Eminem — Kamikaze
Guess who’s back? Just a few short months after dropping Revival, Eminem returns with an axe to grind on Kamikaze.
The surprise 13-song album features Royce Da 5’9 (“Not Alike”), Joyner Lucas (“Lucky You”), and Jessie Reyez. The latter appears on the back to back combination of “Nice Guy” and “Good Guy.” Mike WiLL Made-It, Boi-1da, and Tay Keith are among the producers.
A large part of this album is about Revival, which received mixed reviews. Slim Shady takes aim at some of his critics, including Joe Budden, Tyler, the Creator, Charlemagne Tha God, and more. “Somebody tell Budden before I snap, he better fasten it,” he raps. “Or have his body bag get zipped.”
Additionally, Marshall Mathers disses Machine Gun Kelly over comments the Cleveland rapper has made regarding his daughter, Hailie. “Next time you don’t gotta use Tech N9ne if you want to come at me with a sub, Machine Gun,” he raps. “I’m talking to you, but you already know who you are, Kelly.”
Elsewhere, Em addresses the state of the rap game. “I can see why people like Lil Yachty, But not me though,” he raps on “The Ringer.” “Not even dissing, it just ain’t for me / All I am, simply, is just an MC / Maybe ‘Stan’ just isn’t your cup of tea / Maybe your cup full of syrup and lean.”
Listen to Kamikaze below.
Bun B — Return of the Trill
It’s the Return of the Trill. Five years after unleashing Trill OG: The Epilogue, the influential Texas rapper turns the page on a new chapter with his latest LP.
Bun brings some famous friends along for the new ride. Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Pimp C, Giggs, Slim Thug, Yo Gotti, 8 Ball & MJG, and Gary Clark Jr. join the voyage. Meanwhile, Big K.R.I.T. and T.I. partake in the single “Recognize.”
Recently, Bun told The Texas Observer what the title signifies. “That’s what we call Port Arthur, the land of the trill. So when I refer to the Return of the Trill, it’s not necessarily about myself, it’s about the entire city, trying to come back from what we’ve been through,” he explained. “We’re not just gonna lay down and roll over when something like this happens. We’re taught to persevere, we’re taught that if people don’t do anything to help us, we’ve got to find ways to help ourselves.”
Curren$y — Fire in the Clouds
Curren$y keeps smoking. The prolific rhyme writer adds to his long list of releases and delivers his latest offering, Fire in the Clouds.
Clocking in at 12 tracks, the new LP features T.Y. on two cuts (“Foreign Sumers” (sic) and “Spaceship”). Throughout the soulful production, Spitta raps about his place in the industry. “I’m heavily respected in the game,” he brags. “They all know my name.”
Andretti also takes some time to rap about his love for smoking. “I’m so fucking high,” he raps on “Feel Nobody.” “I don’t feel nobody / All I fear is God, plus he on my side.”
As usual, Curren$y also rhymes about his whips. “I popped my hood, she was surprised there was no motor inside,” he raps on the aforementioned “Feel Nobody.” “Bitch, my engine in the back / This cost me 300 racks.”
Fly with Spitta below.
Don Q — Don Season 2
Two years after making a name for himself with Don Season, Don Q provides the sequel with his newest project, Don Season 2.
Fans have already heard the album’s single, “Yeah Yeah,” which features A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, 50 Cent, and Murda Beatz. Lil Durk, Dave East, G Herbo, Moneybagg Yo, Hoodrich Pablo Juan, and Jay Critch are among the LP’s other guests.
Q takes some time to get personal and reflective on this new effort. “Who can I trust in this world that we live in?” he asks on the opening “Intro.” “I look at the news and it got me fed up with this world that we live in.”
Get to know more about Q below.
H.E.R. — “Let’s Get Away”
Shortly after releasing her I Used to Know Her: The Prelude EP, H.E.R. pays tribute to Aretha Franklin on “Let’s Get Away,” which pulls inspiration from the late singer’s “Day Dreaming” classic.
“Hey baby, let’s get away,” H.E.R. sings on the cut. “Let’s go somewhere far.” Those same lyrics appear on Franklin’s beloved single off Young, Gifted and Black.
H.E.R. also shared the song’s link with a message to the icon who passed earlier this month after a battle with cancer. “We’ll miss you, Aretha Franklin,” she wrote.
Go on a nostalgic getaway below.