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The Best New Hip-Hop To Have On Your Radar

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There were releases by a diverse slew of artists this week. J.I.D’s “151 Rum” video was inspired by the James Caan Misery classic, while conspiracy theorists and know-it-alls were the foil for Open Mike Eagle and Phonte’s “Woke As Me” visual. Blueface wants people to “Stop Cappin” while Wiz Khalifa, Trippie Redd and Preme are “Alright” in the psychedelic video for their feel-good collaboration. Young Nudy and Pi’erre Bourne also dropped the Lil Uzi Vert-assisted “Extendo” from their upcoming Sli’merre album:

Logic Feat. Eminem, “Homicide”

Eminem and Logic have so much in common these days that their “Homicide” single seems almost overdue. Both MCs made up for lost time with their rapid-fire lyrical marksmanship, tearing through multis and displaying the technical lyricism that’s won them praise from their devoted fanbases.

Lil Durk Feat. Teyana Taylor, “Home Body”

Lil Durk and Teyana Taylor decided to play into the Game Of Thrones mania in the video for Durk’s “Home Body” single. Teyana said in a press release that the sultry song gave her “medieval vibes,” and “passion and lovemaking scenes in medieval, fantasy visuals such as 300, Troy, and Game of Thrones” became her “mood board” for the track.

Asian Da Brat, “Tweakin”

Asian Da Brat’s Unfuccwitable album is out today. On Wednesday, she decided to offer up a last minute taste of what to expect with “Tweakin,” a single that shows her personality flourishing over a minimalist, bouncing drum production.

Blocboy JB, “I Used To”

Blocboy JB reflects on how far he’s come on “I Used To,” a short track where he runs off a laundry list of ways he’s leveled up, from fashion to vehicle choices. “I be the big loc, I ain’t gotta go tap in,” he boasts over a Real Red production.

Shoreline Mafia, Breakdown

On Shoreline Mafia’s brand new “Breakdown” single, they let us know they “got more game than the playground” as they get off some tough talk and braggadocious rhymes and steely cool flows over a synth-driven beat.

Joyner Lucas, “Devil’s Work”

Joyner Lucas is known by many for crafting creative visuals, and thoughtful lyricism. Both are on display on “Devil’s Work,” a heartfelt plea to a higher power for answers. “We don’t need to die young we just need chances” he passionately rhymes in a video set in a church.

Cassidy, ”Bars Is Back”

Fresh off of a rap battle with battle rapper Goodz (that many believe the Philly rapper lost), Cassidy drops “Bars Is Back,” a track that shows him in his most comfortable element: dropping hard bars on a face-scrunching 5ickness beat.

Audio Push, “Serve”

Inland Empire duo Audio Push dropped off the fun “Serve” on Wednesday, a track that carries on the festive vibes of their “Teach Me How To Jerk” single. At the end of a long week, most people don’t want to be thinking too hard about how they’re going to de-stress. That’s why the track’s thumping drums and simple “serve” refrain is right on time.

KOTA The Friend, “Backyard”

Brooklyn’s KOTA The Friend is back with another single from his debut FOTO album that will be dropping on May 15. Whereas “Birdie” was a romantic ode to companionship, “Backyard” is a carefree nod to good vibes and summer flings. “Mami is a 10, she like ‘I don’t need a man, but it’s summer in New York and I could use a friend,” he rhymes, setting the stage for a good summer.

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