Album Reviews 2018 – August +September 2018

September 2018 

Stream Wale’s “Free Lunch” EP Featuring J. Cole & Eric Bellinger


Wale releases a new 5-track EP titled “Free Lunch” featuring J. Cole & Eric Bellinger.

Lunch has been served. After announcing the project just a couple days ago, Wale decides to come through today and share a new EP for the fans called Free Lunch, which is brought to you by Postmates and their “drivers.”

Free Lunch serves as Wale’s third EP of 2018, as well as his first project since signing to Warner Bros. Records back in May. He released It’s Complicated back in March and then followed that up with another four-track EP titled Self Promotion two months later, but now he’s ready to eat. The 5-track EP features guest appearances from Eric Bellinger & J. Cole, the latter of which appears on the previously heard “My Boy” freestyle.

“Every day I get online and I see the craziest shyt about me, I don’t want to care but I do. The music gives me peace. FreeLunch,” Wale said.

Available now on iTunes, fans can stream the 5-track project in its entirety via Apple Music/ Spotify. Hit play and let us know what you think.

Quotable Lyrics:

1. Dummies
2. Ungrateful & Thankful
3. 3 Days 3 Hours
4. My Boy (feat. J. Cole) [Freestyle]
5. Right Here (Feat. Eric Bellinger)

Stream 6LACK’s “East Atlanta Love Letter” Project


6LACK drops off his new album “East Atlanta Love Letter,” featuring J. Cole, Future, Offset & Khalid.

Over the past few weeks, 6LACK has really picked up the promo for his new album by first mailing out 20,000 postcards to some die hard fans with the project’s cover art unveiled. Along with that, the ATL singer also shared the star-studded tracklist & songs likes “Nonchalant” & “Switch” to further build hype, but now after months of anticipation the wait is over. East Atlanta Love Letterhas finally arrived today on iTunes and other streaming platforms.

Laced with 14 tracks in total, the follow up to 2016’s Free 6LACK features guest appearances from OffsetFuture, Khalid, & J. Cole, the latter of which who appears on the previously heard song “Pretty Little Fears.” Meanwhile production is handled by the likes of Bizness Boi, Joel Little, Stwo, & T-Minus among others.

Prior to its release, the project had been described as a love letter to the rapper’s friends and family, as well as his current and past lovers. It’ll also explore concepts like love and empathy, which 6LACK asked fans to open about on the postcards he sent out & his website (see here).

Take a listen to the new R&B project and let us know what you think.


1. Unfair
2. Loaded Gun
3. East Atlanta Love Letter (featuring Future)
4. Let Her Go
5. Sorry
6. Pretty Little Fears (featuring J. Cole)
7. Disconnect
8. Switch
9. Thugger’s Interlude
10. Balenciaga Challenge (featuring Offset)
11. Scripture
12. Nonchalant
13. Seasons (featuring Khalid)
14. Stan

Estelle Celebrates Human Connection On “Lovers Rock”


Estelle examines simpler times on reggae-infused “Lovers Rock.”

Estelle has returned with a new album, following up her 2015 effort True Romance. Her latest project, Lovers Rock, finds the singer exploring a reggae-infused direction, apparently inspired by her parent’s generation. As she explains to Exclaim, her birth was the result of the “Lovers Rock” era, which centered around the harmonious unities of love and music. Linking up with collaborators like Chronixx, HoodCelebrity, and Luke James, Estelle sounds at ease, sliding over slick production with grace.”I was writing the album trying to figure out why I am the way I am. I was born in the middle of the ‘lovers rock’ era and that’s why I probably love it so much. It really is the sound of my youth, of my childhood,” says Estelle, to Exclaim. Once again, nostalgia proves a prominent theme on Lovers Rock; it’s always fascinating to see what drives and inspires artists, and rest assured that Estelle does not disappoint on her latest go-around.

Stream Eminem’s Surprise Album “Kamikaze”


Eminem drops off a surprise album called “Kamikaze” featuring Royce Da 5’9, Joyner Lucas & Jessie Reyez.

Well look what we have here! Out of nowhere, Eminem decides to come through today and surprise fans with the release of a new album called Kamikaze, which is executive produced by Dr. Dre & Slim Shady.

The follow up to last year’s Revival contains 13 tracks in total and features guest appearances from Joyner Lucas, Royce Da 5’9″ & Toronto R&B singer Jessie Reyez, the latter of which appears twice on the project on songs “Nice Guy” & “Good Guy.” Meanwhile production is handled by the likes of Tay Keith, Mike Will Made It, Ronny J, & Boi-1da, among others. It also contains the record “Venom,” which will serve as the theme song for the forthcoming superhero film that Em teased usyesterday.

Following a quick listen, Em looks to get a lot things off chest on this new album, having took shots at those who have perceived his last album, Revival, negatively, including the likes of Charlamagne Tha God, DJ Akademiks & Joe Budden for that matter. In addition to that, Em also addresses the current state of hip-hop throughout this album, calling out several artists in the process like Lil WayneMachine Gun Kelly, Joe Budden, Lil Yachty, Tyler The Creator & more. It’s safe to Eminem came with a vengeance on this body of work and is here to remind everyone that he’s still without doubt one of the GOAT’s.

Available now on iTunes, fans can stream the surprise album in its entirety via Apple Music and/or Spotify. Hit play and let us know what record you’re fucking with the most!


1. The Ringer
2. Greatest
3. Lucky You (feat. Joyner Lucas)
4. Paul (Skit)
5. Normal
6. Em Calls Paul (Skit)
7. Stepping Stone
8. Not Alike (feat. Royce da 5’9″)
9. Fall
10. Kamikaze
11. Nice Guy (feat. Jessie Reyez)
12. Good Guy (feat. Jessie Reyez)
13. Venom (Music From the Motion Picture)

Stream Bun B’s “Return Of The Trill” Project


Stream Bun B’s new project “Return Of The Trill,” featuring Lil Wayne, Big K.R.I.T., Run The Jewels and more.

For the first time in five years, Bun B releases a new studio album called Return Of The Trill, which he’s been teasing & promoting over the past few weeks.

“You know I’ve been gone for a while, and I know there’s a couple of things that need to be said, and people haven’t said them yet,” the UGK rapper said.

The follow up to 2013’s Trill OG: The Epilogue contains 14 tracks in total and features guest appearances from Big K.R.I.T., Lil Wayne, T.I.2 Chainz, Yo Gotta, Run The Jewelz, 8 Ball, MJG, and more. “We made sure to work with other different people to kind of mix the sound up a little bit,” he added.

Led by the previously heard single “Recognize,” fans can now stream the project in its entirety via Apple Music/ Spotify. While you’re at it, peep our recent interview with the Houston veteran (below).

Stream Lloyd’s “Tru” LP Feat. Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Curren$y, & More


Lloyd drops off the LP edition of his “Tru” EP, featuring Curren$y, Sevyn Streeter and more.

Back in 2016, Lloyd returned from his musical hiatus to release a 5-song EP called Tru, which featured guest appearances from Lil WayneRick Ross & 2 Chainz. Today, the R&B singer/songwriter decides to complete the project by adding 7 new songs to the tracklist.

Laced with 11 songs in total, 4 of which we already heard on 2016’s EP, Tru features additional guest appearances from Curren$y, Sevyn Streeter, & Khujo Goodie. Meanwhile production is handled by J.U.S.T.I.C.E League and Lloyd himself.

“I wanted to put a lot of soul into it, you know? Kind of comparing music to food, I would say the goal was to stay as far away from fast food as possible and to focus on soul food. Definitely a lot of humanizing moments for me as an artist and as a man. Just talking about family, talking about the loss of loved ones, and now that I’m experiencing fatherhood, I’m kind of talking about that as well,” Lloyd said about the LP.

Available now on iTunes, fans can now stream the project in its entirety via Apple Music/ Spotify. Hit play and let us know what you think.


1. Appreciation Day (feat. Khujo Goodie)
2. Blown (feat. Curren$y)
3. Holding (feat. Lil Wayne)
4. My Bestie (feat. Sevyn Streeter)
5. Caramel
6. Excited
7. Heavenly Body (feat. Rick Ross)
8. Porcelain
9. Infinity (feat. River)
10. Lil Sis (feat. The Spelman Woman’s Choir)
11. Tru

Stream Curren$y’s “Fire In The Clouds” Project


Curren$y Spitta drops off his new 12-track project “Fire In The Clouds.”

After weeks of promotion, which included an online contest allowing fans to create the project’s cover art, Curren$y decides to come through today and share his 5th project of 2018 called Fire In The Clouds.

Laced with 13 tracks in total, the follow up to The Marina EP with Harry Fraud features guest appearances from T.Y. (twice) and Larry June, the latter of which who appears on the song “Pay Scale.” Meanwhile production is handled mostly by Drupey Beats.

Available on iTunes, fans can stream the project in its entirety (below) via Apple Music/Spotify. Hit play and let us know what you think.


1. A Sign of Things to Come
2. Foreign Sumers (feat. T.Y.)
3. Specialist
4. 300 Thousand
5. Spaceship (feat. T.Y.)
6. This and That
7. Feel Nobody
8. Pay Scale (feat. Larry June)
9. Targa
10. One By One
11. Never Stop
12. Prize Money

Stream Russ’ “Zoo” Project


Russ drops off his new project “Zoo,” featuring Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross & Mahalia.

After hyping up the album over the past few weeks and releasing songs like “The Flute Song” & “Serious,” ATL rapper Russ decides to come through today and drop off his new album Zoo.

Laced with 14 tracks in total, the follow up to There’s Really A Wolf features guest appearances from Rick Ross & Snoop Dogg who appear on the song “Last Forever,” as well as English singer/songwriter Mahalia. Meanwhile, production is handled by Scott Storch, Avedon, Russ himself, and others.

Speaking on the title of Zoo, Russ had the following to say about it: “My new life is a ‘Zoo.’ It feels like constant contained chaos… whether eternal battles, family issues, industry bullshit, etc…And dealing with everything while everyone is watching is beyond stressful,” he says. “I know everyone is depending on me and I can’t be the “weak” one. It’s a mess in here though… A beautifully miserable mess at times… People on the outside throwin shit at you, people on the inside trying to kill you. All the while you gotta keep it together otherwise you look crazy… All the while tryna keep in mind that this is what I signed up for, even if I didn’t realize it and tryna stay grateful thru the constant chaos that is the Zoo…”

Available on iTunes, fans can stream the project in its entirety via Apple Music. Hit play and let us know what record you’re feeling the most.

Stream Mila J’s “August 2018” EP


Stream Mila J’s new “August 2018” EP.

If you haven’t noticed, Mila J has been rolling out a new project every month this year, simply naming each project after its respective month. Looking to keep it going, the West Coast songstress decides to come through today and share her latest installment with August 2018 EP.

Laced with 5 songs, the follow up to July’s 2018 features a lone appearance from Migh-X again, who appears on the outro “Bars.” Other song titles include “Handsome,” “Business And Pleasure” & “New Boyfriend” to name a few.

Available now on iTunes, fans can stream the EP in its entirety via Apple Music/ Spotify. Hit play and let us know what you think.


1. Handsome
2. Just Don’t Lie
3. Business and Pleasure
4. New Boyfriend
5. Bars (feat. MIGH-X)

August 2018

Stream Bas’ “Milky Way” Project


Bas drops off his new project “Milky Way” featuring J. Cole, Correy C, A$AP Ferg and more.

Two years removed from the release of his Too High To Riot album, Dreamville’s Bas is back with his latest project Milky Way.

The 14-track project features guest appearances from J. Cole, Correy C, Ari Lennonx, A$AP Ferg, and Lion Babe, among others. Meanwhile production is handled by the likes of Childish Major, J. Cole, Sango, Meez, Ron Gilmore, Cedric Brown, and more.

Speaking on the project, Bas had the following to say about it: “It’s been two and a half years since Too High To Riot. I’ve spent the better part searching for ground. We go looking for love in all the wrong places. We go on radio shows looking for love from the hosts and their audience. We put out albums, our truths, in hopes the public will love them and catapult us to great successes. We hope our labels will love how the singles perform. We conquer as many women as we can as if it’ll make us love ourselves. Instead of finding one that who shows you the man you could be. We share only the good parts of our lives on social media. In hopes of making people fall in love with us. One like at a time.”

“This album is about finding ground. About not poisoning your own well. About finding and tethering yourself to the love that truly fulfills you. Love of self. Love of others. Lovers. Family. Friends. Fans. You’ve all given me all the affirmation I’ll ever need. That is the Milky Way. The only way to go.”

Led by the previously heard singles “Boca Raton” & “Tribe,” fans can now stream the project in its entirety via Apple Music/Spotify. Project available on iTunes.

Stream E-40’s New Project “The Gift Of Gab”


E-40 drops off his new project “The Gift Of Gab” featuring Vince Staples, Ty Dolla $ign, & more.

Before we’re treated to the upcoming Rule of Thumb and Practice Makes Paper albums, Bay Area legend E-40 decides to come through today and kick off the first album in The Definition trilogy dubbed The Gift Of Gab, which is labeled with “the ability to speak with eloquence and fluency.”

Laced with 12 tracks in total, the follow up to The D-Boy Diary 1 & 2 features guest appearances from Vince StaplesTy Dolla $ign, G Perico, Kent Jones, Problem, Konshens and more.

Available now on iTunes, fans can stream the project in its entirety via Apple Music and/or Spotify. Hit play and let us know what you think.


1. Ballhog (Ft. Stresmatic)
2. The Pots & Pan Man
3. Winning
4. Who You Talking To (. Kent Jones)
5. Wicked (Ft. Rich Rocka)
6. Ain’t Talkin Bout Nothing (Ft. G Perico & Vince Staples)
7. One Night (Ft. Konshens & Ty Dolla $ign)
8. Relax (Ft. Problem)
9. The Pack Attack (Ft. FMB DZ & Sada Baby)
10. Dennys
11. These Days (Ft. Yhung T.O.)
12. When Life Shows Up (Ft. Dr. Cornel West & Mike Marshall

Stream T-Pain’s New Mixtape “Everything Must Go Vol. 1”


T-Pain drops his return mixtape “Everything Must Go Vol. 1.”

Hate it or love it, auto-tune was pronounced dead maybe a decade too soon. Though Jay-Z has upheld his end of the bargain, by remaining true to himself, so has T-Pain as a purveyor of the vocal affectation. You may have liked the unplugged version of T-Pain that he displayed on NPR’s Tiny Desk, but anything beyond that point of manipulation would seem an embellishment from therappa ternt sanga. The novelty of hearing T-Pain relax his vocal chords wore off fast, and he’s back to prove his instincts correct.”Everything Must Go Vol. 1″ is T-Pain’s way of staging a clearance sale of all his loose ends, at least at first glance. Songs like “Dance All Night” see T-Pain revisit the blippy sounds of his first and second albums. With respect to vocal arrangements, T-Pain hasn’t lost a step. He still shows a willingness to rev his engine at short notice. The effect always for continuity when the beat reaches a standstill, and he doesn’t go at it alone. Ace HoodJoe Budden, and Joey Bada$$ all make surprise appearances on the mixtape, the latter two on a song titled “That’s Me,” which serves to note that retirement can be repealed at any time.Enjoy.

Stream The Travis Scott-Curated Soundtrack To “NBA2K 19”


Listen to the soundtrack to NBA 2K19, curated by Travis Scott.

Earlier today, we found out that Travis Scott was curating the soundtrack to the NBA 2K19 video game when he sat down with LeBron James for a one on one interview, and now we get to hear what he put together as the soundtrack is already available on Spotify.

The 49-track soundtrack contains guest appearances from just about everyone the industry, including Travis himself, Trippie Redd, Sheck Wes, Skepta, BROCKHAMPTON, Migos, Rich Brian, PartyNExtDoor, PRhyme, MiguelLil Uzi VertG HerboBruno Mars, and many many more.

“This is an honor. I always like the chance to curate music to fit a lifestyle and 2K is definitely a lifestyle,” Travis Scott said about curating the video game’s soundtrack.

Check it out (below) via Spotify and let us know what you think.

Jay-Z & Beyoncé’s “Everything Is Love” Gets The Chopped Not Slopped Treatment


The Chopstars bring the Chopped Not Slopped sound to “Everything Is Love.”

In the middle of June, Jay-Z and Beyonce teamed up to deliver their surprise album, Everything Is Love. For years, there’s been rumors of a joint project between the couple but neither of them actually confirmed this would come into fruition. The project came as a way to conclude the trilogy of Jay-Z’s 4:44 and Beyoncé’s Lemonade. Today, Everything Is Love gets chopped not slopped by the Chopstars.OG Ron C, DJ Slim K and DJ Candlestick link up to bring their signature sound to Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s Everything Is Love. The Chopstars previously gave the chopped not slopped treatment to both Jay-Z and Beyonce’s last solo albums so it only made sense that they joined forces to do the same to Everything Is Love.It’s another solid job by The Chopstars. Peep the chopped not slopped version of Everything Is Love below.

Stream Ariana Grande’s “Sweetener” Album


Ariana Grande drops off her new album “Sweetener” featuring Nicki Minaj, Pharrell & Missy Elliott.

Ariana Grande has been building hype for her fourth studio album all year long, first announcing the album title, Sweetner, back in early May on Jimmy Fallon, but after months of anticipation, the wait is finally over. At the stroke of midnight, Ariana Grande’s new album was made available on iTunes & all other streaming platforms.

Laced with 15 tracks in total, the follow up to 2016’s Dangerous Woman features guest appearances from Nicki MinajPharrell Williams, and Missy Elliott, who appears on the song “Borderline.” Meanwhile, it’s currently being led by the singles “No Tears Left To Cry,” “The Light Is Coming,” and “God Is A Woman,” to name a few.

“I’ve always just been like a shiny, singing, 5-6-7- 8, sexy-dance… sexy thing,” Ariana said in an interview with The Fader. “But now it’s like, ‘OK… issa bop — but issa message. Issa bop but also has chunks of my soul in it. Here you go. Also, I cried 10 hundred times in the session writing it for you. Here is my bleeding heart, and here is a trap beat behind it.’ There’s definitely some crying-on the-dancefloor stuff on this one,” she said.

Available now on iTunes, fans can stream Ari’s new album via Apple Music/Spotify.

Young Thug’s “Slime Language” Is Here


Stream Young Thug’s new project “Slime Language” featuring Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert, Duke & more.

Well here it is. Coming off an album promotion run that involved sending real live snakes to various music publications & teasing its “featured” guests, Young Thug decides to come through today and celebrate his 27th birthday by dropping off his new album Slime Language.

The follow up to last year’s Hear No Evil EP contains 12 tracks in total and serves more like a compilation project from his YSL records, featuring guest appearances from the likes of Lil BabyLil Uzi VertGunna, Jacquees, and even his girlfriend Karlae, among others. Meanwhile production is handled by WheezySouthside, TM88 & others.

As for the cover art, it features 3 sign language hands that spell out Young Stoner Life, the name of Thugger’s record label under 300.

Available on iTunes, fans can stream the anticipated project in its entirety via Apple Music/ Spotify. Hit play and let us know what you think!

Stream Stefflon Don’s “Secure” Project Feat. Future, DJ Khaled, Popcaan & More


Stefflon Don releases her new 16-track project “Secure.”

If you’re still sleeping, Stefflon Don is rising new female rapper out of Britain who’s been making quite the name for herself this year. From making it onto this year’s XXL Freshman cover to receiving co-signs from DrakeDJ Khaled, Lil Yachty, & others, Stefflon has quickly become of the hottest up & coming artists in the game. Looking to build off her momentum, 26-year-old British artist decides to come through today and share her new project Secure, which finds the artwork paying homage to Lil Kim’s second album The Notorious K.I.M.

The follow up to Hurtin’ Me EP contains 16 tracks in total and features guest appearances from Future, DJ Khaled, Popcaan, Sean Paul, Sizzla, Haile, and more. Meanwhile production comes from the likes of 54 London, Leftside, Rodney Kumbriayi Hwingwiri, Rymez & Stephanie Victoria Allen, among others.

Available now on iTunes, fans can stream Stefflon’s new tape in its entirety via Apple Music/Spotify.

DJ Muggs Drops New Album “Dia Del Asesinato” Ft. Raekwon, Freddie Gibbs & More


DJ Muggs returns with his new project “Dia Del Asesinato.”

DJ Muggs hasn’t lost his touch one bit since coming into the game with Cypress Hill in the late 90’s. While the group hasn’t released a project in over eight years, Muggs has still been putting in work. For a little over a month, Muggs has been teasing his Soul Assassin album, Dia Del Asesinato.Towards the end of June, he released “Death Wish” alongside Freddie Gibbs and MF Doom which kicked off the campaign for the project. Today, the project arrives in its entirety with guest appearances from some of the strongest emcees in the game.DJ Muggs is back with his new project, Dia Del Asesinato. The twelve track project doesn’t have any appearances from his Cypress Hill brothers but it does include appearance from Wu-Tang Clangiant, Raekwon, Freddie Gibbs, MF Doom, Mayhem Lauren, Eto, Hus Kingpin, Mach-Hommy and Kool G Rap.Peep the project below.

Stream Nicki Minaj’s “Queen” Album


Nicki Minaj’s “Queen” is ready for the World.

The wait is over: Nicki has drawn a river Queen from her deck of illusions. Like Drake before her, any album she drops will alienate a segment of her audience. Gone is the transitive “Pink” theme we’ve grown accustomed to. Enter Nicki, expert of the Antiquities, in the 4th term of her totalitarian regime.On Queen, the reigning monarch is her playful self. She teases innuendo and causal links to borderline relationships. In regards to Eminem, they tussle for a bit on “Majesty,” but barely long enough for a crowd to come sailing. Nicki even realizes a childhood dream by invoking Foxy Brown on the final measures. Foxy’s Broken Silence was a record that shaped the way she envisioned her career unfolding. If Nicki is Foxy’s Brown musical progeny, where does the line pass from here?It may be too soon to level off balanced of opinion of Nicki’s 4th album, the day of its release. Within the coming days we’ll be able to gauge whether her arduous stop-and-go treatment of the album was well intended or not. Nicki Minaj promises to upset somebody in the process, because on some level she represents a heliocentric view of modern rap.Give us your thoughts.Tracklist:1. “Ganja Burns”
2. “Majesty” (Feat. Eminem & Labrinth)
3. “Barbie Dreams”
4. “Rich Sex” (Feat. Lil Wayne)
5. “Hard White”
6. “Bed” (Feat. Ariana Grande)
7. “Thought I Knew You” (Feat. The Weeknd)
8. “Run & Hide”
9. “Chun Swae” (Feat. Swae Lee)
10. “Chun-Li”
11. “LLC”
12. “Good Form”
13. “Nip Tuck”
14. “2 Lit 2 Late Interlude”
15. “Come See About Me”
16. “Sir” (Feat. Future)
17. “Miami”
18. “Coco Chanel” (Feat. Foxy Brown)
19. “Inspirations Outro”

YG Drops Off New Album “Stay Dangerous”


Stream YG’s new album “Stay Dangerous” featuring Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, Quavo, A$AP Rocky & more.

After months of promotion, YG’s highly anticipated third studio album, Stay Dangerous, has arrived. Laced with 15 tracks in total, the follow up to 2016’s Still Brazy features guest appearances from Nicki Minaj2 ChainzBig Sean, A$AP Rocky, Jay 305, Quavo, Ty Dolla $ign, Mozzy & NBA Youngboy. Meanwhile production is handled by DJ Mustard, TM88, MP 808, and J Holt, among others.

“Ima give y’all what you want from me and Ima give y’all something different. Experimenting and playing with different sounds and different flows, and shit like that. But we do have our traditional YG & Mustard shit going up on there. Its a good body of work. This what they want from me, the turn up.”

Available now on iTunes, fans can stream the project in its entirety via Apple Music. Hit play and let us know what you think. You already know this going to go hard in the streets.


1. 10 Times
2. Bulletproof (feat. Jay 305)
3. Handgun (feat. A$AP Rocky)
4. Suu Whoop
5. Cant Get in Kanada
6. Too Cocky
7. Big Bank (feat. 2 Chainz, Big Sean & Nicki Minaj)
8. Power (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
9. Slay (feat. Quavo)
10. 666 (feat. YoungBoy Never Broke Again)
11. Too Brazy (feat. Mozzy)
12. Pussy Money Fame
13. Deeper Than Rap
14. Free the Homies Interlude
15. Bomptown Finest

Stream Travis Scott’s “Astroworld” Project


“Astroworld” has arrived, featuring The Weeknd, Sheck Wes, Swae Lee & more!

Well here it is! After years of anticipation & various setbacks, Travis Scott’s long awaited third studio album, Astroworld, has finally arrived.

Named after the now-closed theme park in Texas that Travis used to go to as a kid, Astroworldcontains 17 tracks in total and features guest appearances from Sheck Wes, Drake, Juice Wrld, Migos, The Weeknd, Frank OceanPharrellNavGunna, & Swae Lee, among others. Meanwhile, production is handled by a slew of hitmakers, including Mike Dean, Frank Dukes, WondaGurl, FKi 1st, Sonny Digital, and more.

“It’s a different story. I’ve been through so much different shit. I’ve seen so much different stuff now, its just a different story I have to tell. It’s kinda like a more personal album. I just want people to get to know me and really get to know the rage inside. Really know whats going on with my mental and what I be thinking. How I feel about all types of shit,” Travis said when comparing Astroworld to Rodeo.

Available now on iTunes, fans can stream the project in its entirety via Apple Music. Hit play and let us know what record you’re feeling the most?

Stream H.E.R.’s New EP “I Used To Know Her: The Prelude”


Before her next album arrives, H.E.R. drops off a new EP called “I Used To Know Her: The Prelude.”

 R&B songstress H.E.R. decides to come through today and release her new EP I Used To Know HER.

The 6 track project serves as a prelude to her forthcoming album and features guest appearances from DJ Scratch & Bryson Tiller, the latter of which appears on the song “Could’ve Been.” Other song titles include “As I Am,” “Feel A Way” & “Against Me” to name a few.

Available on iTunes, fans can stream the new body of work (below) courtesy of any one of the streaming platforms. Hit play and let us know record you’re feeling the most.


1. Lost Souls (feat. DJ Scratch)
2. Against Me
3. Be On My (Interlude)
4. Could’ve Been (feat. Bryson Tiller)
5. Feel a Way
6. As I Am

Stream N.O.R.E.’s “5E” Project


11 new tracks featuring Fat Joe, Tory Lanez, Fabolous, Pharrell & others.

N.O.R.E has been having himself a nice successful run in the media lately, curating arguably one the of the best hip hop shows on the internet with his Drink Champs podcast, but he’s now ready to get back to the music. Announced last week, the Queens veteran decides to come through today and share his 5E project via Nas’ Mass Appeal Records.

Laced with 11 tracks, the follow up to 2016’s Drunk Uncle features guest appearances from Fat Joe(twice), Tory Lanez, Fabolous, The-Dream, PharrellJadakiss, and more. Meanwhile production is handled by the likes of Beatz N Da Hood, Cool N Dre, Hazardis Soundz, Pharrell Williams, Reazy Renegade, and more.

Available now on iTunes, fans can stream the project in its entirety via Apple Music & other streaming platforms. Hit play and let us know what you think.


1. In the Beginning
2. Big Chain (feat. Fabolous)
3. Bendicion (feat. Fat Joe)
4. Don’t Know (feat. Fat Joe)
5. She’s Mine (feat. Tory Lanez)
6. Woof (feat. The-Dream)
7. Let Me Be Great (feat. Yung Reallie)
8. No Reason (feat. Sevyn Streeter)
9. LaLa (feat. Jadakiss, Wyclef & Wyclef Jean)
10. Parade (feat. Kent Jones & Yung Reallie)
11. Uno Mas (feat. Pharrell & Pharrell Williams)

Stream Dave East’s “Karma 2” Mixtape


Dave East drops off “Karma 2,” featuring Lil Durk, Gunna, Fabolous, Trouble & more.

Originally supposed to have dropped on Monday, Dave East’s Karma 2 mixtape has finally arrived after being announced just last week.

Serving as the sequel to last year’s Karma tape, the DJ Holiday-hosted project contains a whopping 19 tracks in total and features guest appearances from Lil DurkGunnaFabolous, Trouble, Blocboy JB, & Don Q, among others. Meanwhile production is handled by the likes of Murda Beatz, SAP, Wheezy, Triple A, Hum Beats, Nick Papz, and others.

Having already heard tracks like “Us,” “Imagine,” & “Day Dreaming” to name a few, fans can now stream the rest of the project in its entirety via Apple Music. Hit play and let us know what you think! Project available on iTunes.


1. Karma (Interlude)
2. Nobu
3. Nothing Personal
4. Traumatized f. Kiing Shooter
5. Russia
6. Highly Anticipated f. Lil Durk
7. Scale And A Razor
8. No Stylist f. BlocBoy JB
9. My Nigga Dead (Interlude)
10. Levelin’ Up f. Fabolous
11. This Summer f. D. Jones
12. Day Dreaming f. Floyd Miles
13. Imagine
14. Cut Em Off f. Don Q
15. I Don’t Understand It
16. Us f. Gunna
17. We On f. Border Bucc
18. Going Hard
19. Ain’t Goin’ f. Trouble

Stream RL Grime’s “NOVA” Project


RL Grime’s “NOVA” album has arrived, featuring Miguel, Tory Lanez, Ty Dolla Sign, Jeremih & many others.

After hitting us with songs like “Era,” “Undo” & “Light Me Up” to name a few, LA producer RL Grimedecides to come through today and share the rest of his anticipated new project NOVA.

The 15-track project features guest appearances from Ty Dolla Sign, MiguelTory Lanez, Julia Michaels, Jeremih, TK Kravitz, Chief Keef, Joji, Freya Ridings, Daya, 24hrs, and Jeremy Zucker.

The Los Angeles producer said this when comparing NOVA to his 2014 LP VOID: “I wanted to use that same energy, but bring it up into the sky, into space. I spent a lot of the last three years in my own head, just dealing with depression and anxiety and anything that comes with the life of a touring musician.”

Out now on all streaming platforms, fans can listen to the new body of work in its entirety (below). Hit play and let us know what record you’re feeling the most?


1. Feel Free
2. Shrine (feat. Freya Ridings)
3. Light Me Up (feat. Miguel & Julia Michaels)
4. Undo (feat. Jeremih & Tory Lanez)
5. Take It Away (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & TK Kravitz)
6. OMG (feat. Joji & Chief Keef)
7. Shoulda
8. Reims
9. Pressure
10. Era
11. Run for Your Life (Interlude)
12. I Wanna Know (feat. Daya)
13. UCLA (feat. 24hrs)
14. Rainer
15. Atoms (feat. Jeremy Zucker)

Roc Marciano Shows Knxwledge His Jail Tats On “dntaskmefrshit.”


“dntaskmefrshit.” aka Don’t Ask Me For Sh*t.

Picture Roc Marciano a NY thoroughbred inserting a token into a Phone Booth, back when quarters were the asking price for a 5 minute toll. And if you produced a second quarter in the allotted time you could hog the joint for another ten or so minutes. On the receiving end Knxwledge impersonates a bail bondsman and Marci sets off running never to be seen again.The phone call lasts just under four minutes, so the 2nd coin gets slotted back into his change purse, only to be wagered over a loose cigarette at the next interval. For those who can’t fathom a registered pimp like Roc Marciano showing any semblance of mercy, think again. His 4-minute beat tape with bedroom producer Knxwledge explores a world of breathtaking anachronisms over beats that would never pass the cutting room of conventional hip-hop. They have one thing in common within this anatomical shell: they’d much rather offer the wedding party an exotic fruit basket than hand over an envelope stuffed with dough.


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Knxwledge Harbors Strange Feelings Of Nostalgia On “HEX​.​PRT12”


Knxwledge takes some time out from serial dating and loan sharking.

Knxwledge’s issues out beat tapes like a parishioner combing through their notes. The beatmaker noted for his work with Paak and Kendrick Lamar, among others, returns with ca beat tape tinged with memories of the past, some less insular than others. The album cover borrows the proverb “Poor are those who have eyes but cannot see,” words first muttered to describe esoteric knowledge of sacred art and ancient hand-me-downs.Knxwledge has a habit of releasing material when we least expect it, usually on a quiet weekend afternoon while he catches up on sleep. Included on HEX​.​PRT12 is Knxwledge’s refix of Cardi B‘s “Be Careful,” a song that carries a tone that permeates throughout the beat tape. It’s no secret likes to subvert tone and feeling, of the songs he samples. On “ifikudgo” completely flips the script on the Angie Martinez’ classic “If I Could Go,” upending her bravado with jazzier tones. Knxwledge sure enjoys playing Heinrich von Frankenstein with his cadavers.Give ‘er a listen.

Stream The Internet’s “Hive Mind” Project


The Internet release their new album “Hive Mind.”

Los Angeles-based soul and R&B group, The Internet, made their return to the scene back in April with the track “Roll (Burbank Funk),” their first single since their 2015 Grammy-nominated album Ego Death. Since then, the group has been busy promoting their Hive Mind album by rolling out songs like “Come Over” & “La Di Di,” but now after months of anticipation the album has finally arrived.

Containing 12 tracks in total, the follow up to 2015’s Ego Death features guest appearances from band members like Syd, Steve Lacy, Patrick Paige II, Christopher Smith, and Matt Martians.

“So many memories making this album,” Syd said. “We rented houses and studios all over the world and just lounged around, no pressure. The last few sessions in Australia were some of my favorites. We made the last 3 tracks on the album there. Such a vibe.”

Out now on iTunes, fans can stream the anticipated project from The Internet (below) and let us know what you think.


1. Come Together
2. Roll (Burbank Funk)
3. Come Over
4. La Di Da
5. Stay the Night
6. Bravo
7. Mood
8. Next Time / Humble Pie
9. It Gets Better (With Time)
10. Look What U Started
11. Wanna Be
12. Beat Goes On
13. Hold On

Stream Wiz Khalifa’s “Rolling Papers 2”


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Wiz Khalifa releases Rolling Papers 2,” featuring Gucci Mane, Swae Lee, PND, Lil Skies & more.

Wiz Khalifa’s new album is finally here. First announced all the way back in 2015 following the release of his Cabin Fever 3, Wiz has been teasing his Rolling Papers 2 album for the past 3 years now, each year providing further hope to fans that is was right around the corner. Well after months of promotion, we’re finally happy to say Rolling Papers 2 is here.

Laced with a whopping 25 tracks in total, the follow up to last year’s Laugh Now, Fly Later tape features guest appearances from Swae Lee, Snoop Dogg, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Lil Skies, Ty Dolla $ignGucci Mane, Jimmy Wopo and more. Meanwhile production is handled by Wiz’s frequent collaborators E. Dan, Sledgren, TM88Young Chop, and more.

“This is as important as my first album,” Wiz said. “That’s the mark I want to make and that’s how I’m coming into it. I had this great career to stand on and all this work I’ve done, but let’s strip all of that away and focus on what I’m about to do right now. This is my time to prove what I’m made of now. Fuck what we’ve done before. We done that, that’s done now.”

Available now on iTunes, fans can stream the long awaited project in its entirety (below) via Apple Music/Spotify. Suggest you roll one up first and enjoy!

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Stream Drake’s “Scorpion” Album


Drake’s “Scorpion” album has arrived, featuring Jay Z, Michael Jackson, Ty Dolla Sign & Static Major.

Trae Tha Truth Shines On “48 Hours Later” Mixtape


Trae Tha Truth’s “48 Hours Later” is a welcome collection of haunting trap bangers.


Teyana Taylor Caps Off G.O.O.D. Music’s Summer With “K.T.S.E.”


Teyana Taylor brings sensual R&B to the G.O.O.D. Music lineup.

It’s been quite a wild ride this past few weeks. When Kanye West announced that he would be releasing a new album executively produced by him every week for five weeks it was almost unbelievable. Against all odds, and his own last-minute working habits, we’ve finally reached the end of our destination: Teyana Taylor‘s new album, K.T.S.E.This project marks a stark break from the previous G.O.O.D. Music albums that have been released this summer. Without even listening to the album, Teyana has already broken the sacred “7 songs” rule of Kanye’s album, with the total songs on her project being eight. Secondly, since Teyana is an R&B artist following a series of bombastic rap albums, Kanye switches his production style as well.There aren’t any moments on here that soar to the sonic highs of a song like “Ghost Town” or “Feel The Love.” Rather, Teyana’s approach is softer, more soulful, and Kanye follows in turn. There’s probably more acoustic guitar in these eight songs than Kanye has ever used on a single project, but they’re still punctuated by his signature vocal samples.The music won’t put you to sleep, however. Teyana does get aggressive at points, most notably on the genre-bending closer “Wtp.” Like the other G.O.O.D. Music albums, K.T.S.E. only runs just over 20 minutes, so it’s definitely worth checking out, even if you’ve been skeptical about Kanye’s summer output thus far. 

Jedi Mind Tricks Drops Wisdom On New Album “The Bridge and The Abyss”


This is for the lovers of boom-bap.

The latest Jedi Mind Tricks project is here. They have already given us a taste of the album with their single “You Have One Devil But Five Angels” and put out a music video for “La Muerta.”Their latest studio album “The Bridge and The Abyss” hits today. The LP is almost three times the length of most new rap records, counting 19 tracks. It includes features by Yes Alexander, Eamon, CZARFACE, Thea Alana, Scott Stallone, and late Sean Price (R.I.P brother). The songs deal a lot with death and other rough realities, creating an intense experience for the listener who pay attention to lyrics.Jedi Mind Trick’s came up in what many might consider the sweet spot in the history of Hip-Hop. The group has been active since the early 90s, with their first official EP Amber Probe, which dropped in 1996. Their run has lasted over two decades and is clearly on track for another. This is their second project since the 2015 reunion of original members, Stoupe The Enemy Of Mankind and Vinnie Paz. Listeners will find some classic sounds. Jedi Mind Tricks is staying true to its roots.TRACKLIST1. Al bid-aya featuring Yes Alexander
2. San La Muerte
3. Rashindun Caliphate
4. Freshco & Miz
5. When the Body Goes Cold
6. What She Left Behind
7. Death Toll Rising
8. Shed the Skin to Receive the World (Interlude) featuring Yes Alexander
9. Certified Dope featuring Eamon
10. Hell’s Henchman
11. God Forsaken
12. Legacy of the Prophet featuring Sean Price
13. Void Ritual (Interlude) featuring Yes Alexander
14. You Have One Devil But Five Angels
15. Marciano’s Reign featuring Scott Stallone
16. Torture Chamber featuring CZARFACE
17. The Letter Concerning the Intellect
18. Making a Killing featuring Thea Alana
19. What Falls Is Fallen (Interlude) featuring Yes Alexander

King Los Plays Target Practice On “410 Survival Kit” Mixtape


King Los kindly drops “410 Survival Kit” for B’more’s uninvited guests.

Word to King Los, his long awaited album delivers on the promise he’s displayed. As the album title suggest, Los describes Baltimore as a continuous grind, but unlike other auteurs describing life in his city, Los explores the hardship and the joys. Los breaks down human experience in a way that really speaks to his introverted self. That isn’t to say he won’t turnup on occasion. Songs like “Dey Geekin” and “Dope Dealer” go off like a sprinkler.410 Survival Kit makes good use of King Los’ black book. Features are grouped according to their appropriate “fit,” like Yo Gotti and O.T. Genasis on a record about trapping, and Tate Kobang & more localized talent on songs relating to Baltimore or regional charm. the album also features the likes of Swizz BeatzLola Monroe and Wiz Khalifa, so be sure to play close attention for baton passes. King Los is very much in mid season form on 410 Survival Kit.

Stream Gunplay’s “Active” Project


Featuring Rick Ross, Curren$y, Sam Sneak and more.

After months of promotion, which included hearing songs like “Cheap Thrills” & “My Phone,” Miami native & former MMG rapper Gunplay decides to return to the scene today and share his first album of 2018 called Active.

“I’m active. Im back. Active again. And it’s just a term in Miami that’s used when you “active” and you active in the streets,” Gunplay said about the project’s title.

Laced with 12 tracks, the follow up to last year’s Haram features guest appearances from Rick RossCurren$y, Sam Sneak, Lito, Masspike Miles, and more. Meanwhile production is handled by the likes of Big A, M Millz, & Sam Sneak, among others.

Available on iTunes, fans can stream the project in its entirety via Apple Music. You already know this gonna go hard in the streets. Enjoy!


1. Intro
2. Black Inca
3. No Way Jose
5. Interlude Feat. Lito
6. My Phone
7. F Me F U Feat. Sam Sneak
8. Cheap Thrills Feat. Rick Ross
9. My Definition Feat. Curren$y & Masspike Miles
10. Caps Flyunn Feat. Kidd Adamz
11. Finish Lines
12. Outro

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