New Friday, new music. The heavy hitters are gearing up to soundtrack the holiday season, with “surprise” albums from lyrical heavyweights, a few long-awaited debut records, and some solid showing from some established heads. Walk with us thorugh this New Music Friday.
J. Cole – 4 Your Eyez Only
Will it go platinum with no features? Did J. Cole’s “Control” lite joint “Everybody Dies” inspire an album length hip-hop diss? In the vein of his backpacker in arms Kendrick Lamar, Cole pulled back and dropped a poignant concept album on us. It’s too soon to tell if it’s a classic, but Dreamvillians can rest assured that their king is still in tact.
Ab-Soul – DWTW
Soulo’s last project These Days left many a fan wanting, and nearly two years and a new age old school/new school rap beef later, he’s got even more to say. DWTW (or Do What Thou Wilt) was preceded by a few heinous clunkers (The fumbled Ras Kass worship of “Threatening Nature” in particular left a bad taste in my mouth), but today’s the day where Soul proves whether or not he’s still got a good album in him.
Tech N9ne – The Storm
What else does Tech N9ne have left to prove at this point? He’s *the* most successful independent hip-hop artist in the game, has a superhuman tour schedule, and still manages to find time to record full albums for his equally ravenous fans to devour. The Storm is here to quench their thirst, and if lead single “Sriracha” is any indication, Tech’s still got the juice.
Post Malone – Stoney
From “White Iverson” to cultural appropriation and now his long-awaited debut album, Post Malone’s time in the spotlight has been complicated to say the least. The music here might be skin deep, but some of these Stoney joints will be dancing in your head for weeks to come.
Hodgy – Fireplace: TheNotTheOtherSide
The bulk of Odd Future found success and creative outlets once they splintered. Earl Sweatshirt, The Internet, Domo Genesis, and nominal leader Tyler, The Creator are proof of that. But outside of some OF beefing and a lukewarm MellowHype project back in 2014, Hodgy Beats has been quietly planning his next moves. Fireplace: TheNotTheOtherSide represents a step in a new direction for Hodgy and his fans, a reintroduction to a capable spitter as he grapples with living life. And he’s got a reinvigorated Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne on here, too.
Charles Hamilton – Hamilton, Charles
Mr. Hamilton signed a million dollar deal with Interscope Records in 2009, but his debut album lingered due to bipolar disorder. His head is clearer in 2016, and Hamilton, Charles is the best possible way for him to plead his case.
The-Dream – Love You To Death EP
We may not be getting Genesis this year, but The-Dream has been doing more with his time than just writing dope Pusha T hooks. Give these jams a listen.
Lloyd – Tru EP
Speaking of R&B EPs, Atlanta treasure Lloyd is back with some new joints of his own. He had a cameo in the first season of Atlanta, but Tru EP is a smooth reminder of why we fell in love with that falsetto in the first place. You can’t argue with a cover as bold as this.
Kazi & Madlib – Blackmarket Seminar
This collab is 20 years old, but is getting a remaster suiting any project produced by Madlib. MC Kazi fits right in the pocket on this lost gem.