T.I. — Dime Trap
The King of the South keeps trappin’. Seventeen years after his debut album I’m Serious and 15 years after Trap Muzik, T.I. rolls out his latest project, Dime Trap.
Tip doesn’t run low on features over the course of this 15-song offering. In fact, many famous friends join the Grand Hustle boss on this chapter, including Teyana Taylor, Yo Gotti, Young Thug, Anderson .Paak, Meek Mill, Jeezy, and more.
T.I. recently told “The Breakfast Club” why he continues to work hard on the music end even though his legacy is solidified. “I ain’t really in it for the money. We just want to be considered dope. The money gon’ come. I’ve made enough money to know how to let it make me more money so I ain’t trippin’ off that part of it, but we all in this shit for a certain level of success, a measure of acknowledgment…I want to be dope for the rest of my life.”
The King echoes those sentiments on Dime Trap. “Been a made man,” he raps on the intro, “Seasons.” “Look what I done made, man / Is you kiddin’? / When trap niggas needed a way, who did it? / Every song I gave you had some truth in it / Giving you the pudding, look at it, the proof in it.”
Dig into the pudding below.
Styles P & Dave East — Beloved
Styles P and Dave East bond on Beloved. The veteran member of The L.O.X. links up with the rising Def Jam/Mass Appeal MC for a back-and-forth celebration of New York hip-hop on their new joint album.
The LP’s title is a nod to their government names. Dave East was born David Brewster, Jr. while Styles P was born David Styles. “The meaning of David is beloved, or friend,” says a voice on the album’s title track/intro. “Beloved Styles, Beloved East,” announces S.P. The Ghost. “Beloved New York streets.”
East and Styles handle a majority of the project as a duo. However, they also call on Jazzy and Tish Hyman for guest appearances on the 13-song project. Meanwhile, P’s fellow L.O.X. members Jadakiss and Sheek Louch lend a hand on the closer, “Load My Gun.”
Learn more about the Davids on Beloved.
Atmosphere — Mi Vida Local
Atmosphere is back. The independent hip-hop heroes, rapper Slug and producer Ant, return to the scene with Mi Vida Local, their first album since 2016’s Fishing Blues.
This time around, Sluggo and Ant provide 12 new cuts of their critically acclaimed combination of lyrical depth and soulful instrumentation. They also balance seasoned with new, showcasing The Dynospectrum, Musab, deM atlaS, Cashionova, and The Lioness on appearances.
Slug is as thought-provoking and reflective as usual on this LP. “When they come for my box of dreams, I’ma finally depart from this toxic scene,” he raps on the lead single “Virgo.” Later, he adds: “You can sacrifice me to the weather / If you promise that you’ll let my songs live forever.”
Listen to the newest batch of those songs, Mi Vida Local, below.
Gunna & Lil Baby — Drip Harder
Gunna & Lil Baby come through drippin’. On the heels of their “Drip Too Hard” success, the duo delivers a highly-anticipated joint project that takes things a step further in Drip Harder.
A couple of big names show up to lend support. Drake appears on the album’s closer, “Never Recover,” which was produced by Tay Keith; Young Thug pops up on “My Jeans,” which was produced by Turbo and Wheezy; and Lil Durk and NAV also pull up on the Turbo-produced “Off White VLONE.”
Other producers also cook up some anxiously-awaited beats here, including Frank Dukes, Quay Global, B Rackz, JUNE, Mattazik Muzik, and Jet.
Catch some of the Drip below.
Sheck Wes — Mudboy
After splashing onto the scene with “Mo Bamba,” rising up and comer Sheck Wes delivers his debut Cactus Jack/G.O.O.D. Music/Interscope album, Mudboy.
Ballin’ like a pro, Sheck unfolds a 14-song effort without features. The set includes the breakaway hit “Mo Bamba,” as well as “Chippi Chippi,” “Kyrie,” “Jiggy On The Shits,” and “Fuck Everybody.”
Wes recently explained the album title during an interview with Pigeons & Planes. “I’m a mudboy,” he said. “I came from the mud, oozed out the concrete. I’m not a rose.”
Dig into the Mud below.
Ghostface Killah — The Lost Tapes
Wu-Tang Clan icon Ghostface Killah found new music to release with The Lost Tapes. The 13-song project is a star-studded party full of major collaborations.
Fellow legends Snoop Dogg, E-40, Big Daddy Kane, and Raekwon all appear on this project. Meanwhile, respected spitters like Ras Kass, Chris Rivers, Cappadonna, Masta Killa, Sheek Louch, KXNG Crooked, and more add their vocals to the mix.
“You hear that motherfuckin’ soul shit?” Rapaport asks on the intro before closing out the album. “The man has been an inspiration to me and to millions and jillions of motherfuckers for years. One of a kind. There’s only one Ghostface Killah.”
Find GFK’s Lost Tapes below.
Mozzy — Gangland Landlord
Mozzy keeps the spotlight on himself. After building a strong underground buzz, the buzz-worthy Sacramento rapper unveils a highly-sought-after 18-song album in the form of Gangland Landlord.
While Mozzy takes center stage, Ty Dolla $ign, YG, YFN Lucci, ScHoolboy Q, Too $hort, and DeJ Loaf are among the album’s guests. Caine, Rexx Life Raj, Trae tha Truth, and others also appear alongside the Sacramento MC.
The Gangland Landlord takes a moment to reflect on his life’s current events throughout the LP, kicking off with “No Way (Intro).” “Shit ain’t the same, niggas done changed,” he raps on the track. “Blame it on me, success and the fame / I’ve become numb to the stress and the pain…Put some respect on my name.”
Meet the Gangland Landlord below.