Lots of new music as we close out the month of October. Happy Halloween!
Black Eyed Peas – Masters Of The Sun Vol. 1
What a journey the Black Eyed Peas have made, from Eazy-E to making their names on the underground Hip-Hop circuit to Pop/commercial success with Fergie. Now, the Fergie-less trio looks to be coming full circle with Masters Of The Sun Vol. 1, which sees 12 tracks and appearances from Nas, Phife Dawg, Slick Rick, Nicole Scherzinger, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Posdnuos. Press play on the album below, along with a new visual for the CL-assisted cut “DOPENESS.”
Joell Ortiz & Apollo Brown – Mona Lisa
New York and Detroit come together as Joell Ortiz teams up with Apollo Brown for the new release Mona Lisa. Brown explained the project to Billboard back when it was announced:
“In my ears, this is what the painting Mona Lisa sounds like… The music is straightforward. That’s all I ask for when I’m the listener, so that’s all I give when I’m the creator. No bullshit. None. I provided the canvas, and Joell provided the honest brushstrokes. This album is a relatable body of work that everyone can listen to and appreciate. It’s growth within a gold frame. Open your ears and enjoy.”
Mona Lisa sees 11 hard-hitting tracks and a couple of notable appearances from Royce Da 5’9″ (an immediate standout) and DJ Los.
Ty Dolla $ign & Jeremih – MIH-TY
Here’s an album I thought was a myth. A year after it was announced, Ty Dolla $ign and Jeremih‘s MIH-TY project is finally here…the project was led by the singles “The Light” and “Goin’ Thru Some Thangz.” Additional appearances on the 11-track release (SIDEBAR: I’m loving these shorter albums, a welcome release from the 30-plus song albums we’ve all been seeing in the streaming era) include French Montana, Chris Brown and Wiz Khalifa. I feel like this might be the most solid project out this weekend…
MadeinTYO – Sincerely, Tokyo
Atlanta’s MadeinTYO is back with a new project (his debut album) titled Sincerely, Tokyo. The album sees 14-tracks and appearances from Blood Orange, Tinashe, A$AP Ferg, Roy Woods, Gunna and more (of course 24hrs makes an appearance as well). Check it out below.
Tory Lanez – Love Me Now?
Tory Lanez is back with his second album of the year. Titled Love Me Now?, the 15-track offering sees additional appearances from many of Lanez’ friends and past collaborators: Chris Brown, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Bryson Tiller, Trey Songz, NAV, Rich The Kid and more.
Check it out below…presumably, his other forthcoming release — the Latin-influenced El Aqua — is still on the way.
AD & Eric Bellinger – Nine
Here’s another Rap/R&B joint album worth a listen. AD and Eric Bellinger — two stars on the rise with their individual careers — have joined forces to become Poncho Belly and Dizzle. In character, they deliver a 9-track offering aptly-titled Nine, which you can stream below.
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