Snoop Dogg — Bible of Love
Da Doggfather takes ‘em to chuuch. After dropping a series of projects in the last year—including Neva Left, Make America Crip Again, and 220—the iconic Long Beach MC unleashes a gospel album: Snoop Dogg Presents Bible of Love.
S-N-Double-O-P adds to his prolific discography with this whopping 32-song project, which includes a variety of collaborations including “Sunshine Feel Good” (featuring Kim Burrell), “Call Him” (featuring Fred Hammond), and “Change the World” (featuring John P. Kee).
But the veteran icon does more than just appear on this effort. He also curates a compilation, which includes joint tracks and solo works from a variety of artists like Patti LaBelle, Charlie Wilson and more.
“Open up your Bibles,” Snoop says on the Chris Bolton-assisted opener, “Thank You Lord.” It’s time to “turn to the chapter of love.”
PRhyme — PRhyme 2
Royce da 5’9” and DJ Premier proved what fans should expect from PRhyme with the release of their self-titled joint album in 2014. Four years later, the duo is back with another lyrical boom-bap effort.
This time around, Preemo and Nickle deliver 17 songs, including collaborations with Dave East, Rapsody, 2 Chainz and more.
Preem handles all of the production, but he does so by sampling and chopping from original recordings made specifically for this album by AntMan Wonder. It’s a revival of the concept that PRhyme first used in 2014 with Adrian Younge.
“With the first album, the process itself was evolving,” Royce recently told “Desus & Mero.” “But in terms of us working as individuals, there’s always been chemistry there.” Listen to the chemistry below.
Murs — A Strange Journey Into the Unimaginable
Murs goes on A Strange Journey Into the Unimaginable with his latest album. After teaming up with the likes of Slug and 9th Wonder, the independent hip-hop titan joins forces with Michael “Seven” Summers, who produced this entire 14-song set.
Tech N9ne, Fashawn, Prof, XV, John Givez, and Propaganda are among the acts that lend a hand on this effort. Robots & Balloons also show up for “The Unimaginable,” one of the album’s most heartfelt cuts, and an example of Murs’ evocative nature as an MC.
“I cried a whole lot when I filed for divorce and when my homie got shot,” he raps on the opener. Later, he adds: “I was filled with joy / Because my new fiancée and I were expecting a baby boy / But after 40 weeks, he was born without a heartbeat / Still, we chose to march forward, instead of retreat.”
Dive into a Strange Journey Into the Unimaginable below.
XXXTentacion — ?
After being praised by the likes of Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and Kylie Jenner, controversial rapper XXXTentacion unleashes ?, his follow-up to last year’s 17.
Joey Bada$$, Travis Barker, PnB Rock, and Matt Ox are guests on this project, which features songs like “SAD!,” “NUMB,” “changes,” and “Hope.” The latter has been dedicated to victims of the tragic Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, where 17 people were killed.
While releasing several Hot 100 hits, Tentacion has become a divisive figure. His last effort debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, and he’s been endorsed by aforementioned peers. But his young career has also been marred by controversial behavior, mounting legal troubles, and an ongoing domestic assault case.
Rich Homie Quan — Rich As In Spirit
Years after making an impression with singles like “Lifestyle,” “Flex (Ooh Ooh Ooh),” and “Type of Way,” Rich Homie Quan returns with his proper full-length debut LP, Rich As In Spirit.
Although he came in the game with several hard-hitting collaborations, including YG’s “My Nigga,” Rich Homie only has one guest on this effort: Rick Ross. The Bawse, who recently suffered a major health scare, pops up on “Think About It.”
As the title suggests, Quan opens up about his Spirit on this LP, which kicks off with the introspective “Reflecting.” “Sitting back, reminiscing on my past, I’m focusing on my money, reflecting on my accomplishments,” he raps on the track.
Quan recently opened up about this album during an interview with Rap-Up. “I would definitely say I’m in a positive place right now,” he explained. “You can hear it in my music. I just feel good about the body of work that I’ve done.” Listen to that body of work below.