Tory Lanez — Love Me Now?
Tory Lanez is looking for love. Just a few months after dropping his sophomore album, Memories Don’t Die, Swavey unleashes Love Me Now?
Lanez called on many of his famous friends for appearances on this 15-track project. It features Chris Brown, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Rich the Kid, Lil Baby, and that’s not all. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Trippie Redd, Nav, Gunna, Bryson Tiller, PnB Rock, and Trey Songz also stop by for additional showings.
The star-packed guest list was by design, according to Tory. “My whole thing was just trying to dive into everybody’s different lane and try to be diverse with the features,” he told Beats 1. “I wanted to make sure that everybody was from everywhere and that it’s all around a collaborative project. It’s more like a mixtape to me, to be honest with you.”
Listen to Love Me Now? below.
Jeremih & Ty Dolla $ign — MIH-TY
Cheers to Jeremih and Ty Dolla $ign. The wait is over as the crooning duo finally serves up its long-rumored project, MIH-TY. While Jeremih and Ty handle a bulk of this 11-song effort, the guys invite a few familiar faces to the party, including Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, and French Montana.
But the chemistry between Ty and Mih remains at the heart of this effort, which has been discussed at length for quite some time. Back in June, the twosome explained why they were joining forces and what fans were to anticipate from the release.
“It was the best of both worlds to me,” Jeremih told “Big Boy’s Neighborhood” of the pairing. “We got like 50-60 records. It was hard to choose.” Dolla added: “You get the best R&B project that’s coming out this whole year.”
Order up a Mih-Ty below.
The Black Eyed Peas — Masters of the Sun Vol. 1
The Black Eyed Peas get back to basics. After conquering the pop world and the global market with a series of charting hits, The Black Eyed Peas return with a shift in focus. On the heels of Fergie’s departure, will.i.am, apl.de.ap, and Taboo drop Masters of the Sun Vol. 1.
The group’s renewed true school focus is reflected in the LP’s samples and guests, including Nas, Slick Rick, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, CL, and Posdnuous. However, they keep the crossover appeal with the old school leaning “WINGS,” which features Nicole Scherzinger.
It’s been a long time coming for the chart-topping group. In fact, the guys haven’t released a new album since 2010’s The Beginning, which featured “Just Can’t Get Enough” and “Don’t Stop the Party.” It was also the last album featuring Fergie before her exit. Now, following their Masters of the Sun graphic novel, the Black Eyed Peas are back.
Listen to Masters of the Sun Vol. 1 below.
MadeinTYO — Sincerely, Tokyo
MadeinTYO has arrived. Following a string of buzzworthy tracks, the rising rapper finally unveils his debut album, Sincerely, Tokyo, a 14-song project that isn’t short on high profile cameos.
A$AP Ferg makes an appearance on the previously-released “Ned Flanders.” Tokyo’s brother 24hrs also shows up for “Lil Bih.” Meanwhile, Gunna, Roy Woods, and Blood Orange show support on other cuts and Tinashe pops up on the closer, “Savannah Sunset.”
Sincerely, Tokyo marks a new stage in the MC’s life and career. “It’s more records than I ever put out on a project,” he recently told Complex. “That’s why it’s the debut and it’s lit.”
Listen to Sincerely, Tokyo below.
John Legend — A Legendary Christmas
Halloween and Thanksgiving haven’t passed yet, but John Legend makes sure Christmas comes a little early this year with the release of his new holiday-themed album, A Legendary Christmas.
Legend decks the halls with brand new takes on the holiday classics, including “What Christmas Means to Me,” which naturally features the iconic Stevie Wonder. Esperanza Spalding also shows up for “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” But Legend also creates new cuts for the most wonderful time of the year.
“I’ve been wanting to do it for a long time,” Legend told fans via Instagram. “I went to Raphael Saadiq and I was like, ‘Brother, can you produce it for me?’ We recorded eight classic Christmas songs plus six brand new Christmas songs just for you.”
Listen to A Legendary Christmas below.
Rapsody feat. J. Cole — “Sojourner”
Cole World and Rap unite. Fresh off his KOD LP, J. Cole joins Rapsody for “Sojourner,” an earnest new cut off the forthcoming Jamla Is The Squad II compilation from Jamla Records.
Jermaine raps about being “born into pain” before analyzing his place in the game. “Scared that I’m too disconnected from the kids’ perspective,” he raps. “The world ain’t got no patience for some shit that’s introspective / Where in the fuck that leave me? Irrelevant, I guess / Went heaven sent to hella bent, intelligent but stressed.”
For her part, Rapsody delivers a stinging verse, which also provides gems for the youth. “Teach the ones that’s coming up to multiply their cash / Think for themselves, Think beyond sales,” she raps. “Everything with worth don’t come with some whistles and some bells.”
Listen to “Sojourner” below.