior Rico collaborators 100 Gecs, and “Own It,” which was paired with a visually stunning video.

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Track will appear on rapper’s upcoming album, Nightmare Vacation For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

It’s a crudely animated video in the tradition of eBaum’s World hits like “End Of Ze World” and “Sensimilla Street,” which range from cheekily irreverent to so offensive Matt Stone and Trey Parker would blush. Likenesses of Southern rappers Soulja Boy, OJ Da Juiceman, Gucci Mane, and Waka Flocka Flame deliver self-deprecating verses that highlight…

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