Good Ass Job is actually being released, Tha Carter V is actually being released, and Max B is actually being released. It's a historic week for news of upcoming releases, but it's also been a pretty goddamn great week for actual releases, too.
Don't believe me? Listen to all 10 of these new songs you need this week and tell me any one of them isn't great. I dare you. As always, here's a link to all of these songs in an easy-to-consume Spotify playlist.
Enjoy, or else.
6LACK — “East Atlanta Love Letter” ft. Future
6LACK is 6ack to soundtrack those late nights spent replaying past relationships in your head and pensive thought. On the title track to his excellent sophomore album, he’s teamed up with Future and the two Atlanta artists are both in peak form, sweetly serenading with their ice-cold but alluring detachment.
Noname — “Ace” ft. Smino & Saba
Speaking of masterfully following up a breakthrough project, Noname has finally released Room 25, and it’s a blessing. While the entirety of her debut album features the Chicago wordsmith bringing inextinguishable joy and consummate lyricism over bright and jazzy production from Phoelix, it’s “Ace” that pits her alongside fellow Midwest talents Smino and Saba for a blissful, familial get-together.
Lil Uzi Vert — “New Patek”
Roc Marciano — “The Horse’s Mouth”
Just six months after RR2: The Bitter Dose, one of the best albums of the year, Roc Marciano dropped an even better album out of the blue. Behold A Dark Horse is yet another clinic in oil-slick pimp wisdom from the Long Island luxury purveyor best taken in album form.
Innanet James — “Where We Go”
It’s been two years since Innanet James staked his claim on the DMV’s up-and-coming throne with Quebec Place, but Keep It Clean, his tight, new, eight-track release, is yet another example of quality beating out quantity. On “Where We Go,” he takes his girl around the world and as always, it’s a pleasure just to hear him rapping.
Kelela — “LMK (What’s Really Good Remix)” ft. Princess Nokia, Junglepussy, CupcakKe & Ms. Boogie
Alongside an announcement that she will be releasing a remix album for her debut LP Take Me Apart, Kelela has released the “What’s Really Good Remix” for one of last year’s best songs, “LMK,” featuring a few of the best women in hip-hop.
Starlito & Trapperman Dale — “See Me Sweat”
The perpetually slept-on Starlito has linked up with fellow Nashville native Trapperman Dale for a new project, Trapstar, and “See Me Sweat” is a great Bandplay-produced example of their chemistry.
HA (Hodgy & Alvin Risk) — “O.P.E.N.”
Hodgy, formerly Hodgy Beats of Odd Future fame, put out one of my favorite projects of 2016, Fireplace: TheNotTheOtherSide. Now, he and producer Alvin Risk have united as the extremely SEO-unfriendly duo HA. “O.P.E.N.,” their first single, is bright, warming, and shows some surprisingly nice singing from Hodgy.
Wale — “My Boy” ft. J. Cole
Wale’s dropped off his third quality EP of 2018, and it’s nice to hear him and J. Cole trading bars again.
Gunna & Lil Baby — “Drip Too Hard”
Gunna and Lil Baby are both currently bubbling right under critical mass, and their upcoming joint project Drip Harder might just be what catapults one or both to stardom. Some of the best single artwork of the year doesn’t hurt.
Album of the Week:
Tie: 6LACK — East Atlanta Love Letter / Noname — Room 25
Meme of the Week:
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