New Friday, new music. We’ve got an overabundance of new joints to sift through today. Come for the Gucci, stay for the Swet Shop Boys.
Omär (formerly known as SBZRT) is in a loving mood. His new 8-track EP is a groovy ode to the act of love – love of self, love of women, love of life.
After last year’s 2-part The Documentary 2/2.5 proved that The Game still had bars for days, he’s back on the heels of a pointless beef with Philly stalwarts Meek Mill and Beanie Sigel to prove he can do it all over again. Who’s ready to head back to 1992?
And speaking of previous projects, this is Gucci Mane’s second full-length album of the year, following July’s Everybody Looking. The Atlanta legend is as icy as ever while heralding in Woptober.
Imperial (Rerelease) – Denzel Curry
Finding a new label in Loma Vista means that it’s time for everyone who missed Denzel Curry’s ferocious Imperial to give it a listen now. The re-release even has two new tracks attached (“Me Now,” “Good Night”) while dropping two from before (“Narcotics” and “Pure Enough”). It still doesn’t excuse the fact that one of the songs is called “Gook,” but Curry’s still as nice as the rest of them.
What else can we say about NxWorries that hasn’t already been said? That Yes Lawd! might be the R&B answer to Madvillainy? That it’s 19 tracks of uncut bliss? That maybe you should go and brave the depths of Knxwledge’s Bandcamp page? There you go.
Listen to Yes Lawd! here.
Even with a 10-year hiatus from the album game, Jojo (yes, that Jojo) has been making moves behind the scenes. A mixtape and two EPs led the way to Jojo’s comeback record Mad Love., her first under her new contract with Atlantic Records.
Mr. Lif has found himself a new home in Mello Music Group and a kindred spirit in producer L’Orange. The duo have crafted what’s likely the most lighthearted dystopian rap record you’ll hear this year, a concept project with thumping beats and Wyatt Cenac narration.
Savage Season – 21 Savage
Still not over 21 Savage making an entire EP with Metro Boomin? Too bad, because Savage Season has officially started. Winter music winter music.
Recognize Your Power – EDO G + SHABAAM SAHDEEQ
Yet another Boston legend from Mr. Lif’s camp is Edo G, who’s teamed up with Brooklyn’s Shabaam Sahdeeq to help you Recognize Your Power.
Play This EP – PEARL GATES + SYLL
New York’s own Pearl Gates and Syll want and need you to play this joint right now. Like, *right* now.
Heems, Riz MC, and producer Redinho feel the need to tackle Islamophobia and the eastern side of racism on their new full-length.