The best new hip-hop this week includes albums, videos, and songs from Brockhampton, CJ, and more.
The self-declared boy band called their latest release, Roadrunner, the first of two in 2021 and their penultimate release as a group. Meanwhile, Staten Island standout CJ capitalizes on the success of his breakout hit “Whoopty” with a deluxe version of his debut EP Loyalty Over Royalty. Lastly, Quality Control’s newest roster member Lakeyah brings the feminine energy this week to keep the wave of fresh voices in hip-hop building with a brand new full-length.
Here is the best of hip-hop this week ending April 9, 2021.
Brockhampton — Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine
After taking the world by storm with their Saturation trilogy and a pair of strong follow-ups, it seems Brockhampton feels they’ve run out of road. Their penultimate release is more personal and less chaotic than their previous ones, so how you’ll feel about it depends on what you wanted from the band in the first place.
CJ — Loyalty Over Royalty (Deluxe Edition)
Talk about striking while the iron is hot. Not only is CJ forging ahead with a deluxe version of his debut EP, including new single “Lil Freak,” but he’s also stoking the flames that generated the buzz around his name in the first place, centralizing his multiple “Whoopty” remixes and showing that he’s even more versatile than anyone could have thought when he kicked in the door.
Lakeyah — In Due Time
Less than a year after making her debut with Time’s Up, the Milwaukee-born Atlanta transplant follows up with another fresh collection of songs showing off her Swiss precision flow. This time, she’s revealing a bit more about herself while still retaining that boastful edge, bringing along veteran trap pioneer Gucci Mane and burgeoning talent Yung Bleu along for the ride.
MO3 — Shottaz 4Eva
The Dallas rapper — who met his untimely demise last year after being shot and killed on Interstate 35 — was building an impressive collection of independently released mixtapes that saw him garnering attention and co-signs from the likes of Boosie Badazz and Moneybagg Yo. His posthumous release includes features from Boosie, Foogiano, and YFN Lucci.
Onyx — Onyx 4 Life
This is my Elder Millennial Nostalgia inclusion. Onyx hasn’t lost a step lyrically since their “Slam”-backed heyday, and while their gritty approach to menacing New York hip-hop has become less trendy, there’s still a granule of authenticity at the center of their threatening raps and a youthful glint to their delivery. It’s worth checking out, especially if DMX’s passing has you wondering where all the tough-guy rap has gone.
Angelo Mota — “First Gear”
A New Jersey rapper with a gift for catchy hooks and an ear for hypnotic beats, Angelo is well-worth keeping an eye on.
Bankroll Freddie — “Active”
Freddie’s latest is a glaring warning to enemies, with a trunk-ready beat and rapid-fire delivery from Freddie replete with detailed threats and boastful declarations of realness.
Shordie Shordie & Murda Beatz — “Seattle”
Captain Hook applies his gifts to a comparison between himself and a former lover’s new paramour.
TruCarr — “Bout Mine” feat. Sada Baby
Watts rapper TruCarr displays some intriguing chemistry with lyrical Michigan machine gun Sada Baby.
YXNG K.A — “Why Would I” feat. Lil Durk
Chi-Town vet lends some assistance to young Philadelphia upstart YXNG K.A on an upbeat track that sees them bragging with singsong flows.
Some artists covered here are Warner Music artists. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.