Lil Uzi Vert finally released his highly anticipated next chapter in his Luv Is Rage series. With major buzz building up around his name and one of the hottest singles of the year (“XO Tour Lif3”), Uzi has all the chips in his corner. With the new crop of rappers that are at the forefront, Uzi is leading the charge, so his debut would have the most eyes on it. The first “Luv Is Rage” was the breakout mixtape that Uzi released back in 2015. Since then, a lot has changed for Lil Uzi Vert, the obvious being that he is now a bonafide star. With that accolade attached to his name, comes high expectations. With features being limited on his debut release, Uzi only brings along The Weeknd and Pharrell. For the instrumentals, some of the industry’s hottest join the party. TM88, Metro Boomin, Pierre Bourne, etc. all show to bring out the best in the self-proclaimed “rock star“. With mostly positive reviews by the industry, this release is surely to only add to the star power that Uzi gracing the hip hop scene with.
A$ap Ferg snatches up everybody in the industry, literally, for his new album. Out of 14 tracks, Ferg only goes for dolo on three. With guests ranging Meek Mill to Cam’ron, “Still Striving” continues the win streak of success for Ferg. With a stacked month for August, the A$ap Mob still have the “Cozy Tapes Vol.2” on the way, so it is safe to say we will hear more from Ferg. But take a listen to his latest below….
(August 17th, 2017)
Make sure you go online to Itunes and download a few copies, or just hit up Tidal, Spotify, or Apple Music and just stream the hell out of it!
Dave East is a rare breed in today’s hip hop landscape. With the south having a choke hold on everything that hip hop puts out, East is one of the few New York artist that actually sounds like he is from New York. Let’s be honest, most music, no matter the region has lost it’s identity. Which to some, that may not be a bad thing, but I remember back when an artist sound could literally tell you where that artist was from. So it is refreshing to hear East grace a mic with that New York swag. Still backed by the legendary Nas, East releases his newest EP, “Paranoia: A True Story“. It is his first major label release (Def Jam/Mass Appeal) and the expectations are high. Back by the single “Perfect” featuring Chris Brown, Dave is clearly ready for mainstream. With his debut album on the horizon, this is the teaser to what we can expect from the 29 year East Harlem native.
Lately Kodak Black has been in the media for all the wrong reasons. Whether it is accusing Master P of charging him for advice or Kodak dissing his contemporaries, the Florida rapper has finally decided to leave the distractions alone and return to the music. Today he released the sequel to his 2013 mixtape, “Project Baby“. Laced with 19 tracks and only a few features (Offset and XXXtentacion are the only big names), we get to hear plenty of Kodak. With a fan base that is continue to grow, I am sure they will be pleased. Take a listen to the project below.
The man who many considers the G.O.A.T., Jay Z has blessed us with his 14th studio album. Now I must admit my expectations for this album was low. I still have Hov’s last project, “Magna Carter, Holy Grail” ranked low on the totem pole. I felt age and money had put Shawn Carter on a decline. Yet it is clear that with his newest release, Hov had thought otherwise. Not only did Jay prove to the world that at age 46, he is still the best in the game, he also let it be known he has plenty left to talk about.
The 229’s dual threat, Swazy is back for his latest offering titled “SpudSwazy“. The 14 track project sees Swazy at his best. Whether he is lacing tracks with his smooth R&B vocals or turning up with rap his ability, Swazy is comfortable as ever on this project. Backed by usual beat maker, “JoshDidThat“, tracks such as “Splash” are sure to get plenty of repeat playback.
Kendrick Lamar last full length album came back in 2015 with his debatable classic “To Pimp A Butterfly“. Heralded by many as his finest work to date, “TPAB” established K.Dot as one of the greats of this generation, yet with that album, his music took a different route. Whether it was his new jazz infused sound or his political commentary, Kendrick was clearly evolving. So the question that Kendrick faced after that release was…. “Where does his sound go from here?”. Well with his newest offering, titled “Damn“, Kendrick makes it known his political and social commentary is still intact and he is angry, yet his anger is warranted and needed.