Intro: In the present day is Tuesday, which implies there are a ton of recent releases from a few of your favourite Hip-Hop artists that dropped this previous week. That will help you get by means of the week, take a look at VIBE’s picks of songs and albums it’s best to hear and add to your soundtrack of summertime festivities.
DJ Khaled, Lil Uzi Vert, Future, Lil Child – “Supposed To Be Cherished”
DJ Khaled, Future, Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Child reimagine Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.T” for the summer season jam
“Supposed To Be Cherished.” It feels 90s-esque with boom-bap manufacturing, however the three stars pivot to melodic rapping as a substitute of gritty bars. The idea right here is craving for a girl, which they usually dabble in however often pivot to hedonism and conserving a large number. All of them naked their hearts, telling their girls they need to love them as they’re meant to be. DJ Khaled’s data with such a star-studded solid often lead to hits or disappointments, the latter for people who nonetheless get emotionally invested in seeing huge names collectively, however “Supposed To Be Cherished” finds itself someplace within the center. There are catchy components to it, enjoyable flows, and a relatable message. Because the summer season winds down and it’s time to search out the individual to push towards the winter with, “Supposed To Be Cherished” hits the mark. – Armon Sadler
Trippie Redd – A Love Letter to You 5
Trippie Redd is again to his lovelorn methods on Love Letter To You 5, the fifth installment of his collection tackling the intricacies of romance and heartbreak.
Following his Mansion Musik mixtape drop earlier this yr, LLTY 5 gives 19 alternatives, nearly all of which seize the Ohio native on the high of his sport. On “Take Me Away,” the album’s blissful opener, Trippie croons about escapism by means of the lens of affection. “All people suppose I’m excessive, however I be crying,” visitor vocalist Corbin croons on the observe’s piano-laden conclusion.
No momentum is misplaced from there, as Trippie shines on “Final Days” and “Thy Movement,” however its his chemistry with songstress Skye Morales that additionally receives excessive marks. Teaming up for “A Feeling” and the previously-released single “Took My Breath Away,” Morales and Trippie’s pair of collaborative efforts charge as two of the extra chic efforts on the challenge.
The rapper takes inspiration from Ja Rule and Bobby Brown’s 2002 single “Thug Lovin’” with “Romantic Fantasy,” professing his dedication in a heartfelt vogue. Whereas Roddy Ricch, The Child LAROI, Bryson Tiller, and Tommy Lee Sparta additionally make appearances, it’s “I’m Mad At Me,” Trippie’s lyrical duel with Lil Wayne, that takes the cake. The tandem take turns volleying bars over a soulful, sample-driven composition produced by Igor MametAnina Shona012Kobe.
Closing out the album on a powerful observe with “The Hate” and “Journey McKnight,” the hitmaker checks off a number of bins with A Love Letter To You 5, which places the breadth of his abilities on full show. – Preezy Brown
EST GEE ft. Yo Gotti – “A Second With Gotti”
EST Gee and Yo Gotti fellowship publicly on “A Second With Gotti.” The manufacturing isn’t out of the bizarre for both CMG rapper, with lure drums and a mid-tempo cadence. Conceptually, it doesn’t veer too removed from what they usually cowl both: fancy automobiles, cash, girls, and haters. They reaffirm their brotherly ties which can have been questioned upon Gee launching his personal label Younger Shiners. One other factor that’s proven as soon as once more is their capability to rap effectively with sharp flows, humorous bars, and seamless chemistry. “A Second With Gotti” may’ve simply been named “A Second In Our Lives” as a result of they merely do what listeners have at all times recognized them to. – AS
Noname – Sundial
Almost 5 years faraway from the discharge of her debut studio album Room 25, Noname blesses her viewers with one other dose of actuality rap with Sundial, a longplayer that very effectively is perhaps her best but. The Chicagoan with the poetic circulation comes well-equipped with 11 tracks analyzing the situations and trials of the human situation from a melanin perspective.
“Angels by no means f**ked with us/ Shadowbox the solar down ’til sunset/ Lunchtown*** burning within the rearview, whereas I’m driving with a transparent view,” the “socialism sister” spits atop a quaint soundscape on “Black Mirror,” Sundial’s opening choice, earlier than Jimetta & Voices of Creation be part of forces for the uplifting providing “Maintain Me Down.”
Eryn Allen Kane and Jay Electronica visitor on “Balloons,” a subdued collaboration with terse piano keys and soulful croons, whereas $ilkMoney, billy woods and STOUT lend their abilities to “gospel.” My gun heavy, I’m about to unload/ That is an ode to Haiti/ Mozambique, Martinique/ Trinidad, Grenada, wherever Black folks sleep/ Pray for them, pray for me” Noname declares atop the percussive-driven quantity, accounting for one in every of her strongest performances on the whole lot of the proceedings.
Rounded out with further highlights like “BoomBoom,” “Magnificence Provide,” “Afrofuturism,” and the Frequent and Ayoni-assisted “Oblivion,” Sundial resumes Noname’s streak of full-bodied tasks that preserve lovers of meals for thought well-fed. – PB
Elyrix & Gunna – “Day Off”
Elyrix and Gunna show their work ethic on “Day Off.” The observe sounds preferrred for a Madden or NBA 2k soundtrack with triumphant horns and a stadium really feel. Elyrix employs a high-pitched autotune voice blended with elusive flows. Gunna takes over the hook earlier than his personal verse, matching Elyrix’s pitch however taking the observe to a brand new degree. It’s particularly good listening to the Atlanta rapper so assured and braggadocious, as his June album A Present & A Curse was much more pensive and emotional. Gunna hasn’t taken a time off since, and Elyrix provides him the launchpad to totally remind folks that regardless of all of his authorized hassle and buddies who’ve left him behind, his expertise hasn’t gone wherever. – AS
Cause – Porches
Cause is again together with his first LP since 2020 Porches. The 19-track album leans on his Prime Dawg Leisure friends, particularly SiR, Doechii, Zacari, and Ray Vaughn, and lesser-known abilities similar to Flozigg, London Monet, and Kiilyn. The Carson, Calif. Rapper is undeniably gifted, displaying how effectively he can rap on tracks like “Gang Sh*t!” and “Too A lot!” Child Tate and Kalan.Frfr ship celestial vocals on “FTN!” and “Household First!” respectively.
Cause’s momentum has been very start-stop since signing with TDE in 2018, and whereas he might not attain the expectations set when signing with such an elite label, he does present that he can command a demographic on the West Coast. Admittedly, it will be good to see him department out and work with another greater acts and even be challenged lyrically. Nonetheless, he tells an fascinating story with Porches and exhibits a want to make it additional than he already has. – AS
DJ Muggs Feat. Ice Dice, MC Ren, & B-Actual – “Dump On Em”
DJ Muggs groups up with three of the West’s greatest for “Dump On ‘Em,” a joint effort that continues to ramp up anticipation for the Cypress Hill member’s forthcoming album Soul Assassins 3: Loss of life Valley. That includes N.W.A. members Ice Dice and MC Ren, and Cypress Hill groupmate B-Actual, the observe finds Muggs cooking up a hodgepodge of sonic chaos for every veteran to unload on. The primary Soul Assassins album in almost 15 years, Loss of life Valley is slated to incorporate appearances from Ghostface Killah, Westside Gunn, Freddie Gibbs, Technique Man, Ice Dice, B-Actual, Scarface, Roc Marciano, Boldy James, Proof, Slick Rick, Devin The Dude, CeeLo Inexperienced, Meyhem Lauren, Jay Worthy, Rome Streetz, Domo Genesis, Crimeapple, T.F. and extra. – PB
Gloss Up – Shades of Gloss
In an period the place the women are main from the entrance, Gloss Up joins in on the enjoyable along with her debut album Completely different Shades of Gloss, which finds the southern belle tapping into the various sides of her character and artistry. Resuming the place she left off on her breakout mixtape Earlier than The Gloss Up, the Memphis native turns in a challenge that finds her staking her declare to the bragging rights that include being the baddest chick within the sport. The High quality Management Music signee proud “Wealthy Child Momma” asserts herself effectively all through Completely different Shades of Gloss. Songs like “Stamp Dat,” “Examine” that includes Sexxy Purple, “Point out Me,” “Feeling Myself,” and “Go Awff” all earn rave opinions and provides discover that whereas all that glitters definitely isn’t gold, Gloss up wields the expertise, presence and potential to stay a power within the sport. – PB
TJ Atoms – “Famus”
Philly rapper TJ Atoms drops off the visible to his new single “FAMUS,” a trippy salvo from the lyrical thespian’s forthcoming debut EP. Lamenting the relational strains that include stardom, the 28-year-old serves up a change of tempo with this uptempo ditty, which marks his foray into what he calls “Dance-Hop,” a carefree sound catered in the direction of packing dancefloors. – PB
Roc Nation – Humble Soles
Humble Soles is highlighted by Roc Nation signees RJAE, Reuben Vincent, Tyre Hakim, HDBeenDope, and Huey V. Their self-titled mixtape, hosted by DJ Clue, is a forceful introduction to among the most gifted rappers that can be taking on for years to return. They fairly actually present that on the second observe “Takeover,” which requires a number of listens to totally admire the lyricism and wordplay. They get robust visitor appearances from Vic Mensa, KayCyy, Rapsody, KenTheMan, and extra however the true gems come from the abilities that folks will not be totally conscious of simply but.
The standout observe is “Love Is A Mixtape,” grounded by a catchy Kalan.Frfr hook and verses from Vincent and BeenDope that make use of inventive metaphors and similes utilizing traditional mixtape titles from the previous few a long time. There’s actually one thing for everybody to get pleasure from right here and it’s a welcome warning that there’s a storm coming with these fierce wordsmiths. – AS