Quavo — Quavo Huncho
Quavo, one-third of the Migos, becomes the head honcho with the release of his debut solo album, Quavo Huncho. But despite the fact that this is his first album as a soloist, the Atlanta MC doesn’t fly dolo all the way through.
Instead, Huncho lends his mic to a variety of artists, including 21 Savage, Madonna, Cardi B, Lil Baby, Travis Scott, Normani, and Kid Cudi, among others. Of course, Q’s Migos brethren Offset and Takeoff also join in on the fun.
“Everything I do on my album I can do with the boys,” he told GQ. “We’re just trying something new. I feel like with the boys, it’s bigger—super, super, super bigger moments. If I make myself a great artist by doing this, it only makes our group super, super huge.
“It makes the demand even bigger and better, because then we’ll be able to do a Migos concert and solo tours all in one, and that’s my dream,” he added. “My dream is to host a concert, but let the Migos headline it, and I open up. And each solo artist opens up for the Migos. Kind of like how Michael Jackson did the reunion [with the Jackson 5].”
Before all of that goes down, bump Quavo’s Huncho below.
Usher — A
More than two years after releasing Hard II Love, Usher teams up with acclaimed producer Zaytoven for his latest project, A. Together, the newly-minted duo unleashes a tribute to their hometown of Atlanta.
Usher and Zaytoven made this an eight-track release, kicking off with the Future-assisted “Stay at Home.” Following cuts like “Birthday,” “Peace Sign,” and “Say What U Want,” the guys close things out with the Gunna-featured “Gift Shop.”
Zay has celebrated Usher in the past, particularly following their “Papers” collaboration. “When I was in high school, the girls used to tell me I looked like Usher so to be doing a song with Usher was mind-blowing,” he told Billboard this year. “Usher recorded it and everything and I was shocked because I’ve never worked with anybody of that caliber.”
Now, they’ve gone and made a whole album together. Listen to A below.
Ella Mai — Ella Mai
Ella Mai is ready for the spotlight. On the heels of her “Boo’d Up” breakout, the British songstress provides her debut self-titled LP, which has been one of R&B’s most anticipated releases of the year.
Mai handles a majority of the album on her own, with soothing vocals that she’s become adored for. But Ella also taps some famous singers on this 14-song LP, including Chris Brown, John Legend, and H.E.R.
“It’s definitely a whole bunch of R&B,” she explained on the American Music Awards red carpet recently. “You’re going to get contemporary R&B, you’re going to get a little bit of what I was inspired by growing up, so the ‘90s R&B feel. R&B is the best way to put it. I love R&B. It’s not dead. It’s never been dead.”
Listen to Ella Mai’s blend of contemporary and classic R&B below.
Belly — Immigrant
On the heels of last year’s Mumble Rap, Belly reveals his newest project, Immigrant. The 11-song release is a political statement in rhyme form, but it also comes fully equipped with major guest stars.
Yo Gotti, Metro Boomin, French Montana, The Weeknd, and NAV are among the LP’s guests. Meanwhile, Meek Mill and M.I.A. both show up on the socially-and-politically-driven title track. The latter showcases the album’s thesis.
“There’s nothing more priceless than being free,” reBELLYus raps on the cut. “Immigrant, that’s why they hate me just for being me / We ain’t wanna leave overseas, we were under siege / Leave us in shallow graves, still the love is deep.”
Listen to Belly’s Immigrant journey below.
Kodak Black — “ZEZE”
Kodak Black taps Travis Scott and Offset for his latest single, “ZEZE.” The new track also boasts a hypnotic instrumental from D.A. Domain, who also produced Tyga’s “Taste” earlier this year.
While Offset bashes clones, La Flame handles the Auto-Tuned chorus. Later, Kodak follows up with a verse about his rags to riches story. “I’m a Project Baby,” he raps, referencing his nickname. “Now, I stay in Calabasas.”
Lil Kodak has been battling legal troubles but that hasn’t necessarily stopped him from making music. Just last year, he released Project Baby 2 and Heart Break Kodak. Listen to his latest single, which already has a viral dance, below.
Ty Dolla $ign & Jeremih — “Goin Thru Some Thangz”
Ty Dolla $ign and Jeremih continue to tease their long-discussed MihTy project with a new single, “Goin Thru Some Thangz.”
Over booming production from Ayo N Keyz and Machinist, Ty and Mih showcase their vocals. “She’s goin’ through some things,” sings Jeremih. “You know your nigga ain’t shit,” adds Dolla. “Late night Dolla give you late night dick.”
Ty and Jeremih were slated to release their collaborative LP earlier this year. However, MihTy has been pushed back indefinitely. For now, listen to “Goin Thru Some Thangz” below.
Tom Morello — The Atlas Underground
Rage Against the Machine’s renowned guitarist Tom Morello drops The Atlas Underground, a multi-genre album full of his hip-hop influences.
Morello’s guitar is front and center across the board, but plenty of MCs lend their voices to this effort, including Vic Mensa, Big Boi, GZA, RZA, K.Flay, Leikeli47, and Killer Mike.
Much like Morello’s past work, this album features a wealth of socio-political commentary. “Fight for my life like I’m motherfuckin’ Mike Brown ‘cause I refuse to be the next nigga shot down,” Killer Mike raps on “Rabbit’s Revenge.” “I could stand my ground to this shit,” Mensa raps on “We Don’t Need You.”
Listen to Morello’s genre-bending The Atlas Underground below.