A hell of a year for Hip-Hop so far, here’s plenty more to add to your collection this weekend:
Travis Scott – Astroworld
No debate: Travis Scott has remained one of the most consistent artists in Hip-Hop (and music period), thanks to a slew of amazing features and a damn-near flawless catalog of mixtapes and albums. Today, he’s back with his third studio album, titled Astroworld, of which he explained viaGQ:
“They tore down [Houston’s Six Flags] AstroWorld to build more apartment space. That’s what it’s going to sound like, like taking an amusement park away from kids. We want it back. We want the building back. That’s why I’m doing it. It took the fun out of the city.”
Features on Astroworld are extensive, too: Drake, Frank Ocean, Murda Beatz, Cardo, Hit-Boy, The Weeknd, 21 Savage, NAV, Pharrell, Migos and more all add some sort of contribution (vocally or production-wise) to the effort. Expect this to be the chart-topper this coming week.
Mac Miller – Swimming
What a whirlwind life for Pittsburgh emcee Mac Miller (and the kid’s only 26). In two years, we’ve seen him go from a high-profile relationship with Ariana Grande and his ode to her (and women, period) The Divine Feminine to an unfortunate break-up amidst stories of addiction (and a DUI). Now, the man who’s career we’ve seen blossom and evolve in ways few of his peers could ever accomplish has a new album titled Swimming, which continues that evolution sonically. No features here, either: just added production from J. Cole, Jon Brion, ID Labs, DJ Dahi, Cardo, Tae Beast and more. Stream below.
YG – Stay Dangerous
YG is back. Every two years, you can expect a new collection of West Coast bangers from the Compton rapper, and — following 2016’s Still Brazy — we now have his third studio album Stay Dangerous, which sees him largely back on the field alongside partner-in-crime (DJ) Mustard. Production aside, features include YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Quavo, Ty Dolla $ign, A$AP Rocky, “Big Bank” collaborators Nicki Minaj, Big Sean (who isn’t too happy with EA Sports in regards to this song), 2 Chainz and more. 400!
Q Da Fool & Zaytoven – 100 Keys
Q Da Fool continues to make power moves following his inclusion into Roc Nation. For his latest, he teams up with the legendary Zaytoven for the 9-track release 100 Keys, a collaboration that he previously spoke on via Billboard:
“Working with Zaytoven on this EP has been a dope experience for me… I mean, Zay is a legend in the game and when he sent me the first set of beats, I knew then that this 100 Keys EP was going to be a classic project for me.”
Vibe to the Maryland artist’s latest below.
Moneybagg Yo – Bet On Me
Moneybagg Yo fans are currently celebrating the release of the Memphis star’s new EP titled Bet On Me, an apparent appetizer to hold us over until his debut album arrives. The 7-track project also sees appearances from Atlanta trifecta Gunna, Lil Baby and Young Thug; rising beatsmith Tay Keith handled executive production duties.
Baka Not Nice – 4MILLI
Drake‘s former muscle-turned-artist Baka Not Nice has officially christened his transition with his new EP titled 4MILLI, an 8-track tour de force that features previously-released singles “Money In The Bank,” “Live Up To My Name” and “Junior High.” Turn up to Canada’s latest below.
Iggy Azalea – Survive The Summer
Iggy Azalea‘s rollercoaster career is well-documented: the Aussie rhymer somehow went from chart-topping phenom to appropriating culture vulture in what seems like seconds (to be fair, her shallow attempts to address the faux Southern accent haven’t really helped). Even T.I. had to separate himself from his own artist.
Given this, her follow-up to 2014’s The New Classic simply couldn’t catch steam (Digital Distortion?)…fast-forward to Summer ’18, and Iggy now has a new EP titled Survive The Summer (a presumed leftover of another shelved album, Surviving The Summer), which sees 6 tracks and features from Tyga (“Kream”) and Wiz Khalifa (“OMG”).
Very interested to see the next move for Iggy Azalea after this.
H.E.R. – I Used To Know Her: The Prelude
Last but not least: if there’s an album we’re reaching rabid levels for, it’s H.E.R. — Gabi Wilson‘s quasi-alter-ego left us (me) in a spell via her Volume 1 and Volume 2 EPs (both of which are now joined for your listening pleasure). This weekend, the multi-faceted artist-musician gives us another appetizer: below lies I Used To Know Her: The Prelude, which sees 6 tracks and features from DJ Scratch and Bryson Tiller. Vibes.
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