New Friday, new music. We’ve got some long-awaited follow ups, a shimmering debut, and some more notable for y’all to dig into this weekend. Peep ’em below.
Rae Sremmurd – SremmLife 2
We’ve been waiting on this one here for a long time. Those Ear Drummers Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi created a spellbinding party record with last year’s debut SremmLife, and SremmLife 2 is a sequel in a “the second one is darker” kind of way. No, the boys aren’t brooding, but Mike WiLL Made-It’s production is a little moodier and the party is a little more grounded. The duo’s boundless energy, songwriting skills, and features from Kodak Black, Gucci Mane, Juicy J, & more keep it moving regardless.
PARTYNEXTDOOR – P3
Ready to fall into an emotional pit of despair? PND’s got you covered. The Canadian crooner has been working on this project for two years (potentially thanks to Drake) and we’ve finally got some new lovelorn R&B to cry over.
Atmosphere – Fishing Blues
The Minnesota vets help run a label, organize a huge festival, and *still* found time to make a new album this year. This is an 18-track album about fishing (“Fishing for compliments; fishing for validation; fishing for food, love, money,” he explains in an interview with The Current) and continuing to find reasons to bait the lure. Also there’s a song with Kool Keith and MF Doom on it, which is essentially required listening.
Various Artists – The Get Down (Original Soundtrack)
The story of disco era and the beginnings of hip-hop came to Netflix this morning in the form of The Get Down. Songs from Miguel, Raury & Jaden Smith, Janelle Monaé, Christina Aguilera and classic cuts from Teddy Pendergrass, Leon Bridges, and more round out the experience.
Wale – Today…I Got Time!
Wale’s got time for a new EP, apparently. The DC emcee has a lot on his mind on these new freestyles, which you can peep below.
Pryde – Are U There?
On his latest project, Pryde is wearing his heart on his sleeve. He’s out to prove he’s got what it takes on his somber sing-song EP Are U There?
Lando Chill – For Mark, Your Son
Lando Chill’s debut record is versatile in its melancholy. A tribute to a father he barely knew, the project threads equal parts boom-bap, indie rock, and soul into a story of pain, love, and legacy. Even among the varied roster of Mello Music Group, this kid’s one-of-a-kind.
Show Banga – ShowTime 2
On the heels of last year’s Mayor 4 Life, Show Banga has even more to prove on followup ShowTime 2. He’s still doing his thing, joined by Sage The Gemini, Iamsu!, and Kool John.