Mac Miller does R&B greater than many current artists with his ode to love on his most surprisingly sophisticated project to date, The Divine Feminine. With vocals from CeeLo Green, Anderson .Paak, Bilal, Ty Dolla $ign, Kendrick Lamar and girlfriend/muse, Ariana Grande, the album’s silky vibe is perfectly executed with its sensual, but playful lyrics and production. Listen below via Spotify.
The recent subject of countless Internet jokes and memes has finally delivered his sophomore studio album, Blonde. Originally thought to be named Boys Don’t Cry, Frank Ocean spontaneously dropped Blonde Saturday afternoon via Apple Music and at pop-up shops in major cities.
The ethereal project filled with guitars, strings and moving lyrics is a strong follow-up to 2012’s Channel Orange and displays sheer creativity and growth. Features include Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce and Andre 3000. Enjoy the masterpiece below.
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Sade and MF Doom fans: Rejoice! An 8-track mashup EP entitled SADEVILLAIN compiled by Portsmouth-based producer Seanh2k11 blends the two artists seamlessly. The juxtaposition of Doom’s raw lyrics mixed with Sade’s velvety vocals is a pure delight. Listen to the album below video DatPiff.
If you’ve been wondering where the quality female MCs have gone, look no further. Chicago’s Noname (formerly Noname Gypsy) provides a mystical project entitled Telefone that successfully fuses elements of Hip Hop and Neo Soul. Honest and reflective about matters of the heart, the album is a wispy mix of lyrical glory and wispy production that channels the likes of D’Angelo and Jill Scott. Listen below via Soundcloud.
ScHoolboy Q‘s latest album, Blank Face, has finally arrived. Featuring grade A singles “THat Part” with Kanye West and “Groovy Tony,” the rest of the album is ear candy featuring ditties like “Dope Dealer” with E-40 and “Big Body” with The Dogg Pound. Stream the entire album below via Spotify.
Released 2 days early, YG excited fans by dropping his sophomore album, Still Brazy. A more in-depth continuation of My Krazy Life, the Compton rapper touches on police brutality, crime in the streets and his life since being shot at an LA recording studio. The West Coast production (featuring Lil’ Wayne, Nipsey Hussle and Drake) successfully puts a contemporary spin on G Funk and features plenty of bangers perfect for summer. Listen to the entire project here.
Vic Mensa‘s latest 7-track EP, There’s A Lot Going On, not only features the controversial “16 Shots” (inspired by the death of teen Laquan McDonald killed by police), but is also a campaign encouraging youth to vote. Free for fans who promise to vote in the presidential election, you can listen and download the album here courtesy of DatPiff.
Legendary North Carolina producer 9th Wonder has dropped quite a spontaneous gem. ZION, a collection of 36 unreleased and rare tracks, is a treat for any pair of ears and the good news is that it’s only a tip of the proverbial iceberg. According to watchLOUD, 9th revealed that he plans on “dropping every beat [he’s] ever made over the next few years,” so definitely stay tuned. Listen to the project below.
After stealing the show from Kanye West on the Gospel-inspired “Ultralight Beam,” Chance the Rapper picks up right where he left off. Coloring Book is a glorious project filled with uplifting lyrics and downright positivity that is often overlooked in Hip Hop’s landscape. Featuring Ye, Justin Bieber, Kirk Franklin, Lil’ Wayne and Lil’ Yachty, the album has already being praised for being celebratory and colorful. Listen to the entire project via AudioMack below.
The wait is now officially over for Drake‘s highly anticipated fourth studio album, VIEWS. The reflective and melodic 20 track album incorporates Dancehall elements and transparent lyrics his fans have always admired about the rapper. Features include Pimp C, PARTYNEXTDOOR and Rihanna.
Stream the entire album here.