2016 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience - Day 1

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Gesaffelstein feat. The Weeknd — “Lost in the Fire”

The Weeknd raises eyebrows with a show-stopping appearance on Gesaffelstein’s newest single, “Lost in the Fire.” Abel wastes no time making waves on this cut, kicking things off with a raunchy opening line.

“I want to f*ck you slow with the lights on,” he sings. “You’re the only one I got my sights on / The type of sex you could never put a price on.” Later, the Canadian crooner adds a stinging line for, as some speculate, his renowned model girlfriend Bella Hadid: “I can’t lose you, babe.”

The Weeknd has another lyric that turned heads on this track. “I just want a baby with the right one / ‘Cause I could never be the one to hide one,” he sings. Some believe this was a jab towards Drake, who privately had a child last year, a hot topic during his highly-publicized 2018 feud with Pusha T.

Abel and Gesaffelstein collaborated on this track as co-writers and co-producers. Ahmad Balshe, Hason “DaHeala” Quenneville, and Nate Donmoyer also appear as songwriters, while DaHeala is listed as a co-producer.

Get “Lost in the Fire” below.

Kehlani feat. Ty Dolla $ign — “Nights Like This”

Kehlani goes nocturnal. The Bay Area songstress links up with Los Angeles crooner Ty Dolla $ign for a new California collaboration in the form of “Nights Like This.”

Lani Tsunami, who is currently pregnant with her first child, opens up about a tumultuous relationship on the track. “I can’t believe the lies that I went for,” she reflects. “Thought you was mine, but you decide to be with him though / Took my feelings and just threw them out the window / Feel like it’s too hard to fall in love again.”

Dolla drives through for a verse on this cut, reminiscing about his own challenges in a relationship. “I’ve been way too good to you,” he sings. “You take me for granted.” Later, he adds: “I see all the signs / I see all the clues.”

Kehlani is currently prepping the follow-up to her debut album, Sweet Sexy Savage. “My next official album is a story,” she told Beats 1. She is also planning to drop a mixtape soon, all while carrying her first baby. “The entire process of being in extreme pain, but also extreme beauty, is very ceremonious to me,” she said about motherhood.

Open the curtains to “Night Like This” below.

Sam Smith and Normani — “Dancing with a Stranger”

Fifth Harmony’s Normani is continuing to make a name for herself. While preparing to release her solo debut, the 22-year-old vocalist teams up with British crooner Sam Smith for “Dancing with a Stranger.”

The duo co-wrote the cut with Jimmy Napes, Mikkel S. Eriksen, and Tor Hemansen. It was produced by Stargate, Napes, Tim Blacksmith, and Danny D, and it was released through Capitol, according to Spotify.

“I need somebody who can take control,” Smith sings. “I know exactly what I need to do / I don’t want to be alone tonight.” “Look what you made me do,” Normani adds in response on the cut. “I’m with somebody new / Baby, baby, I’m dancing with a stranger.”

“I love you, Normani, very, very much,” Smith said following the song’s release. “I’ve been a fan of you for ages. Working with you, seeing your work ethic, and hearing your voice in the studio, the way this song came about was so fucking natural and organic and fun. We had a lot of fun doing this.”

Normani also opened up about this track in a press release. “I’m truly blessed having the opportunity to create with one of the greatest vocalists of this decade,” she explained. “I think about the artists that I frequently listen to daily and Sam Smith has definitely been one of them for some time now. I never thought in a trillion years that I would be able to state that I have a record with this extremely gifted being.”

Go “Dancing with a Stranger” below.

Lauren Jauregui — “More Than That”

Normani’s longtime collaborator, Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui, is also stepping out on her own as a soloist. The 22-year-old singer follows up her “Expectations” single with a new joint, “More Than That.”

Produced by Murda Beatz and Charlie Handsome, “More Than That” features a seductive storyline. “I need more than them diamonds that you got around your neck,” Lauren sings with confidence. “Anybody can flex, my baby do it best / If you come with something better, then we might just take it there.”

Lauren, who’s been linked to Ty Dolla $ign, has been exploring her hip-hop and R&B influences while prepping for her forthcoming debut album as a solo star. Late last year, she listed SZA, Tierra Whack, Kehlani and Kali Uchis as influences. “I go from soul and R&B to pop to rock,” she told Billboard. “I’m mostly inspired by songwriters. The string that goes through all I listen to is that they’re incredible songwriters, and they’re saying things from their souls.”

Get “More Than That” from Lauren below.

iLoveMakonnen feat. Gucci Mane — “Spendin’”

iLoveMakonnen is still going up. The “Tuesday” star, formerly connected to Drake’s OVO Sound squad, is continuing to build out his career with “Spendin’.” The Gucci Mane-assisted banger is out now via Warner Bros.

Over a hypnotic beat, which was produced by Makonnen, Louis Bell, Roofeeo, and Brandon Duvall, Makonnen sings and raps about spending his cash in Los Angeles. “I’m out here hitting the stores,” he rhymes. “I’m all in to Fendi / Rodeo Drive, I’m so high, ‘cause I’m spending the money.”

Guwop uses his guest appearance as an opportunity to claim his throne. “I’m the boss of drip and sauce, so don’t get lost,” he raps. “They want a feature but they can’t afford the cost / My rate just doubled, 16 bars costs you a house…I’m the trap God, I’m the JAY-Z of the South / The coolest n*gga I done ever seen / If you ask me, I’m the G.O.A.T.”

Listen to “Spendin’” below.