Lil Nas X Delivers An Eclectic, Multi-Genre Album With “7”

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The diverse record will appeal to a wide range of audiences.

Proving that he’s more than his “Old Town Road” single, Lil Nas X released his debut EP early Friday morning. There have been many conversations regarding whether or not he would be able to sustain a career following becoming an international phenomenon. On 7, Lil Nas X shows varying musical sides to himself, letting his audience know that he’s not going to move forward conventionally as an artist.His track “F9mily (You & Me)” is a pop-emo single that is reminiscent of early 2000s Fall Out Boy. “Panini,” much like it’s recently released music video, is futuristic, while “Rodeo” with Cardi B sees Lil Nas X return to his “Old Town Road” roots as the New York rapper brings aggressive energy to the track. “Bring You Down” brings that 2000s rock vibe again, this time leaning on a sound similar to that of Interpol circa 2002.

His name may include “Nas,” but anyone expecting to hear a hip hop album with 7 will be disappointed. However, Lil Nas X delivers a record that stays honest to himself as an artist and is a great debut for someone who many thought would be shut out before releasing his first record. In an interview with Apple Beats 1 Lil Nas X said, “This EP is going to get everybody ready for this album that’s coming later- it can be 20 songs a day, and then it’ll be like, ‘Oh, 35?’ And then I’ll be like, “‘h, wait, oh, I like these ones. I like this one now. Oh, this is like 27 songs.’ And it’s like, nah. But a lot of songs I go in with the intent of finishing, so if I feel like I might want to finish making a song while I’m listening to the beat I’m just like, ‘Cut the whole thing,’ pretty much.”

Tracklist

1. Old Town Road (Remix) ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
2. Panini
3. F9mily (You & Me)
4. Kick It
5. Rodeo ft. Cardi B
6. Bring You Down
7. C7osure (You Like)
8. Old Town Road

Trina’s “The One” Features Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, Dave East & More

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The Miami rapper has finally delivered her anticipated record.

The One has been a long time coming. Trina‘s been working on this record for six years, and after many delays and detours, the Diamond Princess has returned with her star-studded album. Straight out of the gate, Trina opens her record with an intro that features the one and only DJ Khaled. He gives the rapper a shout out to set the tone before Trina moves on to the first song, “Get Money”—the only track on The One that doesn’t have a feature.Overall, Trina delivers a solid album that doesn’t disappoint. Boosie Badazz goes hard on “Ride Clean,” switching up the vibe of the album. Of course, Trina recently dropped “BAPS” featuring Nicki Minaj, a track that samples “Project Chick” by the Cash Money Millionaires. “F*ck Boy” borrows from Eazy-E’s “Boyz-n-the-Hood” and “If It Ain’t Me” with K. Michelle is an R&B jam that samples Patti Labelle’s “Somebody Loves You Baby.” This is a Trina that her longtime fans will still love, but as she drifts from R&B to hip hop to hardcore rap, the rapper showcases more of her versatility.

Trina recently sat down with Nessa Diab for HOT 97 to talk about The One. “I have have done so much and [much has] transpired, just like evolved,” she said. “From five different albums and so much stuff that I’ve been through and I’ve put into all those albums, I get to the sixth album and this is like, I’ve given the last six years of my life to this project. That’s a really long time, especially when I had hopes that it would come out three years ago. I kept recording. I kept adding new stuff, new songs, and it just kept growing and growing. Now, it’s about to be summer. I’m dropping my album this year. I don’t care what happens.”

Tracklist

1, Intro ft. DJ Khaled
2. Get Money
3. On His Face ft. Lightskin Keisha
4. New Thang ft. 2 Chainz
5. Situation ft. Lil Wayne
6. Ride Clean ft. Plies & Boosie Badazz
7. BAPS ft. Nicki Minaj
8. Feed Me Lies ft. Roquois
9. For You ft. Sevyn
10. F*ck Boy (Remix) ft. Molly Brazy & Tokyo Jetz
11. Photo ft. Roquois
12. Can I Live ft. Dave East
13. Water ft. Rico Love
14. If It Ain’t Me ft. K. Michelle
15. Mama ft. Kelly Price

B.o.B Gifts Fans With Fire Album, “Southmatic”

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Fans thought B.o.B.’s final album was “NAGA,” but the rapper brings the heat with his latest.

B.o.B is not messing around on Southmatic. The Southern-bred rapper delivers an album that has minimal features outside from appearances by hip hop legend Grandmaster Caz and spiritualist Brother Panic. Many fans fell in love with B.o.B. because of his catchy, radio-friendly singles like  “Nothin On You” and “Airplanes,” and while that Bobby Ray was endearing, B.o.B. uses Southmaticto deliver a more hip hop-heavy album that further displays his skills as an emcee.”Frankie Limon,” a track that samples the legendary singer Frankie Lymon, is one of the stand out songs on Southmatic. Not only is the production of that single straight fire, B.o.B. spits unapologetic lyrics that are sure to ruffle a few feathers. Tracks like “Southmatic,” “6 in the Morning,” “Ol’ Dirty Bastard,” “Magic Number,” and pretty much most of the remainder of the record integrates old school tracks that are familiar to true hip hop lovers. This creates an album that highlights the rapper’s skills while paying homage to classic hip hop that stems from an era where lyricism was at the forefront of determining talent. If you thought NAGA was his last...think again. Check out Southmatic and let us know what you think of B.o.B.’s latest effort.

Tracklist

1. The Elephant
2. Soul Glo
3. I’m Bad
4. Magic Number
5. 6 in the Morning
6. Ray Charles
7. UFO ft. Grandmaster Caz
8. Throne Air
9. Drinks On Me
10. Frankie Limon
11. Ol’ Dirty Bastard
12. Southmatic
13. Organized Crime
14. Grand Herbalizer ft. Brother Panic
15. I Still Love You
16. Soul Glo (Extended Version)

Gucci Mane Drops “Delusions Of Grandeur” Ft. Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Meek Mill & More

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The rapper shows off his growth as a man and an artist.

Just a day after sharing the album art, Gucci Mane’s 14th studio record, Delusions of Grandeur, has hit the streets. The GUWOP rapper delivers a star-studded album with features that include Meek Mill, Lil BabyGunna, Jeremih, Rick Ross, Lil Uzi Vert, Wiz Khalifa, Young Dolph, and Justin Bieber.Throughout Delusions of Grandeur, Gucci debuts the 2019 version of himself as he lyrically speaks of his growth as a man and an artist. He uses “Proud of You” to talk about the changes he’s made since getting out of prison like quitting lean and ridding himself of associates that were bad influences. On “Special,” he makes it clear that it’s not the fancy clothes or luxury items that set him apart—he has something special about him, period. Jeremih helps him out on “Hands Off” as Gucci slows things down about and raps over the R&B-ish love song, but one of the standouts on Delusions of Grandeur has to be the Wiz Khalifa and Rick Ross-assisted track “Lame.” Check out Gucci’s latest and let us know your thoughts.

Tracklist

1. Bussdown
2. Backwards ft. Meek Mill
3. Special
4. ICE ft. Gunna & Lil Baby
5. Love Thru the Computer ft. Justin Bieber
6. Proud of You
7. Bottom
8. Hands Off ft. Jeremih
9. Blind ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
10. Superstar
11. Upgrade ft. Navé Monjo
12. Lame ft. Wiz Khalifa & Rick Ross
13. Potential ft. Lil Uzi Vert & Young Dolph
14. Human Chandelier
15. Us
16. Look At Me Now
17. Making of a Murderer
18. Outro ft. DJ Drama & Peewee Longway

Benny The Butcher Enlists Pusha T, Jadakiss & More For “The Plugs I Met”

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Benny The Butcher drops off his latest project.

Benny The Butcher’s been teasing the release of his new project The Plugs I Met over the past few weeks. After releasing “18 Wheeler” with Pusha T and “Crowns For Kings” with Black Thought, he comes through with his new EP in its entirety. For anyone looking for raw street bars, this project is definitely the one you want to tune into this weekend. With other appearances coming from Jadakiss, Conway The Machine, India, .38 Spesh, and RJ Payne, Benny the Butcher serves up a dense 7-track project that proves he could hold his own among some of the more revered MCs in the game right now. Benny latest project follows the release of 2018’s Tana Talk 3.Peep Benny The Butcher’s new album The Plugs I Met below

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