Bad Bunny — X 100PRE
Latin trap sensation Bad Bunny transcended Spanish-language borders with supremely popular smashes. Collaborations with Cardi B (“I Like It”) and Drake (“MIA”) only further proved the Puerto Rican rapper’s mass appeal. On Christmas Eve, he showed out once again with the release of his debut album, X 100PRE.
The aforementioned Drizzy collaboration, in which The 6 God raps in Spanish, appears as the album’s closing track. Meanwhile, Diplo appears as a guest on “200 MPH” and El Alfa shows up on “La Romana.” Elsewhere, Bunny goes solo on cuts like “NI BIEN NI MAL,” “Tenemos Que Hablar,” and “Ser Bichote.”
Why the off-Friday drop? The charismatic MC spoke with Billboard about the album’s oddly-timed release. “I finished the album three days ago,” he said. “At that point I said I wanted to release it in Christmas. I didn’t want the year to end without releasing the album. I wanted to close 2018 with it.”
Close 2018 with Bad Bunny below.
DeJ Loaf — Go DeJ Go Vol. 1
DeJ Loaf caps off the year with a celebratory EP, Go DeJ Go. The new 6-track effort comes a year after Fuck a Friend Zone, a collaborative project with the self-proclaimed “King of R&B,” Jacquees.
The Detroit rapper-singer addresses her quiet year on the closing title track. “They say, ‘DeJ, where you been? Turn it up. Why you hidin’?’ They buried me alive, had to climb out my coffin,” she raps on the track. “Counting me out, hoping that I retire.”
DeJ also explains some of her industry gripes on the project. “How can y’all not mention me when it’s rap involved?” she asks. “Your favorite rapper’s rapper.” Elsewhere, she adds: “I don’t know how I’m surviving, but I’ve gotta keep on.”
Keep on with DeJ Loaf’s Go DeJ Go below.
Boosie Badazz — Savage Holidays
Just days after Christmas, Boosie Badazz gets into the holiday spirit with his newest project, Savage Holidays. The 13-track album continues a streak and follows last month’s Boosie Blues Cafe.
“Savage holidays,” he sings on the title track. “Kind of cold in them hideaways / Ain’t nobody died today / I hope you’re safe and escape the savage holidays / When you lose someone you love who you know love Christmas, savage holidays / When that little thug first get that pistol, savage holidays.”
Lil Boosie keeps the theme running throughout with songs like “Santa Claus of the Ghetto,” “Another Christmas Without My Niggas,” “The Bitch Who Stole Christmas,” and more. YFN Lucci and Rich Homie Quan pop up on “Christmas List” while Tootie Raww and Iviona Badazz lend a hand on “Christmas Lights.”
Just days before the ball drops, Boosie continues to share the holiday spirit on “New Years Resolution.” “What’s your new year’s resolution?” he asks on the track. “I’ma run it up / I ain’t gonna say I’m gonna change everything because if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…But some shit gotta change.”
Wait for the new year with Boosie below.
Waka Flocka Flame — I Can’t Rap Vol. 2
Waka Flocka Flame gets into a self-deprecating mode on his newest project, I Can’t Rap Vol. 2, which comes years after the 2014 original. Despite the project’s title, Flocka raps throughout the effort, often reflecting on life and the game.
“I hit rock bottom, everybody disappeared,” he raps on the opening cut, “December Six.” “Nobody wanna be my friends no more / Nobody calling my phone no more / They think I’m fucked up, down on my ass / I heard them saying that I’m broke / Own friends and family screaming that I’m broke / Saying that I lost my touch, you must be crazy.”
Flame’s been active all 2018. This year, he released Waka Myers: Halloween Hits and Big Homie Flocka. He also dropped DuFlocka Rant Vs. Flocka James (NBA Finals Edition) on streaming platforms this year. Listen to I Can’t Rap Vol. 2 below.
Cormega — Mega
Veteran New York rapper Cormega is back with Mega, his first project in four years. The follow-up to Mega Philosophy arrives with five new cuts produced by Street Runner.
Havoc is the project’s lone guest. The Mobb Deep rhymer appears on the effort’s “Live Your Best Life.” “Like the Titans, you’ll remember us,” warns the New York MC. “Live your best life,” adds Mega, perhaps offering a “new year, new me” mantra. “Put yourself first.”
The seasoned spitter recently took to Instagram to explain why this is a tough time for album releases. “December is the most difficult month to drop a project. It’s superstar season,” he explained. “Promotion cost more. Manufacturers close for holiday break. The industry shuts down and big companies buy up all the good advertisement space. It’s real out here.”
Despite all of that, Mega decided to drop his project on 2018’s final weekend. “I promised the fans I would make new music and I’m not breaking that promise,” he added. “This is the biggest challenge I’ve ever had but challenges make life exciting. There’s a difference between ego and self-belief. And so far my fans just from Instagram alone are justifying my belief.”
Mega comes with more than just the five tracks. Street Runner also adds instrumentals to the backend. Stream the new project below.