Bas — Milky Way
Bas is back. Two years after his Too High to Riot project, the Dreamville MC unleashes Milky Way.
Mentor J. Cole lends a hand on this effort, appearing on the “Tribe” single. The K.O.D. spitter also co-executive produces the LP. Meanwhile, A$AP Ferg pops up on “Boca Raton.” Correy C and Lion Babe are among the other guests who round this one out.
The New York rapper recently opened up about the album’s meaning on Instagram. “This album is about finding ground. About not poisoning your own well. About finding and tethering yourself to the love that truly fulfills you,” he wrote. “Love of self. Love of others. Lovers. Family. Friends. Fans. You’ve all given me all the affirmation I’ll ever need. That is the Milky Way. The only way to go.”
Lil Yachty — Birthday Mix 3
Lil Yachty dropped Lil Boat 2 earlier this year but that isn’t stopping the Quality Control rapper from unleashing new material. Today, the Atlanta rapper re-ups with Birthday Mix 3.0.
As the title suggests, Birthday Mix arrives on Boat’s birthday. The “Broccoli” rapper celebrates his 21st B-day with the new effort acting as a gift to fans.
“I’m the shit and you pussy niggas plumbers,” he brags on the opening cut. “Middle fingers up, I’m a stunner…You ain’t hard, you a front-er / And you ain’t no boss, you a runner.”
The new offering, which can be heard below, comes in the wake of a headline-grabbing commercial. Yachty recently teamed up with Donny Osmond for a new trap-inspired Auto-Tune-centric Chef Boyardee ad.
E-40 — The Gift of Gab
E-40 continues to put in work. As if his lauded discography weren’t enough, the veteran Bay Area icon keeps hustling. Today, he releases his newest effort, The Gift of Gab.
The 12-song set features Vince Staples, G Perico, Ty Dolla $ign, Dr. Cornel West, and Problem, among others. “Still wet behind the ears,” he raps on “The Pots & Pan Man.” “Ears wet / Living my second childhood, young vet / Bitch, I ain’t ever wrong, I stay correct.”
Fonzarelli also gets pensive on the closing song, “When Life Shows Up.” “Cancer don’t care how old you are or who you are / Live your life every day like there’s no tomorrow / Health can be your best friend, or worst enemy, could be ruthless,” he raps on the track, which also addresses gentrification, second-hand smoke, and more.
Listen to The Gift of Gab below.
YBN Cordae – “Scotty Pippen”
YBN Cordae made a name for himself with “Old Niggas,” a clever response to J. Cole’s “1985.” Now, the rising rhymer continues to build on his buzz with a new single, “Scotty Pippen.”
Titled after the Chicago Bulls legend with a spelling twist, “Pippen” works as a vintage and modern combination. “These niggas trippin’,” he raps. “I’m Scottie Pippen, but I ball like a Piston.”
Cordae’s punchlines land over Maddox & Mike Dean’s production here. Plus, to go along with the new track, Cordae unleashed the cut’s Cole Bennett-directed visual, which is available below.
Jason Derulo x David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj & Willy William — “Goodbye”
Derulo opens up the track with a nod to nighttime activities. “It’s three in the morning,” he sings. “When you want some, you phone me / One word in Español babe / And I come and you know it.”
Minaj adds her own punchlines to the pop-centric beat. “YSL Nicki boot just to drive in,” she raps. “The way my football, just give me the Heisman / Touchdown!”
“Goodbye” is set to appear on David Guetta’s forthcoming album, 7 according to Billboard. Due Sept. 14, the LP will also feature Justin Bieber, J. Balvin, Bebe Rexha, Saweetie, Madison Beer, Lil Uzi Vert, G-Eazy, Stefflon Don, and more.
Logic — “The Return”
After performing “One Day” with Ryan Tedder at the MTV Video Music Awards, Logic returns with, well, “The Return.”
Over a soulful instrumental, Young Sinatra raps about a slew of topics, including politics, hip-hop, and shoe deals. “Ain’t nobody built himself a brand like me,” he brags. “I ain’t signed a shoe deal ’cause I’m waitin’ for Nike / To recognize all these young’ns wanna be just like me / Cut the check for 20 Million right now and we might see / Everybody rockin’ my kicks, preachin’ positivity.”
By the end of the 6ix-produced song, which samples Nina Simone’s “Wild is the Wind,” Logic calls on JAY-Z. “I’m callin’ out Jay-Zto jump up on the track with me and smack the whole industry,” he rhymes. “Show ’em what that real rap do / The ball’s in your court, Hov, I hope to hear from Guru.”
Listen to the nostalgic Sinatra cut below.