As we move further into spring and it’s getting hotter outside, the same can be said for the rap game, with hot new music releasing this week. A long-awaited album from a top-flight lyricist is finally here, the XXL The 2022 Awards winner for Best New Artist of the Year releases a new project, a Texas veteran continues his line of 4/20-themed releases, and more.
Having only just announced his Monday (April 18) release date, Pusha T is swinging for the fences with his new album It’s almost dry.The album follows the classic 2018 LP by Pusha T, daytona . The new 12-track release features production duties split 50/50 between Kanye West and Pharrell, who each beat six songs. Pusha T’s fourth solo album is led by previously released singles “Diet Coke” and “Neck & Wrist,” which feature Pharrell on the hook and a widely shared verse by Jay-Z. It’s almost dry features other notable guest appearances from artists such as Lil Uzi Vert, Don Toliver and Push’s brother, former Clipse rhymer No Malice. Aside from producing on the GOOD Music release, Kanye West is also providing vocals on two songs, one of which, “Rock N Roll,” came out on Tuesday (19 Beef with Ye.
Blxst has dropped his first project since being named Best New Artist of the Year XXL Awards 2022. Before you gois that 2021XXLFreshman’s second solo work since 2020No love lost and comes on his heelsSixtape 2, the joint offering of Blxst alongside Bino Rideaux. The new 13-track project includes two singles released earlier this year, “About You” and “Sometimes” featuring Zacari, both of which complement the smooth, melodic sound the Los Angeles rap crooner is known for. More guest appearances onBefore you goinclude Rick Ross, Arin Ray and Grandmaster Vic. Prior to the release, Blxst promoted the project heavily on social media, with footage of him and his team putting the finishing touches on songs, an artistic interpretation of the tracklist reveal, and a well-produced cinematic trailer.
Grammy Award-winning producer Mike Dean returns with new music. Continuing his theme of dropping a project around April 20, the Texas music guru is offering the new beat tape this year.Smoke State 42222. Kanye West’s right-hand man delivers 20 pieces of “new chill synch jams”. Each of the tracks contains the album title paired with a chapter. Stems are also included. The new tape follows that of DeanEchoplex Live Visual Albumand4:22both of which came out last year.
Check out all of this week’s new projects below, including other drops from Wiz Khalifa, Taylor Bennett, E The Profit and more.