Lupe Fiasco — DROGAS WAVE
Lupe Fiasco surprises fans with the early release of his newest album, DROGAS WAVE. The advanced drop follows a recent leak, which Carrera Lu has been vocal about on social media.
“I don’t know how the album got out, but it did,” he explained, according to XXL. “It’s my label and I can do what I want with the music, so I’m making it available to my fans now.”
Rhymesayers signee Nikki Jean appears on six of the album’s 24 songs, including “Down,” “Stronger,” and “Stack That Cheese.” Damian Marley, Simon Sayz, and Crystal Torres are also among the LP’s collaborators.
Back in February, Fiasco claimed that he was inspired to write this album by a quote that he published on Twitter: “Some stayed, some jumped to their graves, those who wouldn’t become slaves…instead became WAVES.”
Listen to DROGAS WAVE below.
Machine Gun Kelly — BINGE
After beefing with Eminem and G-Eazy, Machine Gun Kelly unleashes his newest project, Binge. The new 9-song EP follows last year’s Bloom and features 24hrs.
BINGE contains the much-discussed Slim Shady diss track, “Rap Devil.” It’s part of an ongoing feud, which began when MGK commented on Em’s daughter’s looks, back when she was still a teenager. It also resulted in Marshall Mathers’ response cut, “Killshot.”
Kelly also addresses other topics on this project, including drug use, which is also referenced on the album title. “I’ve been getting lit since 11 years old,” he admits on “LIVEFASTDIEYOUNG.” “I ain’t ever gonna stop getting high / I ain’t even ever gonna try / Even though I almost died / But I didn’t, I’m alive.”
MGK discussed his drug habits on “The Breakfast Club.” “I almost was Mac [Miller],” he said according to Rap-Up. “There was a point where it was so bad. I had scratched my skin so hard my skin peeled off and there was just blood. Couldn’t piss. I had done too much of something. Have I gone to rehab? No.”
Stream BINGE below.
Brockhampton — iridescence
Rising rappers Brockhampton unleash their long-awaited album iridescence. The self-proclaimed boy band unleashes the follow-up to the Saturation trilogy with a new 15-song effort.
This is the group’s first release since the departure of group member Ameer Vann, who was accused of sexual and emotional abuse. “We want to sincerely apologize to the victims affected by Ameer’s actions,” they said in a statement to press. “We were lied to, and we’re sorry for not speaking up sooner.”
iridescence follows the release of the group’s documentary, The Longest Summer in America, and it features the hard-hitting production and collaborative raps that the crew has become known and celebrated for, including cuts like “NEW ORLEANS,” “THUG LIFE,” and “J’OUVERT.” Listen to iridescence below.
Listen to Iridescence below.
French Montana feat. Drake — “No Stylist” + “Juice” & “Nervous”
French Montana drops a three-pack. The New York rhymer teams up with Drake for “No Stylist” on top of “Juice” and “Nervous” for a trio of new tracks.
“No Stylist” is the main single and it’s already making headlines. Drizzy appears to send another less-than-subtle jab at friend-turned-foe Kanye West and his Yeezy sneakers. “Keeping it G, I told her don’t wear no 350s around me,” he raps. That feud continues to boil as Kanye recently called Drake out for not denouncing rumors of sexual relations with his wife, Kim Kardashian.
But aside from the potential diss, Montana keeps things pushing on “No Stylist.” Later, he flaunts his chains on the rock-infused “Nervous,” which also addresses street life realities. “Grew up on the block with the drug lords,” he raps. “They gave a fuck about a gun charge…Get the fuck from around me if you’re nervous.”
Finally, the Coke Boy brags about “too much juice” and “too much sauce” on the head knocking “Juice.” He also appears to reference his own famous ex-girlfriend Khloe Kardashian on the song. “Standing on sofas, diamonds like chandeliers / She on X like Tristan from the Cavaliers.” NBA player Tristan Thompson, of course, now has a child with Kardashian.
Listen to French Montana’s three pack below.
Young Dolph — Role Model
Young Dolph keeps swimming. After creating and maintaining a buzz with his music and his beefs, the Memphis rapper reflects on his upbringing and his lifestyle throughout his newest album Role Model. The new drop features 14 cuts, including Snoop Dogg, Offset, Key Glock, and Kash Doll collaborations.
Dolph opens up about his family on the album, starting with the opener, “Black Queen.” “This hustling shit come from my pops / You gave me a hard life, but I ain’t trippin’ though, ‘cause it made me a star,” he raps over brooding piano keys. “Even though you a crack fiend, momma / You gave birth to a trap king, momma / You gon’ always be my trap queen, momma / I mean, always be my black queen, momma.”
On top of this, Dolph continues to rap about his trap lifestyle on the album. He addresses the street life over booming production, including his rhymes on the closer, “Trap Baby.” “I couldn’t have a boss, so I didn’t get a job,” he raps. “I’d rather skip school, hit the block, and hustle hard.”
Stream Role Model below.
Pardison Fontaine feat. Cardi B — “Backin’ It Up”
After releasing her chart-topping debut album Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B teams up with her collaborator and co-writer Pardison Fontaine for the latter’s newest single, “Backin’ It Up.”
Even if Bardi’s lyrics weren’t directly inspired by her recent confrontation with Nicki Minaj, the rhymes seem to reflect her thoughts on the altercation in some ways. “Ran down on a bitch, she almost pissed on her leg,” raps Cardi. “Bitches think they fuckin’ with me, must be sick in the head / Why don’t you chill with the beef and get some chicken instead?”
Meanwhile, Pardi focuses on a girl he’s after. “You want somethin’ more than just physical,” he raps. “It’s been a while since you met someone original / You spend your time drinkin’ wine in your livin’ room / All that good pussy, can’t find the one to give it to.”
Watch the song’s music video, which also features model Bria Myles, below.