Travis Scott — Astroworld
Welcome to Astroworld. Travis Scott takes fans on a ride through his universe with his latest album. Inspired by a defunct amusement park in Houston, the album is a star-packed adventure.
The Weeknd, Drake, Stevie Wonder, and more lend their voices to the 17-song LP. Meanwhile, Scott acts as a maestro with new sounds, melodies, guests, and rhymes.
Despite its newness, La Flame recently told Beats 1 that Astroworld is an extension of his debut LP, 2015’s Rodeo, even though it comes after 2016’s Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight.
“I’m just finishing the saga I started on my first album,” he said. “This is supposed to be my second album. I had to go quick, because like I said, I had all these ideas, I just had to get off real quick, but now I’m finally back home with Astroworld.”
Mac Miller — Swimming
Mac Miller jumps back into the water with the release of his fifth album, Swimming. The project breaks a two-year hiatus, marking his first LP since 2016’s The Divine Feminine.
The new effort features the recently-released “What’s the Use?” and the LP’s first single, “Self Care.” This is also Larry Fisherman’s first release since his recent car accident and high-profile breakup from pop star Ariana Grande.
“This time, it took me a while to figure out what I wanted to say, what kind of music I wanted to make, and it was just a lot of experimenting,” Miller recently told Beats 1 regarding the album’s creation timeline. “We finally landed on some type of a path.” Go down that path below.
YG — Stay Dangerous
YG is back. Two years after 2016’s Still Brazy, the Compton, California rapper unleashes his third major label album, Stay Dangerous.
Plenty of stars join YG for this ride, including Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, and Big Sean on “Big Bank.” A$AP Rocky, Ty Dolla $ign, Quavo, Youngboy Never Broke Again, Mozzy, and Jay 305 are also on board.
“I made this album off tequila, real-life stories, morals, and bad bi***es,” YG wrote in promo statements for the album. Meanwhile, his rhymes remain personal throughout. “They told me to talk to a therapist and I did,” he raps on “Deeper Than Rap.” “But that don’t change the crazy shit I do, did, and live / This shit get deeper than rap.”
H.E.R. — I Used to Know Her: The Prelude
H.E.R. has been making a name for herself as one of R&B’s leading new voices since re-emerging with her mysterious persona. The vocal powerhouse continues to build her growing buzz with the newly-launched I Used to Know Her: The Prelude EP.
The 6-track effort features Bryson Tiller on “Could’ve Been.” It also showcases H.E.R.’s versatility, including her spoken word poetry (“Against Me”) and singing (“As I Am”). Plus, it highlights her rap skills on the D.J. Scratch-assisted “Lost Souls,” which pulls inspiration from Lauryn Hill’s “Lost Ones.”
H.E.R. takes this opportunity to command attention and drop thought-provoking bars. ”Confusing a celebrity with your integrity,” she rhymes on the opening cut. “You’re drinking Hennessy for your therapy / Can’t get no peace of mind, can’t get no serenity.”