#NewMusicFriday: What You Need To Hear

I’m sure we’re all going to see The Lion King today if we didn’t see it last night. Or- most definitely not seeing it. Either way, there’s multiple albums to listen no matter if you saw the movie or not so let’s get into them.

The Lion King: The Gift – Beyonce

We just found out this was coming this week and now it’s already here. Beyonce said she “wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa” and thus enlisted the hottest Afrobeat artists from there for this project It also features appearances from Jay – Z, Pharrell, Childish Gambino, Tierra Whack and even Blue Ivy herself. Let’s see if the full project is as amazing as the video for “Spirit” was.

The Lost Tapes II – Nas

Nas needs no introduction. This project has been delayed several times for several reasons but it’s here now.So I’ll let some of the producers on here draw you in: RZA, Swizz Beatz, Pharrell, Kanye West, No I.D., Pete Rock, The Alchemist, Statik Selektah and more. Mind you this is a compilation project and we can only guess when the tracks were recorded – unless someone tells us a story on how a song came to be. Some of you may be skeptical based on the only single from the project – “Jarreau of Rap (Skatt Attack)”. That’s completely understandable but still check out the project because it’s still Nas.


The tracklist for this album only has 8  songs on it making it clear Willow is going for quality over quantity. A majority of the tracks don’t even go over the three minute mark save for the closer which is just over five minutes. Willow has always been in her own lane and this project continues that path.

Warning Signs – Nyck Caution

If you’re still sleeping on Nyck Caution this is your wake up call. The Pro Era rapper has been putting in work for years and of course appeared on the Beast Coast supergroup album Escape From New York. This solo track shows he’s a force to be reckoned with all by himself and as far as the vocal sample goes…if you know you know.

Paul Barnes

Writing has always been Paul’s passion. His ultimate dream is to become a best selling author but, that journey begins here! He also loves movies, music, and food (eating it more than cooking it!). He says he tends to gravitate towards action and some dramas but, can also really get into a psychological thriller. Being an open minded individual, he literally listens to ALL kinds of music, so he has favorite artists across multiple genres.

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