Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap
Nipsey Hussle might be a musical veteran, but the renowned West Coast MC has surprisingly never dropped a debut album until now. Today, the Crenshaw, Calif. MC unleashes the long-awaited Victory Lap through All Money In No Money Out/Atlantic.
The 14-song effort ends up being a star-studded celebration. It features Kendrick Lamar (“Dedication”), Puff Daddy (“Young Nigga”), YG (“Last Time That I Checc’d”), The-Dream (“Million While You Young”), and CeeLo Green (“Loaded Bases”), just to name a few.
Nipsey also developed a formula while creating this project. “It was an overall song formula I was holding each record to,” he recently told Uproxx. “The ones that passed the bar made the album, but it was a really high bar — the highest I’ve ever put on any of my records. If they just felt good, but they didn’t live up to the standard, they were mixtape records.”
Run the Victory Lap with Nip below.
Tyga – Kyoto
In the wake of a public breakup with Kylie Jenner, Tyga gets vulnerable with the release of his newest project Kyoto. Out now through Last Kings/Empire, the 14-song effort allows T-Raww to showcase his Auto-Tuned singing and rapping while reflecting on love, heartache, and more.
Although King Gold Chains handles most of the album on his own, he still invites Gucci Mane (“Sip a Lil”), Tory Lanez (“Faithful”), and 24hrs (“Holdin On”) to deliver some assistance. Just don’t expect too many of the strip club anthems he’s known for.
“When I was making those type of records, that’s what I was on,” he told “Everyday Struggle” earlier this week. “When I had a son, my mentality changed a little bit. This new album is unlike any other music I’ve ever made.”
Welcome to Tyga’s Kyoto.
YG – “Suu Whoop”
YG pops up on “Last Time That I Checc’d” off Nipsey’s Victory Lap, but the Compton MC also drops his own new buzz single in the form of “Suu Whoop.”
The new track, titled after the Blood cry, is a gangster rap cut that pulls no punches. “Suu whoop my rag,” he raps. “I’m suu whoop when I’m mad / ‘YG, don’t you got a daughter?’ Yeah, I’m a gang bangin’-ass dad.”
Produced by DJ Mustard, the track also allows YG to make a not-so-subtle reference to others who claim to bang. “I ain’t with the pink-haired Blood shit,” he raps. “I ain’t with the only-at-the-club-Bloodin’.”
It’s been two years since YG dropped his sophomore album Still Brazy. So far, it’s unclear where the new track will land, but it could very well appear on the Compton star’s next effort.
DRAM & Diplo – “Look Back”
Sure, Diplo and DRAM seem like an unlikely pairing, but the duo shows some serious musical chemistry on their just-released collaboration “Look Back.”
The instrumental is drenched in soul while Big Baby’s vocals are as stirring as ever. “I’m never looking back for ya,” he sings. “You remind me of the struggle / From where I had to come from under.”
DRAM told Beats 1 that the song was first recorded during a session for Post Malone. Eventually, he finished it at a Malibu studio with Diplo and some additional vocals from Tinashe.
“It was a honor to work with the big homie @Diplo on a record that’s different from what you’re used to hearing from the Big Baby,” he tweeted after the song dropped. “It’s still 100% me and I hope you enjoy it.” Diplo quoted the tweet and added: “One of my favorites ever.”