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The Best New Rap Music To Have On Your Radar

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Hip-hop is moving as fast as ever. Luckily, we’re doing the work to compile the best music in one place for you. This week was so chockful of new releases that we got two churning tracks called “F*ck It Up” — one featuring Iggy Azalea and Kash Doll and another with YBN Nahmir, City Girls, and Tyga. There were videos from Kevin Gates and Freddie Gibbs as well as songs from Big Sean, Future, Denzel Curry featuring Tate Kobang, Rico Nasty, and YBN Cordae featuring Anderson Paak. Nicki Minaj and DaBaby also put together a “Suge” remix, while Lil Nas X took “Old Town Road” to the far east in a remix with RM of K-Pop group BTS. Here’s the best of the rest:

Rick Ross — “Gold Roses” Feat. Drake

Rick Ross recently offered Drake a verse for “Money In The Grave” from The Best In The World Pack, and Drake returned the favor on “Gold Roses,” the first single from Ross’ upcoming Port Of Miami 2 project.

YBN Cordae — “We Gon Make It” Feat. Meek Mill

YBN Cordae’s debut album The Lost Boy is out. One of the standout songs from the project is “We Gon Make It,” a triumphant collaboration with Meek Mill. The two artists take turns reflecting on life’s obstacles over a Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes sample immortalized on Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, and Scarface’s “Can’t Be Life” classic.

Mozzy — “Cut Ties” Feat. Marc E. Bassy & Sage The Gemini

Mozzy is known for gritty street tales, but he shows another side on “Cut Ties,” a smooth track where he talks about a “mesmerizing” relationship as Marc. E Bassy and Sage The Gemini lace the hook.

Stro — “Lace Up” Feat. Dave East

It’s a Mass Appeal Records link up on “Lace Up,” a churning collaboration between Stro and Dave East for the Madden 20 soundtrack where the two spitters take turns dropping slick bars.

IDK — “24”

DMV rhymer IDK dropped off “24,” a brief but banging single where he offers some braggadocious bars in a double-time flow. It’s unclear if the song is from his upcoming Is He Real album.

Jay Critch — “I’m A Star”

Jay Critch is a New York giant on “I’m A Star,” a horn-driven banger he crafted for the Madden 20 soundtrack. He shows off his wordplay ability with a slew of football references over thumping 808s.

Lil Skies — “Magic”

Lil Skies gets reflective on “Magic,” where he celebrates his newfound success but notes the fakes in his circle who resent his rise. Skies explores a sing-rap delivery over urgent guitar play, asking, “what would you do if you were me and didn’t have sh*t?”

Hit-Boy — “No L’s” Feat. Saweetie

Saweetie delivered some flashy bars over a quaking beat on Hit-Boy’s “No L’s,” which may be a single from a new collaboration album Hit-Boy is planning.

Nasaan — “Lil Boy”

Detroit rapper Nasaan dropped off the final part of a creative trilogy of videos with “Lil Boy.” The gritty visuals conclude a story told with “Dirty Soap” and “Ben/Frank.”

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

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