The Best New Rap Music To Have On Your Radar

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This week, we received videos from Megan Thee Stallion and DJ Khaled, who both released albums last Friday. Meek Mill and Lil Baby’s resilient “Weather The Storm” has a different tone than the Cardi B and 21 Savage-featuring “Wish Wish,” reflecting the versatility of Khaled’s Father Of Asahd album.

Elsewhere, south Florida rapper Denzel Curry had a busy week, dropping the first single from his upcoming Zulu album and dropping vivid bars on “Black Balloons Reprise” from Flying Lotus’ upcoming Flamagra album. Open Mike Eagle collaborated with Method Man on the latest track from The New Negroes, the Beast Coast rap collective dropped off a reggae-tinged single, and Ty Dolla Sign linked with J Cole for his first solo release in years with “Purple Emoji.”

Rick Ross, “Port Of Miami 2” Freestyle

Rick Ross is getting the world ready for Port Of Miami 2, the sequel to the debut album that made him a rap star. He dropped off a freestyle to whet fans’ appetite, dropping his drug baron ideations over an apropos flip of the Scarface theme iconically tackled by Mobb Deep and Nas on 1999’s “It’s Mine.”

O.T. Genasis Feat. G-Eazy, Rich The Kid, & E40, “Bae”

OT Genasis got up with a slew artists for the pleasantly self-absorbed “Bae.” The title would have one thinking that he’s about to rhyme sweet nothings, but the track was instead a self-congratulatory affirmation of the artists’ eligible bachelor status.

Mozzy, “Shine’N For Diamond”

Mozzy’s upcoming Internal Affairs album is drawing closer to its June release, and he’s been steadily dropping tastes of what to expect from his latest effort. His latest track, “Shine’N For Diamond,” shows him sticking to the script, weaving a gritty street narrative over a wailing vocal sample.

YBN Nahmir, “Tweak”

YBN Nahmir’s “Tweak” single is a thumping bid for a summer anthem, as the 19-year-old rides a mysterious synth melody and quaking 808 with the bravado and tough talk that his fans have come to love.

Doja Cat, “U w U”

Doja Cat’s “U w U” single is a romantic, at times raunchy ode to romance. The self-produced single is the prolific artist’s latest effort, hilariously categorized as “hoe trash” on her SoundCloud. But the talented Doja is anything but trash, as the dreamy record demonstrates.

Moneybagg Yo Feat. Blac Youngsta, “Blac Money”

Two of Memphis’ finest hook up on “Blac Money,” a name-fusing single where the two call out rhymers who “ain’t livin what they rappin’” and drop braggadocious bars over an ominous, churning Dmactoobangin and Drumgod co-production.

Blocboy JB, “Ric Flair”

Sticking with Memphis, the ever-busy Blocboy JB released “Ric Flair” this week, a nod to the legendary wrestler who’s currently dealing with some health issues. Flair is a beloved figure in the rap community, particularly with Migos and now Blocboy JB, who delivers “woos” over a minimalist, key-driven instrumental.

Yella Beezy, “Rich MF”

Yella Beezy is celebrating his rise in the rap game on “Rich MF,” a Pharell-produced, not-so-subtle ode to his expanding bank account and all the trappings it can afford. Pharell’s presence isn’t just felt through the bouncy percussion and hypnotic synth, but his impassioned vocals on the song’s chorus.

Max B Feat. French Montana, “Hold On”

The currently incarcerated Max B released “Hold On” this week, the first official single he’s dropped since beginning his 75-year prison sentence for murder conspiracy and robbery. The man known as Biggaveli dropped the single to commemorate his 41st birthday. He seems in good spirits — and good form — on the melodic, feel-good track, which also features his right-hand man French Montana.

Lil Tecca, “Ransom”

Long Island upstart Lil Tecca dropped off the video for “Ransom,” a fun single that shows his gifts for melodic trap. The Cole Bennett-directed video demonstrates Tecca’s sense of humor, with colorful effects and shots of the slight rapper deadpanning into the camera while rhyming about guns, girls, and the like.

Some artists covered here are Warner Music artists. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.