And just like that, another epic week of dope new hip-hop releases is in the books, and just in time to make your day party playlist.
This past Saturday night (May 5), Childish Gambino pulled up on Saturday Night Live before dropping off “This Is America,” a striking audio-visual meditation that’s had folks talking all week. With bits of serene crooning and adlibs from the likes of Quavo, BlocBoy JB and more, it was a track that should mean plenty of dope things from Donald Glover coming very soon.
Two days later (May 7), Wale unloaded his Self-Promotion EP, a four-track sampler that should remind fans why Mr. Folarin is not to be played with. The standout track is “Cassius (Excellency),” a track that finds the proud MMG rapper dissecting the dimensions of racism while flaunting his Black pride.
That same following Monday, Skepta, whose last album took home the U.K.’s famed Mercury Prize, dropped a brand new single. This one is called “Pure Water,” and the British rhymer’s flow lives up to the title of his new tune.
Repping the Gunshine State to the fullest, Ski Mask The Slump God pulled up with his eagerly awaited Beware the Book of Eli project. The tape is loaded with bangers, but the best one is Ski’s Danny Towers-assisted track, “Geekin,” a song that finds the rapper flaunting some very solid melodic capabilities. As if that weren’t enough, Ski also tapped Atlanta’s SahBabii for his track, “The Coolest Monkey in the Jungle.” That one also makes our list
Also dropping on Friday (May 11) was Tee Grizzley, who finally released his Activated album. An early standout on the project is “2 Vaults,” a Lil Yachty-track that finds the Detroit rhymer flaunting his well-honed technical mastery. Here’s to more and more listens of that new Tee!
On the more melodic side of things is Bali Baby’s “Backseat,” a tune that, like a good portion of her newly released Hustle Heart project, sounds like a premier playlist mainstay. Shout out to Bali, who continues doing big things.
Also dropping this week was the great Ty Dolla $ign, who teamed 21 Savage for a throbbing new banger by the name of “Clout.” The track finds both Ty and 21 doing some big time flexing as they float over a hard Smash David, Rekless & Hitmaka-produced instrumental. Dolla $ign’s melodies + 21’s icy monotone for the win.
Not to be lost in the shuffle, Junglepussy served up her super-solid JP3 album, and while virtually every track on the new LP is a slapper, her Rico Love-assisted tune “Get Down” goes the hardest.
Check out all of these tunes for yourself just below!
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