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Justin Timberlake, Grimes, and Chance the Rapper: Grading the week's best (and worst) new singles

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Steve Gunn, “Ancient Jules”

Everybody could use a pal like Lizzo, the Minneapolis emcee whose 2015 album Big GRRRL Small World scored Missy Elliott comparisons thanks to its deft mix of rapping and singing. On this contribution to the Barbershop: The Next Cut soundtrack—which just got a music video to match—Lizzo does more of the latter as she dishes out some real talk (and tequila shots) to a troubled BFF. Her toss-your-hair advice is a little lady-specific, but her delivery is so warm and infectious that it’s hard to imagine anyone being immune to her soulful self-esteem boosts. A- —Nolan Feeney

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