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The Best New Rap Music To Have On Your Radar

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It’s been a busy, busy week for hip-hop. There have been videos released from Post Malone and Kid Ink (featuring Lil Wayne and Saweetie). The always-busy Gunna dropped a video for “Richard Millie Plain” and appeared in the video for “Stop The Madness” with Lil Skies. Schoolboy Q previewed another track from his upcoming album, and Megan Thee Stallion previewed a new single. Jay Electronica also came back teasing a collaboration album with Jay-Z, whose Blueprint opus just found its way into the National Recording Registry. Here’s some more music from other artists who would probably appreciate such an honor:

Lizzo Feat. Missy Elliott, “Tempo”

Despite dated, patriarchal perceptions of what a female rapper should look or sound like, Lizzo is thriving by doing it her way. She recently decided to up the “Tempo” along with Missy Elliott on a fun, dancefloor-ready record where the two get body positive and shoutout “all the thick girls down on the floor.”

Logic, “Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind”

This week, Logic announced a new album entitled Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind and dropped off a currently unnamed single. The caption of the tweet merely said, “I wrote this one in blood.” The track’s moody keys and pensive video fit that ominous declaration, as do his introspective rhymes about anxiety and other existential qualms.

Tierra Whack, “Unemployed”

Maybe 2019 will be “Whack Week” 52 times over. This week, she released “Unemployed,” a tinny track where the Philly artist rides rapid-fire hi-hats and goes off on multiple runs utilizing the same rhyme scheme and cadence, once again showing off her complete MC skillset.

Comethazine Feat. ASAP Rocky, “Walk”

ASAP Rocky dropped a verse on the remix to buzzing rapper Comethatine’s “Walk” record, giving the intergalactic banger some high-profile cache with clever lines such as, “Fruity Pebbles on my teeth / Like I had dinner with Fred.”

DaBaby, “Baby On Baby Out Now”

In case you forgot that DaBaby’s debut studio album is out, he decided to drop a fire freestyle reminding you. His braggadocious bars are paired with a video that showed off DaBaby’s recent high-octane performances at SXSW, showcasing the star he’s becoming with his charismatic rhymes and commanding flow.

Soulja Boy, “Red Rum,” “Piguet Puddle,” “Jeopardy (Feat. Rarri & Hammon)”

Even with a myriad of legal trouble — and a new, four-legged SODMG signee to clean up after — Soulja Boy is still dropping records. This week he released a trio of songs. “Red Rum” and “Piguet Puddle” are a pair of broody, downtempo odes to excess, while “Jeopardy” is a bit more upbeat, with dreamy keys and Soulja Boy reiterating that he had the “biggest comeback of 2018.”

Rich The Kid Feat. Offset and Big Sean, “Two Cups”

Rich The Kid’s The World Is Yours 2 album is here. One of the standout tracks from the feature-laden project is “Two Cups,” where the three MCs trade bars over a thumping, uptempo trap beat.

Lil Xan, Heartbreak Soldiers 2

Lil Xan recently released Heartbreak Soldiers 2, a collection of ten tracks that are emotive, exhilarating and everything the young artist’s fanbase expects from him. The mixtape is meant to be a mere appetizer until his upcoming album, but many may find tracks like “Dogs At Night” and “Annie” to be more than enough to hold them over.

Pell, “B*tch Ass”

New Orleans-based artist/producer Pell dropped off another single from his upcoming album on Payday Records. “B*tch Ass” is an empowered track ripe to be someone’s get right anthem this Spring, as he lets flakes, phonies and haters know “I ain’t got no time for your b*tch ass“ over a sunny, guitar-driven composition.

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