Hip-hop is moving as fast as ever. Luckily, we’re doing the work to put the best music in one place for you. This week, there were new videos from Young Thug, Tyler, The Creator, Princess Nokia, as well as J. Cole, Lute, and DaBaby. There were also songs from Liam Payne And A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, 03 Greedo, Danny Brown, Stormzy, as well as a Hot 97 freestyle from Young MA. Here’s the best of the rest:
Gang Starr — “Family And Loyalty” Feat. J. Cole
Gang Starr released their last project in 2003, and Guru, the rhyming half of the duo, passed away in 2010. It appeared that the legendary act had laid their final imprint on the rap game — but today they released “Family and Loyalty,” a feel-good single featuring J. Cole. Cole is one of the few mainstream artists worthy of having the chance to appear on a track with Guru, and he makes his presence felt with a reflective, assonant double-time verse.
Wiz Khalifa Tracks
Another week, another slew of singles from Wiz Khalifa. The Taylor Gang general has release six songs in the past week, ranging from bouncy “Neighbors” to the laidback, sultry “Have Fun” with Chevy Woods. It’s unclear if there’s an endgame for Wiz’ recent torrent of singles, but his fans will surely have fun enjoying the ride. Check out his SoundCloud page for the songs.
G-Eazy has been releasing b-sides for the past several weeks, and this week he delivered two tracks. On “No Rappers” with Bay legend E-40, G-Eazy boasts about “stealing Olivia from a Green Bay Packer” on a raunchy expose of his sex life. “Too Loud” is a slapping ode to the Bay featuring him trading bars with Nef The Pharoah.
Mick Jenkins — “Percy” Feat. Qari
This week, Chicago MC Mick Jenkins dropped off “Percy,” a lyrical exercise where he shows off the power in his pen and bemoans peers who “see the growth and ask about a shortcut” over a spooky, minimalist piano melody.
Dark Lo — “Ripped Apart” Feat. Benny The Butcher
A pair of rap’s most respected crews connect as Griselda’s Benny The Butcher appears on “Ripped Apart” with Dark Lo of OBH. Benny sets off the track with some timely bars chiding people “f*ckin with these rats,” while Lo follows up with a typically no-holds-barred verse over a sinister Chup The Producer production. The track is from Dark Lo’s American Made project which is out today.
Consequence — “Complex Con” Feat. Conway
It’s been a while since the rap game heard from Consequence, but he’s back with “Complex Con,” a cleverly-titled single from his upcoming Make Up For Lost Time where he holds his own with Conway on a soulful, horn-driven instrumental
Little Simz — “Flowers”
This week, Little Simz dropped off a video for “Flowers,” a highly regarded track from her Grey Area album, which is one of the best releases of 2019.
Tokyo Jetz — Amir
Tokyo Jetz is celebrating the birth of her first child. She decided to commemorate the milestone with “Amir,” a reflective track named after her new son. The vulnerable track is a rare chronicle of motherhood, as Tokyo speaks on the difficulties of her pregnancy but ultimately celebrates that “we got a bond and they can’t break it.”
Lil Keed — “Swap It Out” Feat. Lil Duke
Earlier this week Lil Keed dropped off “Swap It Out,” a loosie with Lil Duke where Keed rhymes with a high-pitch and a whispery delivery over quaking 808s.
Tobe Nwigwe — “Juice” Feat. Paul Wall
Tobe Nwigwe and Paul Wall are “Tobe Bryant” and “Paul Wall Frazier,” respectively on the electronic-leaning banger “Juice.” Paul Wall’s verse shows off his vast vocabulary, while Tobe’s gravelly, off-the-rails-flow adds a different kind of flavor to the thumping track.
Deadlung — “BOWCASTERS”
On Wednesday, Brooklyn-based MC-Producer Deadlung dropped a video for “BOWCASTERS,” a spastic Olasegun-produced track where the young rhymer employs a rapid-fire flow while calling out artists “seeking out approval in a temporary matrix.”
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