As far as new Hip-Hop tunes are concerned, this Friday might be the best for 2017 thus far. Below, you’ll see new albums from New Yorkers A$AP Mob and Action Bronson, as well as the long-awaited release from Philly artist Lil Uzi Vert. Finally, Floridian rising star XXXTentacion delivers his official debut. Plenty of great music for the weekend.
XXXTentacion – 17
Following some interesting moments (including an apparant faux hanging for a music video), Pompano Beach emcee XXXTentacion blesses the world with his new album 17, an 11-track offering that sees one feature from Trippie Redd. The project follows Members Only, Vol. 3 and the mixtape EP Revenge, which boasts XXX’s breakout single “Look At Me.”
A$AP Mob – Cozy Tapes, Vol. 2: Too Cozy
August (or AWGEST) belonged to A$AP Mob, who have already dropped off releases from A$AP Twelvyy and A$AP Ferg. Now, the entire crew delivers the second installment of their Cozy Tapes series, which is led by the single and visual for “RAF” (featuring Frank Ocean, Quavo, Playboi Carti and Lil Uzi Vert). Other non-Mob features include Gucci Mane, Key!, Jaden Smith, ScHoolboy Q, Lil Yachty, Joey BADA$$ (with Pro Era) and more.
Lil Uzi Vert – Luv Is Rage 2
The wait is finally over. Lil Uzi Vert’s Luv Is Rage 2 might’ve been the most-anticipated project in Hip-Hop this year (and since 2015’s Luv Is Rage, really). The project sees a couple of features from Pharrell Williams and The Weeknd and is led by the runaway smash hit (and oddly-spelled) “XO TOUR Llif3”. Not much more to say here: press play and rock out for the rest of the year.
Action Bronson – Blue Chips 7000
Almost just as badly as a Lil Uzi album, Action Bronson’s fans have been holding out for a new release from Action Bronson since 2015’s Mr. Wonderful. Since then, the Queens representative has increased his foodie/chef profile, thanks to his F***, That’s Delicious series expansion from YouTube to VICELAND and his cookbook of the same name. Now, he’s back to the music with Blue Chips 7000, the third installment of his highly-respected mixtape series. The features on this one are light; Rick Ross, Jah Tiger and Bronson mainstays Meyhem Lauren and Big Body Bes make appearances. Singles include “Let Me Breathe” and “The Chairman’s Intent” (both of which have some of the nuttiest visual moments in Hip-Hop this year).