Alina Baraz Returns With “Sunbeam” EP

It was over a year ago, mid-pandemic, that we last spoke to Alina Baraz. The singer was relatively fresh off the release of her ethereal debut, It Was Divine, although she confessed at the time, that she was already feeling energized enough to work on new music. Well, that new music has finally arrived. While it’s not a full-length effort like It Was Divine, it is a refreshing four-song effort that is satiating all the same. 

The EP is titled Sunbeam, which does seem to reflect an overall feeling you get while listening to the relaxing records, in the sense that, they are washing over you in a similarly soothing manner that rays of sunshine might.

Alina has not only been working on new music in the past year since she released It Was Divine (it’s worth noting she’s also mentioned a second EP to follow this one), she’s also been making some business moves. The singer transitioned from Mom+Pop to a new deal with UnitedMasters, infamously owned by Steve Stoute, as well.

Check out the new EP below, and let us know if you’re a fan of Alina– and if so, you can catch her on a U.S.-based tour, starting next week.

Doug E. Fresh Returns With “This One’s For Chuck Brown”

Doug E. Fresh is a legend in the game, and today he has come through with a new release — This One’s for Chuck Brown: Doug E. Fresh Salutes The Godfather of Go-Go — which finds many of his classic tunes reimagined with an interesting twist. Throughout the project’s nine-track duration, listeners are transported to the arena where Fresh actually performed the project, giving each song the additional rawness that live performance brings to the table.

Though the This One’s For Chuck Brown doesn’t feature much in the way of new music, Doug E’s storied repertoire — including singles like “Play This Only At Night,” “I’m Gettin’ Ready,” and “Come Again” are given an updated facelift honoring the late Brown’s go-go innovations. There’s also a feature from the late Biz Markie, whose presence is most welcome on “The Show.” Overall, it’s an enjoyable listening experience for fans of Fresh and Chuck Brown alike, and a fitting tribute to the latter’s contributions to the genre of go-go.

Let us know if you’ve checked out Doug E. Fresh’s latest release in the comments below.

KILLY Adds 11 New Songs To “KILLSTREAK 2” Deluxe Album

Toronto rapper KILLY made some noise with his latest full-length project KILLSTREAK 2 and he’s officially back with the deluxe edition.

After letting the project rest for a few months, KILLY has returned with eleven new songs on the deluxe, including the previously-released “EUPHORIC,” “VENDETTA,” and “TRIPLE HELIX.” The new tracks are highlighted by features including AJ Tracey, a4, and Benjy Mane. “DEAD FACES” is an early favorite from the new releases.

24-year-old KILLY has been rising up for years, and he’s flirted with superstardom as a couple of his songs are inching near the 70 million stream mark. Have a listen to KILLY’s latest release below and let us know what you think of it.

Tracklist:

1. EUPHORIC
2. BLUE CHECK
3. DEAD FACES (feat. AJ Tracey)
4. SAILOR MOON
5. SPEED DEMON
6. OU LA LA
7. VENDETTA
8. MILLIONS (feat. a4)
9. TRIPLE HELIX
10. OH NO (with Y2K)
11. DREAMZ (feat. Benjy Mane)
12. PYRO
13. RICK BOOTS
14. WISHING WELL
15. HEART OF GLASS
16. TRUST NOBODY
17. PICTURE PERFECT
18. WHATEVER WE DO
19. DON’T BOTHER
20. REALLY DECEASED
21. FINER THINGS
22. DETOX
23. MOONWALK (feat. Yung Bans)
24. LOVE PRISON (feat. Tommy Lee Sparta)
25. EAT YOU ALIVE
26. PYRO (feat. Scarlxrd) (Remix) (Bonus Track)

Havoc & Dark Lo Drop One For The Streets With “Extreme Measures”

After setting the tone with the grimy single “Mob Tales,” Dark Lo and Havoc have officially united for their new collaborative album Extreme Measures. By now, anybody familiar with either artist will likely have a decent idea what to expect from this one — most succinctly, hard-hitting gangsta rap bars and dark, filthy production. 

Complete with guest appearances from Styles P and Vado, Extreme Measures is primarily carried by the efforts of Dark Lo and Havoc — with the latter spitting bars in addition to handling production across the board. Prior to the album’s release, Havoc explained a bit of insight into what drove him to work with Dark Lo in the first place. “I’m very excited about my project with Lo,” explains Havoc, speaking in a press release. “It’s been a minute since I worked with an artist that has such a gritty sound, and that appeals to me.” 

Though Dark Lo is currently looking at a lengthy prison sentence for witness intimidation, he’s making sure to leave his fans with as much music as possible. In that department, Extreme Measures makes for a fitting sendoff, with eleven tracks to unpack. If you have any appreciation for street-heavy hip-hop, this one might be the gem you’re looking for on this Friday afternoon. For those who have already taken the plunge — where do you stand on Extreme Measures? 

Nao Soars With Her Third Studio Album “And Then Life Was Beautiful”

In the three years since NAO delivered her universally acclaimed sophomore studio album Saturn, a lot has changed for the UK singer-songwriter, from Rihanna giving her a major co-sign by using her song in a Nipsey Hussle tribute video to Nao giving birth to her first child. Now, the Grammy-nominated artist has finally returned with her third studio album, and early reviews suggest that And Then Life Was Beautiful was well worth the wait.

Featuring the previously heard singles “Woman” “Antidote,” “Messy Love,” and “And Then Life Was Beautiful,” Nao’s new album boasts guest features from serpentwithfeet, Lucky Daye, Adekunle Gold, and Lianne La Havas. The 13-track project is a succinct, 45-minute offering that may not feature the insane vocal clinics and show-stopping performances that Nao is known for, but And Then Life Was Beautiful succeeds as a reserved, hopeful, and well-constructed record.

Give Nao’s third studio album, And Then Life Was Beautiful, a listen below and let us know in the comments if you’re feeling the UK singer-songwriter’s latest full-length effort.

Tracklist:

1. And Then Life Was Beautiful
2. Messy Love
3. Glad That You’re Gone
4. Antidote (feat. Adekunle Gold)
5. Burn Out
6. Wait
7. Good Luck (feat. Lucky Daye)
8. Nothing’s for Sure
9. Woman (feat. Lianne La Havas)
10. Better Friend
11. Postcards (feat. serpentwithfeet)
12. Little Giants
13. Amazing Grace

Run The Jewels Unleashes The Deluxe Version Of “RTJ4”

Last summer, during the height of the social justice movement that swept over the United States following the shootings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and several others, Run The Jewels surprised fans by releasing their politically charged and long-awaited fourth studio album RTJ4. Now, over a year later, the acclaimed Hip-Hop duo consisting of Killer Mike and El-P has unleashed the deluxe version of RTJ4.

RTJ4 (Deluxe Version) is a sprawling 24-track effort that features the original 11 RTJ4 tracks, instrumentals, their Cyberpunk 2077 song “No Save Point,” and remixes to some fan-favorite album cuts. While “JU$T” just receives an eclectic production overhaul from What So Not, “ooh la la” and “the ground below” both now appear with features from Lil Wayne and Royal Blood, respectively.

Find Run The Jewels’ deluxe version of RTJ4 on your preferred streaming service below. Now that more than a year has passed, how do you feel about Killer Mike and El-P’s fourth joint album? 

Tracklist:

1. yankee and the brave
2. ooh la la (feat. Greg Nice & DJ Premier)
3. out of sight (feat. 2 Chainz)
4. holy calamafuck
5. goonies vs E.T.
6. walking in the snow
7. JU$T (feat. Pharrell Williams & Zack De La Rocha)
8. never look back
9. the ground below
10. pulling the pin (feat. Josh Homme & Mavis Staples)
11. a few words for the firing squad
12. ooh la la (feat. Lil Wayne, Greg Nice, & DJ Premier) [Remix]
13. JU$T (feat. Pharrell Williams & Zack De La Rocha) [What So Not Remix]
14. No Save Point (from Cyberpunk 2077)
15. the ground below (feat. Royal Blood) [Royal Jewels mix]
16. yankee and the brave (instrumental)
17. ooh la la (instrumental)
18. out of sight (instrumental)
19. holy calamafuck (instrumental)
20. goonies vs E.T. (instrumental)
21. walking in the snow (instrumental)
22. JU$T (instrumental)
23. never look back (instrumental)
24. the ground below (instrumental)
25. pulling the pin (instrumental)
26. a few words for the firing squad (instrumental)

Larry June & Cardo Drop New Mixtape “Into The Late Night”

Vallejo-raised rapper Larry June is one of the most respected rappers on the West Coast, and he’s officially returned with a new mixtape, which is executive produced by Cardo.

The seven-track mixtape has Larry June coming through with his laidback flows, smooth punchlines, and effortless delivery, strongly following up his Orange Print project from earlier this year. The mixtape includes the previously-released single “Friday Activities.”

In addition to the release of Into The Late Night, Larry June announced his Orange Print Pollstar North American tour, which kicks off on November 1 in Silver Spring and concludes the following month in Dallas. The 30-year-old rapper will also be making stops in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Houston, and more.


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Listen to Larry June and Cardo’s new mixtape Into The Late Night below.

Tracklist:

1. Gas Station Run
2. Either Way
3. Don’t Try It
4. Friday Activities
5. Bigger Risk
6. Red Book Chronicles
7. Saturday Night Interview

Lakeyah Teams Up With DJ Drama For New Gangsta Grillz Mixtape “My Time”

Quality Control artist and 2021 XXL Freshman Lakeyah continues her prolific run this year with a new project, and like Tyler, the Creator’s acclaimed sixth studio album Call Me If You Get Lost earlier this year, Lakeyah’s My Time is hosted by mixtape legend DJ Drama.

For her debut Gangsta Grillz mixtape, Lakeyah’s bars are front and center as she aims to prove herself deserving of her self-proclaimed title, the “Female GOAT.” Even the tape’s artwork is a reflection of Lakeyah’s competitive mind state and inward belief that this is truly her moment, as she holds the NBA’s Larry O’Brien Trophy while rocking a custom Milwaukee Bucks uniform.

The 11-track project features guest appearances from Tyga, Tee Grizzley, Moneybagg Yo, and Bankroll Freddie, and it marks Lakeyah’s third project in less than a full year, following the releases of Time’s Up last December and In Due Timeearlier this spring.

Check out Lakeyah’s new Gangsta Grillz mixtape, My Time, below and let us know in the comments if you’re feeling the QC artist’s latest project.

Tracklist:

1. Out Your Mind
2. Reason
3. GOAT Talk
4. In Person (feat. OG Parker & Tyga)
5. Shots Fired
6. 313-414 (feat. Tee Grizzley)
7. Check (feat. Moneybagg Yo)
8. A Letter To You
9. Upset (feat. Bankroll Freddie)
10. Step 1
11. Loving Me

D Smoke Returns WIth New Album “War & Wonders”

D Smoke may have burst into the mainstream eye after winning Netflix’s reality series Rhythm & Flow, but the west coast rapper is far from a gimmick. In fact, he may be one of the game’s most experimental voices, unafraid to tackle complex lyrical themes and explore a varied number of production choices. 

Following a Best Rap Album Grammy nomination for his Black Habits project, D Smoke has returned with the release of War & Wonders, a sixteen track endeavor with guest appearances from Westside Boogie and Ty Dolla $ign; though uncredited, his brother SiR also holds it down on “Common Sense.”

Though unafraid to speak on topics often associated with “conscious rap” — and rest assured that such ground is covered on the lyrically compelling album — D Smoke is no stranger to the banger. In fact, his skill for arrangement and pacing really shines here, as hard-hitting tracks befitting of a west coast cruise pair effectively with the more thought-provoking joints. It’s a testament to D Smoke’s understanding of bringing his vision to life, a talent he honed through years of experience producing in the music industry.

Don’t let War & Wonders fly under your radar. D Smoke has already proven himself to be an impactful artist, and it will be interesting to see how his latest album resonates as time goes by. For those who queued it up when it dropped at midnight — what are some of your favorite early standouts? 

 

Westside Gunn Drops “Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Side B” Ft. Jay Electronica, 2 Chainz, Tyler, The Creator, & More

Weeks following the arrival ofHitler Wears Hermes 8: Sincerely Adolf, Westside Gunn shows that he isn’t quite finished with his project. Each installment of the long-running series has been applauded by Hip Hop fans who bask in Gunn’a beast mode bars, and on Friday (September 24), the Buffalo, New York icon returned with Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Side B.

While most artists choose to add a feature or two to “deluxe” versions of their albums, Westside Gunn decided to share an entirely new project fitted with 20 new tracks. Features include looks from Jay Electronica, Armani Ceasar, 2 Chainz, Flee Lord, AA Rashid, Benny The Butcher, Conway The Machine, and Tyler, The Creator—just to name a few.

Once again, Gunn has not disappointed, so stream Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Side B and let us know your thoughts.

Tracklist

1. Brodie Lee
2. End How You Start ft. AA Rashid
3. Hell On Earth Part 2 ft. Benny the Butcher & Conway the Machine
4. Free Kutter ft. Jay Electronica
5. Richie’s
6. Julia Lang ft. Trap-A-Holics
7. Celine Dion ft. Chase Fetti, Flee Lord & Heem
8. Best Dressed Demons ft. Mach-Hommy
9. Forest Lawn ft. 2 Chainz & Armani Caesar
10. Why I Do Em Like That ft. Billie Essco & Keisha Plum
11. RIP Bergdorf ft. Mach-Hommy
12. TV Boy
13. Survivor Series 95 ft. Jay Worthy, Larry June & TF
14. Eddie Kingston ft. Rome Streetz
15. Ostertag ft. Stove God Cooks
16. Munch ft. Tiona Deniece
17. 99 Avirex ft. AZ & Stove God Cooks
18. The Fly Who Couldn’t Fly Straight ft. Tyler, The Creator
19. Big AL ft. Rome Streetz
20/ BYE BYE ft. Keisha Plum

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