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New Music Friday: Gucci Mane, DJ Drama, Phonte & More

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New Friday, new music. Check out what’s dropped and what’s poppin’ below.


Gucci Mane – Everybody Looking

Gucci may not be a clone, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s human, either. Guwop was released from prison after a two-year stint back in June and a new album announcement followed shortly after; not that prison was stopping him from dropping new music. Drake, Kanye West, & Young Thug join Guwop over some of the hardest Zaytoven & Mike WiLL Made-It production you’ll hear this side of Rae Sremmurd in August.


Lil Yachty – Summer Songs 2

Whether you’re on his wavelength or not, Lil Yachty’s surfing on the game. He dropped his second full-length project earlier this week, yet another collection of melodic flexing (and a shot at Hot 97) featuring friend Burberry Perry, Offset of Migos, and fellow 2016 XXL Freshman G Herbo.


DJ Drama – Quality Street Music 2

DJ Drama’s been keeping busy with mixtape hosting, A&R-ing, and XXL Freshman scratching, but he’s also pulled together a sequel to Quality Street Music. A plethora of guests and some banging beats are all we needed to hear.  


Phonte & Eric Roberson – Tigallero

Is Phonte really putting out two projects in 2016? The North Carolina emcee/singer/producer has already graced fans with his work on Zo!’s Skybreak and Kaytranada’s 99.9%, and today his 12-track groove with Eric Roberson called Tigallero just fell outta the sky. And before you ask, there’s singing *and* rapping on this thing. Featuring production from fellow Foreign Exchange founder Nicolay, DJ Harrison, Rich Medina, and more, it’ll have you two-stepping into the weekend.


Curren$y – Weed and Instrumentals 2

We worry about Curren$y’s health sometimes. The New Orleans emcee has one of the most disciplined work ethics in the game and has dropped no less than seven projects this year, with today’s Weed & Instrumentals 2 making it an even eight. 25 tracks of smooth dope for your listening pleasure.


Lil Durk – Durk 2X

Chicago’s own Lil Durk took his time with this one. 2X is his second major label release on the heels of last year’s June debut Remember My Name and the bold December project 300 Days, 300 Nights. Durk hasn’t let up on the gas yet, if features from Future, Young Thug, Yo Gotti, and Dej Loaf are any indication.


Kemba – Negus 

After three long years and a steady drip of singles, the artist formerly known as YC The Cynic has emerged from the cocoon rejuvenated with his head toward the sky on Negus. Produced almost entirely by longtime cohort Frank Drake, Kemba’s debut sees him in the dead center of the American war zone trying to make sense of the senseless. In an era where Black lives are still fighting to be acknowledged, Kemba’s words cut deep.

Keep your eyes peeled for a special edition of Verse Behavior with Kemba dropping next week.

Short Fuze & Uncommon Nasa – Autonomy Music

Former Definitive Jux engineer turned emcee Uncommon Nasa’s synth-heavy production is a powerful force. When combined with fellow spitter Short Fuze, the duo break time and sound like absolutely nothing else. It was the case on their debut collab Lobotomy Music, and their latest – Autonomy Music – is no exception. This ain’t your daddy’s New York.

Jarren Benton – Slow Motion vol. 2

Jarren Benton’s growing pains are pushing him along. After the very public flameout of Hopsin’s Funk Volume label, Benton’s still going strong with a 16-track sequel to his Slow Motion EP from last year. He’s a little older, a little wiser, but no less vicious on the mic.


Dave B & Sango – Tomorrow

What happens when you get two of Seattle’s finest – vocalist Dave B and Soulection producer/musician Sango – in a room together? A record that feels both introspective and confident, apprehensive about the good night it may be going into. Dave holds his own over Sango’s lowkey groovy production throughout.

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