New Friday, new music. This week, we’ve got some lovestruck jazz-rap, a posthumous compilation, conceptual albums, and a debut confessional. Let’s rock.
Mac Miller – The Divine Feminine
Two days to the year since he dropped his last album GO:OD AM, Mac Miller is feeling love right now. The strife, the lust, the connections, and the energy of the women in his life flow through this 10-track jazz/soul rap odyssey. All anybody wants to talk about is Mac’s newly revealed relationship with singer Ariana Grande, who’s featured on the track “My Favorite Part,” but the general catharsis of a somewhat happy Mac Miller doing his best D’Angelo impression is infectious. Guest spots from Bilal, Anderson .Paak, Ty Dolla $ign, Njomza, Cee-Lo Green, and Kendrick Lamar round this one out.
Chinx – Legends Never Die
It’s been just over a year since the rap world lost Chinx to gun violence, and the rapper’s posthumous album has been in the making pretty much ever since. It’s finally seeing the light of day this week, boasting features from French Montana, Movado, Stack Bundles, MeetSims, & more.
Jahshua Smith – The Fourth Wall
Man, Detroit and Chicago have been cranking out music like nobody’s business this year. Detroit’s own Jahshua Smith has been hard at work since his 2013 debut The Final Season. Smith’s debuted some somber grooves on this very website over the past few months and now we know they’ve been feeding into the concept album that is The Fourth Wall, a Truman Show-like meditation on the pressures of creating art. Nolan The Ninja, Red Pill, and more give support here.
Kool Keith – Feature Magnetic
30 years+ deep in the music business, Kool Keith is still paving new ground. His latest solo record Feature Magnetic is a self-produced effort that sounds like moon rocks at the end of phasing sentences. If you can vibe off of that sentence, this project might be for you. Just about every track on here boasts a feature, hence the title; MF Doom, Sadat X, Slug, Ras Kass, Bumpy Knuckles, Craig G, and more are all satellites orbiting Keith’s unique aura, even if some of the songs are a little extra (“Girl Grab” is a lot to handle on listen one). But you should expect that with this eye-popping cover. Legends aren’t pushing boundaries like Keith is, so give this a listen.
The Gaslamp Killer – Instrumentalepathy
DJ The Gaslamp Killer is back with his first proper album in four years on his own imprint! Instrumentlepathy is a victory for a few reasons, namely having been inspired by a near-death experience the LA producer experienced three years ago. We’re glad he’s still here and pumping out music the way only he can.
Mykki Blanco – Mykki
Mykki Blanco is one of the underground’s most alluring figures, and she fought to drop her debut project on her own terms. With a new imprint and a new lease on life, Mykki is confessional, intimate, and just the introduction to the wider world that she deserves.