Summer is slowly rolling in, but the new releases from some of the most popular seasoned and emerging hip hop artists are not. Take a look below to find some warmth to end your work week and start the weekend with.
DJ Khaled has been hinting for weeks that he will receive artist votes. And now his latest offer Khaled Khaled, has come. The 14-track album features an iconic collaboration with New York rap greats Jay-Z and Nas as well as singer-songwriter James Fauntleroy and Harmonies by the Hive for “Sorry Not Sorry”. The Miami-based producer teased the sultry but contagious offer and video on it on Wednesday (April 28) via Instagram. Last minute vocals from Cardi B also made the LP for their collective effort called “Big Paper”. Expect appearances from other hits like Drake, Lil Wayne, Jeremih, Migos, Megan Thee Hengst, Lil Baby, DaBaby, Big Sean, Meek Mill and others. Khaled Khaled is the 12th LP by the charismatic beatmaker and the continuation of Father of Asahd, named after his firstborn son Asahd, who was canceled in 2019.
Shelley, formerly known as DRAM, introduces its new nickname Shelley FKA DRAM, his first album in about five years. The work, which includes 10 tracks and features from Summer Walker, HER, Erykah Badu and others, is the sequel to his 2018 EP. That’s a girl’s namebut is also his first LP since his debut,Big Baby DRAMin 2016.
In the spring edition of 2021XXL The Virginia-born singer explained life within a few years between his first solo album and his newly released second album. He has seen drug addiction – for which he was given help – his mother’s death, weight gain and loss from fitness, and a return to music. “When the debut album came out, I was new, but I was there for a couple of years and only did ‘Cha Cha’ and ‘Broccoli’,” he said. “I still wasn’t really hip, the way life was at its highest level, with so much attention, so much attention, so much going on. Everything was good. It was going well or whatever, but at the same time time, all these other things just got in. The thing is, they don’t really present themselves as signs like, “Hey, this is this problem coming right up your way, going left, or dealing with it.” It just slides right in. And so leave I just slide things into it because I was on a roll. “
North Carolina newcomer Morray also released a new mixtape this week calledStreet sermons. The band arrived on Wednesday (April 28th) with 13 melodic and soulful tracks exclusively from Morray himself. The endeavors, co-signed by J. Cole on social media, include the songs “Trenches”, “Can’t Use Me” and his breakout hit “Quicksand”. This is Fayetteville, NC’s first project, but before its release it delivered a number of singles including “Switched Up”, “Big Decisions” and “Kingdom”.
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