It’s true. 10 New Songs You Need This Week took a week off. I know you must have been upset, but like birthdays, herpes, and Facebook requests from people you don't like, it'll always come back around.
Even worse, it was one of the busiest hip-hop weeks of the year, and we missed out giving you our standouts from Travis, Mac, and YG, so you're going to have to listen to the albums in full and decide for yourself what's good.
But enough with all that. We're back with new heat. Grab your headphones, take a seat, and enjoy. (And here's a Spotify playlist of all our selections.)
Nicki Minaj — “Barbie Dreams”
While it's becoming increasingly difficult to wade through the drama surrounding Nicki Minaj, and I won't be rushing to defend Queen against warranted disappointment, the album does have gems littered amongst its numerous songs that could have been cut in half. "Barbie Dreams" is a little of both, but mostly it's an old fashioned, vulgar good time.
Trippie Redd — “Taking a Walk”
After what seemed like an endless stream of leaks and lacking one-offs, which are ever-increasingly more difficult to make time for these days, my excitement for Trippie Redd's debut album had dwindled. And yet, it's good! LIFE'S A TRIP isn't mind-blowing, but it it's a tight mix of Trippie's strengths that doesn't overstay its welcome, balancing bright raps ("Missing My Idols," "Oomps Revenge"), strung-out, melodic wails ("How You Feel," "BANG!") and the Honorable C.N.O.T.E.-produced banger "Dark Knight Dummo." "Taking a Walk" is the most immediately catching highlight, a two-minute ear-worm that hints at Trippie's knack for crafting a catchy hook.
tobi lou — “Knock Knock”
tobi lou further cements himself as one of my favorite new artists with every song. His new EP, tobi lou and the Juice, is a bright eulogy for childhood, and "Knock Knock" showcases lou's skills as a lyricist.
TGUT — “Moneyman” ft. Hoodrich Pablo Juan, G Herbo & Tee Grizzley
HPJ raps like a trap ghoul, G Herbo ghostrides the beat, Tee Grizzley traverses the country, and TGUT provides one of the hardest beats of the year.
SOB X RBE & Shoreline Mafia — “Da Move”
SOB X RBE and Shoreline Mafia linking up feels like when the Power Rangers joined forces with the Ninja Turtles but with way more drugs. “Da Move” is not only a momentous crossover from the hottest groups out of California's northern and southern halves, it absolutely lives up to the hype all parties involved indicate.
Doja Cat — “Mooo!”
These days everyone is usually wrong about everything. Everyone is right about "Mooo!" being fucking amazing though. The rare internet bright spot of quality and virality.
Choker — “Drift”
It must be unfortunate to be an artist like Choker and be unable to escape comparisons to an irreplaceable artist like Frank Ocean. Then again, it sounds A LOT like Frank Ocean. Good thing I love Frank Ocean. Go listen to Honeybloom.
Moneybagg Yo — “No Cutt” ft. Lil Baby
Lost in the shuffle of A-list releases from Travis, Mac, and YG last week was Bet On Me, yet another reason why you should be listening to Moneybagg Yo. The nine-track project includes features from Young Thug and Gunna, but it's Lil Baby who steals the show on "No Cutts," an electrified collab that shows why these two are two of the fastest-rising artists in rap.
Young Nudy — “One Dolla”
The Nudy and Pi'erre Bourne combo never fails.
Future — “Translator”
I'm not sure where "Translator" came from, but it sounds like it could have been recorded years ago and we should all just be happy it surfaced.
Album of the Week:
Trippie Redd — LIFE'S A TRIP