This is arguably one of the busiest weeks for new music releases in the month of May. This week, a Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper releases a new double album after a five-year hiatus, a Memphis spitter releases his third LP, and an elusive rhymer returns with her triple studio project.
On Friday (May 13) Kendrick Lamar released his double album Mr. Morale & the big steppers. It’s the first major release from Compton, California-based Rhymer in over five years. Guests at the massive project include Ghostface Killah, Baby Keem, Blxst and more.
The double LP, his last project under the Top Dawg Entertainment label, was preceded by his new song The Heart Part 5. It came with a music video directed by Dave Free and Kendrick for pgLang. The image shows King Kendrick morphing into deepfakes of OJ Simpson, Kanye West, Jussie Smollett and Will Smith. Towards the end of the clip, K-Dot morphs into Kobe Bryant and Nipsey Hussle while paying a heartfelt tribute to the deceased icons in his own words.
Meanwhile, Blac Youngsta is back with his latest album 4Life. The heavy camp leader delivers 23 tracks on his third studio album. 21 Savage shows support on the boastful track “Nobody” while 42 Dugg drops in on the cautionary song “Threat”. In “Tru Colors,” Blac recounts his tough life on the streets of Memphis.
Finally Leikeli47 returns with their third LP “Shape Up”. Her new project is the latest in a trilogy of girl power-themed albums that began in 2017 Wash & fix and played along acrylic in 2018. The New York rhymer continues to shroud her mystery by always wearing a mask because she wants people to focus on her music. For her flirtatious single “LL Cool J”, Leikeli47 delivers tongue-in-cheek rhymes to the mantra “Ladies Love Cool Jewelry”. The video for the song features a bevy of beautiful models wearing shimmering outfits and showing off their dance moves for the camera. Leikeli47 is not only mysterious, but also very inventive.
Check out all of this week’s new projects below, including other new releases from Quelle Chris, Ot The Real and Statik Selektah, Lil Eazzyy and more.