Summer Jam 97

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Benny The Butcher — The Plugs I Met

The Butcher’s comin’. Black Soprano Family’s Benny The Butcher broke out with last year’s Tana Talk 3, an album that detailed drug deals over soulful instrumentation. Now, The Butcher returns with the latest chapter in his saga: The Plugs I Met.

Benny tapped some big names for the follow-up to his critically acclaimed release. Well regarded spitters like Black Thought, Pusha T, and Jadakiss offer their voices, while frequent collaborator Conway The Machine pops up with an appearance. Alchemist, Daringer, and DJ Shay also provide production.

The Butcher recently explained how some of these high-profile collaborations came to be during an interview with Billboard. “I don’t go with ego: If I wanna work with a guy, I’m hitting him up because it’s for the greater good of the project,” he said. “I’m still music first. I came from the streets, so I don’t have the luxury to be egotistical or be on the diva shit. I didn’t come in the game for that. I came in the game to give you the best work.”

Meet The Plugs I Met below.

Nicki Minaj — “Megatron”

Nicki Minaj is back with a bang and a new alias. The Young Money/Cash Money star, who’s nicknamed herself Chun-Li and Roman in the past, reappears as “MEGATRON.” Minaj co-produced the new single alongside Pop Wansel and NOVA Wav.

“They call me Megatron / Just did a telethon / He got Margielas on / And I get my jealous on,” she raps on the track. Later, she adds: “They call me Megatron, shorty’s a mega con / It ain’t about the race either, this a marathon.”

Minaj celebrated the song’s release with a Mike Ho-directed video. The glossy new clip features several dance-driven vignettes, neon lights, fancy rides, fire, and seduction.

It’s unclear where “Megatron” will land. Nicki is coming off of her Queen LP, which dropped last year. That album featured Eminem, Lil Wayne, Ariana Grande, Future, The Weeknd, and Foxy Brown, among others. Nicki is set to speak on this single during an episode of her Beats1 program, “Queen Radio.”

Form with “Megatron” below.

Lil Nas X — 7

Lil Nas X keeps riding along this road to success. After exploding on the scene with the chart-topping “Old Town Road, the young upstart unleashes an 8-song EP through Columbia Records.

Yes, “Old Town Road” appears on the project, along with its Billy Ray Cyrus-assisted remix. In fact, both of those songs bookend the release. But there are other tracks for fans to enjoy here, including the long-teased “Panini.”

Other big names lend their talents to this project. After performing alongside Lil Nas X in the past, Cardi B appears on the much-discussed “Rodeo.” Kurt Cobain shows up as a songwriter for “Panini,” which was inspired by Nirvana’s “In Bloom.”

Lil Nas X has already had a huge year. After breaking into online fame with “Old Town Road,” the cowboy-inspired cut topped the Billboard Hot 100. His reign continues with impressive eleven-week dominance. Stream 7 below.

Gucci Mane — Delusions of Grandeur

Gucci Mane’s prolific run continues. Coming off of last year’s Evil Genius, Guwop unleashes a brand new album for fans with Delusions of Grandeur.

The new project includes a slew of big names, including Meek Mill, Gunna, Lil Baby, Justin Bieber, Jeremih, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Uzi Vert, and more.

The East Atlanta Santa delivers street talk from out the gate. “Ain’t no way I’m squashing my beefs like Drake and Meek / ‘Cause blood done got spilled on the street,” he raps on the opener, “Off the Boat.” “That shit was deep.”

Stream Delusions of Grandeur below.

Trina — The One

Trina is out to show she’s The One. The Baddest Chick dropped Blue Magic last year and now, she’s back with a star-studded LP.

Prior to releasing this project, Trina surprised fans with her Nicki Minaj collaboration, “BAPS.” However, the surprises don’t end there, as this album also boasts appearances from Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, DJ Khaled, Plies, Boosie Badazz, K. Michelle, and Dave East, among others.

Trina the Rock Starr celebrated the album’s release by explaining why she’s so proud of her career. “No major label No handouts No big campaign,” she wrote on Instagram. “Just a small team that never gave up even when they wanted to, hard work and years of dedication.”

She continued: “I’m beyond [grateful] to EVERYONE that helped me with this album, I appreciate u from the bottom of my heart. They counted me out, a lot of people who I thought would be here are NOT around. I am strong, vulnerable, happy, over-emotional, and unapologetic!”

Stream The One below.

Rick Ross feat. Wale — “Act a Fool”

It’s a Maybach Music Group party. Rick Ross enlists his longtime collaborator Wale for his latest single, which could appear on Port of Miami 2.

Rozay gets presidential during one of his verses. “Thought it was Obama, the way I came through,” he raps. “I’m talkin’ different commas from them lame dudes / I’m printin’ paper, boy, I even wrote a book / I got ten million cash. What, you wanna look?”

Folarin steps in with a verse of his own. “How did I get here? Who the fuck is you?” he asks on the track. “Ross told me, ‘Homie, it’s chess.’ Then he made Checkers the move.”

“Act a Fool” with Ross and Wale below.