This is definitely one of those Fridays where you have a lot of Hip-Hop and R&B variety to choose from. Check ’em out below.
N.O.R.E. – 5E
Noreaga is back. The Hip-Hop legend from Lefrak City has been taking over media for much of the last couple of years…given some audio drops here and there, it was only a matter of time before he delivered a solid new album for the masses. Titled 5E, the Mass Appeal-released offering sees 11 tracks and additional appearances from many of N.O.R.E.‘s more closely-aligned Hip-Hop peers — Fabolous, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Wyclef — alongside The-Dream, Pharrell Williams, Tory Lanez and more.
Dave East – Karma 2
Harlem’s Dave East brings forth his new mixtape Karma 2, which sees 19 tracks and appearances from BlocBoy JB, Fabolous, Lil Durk, Trouble, Don Q, Gunna and more. Random: is Dave East still aligned with Mass Appeal?
G Herbo & Southside – Swervo
Shout out to the (presumed) old-school Hip-Hop-inspired artwork. Following Humble Beast, Chicago’s G Herbo heads south to Atlanta, joining forces with 808 Mafia’s own Southside on the joint effort Swervo. The union was broken down by Herbo via Complex:
Southside, who produced the whole album, came up with the name… We would hook up in Atlanta, Miami, or L.A. and just hop in $200K whips, swerv thru traffic—really just have fun and enjoy life—then go to the lab and capture that feeling. It’s that vibe.
Throw in features from Chief Keef, 21 Savage, Juice WRLD and Young Thug (not to mention, Herbo’s fire-starting “Who Run It” freestyle), and you have a solid project you’ll be vibing to all weekend.
Kingpen Slim – Trapper’s Delight
One of D.C.’s premiere lyricists, Kingpen Slim is clearly just having fun at this point. Following the nostalgic Life After Doubt, the Uptown emcee delivers a new EP titled Trapper’s Delight (named so for the project’s Trap-inspired sound), which sees 9 cuts and additional appearances from I Am Northeast and Lambo Anlo). Both lovers and haters of the current reigning Rap flow will appreciate this one.
Santigold – I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions
Two years after the release of 99¢, Philly’s Santigold connects with Mixpak‘s Dre Skull for a new project titled I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions. She describes the Dancehall effort with Pitchfork:
These are the issues on my mind right now. Just throw it down… Don’t be too precious about the lyrics. That’s why I called it The Gold Fire Sessions, because it’s a collection of songs from the moment.
Denzel Curry – TA13OO
Following a three-part rollout, Florida’s Denzel Curry delivers his new album, TA13OO, in its entirety. The 13-track release sees additional appearances from J.I.D., GoldLink, JPEGmafia and more. Stream in full below.
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