Hip-hop is moving as fast as ever. Luckily, we’re doing the work to put the best new rap music in one place for you. This week, there were videos from Gorillaz and Schoolboy Q, Buddy, Trippie Redd and PartyNextDoor, Westside Gunn, and Kyle. There were also new songs from Drake, J. Cole, Gunna and Lil Uzi Vert, Smino and J.I.D, NLE Choppa, and Guapdad 4000 and Deante Hitchcock. Here’s the rest of the best new rap music this week.
Casanova — “Don’t Play Games” Feat. DMX
Fresh off of his Verzuz battle with Snoop Dogg, DMX linked up with Casanova, one of his sonic descendants, on “Don’t Play Games.” Based on the title and the two artist’s gritty reputation, you already know a lot of pain was dished out over this track’s horror movie keys and head-snapping drums.
Kevin Gates — “Difficult”
Kevin Gates declares “this just in: I’m goliath” over “Difficult’s” triumphant horns, before floating over the four-minute track with a slinky flow.
Reese LAFLARE — “No Hook” Feat. Benny The Butcher
Benny The Butcher is near the top of most people’s lists of artists who’d excel on a “No Hook” song. Reese LAFLARE and Benny’s latest is a sonic diversion from Benny’s sonic wheelhouse, but he proves his versatility, bouncing over the flailing beat and letting the pretenders know, “You never been like that you draggin’ it.”
Chief Keef — “I Thought I Had One”
Chief Keef is back with his latest single, taking it easy over a dense 808-based production and rhyming menacingly about a “hole so big I see what he thinkin’.”
Dave East — “Believe It Or Not”
This week, Dave East dropped off “Believe It Or Not,” which is not a single about him and J. Cole being The Boondocks’ Huey and Riley grown up, but a summery, characteristically reflective track where he delves into the New York underworld but also notes he’s “rappin’ and actin’, I’m jus’ tryna keep up with Pac.”
Currensy & Harry Fraud — The OutRunners
Currensy and Harry Fraud are one of the rap game’s most reliable connections. They gave us another example of why on the effortlessly smooth The OutRunners, a nine-track lyrical exercise which costars Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross, Conway, and Jim Jones.
Cambatta — LSD: Lunar Solar Duality
Cambatta is one of the rap game’s most gifted lyricists, ambitious creators, and spiritually in-tune artists. That intriguing mesh is on display throughout LSD, his latest project out on Mello Music Group.
Flo Milli — Ho, why is you here ?
Flo Milli is one of the rap game’s most intriguing personalities. Her confident lyrics and infectious charisma bursts through the seams of her debut mixtape Ho, Why Is You Here. The 12-track, 30-minute project is a fun introduction to Flo for the unaccustomed, and a strong introduction for ardent fans.
Lil Skies — “Lightbeam” Feat. NoCap
Lil Skies and NoCap hit the track in the video for “Lightbeam,” an easy-going track where the two take turns over a smooth, hypnotic instrumental.
Wifisfuneral — “Lost In Time” Feat. Coi Leray
Wifisfuneral and Coi Leray collaborated on an ideal track for these solitary times on “Lost In Time,” a minimalist track which left room for the two to croon longingly for romance.
Skimask The Slump God — “Burn The Hoods”
Ski Mask The Slump God and Cole Bennet speak to the time, as he commandeers a piercing, thrilling soundscape and explores the peril of Blackness with his characteristically daring flows.
Liljitm3n — “Better Life”
Florida’s Liljitm3n explored some of his life’s travails on “Better Life,” an aspirational track where he simply reflects, “Remember I ain’t have it, I have it,” and gushes about making his mother happy. The single sets the tone for his upcoming debut mixtape.
Some artists covered here are Warner Music artists. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.