Another weekend filled with a variety of dope music across the board. Starting with one I overlooked from the previous week:
Styles P – Dime Bag
Legendary emcee and member of The LOX Styles P is putting in more work than some of your favorite new artists this year. Following G-Host and Beloved (the latter alongside Dave East), Styles returns with a new drop titled Dime Bag, named so for it’s 10-song tracklist. There aren’t any additional appearances this time around, either: just one of Hip-Hop’s hardest going in lyrically over hard production.
Kodie Shane – Young Heartthrob
Ever since seeing her alongside Lil Yachty as a member of the Sailing Team (which is apparently disbanded), it was hard not to see Kodie Shane as a soon-to-be breakout artist. Following tours and highly-rated releases like Zero Gravity, the Atlanta artist delivers her debut album Young Heartthrob, which sees 15 genre-bending tracks and assists from TK Kravitz and Trippie Redd. This is only the beginning.
Too $hort – The Pimp Tape
At ago fifty-freaking-two, Too $hort is definitely pushing the boundaries of your typical Hip-Hop career, showing that our legends can continue to deliver dope tunes in the same way as many of our Rock & Roll counterparts. This week, he keeps that going via his twentieth album The Pimp Tape, which contains 18 tracks and plenty of dope features (T.I., ScHoolboy Q, E-40, 2 Chainz, Snoop Dogg, French Montana, Ty Dolla $ign, Mozzy, Nef The Pharaoh, Mistah F.A.B. and more). Also added below: a visual for the G-Eazy and The-Dream-assisted “Only Dimes.”
Smino – NØIR
Following last year’s well-received debut blkswn (which I’m still listening to heavy), St. Louis’ own Smino delivers a new release titled NØIR, which sees a healthy 18 songs and additional appearances from Valee, Dreezy, Ravyn Lenae and more.
9th Wonder Presents: Jamla Is the Squad II
Four years after its inaugural predecessor, 9th Wonder is back with the second installment of his Jamla Is The Squad series, which sees his artists (Ruben Vincent, Ian Kelly, Heather Victoria, GQ and Rapsody, to name a few) trading bars and beats alongside J. Cole, Black Thought, Busta Rhymes, Conway and more.
Tee Grizzley – Still My Moment
Still sailing off the release of Activated, Tee Grizzley closes out the year with his second drop Still My Moment, a presumed sequel to last year’s breakout record My Moment. Still My Moment sees 15 tracks and additional appearances from Chance The Rapper, Quavo, Offset, Lil Pump and more.
IDK – IDK & FRIENDS
For his latest, IDK surprises with a 7-track effort that sees him collaborating alongside other DMV artists (ex. Wale, Rico Nasty, Q Da Fool) and fellow peers like Maxo Kream and Domo Genesis. He explains the release below:
“These are raw and uncut idk thoughts… I’ve done a lot of features with my friends and I feel like it would be a shame to let that music go to waste. This is in no way shape or form as deep as many of my previous projects as a whole, BUT I think each song is fire and gets the point across in a short amount of time. I don’t want anyone to have any expectations for this project. I don’t want it to be mistaken for my debut album… I took the time to work on my hooks and keep a level of simplicity in each track, but at the same time still keep it clever as usual. I just want y’all to enjoy the crank and play the f*ck out of it while we wait for me to complete the album.”
Trippie Redd – A Love Letter To You 3
Last but certainly not least…Trippie Redd follows up Life’s A Trip with the third installment of his A Love Letter To You series. This go ’round, fans of the Midwest artist get 16 songs and additional appearances from Kodie Shane, Juice WRLD, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Tory Lanez and more.