New Friday, new music. We’ve got a final farewell, lowkey legends, rising talent, and surprising pairings to roll through this week. Walk with us.
M.I.A. – AIM
After 4 albums, countless tours, and a mountain of controversy, the Sri Lankan rapper/singer/activist is looking to go out with a bang. AIM is M.I.A.’s supposed final album and is jam-packed with rhythm, politics, and energy. Scattershot energy, but energy nonetheless.
Jay IDK – The Empty Bank
Money makes the vast majority of our worlds go round, and Jay IDK is sick of it. The Maryland rapper devoted his latest project to money and its grip on our lives, all through Ignorantly Delivered Knowledge (IDK is an acronym) and one of the most striking album covers of 2016. Don’t sleep.
Fudge (Michael Christmas & Prefuse 73) – Lady Parts
Michael Christmas’ affable nature makes him one of the most infectious spitters in the game today, which makes his pairing with eclectic Atlanta producer Prefuse 73 crazy surprising. As Fudge, Prefuse’s melancholic beats and Christmas’ fun and bouncy rhymes prove to be a perfect match. Prefuse even reportedly asked for Christmas by name when approached by Lex Records about making this album, so maybe this was preordained. Either way, this is one of the most pleasant surprises of the year, so go indulge your sweet tooth.
Ras Kass – Intellectual Property: SOI2
A legend among lyricists, Ras Kass is as likely to joke about lyrical hip-hop being dead as he is to make a full album with superproducer Jack Splash. He’s been gearing up for the 20th anniversary of his debut Soul On Ice and its follow up, but today he’s let go a small piece of what’s to come. And it’s still 22 tracks of raw.
Rob $tone – I’m Almost Ready
San Diego’s own Rob $tone has been keeping us waiting, but I’m Almost Ready is finally here. “Chill Bill” was a wavy joint that gets a proper remix featuring D.R.A.M., Denzel Curry, and Cousin Stizz along with 14 other crazy tracks. Don’t sleep on new talent.
Reks – The Greatest X
Are you looking for 35 tracks of new? Boston emcee Reks has you covered. He’s a fierce lyricist, and he’s got the production (Statik Selektah, Apollo Brown, Large Professor) and features (Planet Asia, Guilty Simpson, Termanology) to back that up.
clipping – Splendor & Misery
Where do you go after starring in a Tony Award-winning musical the likes of Hamilton? Back to the drawing board. clipping., the group featuring William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes, and Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs are back with their third full-length album, a space opera concept record following up their excellent Wriggle EP from earlier this year. Their sound is as glitchy and rough as ever, with Diggs’ lightning-fast wordplay cutting through all of it.
Deem Spencer – sunflower
Contemplative raps coming outta Jamaica Queens. Up-and-comer Deem Spencer waxes honest on his latest EP sunflower.
Ryu – Tanks For The Memories
Fewer soldiers in this industry are as hardened as Ryu, but all the fighting bears fruit today. Tanks For The Memories is the debut solo album produced primarily by Divine Styler, which you can check out below.