Pusha T — Daytona
King Push is back. Three years after dropping Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude, Pusha T returns with Daytona, a luxurious nod to the Rolex Daytona watch.
The title “represents the fact that I have the luxury of time,” Pusha Ton recently tweeted. “That luxury only comes when u have a skill set that [you’re] confident in.”
Rick Ross (“Hard Piano”) and Kanye West (“What Would Meek Do?”) both appear on this album. The latter, of course, also produced the seven-song effort in its entirety.
“This music comes from a real place every time,” Push added via Twitter. “This album is for my family…high taste level, luxury, drug raps fans. Literally this is nothing more than the outcome of our musical therapy sessions.”
A$AP Rocky — Testing
A$AP Rocky was Testing his fans’ patience for about three years. Now, he’s back with Testing, the long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s At. Long. Last. A$AP.
This one comes with some serious star power. Kid Cudi, Moby, FKA Twigs, Skepta, Kodak Black, Playboi Carti. French Montana, and Lauryn Hill all appear as guests on this album. Plus, Frank Ocean pops up on more than one occasion.
Recently, Flacko told Complex what he hoped to achieve with this LP. “I feel like I’m one of the best contemporary artists out right now,” he said. “My music is ahead of its time. The masses usually catch on two, three, four, five years later.” He also explained why this is a “significant point” in his career.
“I have a lot of artists that are signed to me—big superstars, rockstars. I’m in other fields within my career. But I needed to circle back and show them this is where it started,” he added. “This is the origin of my legacy and why I really do this shit.”
YG feat. 2 Chainz, Big Sean, & Nicki Minaj – “Big Bank”
Big bank take little bank. YG enlists an all-star team for his newest single while prepping for his next album Stay Dangerous. Over Mustard’s instrumental, YG, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, and Nicki Minaj brag about their bags.
YG takes the lead, handling the first verse and chorus, boasting about “the type of money you gon’ need a safe” for and “the type of money you gon’ need a bank” for. Hair Weave Killer flexes “big shit like a dinosaur did it” while Nicki tells T.I. that she needs rubber bands for her bankroll.
Beyond flossing, Sean Don also addresses Colin Kaepernick’s police brutality protest and unaffordable health care in this country. “You boys all cap, I’m more Colin Kaepernick,” he raps. “I’m rare as affordable health care or going to wealth from welfare.”
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Belly feat. The Weeknd – “What You Want”
Belly and The Weeknd link up once again. The XO collaborators have joined forces on the songwriting tip multiple times, and they’ve also appeared together on “Might Not.” Now, they team up once more on “What You Want.”
The new single from Belly’s forthcoming project features production from Cirkut, NAV, and The ANMLS. Abel uses that production to sing about his carefree spirit when it comes to relationships.
“I never let these girls get to my head,” he sings. “I’m too busy countin’ all of this bread.” Belly adds: “Got ‘em all shook / Say she want to ball, she get the hardwood.”
Recently, Belly told Billboard that a video will follow. “It was the most fun I ever had shooting a video,” he said. “Me and Abel always have amazing chemistry when we work, but this one takes the cake…As the years go on and we become better friends and better artists and we’ve gotten to grow together. That’s what makes this and every future collaboration even more special.”
Zaytoven – Trapholizay
Right before a holiday weekend, Zaytoven celebrates a Trapholizay. After teasing the project for quite some time, the super producer unleashes a star-studded 12-song LP.
The album is full of expected and unexpected guests. Gucci Mane, Future, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Rick Ross, Yo Gotti, T.I., Offset, Kodak Black, and Trey Songz all pop up throughout the effort. So do Yo Gotti, Pusha T, OJ Da Juiceman, and Young Dolph.
“This right here is a moment,” Gucci says in the album’s intro. “It’s historic. The greatest producer ever…Zaytoven made the soundtrack to damn near my whole life so I just want y’all to sit back and relax, matter of fact, scratch that, stand up, and lean forward.”