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Hip-hop heads woke up to a pair of exciting surprises this morning. First, Meek Mill dropped a new EP, which consists of his first new music since he was released from prison in April. Second, Future also shared a previously unannounced release: Beastmode 2, the follow-up to his 2015 Beastmode mixtape and his first solo full-length project since last year’s Hndrxx. This week also saw new records from Years & Years, Avey Tare, and others.
Meek Mill — Legends Of The Summer EP
Meek Mill hasn’t been able to release as much music as he’d have liked to since his 2017 album Wins & Losses, due to his ongoing legal trouble. He’s back with a new mixtape now, though, and it features “Stay Woke,” which he performed with Miguel at the BET Awards last month.
Future — Beastmode 2
Future and Zaytoven have teamed up for another Beastmode installment, and like its predecessor, the new one keeps the tracklist tight and concentrated, clocking in at a paltry (by contemporary hip-hop standards, anyway) nine tracks. Save for the one feature from Young Scooter, it’s mainly just Thug and Zaytoven doing their thing and doing it well.