Another Friday is here and it’s stacked as usual. We’ve got things for “real hip hop” fans, things for those who just want to turn up and those who want energy with a message. Let’s get into it.
Some Rap Songs – Earl Sweatshirt
Earl needs no introduction. After a promise of new music on New Year’s Day this year the and only performing new songs at festivals the complex lyricist returned with his third album titled Some Rap Songs. If the cover art is a little shocking to you then the production will only add to that effect. This project sounds like nothing out in the rap world right now. And, people tend to overuse that classification but this project is really in a lane all by itself.
Championships – Meek Mill
Meek is back and he’s got a lot to say. This project will be his first album since being released from prison and we can expect him to delve even more into the issue of prison reform and his new outlook on life on this album. With such a huge year for rap releases it’s only right that Meek adds his name to the list of top level artists that drop. Features on here include Kodak Black, Fabulous, Cardi B, Jeremih and more.
Street Gossip – Lil Baby
“(feat. Lil Baby)” is something you’ve come across multiple times this year. The Atlanta rapper made sure 2018 was his as his debut album catapulted him into the public eye and his collab project with Gunna showed he wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon. This mixtape shows he’ still got more in the tank and features Gucci Mane, Offset, Young Thug and more.
Stokeley – Ski Mask The Slump God
Ski Mask is one the most unique rappers out right now. With a raspy jumpy flow and silly but clever bars it’s hard to ignore any of his verses. While he didn’t have multiple features this year he’s been posting and playing snippets which fans anticipate will be on the project. They’ve been waiting for this project after the elongated legal issues from his last release which plagued it in multiple ways. Features on Stokeley Juice WRLD, Young Thug, Lil Yachty and Lil Baby. If you’re looking for something that’s gonna be fun and still slap, this is the one for you.
Bread EP – The Alchemist
This one is for those of you who are looking for REAL HIP HOP. Over the 4 track project The Alchemist is in charge of all production as soulful samples are a running theme on the album in addition to hard flows and deeper than the surface lyrics. Features here come from Earl Sweatshirt, Black Thought, Westside Gunn and more.
Streams of Thought Vol. 2 – Black Thought x Salaam Remi
The Roots lead vocalist drops the follow up to his solo debut EP with a slightly longer project titled Streams of Thought Vol 2. This one is for those people who love to say “hip-hop is dead” because Black Thought proves this to be 100% false. Rapping over aggressive boom bap sample driven beats Black Thought gets straight to the point with no filler – or filter. This is one of those projects where if your mind wanders for whatever reason you’ll miss a bar – or three. Production on this one comes from the one and only Salaam Remi who has worked with The Fugees, Nas, Miguel and many more so best believe these beats go in allll the way in and compliment Black Thought’s verses almost effortlessly.
All these projects are available on streaming services now!