Last week, we were slammed with new drops from Hov (who returns this week), an amazing album from Calvin Harris, and a new joint from Metro Boomin featuring Drake and Offset. This week, Hov returns with added records on 4:44, an EP from Meek Mill, 21 Savage’s debut album, some tunes from across the pond, and what we think is going to be one of the records of the summer once it catches on.
Check them out below.
JAY-Z – “4:44 (Deluxe)”
By now, you’ve heard the latest from Shawn Carter, where he discusses everything from buying Black and financial development in the community, to his own discrepancies and personal mistakes dealing with his wife and children. News broke earlier this week of three additional songs that would be featured on the physical version of the album, including a freestyle from his daughter Blue Ivy. As powerful as 4:44 is, the bonus records only add onto the album’s essence. And in case you haven’t heard the news, the project is no longer a Tidal exclusive and is available on Apple Music. Listen to the full version below. “Boom shaka-laka” might have a whole new meaning now, but real ones will never forget.
Meek Mill – Meekend Music 2
Meek has gotten back to the music, and has done a great job doing so. After dropping the three-track Meekend Music back in early May, the Philly MC followed up with a four track project, with features from Eardrummers representer Eeerz, YFN Lucci, and Barcelini. Summertime is Meek’s season, and with these quickstrike releases making noise, one can wonder if a new album is on the way. Listen to Meekend Music here.
21 Savage – Issa Album
First, the genius of the album being released on 7/7/17 when 7+7+7 equals 21 was definitely noticed. But many who expected the Atlanta rapper to come out swinging on his debut will not be disappointed. With production from some of the game’s heavy hitters, including Metro Boomin, DJ Mustard, Southside, Zaytoven, Pi’erre Bourne and others, Issa Album is sure to take you on a wild ride this weekend.
AJ Tracey – “False 9”
It’s not easy keeping track of who’s who across the pond, but AJ Tracey is starting to make waves Stateside. Repping North London, the 23-year-old spitter was tapped by Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur to announce their switch from Puma to Nike for their latest club kits. Tracey took it as an opportunity to drop the visuals for his latest joint, “False 9,” an homage to a position in Soccer who drops to the middle of the pitch and does everything rather than always stay on the attack.
Tyler The Creator – “Who Dat Boy” & “911/Mr. Lonely”
Before he announced his latest project, Scum Fuck Flower Boy, is releasing on July 21, Tyler The Creator released two new singles, “911/Mr. Lonely,” and “Who Dat Boy?” The latter features a contributing verse from A$AP Rocky, and fans are waiting to see if the Wang-Sap collaboration is really happening.
Baka – “Live Up To My Name”
THIS IS ONE OF THE SONGS OF THE SUMMER THAT’LL TURN ANY PARTY ON ITS HEAD. JUST REMEMBER WHO TOLD YOU ABOUT IT FIRST. AND I BELIEVE EVERYTHING MANS SAYS, INCLUDING DRINKING HENNESSY AT THE GUN RANGE. BAKA!