Duke Deuce — Duke Nukem
“2020 fucked up so we back up on that crunk shit.” Few artists are delivering the pure visceral joy of Duke Deuce. The Memphis rapper’s new project follows last year’s Memphis Massacre 2, the crunk-reviving full-length released in the wake of breakthrough hit “Crunk Ain’t Dead.” Duke Nukem, released via Quality Control and Motown, features militant banger “SOLDIERS STEPPIN,” along with guest spots from Offset, A$AP Ferg, Young Dolph, Mulatto, Lil Keed, and Foogiano.
Drakeo The Ruler — The Truth Hurts
Drakeo The Ruler has been making up for lost time. The Truth Hurts is his third release since being released from prison in late 2020, following We Know The Truth (later expanded with a deluxe version) and Because Y’all Asked, a new version of his acclaimed Thank You For Using GTL mixtape, which he recorded over the phone from prison. The Truth Hurts is also his biggest to date, anchored by a Drake feature on closer “Talk To Me.” Other features come from fellow Stinc Team members Ralfy The Plug and the late Ketchy The Great, along with Don Toliver, Icewear Vezzo, and more.
Shordie Shordie & Murda Beatz — Memory Lane
Since striking gold with his 2018 breakout hit “Bitchuary,” Baltimore’s Shordie Shordie has honed his sound as rap crooner. On Memory Lane, Murda Beatz proves a perfect complement, as the go-to producer’s polished, trap-R&B beats provide an ideal backdrop for Shordie’s hoarse, nasally melodics.
Stunna Girl — STUNNA THIS STUNNA THAT
“Ask about me bitch, I been fucking up the streets ho,” Stunna Girl both commands and explains on the second track to her Epic debut, STUNNA THIS STUNNA THAT. The Sacramento rapper’s music is bottled chaos: high-class boasts over adrenalized production, delivered in a breathless, high-pitched shout flow. Larger-than-life bangers for anyone who hates clout chasing, fake jewelry, Reebok, people who don’t pay rent but buy fake asses in Mexico…
Read about Stunna Girl in the February 2021 installment of “10 Rappers You Should Know Right Now.”
Mavi — END OF THE EARTH
Mavi’s 2019 album Let The Sun Talk was a ruminative, heady collection of tracks that immediately established the Charlotte rapper as one to watch in the lyrical lo-fi section of rap’s underground, and led to a collaboration with scene figurehead Earl Sweatshirt. His new five-track EP END OF THE EARTH is a short-but-sweet follow-up full of warm beats and penetrative raps that sets the stage for a proper sophomore album.
Read our feature interview: “Mavi Is Climbing the Mountain.”