From projects by newly formed rap duos to albums by dancehall greats and rising hip-hop stars, check out this week’s New Music Friday for the culture’s latest & greatest in music.
—Sean Paul, Scorcha — Dancehall’s finest dropped off his new fifth studio album, a heavy collaborative project with reggaeton and Jamaican favorites like Jada Kingdom, Stylo G and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley.
—Jim Jones and Maino, Lobby Boyz — The recently formed rap duo of New York greats delivered their first official joint project. The album includes features from Fabulous, Styles P & Fivio Foreign, who helped introduce the album by way of the music video for “Slide.”
—Chance The Rapper, “A Bar About a Bar” — The Chicago rapper dropped off not only the new single but an accompanying music video and art piece as well. The painting was created by Nikko Washington and unveiled at the Art Institute of Chicago.
—Ye & XXXTentacion, “True Love” — Seeing its official release this week as part of Ye’s Donda 2 and X’s Look at Me: The Album, the new single plays over the end credits of the late rapper’s Hulu documentary, Look at Me: XXXTentacion.
Hits in Heavy Rotation
—Elevation Worship, “Same God“
—CeCe Winans, “I’ve Got Joy“
—Jazmine Sullivan, “Hurt Me So Good“
—Sentury, “Be Over“
—Dixson ft. Sevyn Streeter, “Cherry Sorbet“
—Summer Walker ft. Ari Lennox, “Unloyal“
—Tink ft. 2 Chainz, “Cater“
—French Montana ft. Kodak Black, “Mopstick“
—Chris Brown, “WE (Warm Embrace)”
Artist on the Rise
Georgia rapper Jaida Chanel Roby, known by her stage name Pap Chanel, is making waves in the hip-hip world due to her lyrical abilities and unapologetic style. The self-proclaimed “pretty & paid” rapper is said to have worked with Lil Baby, T.I. and Trina.
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