Hey y’all, I hope you have enjoyed your week this far? We have a lot of new music to discuss this week from Megan Thee Stallion, The Game, Danger Mouse and Black Thought, plus new singles from Ari Lennox and much more. Last week I fell to mention that all month long we are celebrating Black August.
For those that may not have heard of Black August, it is a month long celebration of the fallen women and men who lost their lives in the liberation of Black America. It is also a call to action to free all political prisoners and condemn the oppressive conditions in jail. While, we may indulge in our love for music take some time to fast, study, go work out, and prepare our selves for the fight for equality and equity.
Megan Thee Stallion – Traumazine
Megan the Stallion has been through a lot over the last year. From her beef with Tory Lanez to label disputes with 1501 Megan Thee Stallion has dealt with adversity. Her sophomore release Traumazine serves as a testimony for the issues she has been tackling.
Traumazine offers up 17 tracks and features several guest features from Future, Jhene Aiko, Latto, Pooh Shiesty, Lucky Daye, Rico Nasty, Sauce Walka, Big Pokey and Lil Keke. Despite her disputes with her label Megan manage to overcome her obstacles to put out a solid project worth checking out. My favorite tracks on the album include “Ms. Nasty,” “Pressurelicious,” “Anxiety,” and “Not Nice”.
The Game – Drillmatic
The Game has stepped back into the limelight to release a 31 track project titled Drillmatic. The album features production from Grammy award winning producer Hit- Boy alongside an all-star list of features. During the promotion tour of his new album The Game acknowledged himself as the best rappers in the world while calling out Eminem. This declaration has caused the hip hop world to chime in on who is the better rapper between the two.
Besides The Game’s theatrics, Drillmatic is definitely a must listen today. From his opening song “One Time”, The Game sets the tone for the album with his lyricism. Boosting stellar production and mixing Drillmatic Heart vs. Mind is worth a few spins especially “The Black Slim Shady” where The Games goes in on his former Aftermath/G -Unit label mates. Overall, Drillmatic is a solid effort and provides his listeners an earful of rap and dope production.
Rod Wave – Beautiful Mind
Rod Wave has released his third project titled Beautiful Mind. The somber crooner who has amassed quite the following for his melancholy style has said that this will be his last sad album. That said you should check “Yungen” featuring Jack Harlow, “Never Get Over Me,” “Alone,” and “Cold December”.
Danger Mouse & Black Thought – Cheat Code
Danger Mouse may not be a familiar name to most of you but his impact on the culture can. In 2004 Danger Mouse created a mash up of Jay -Z’s Black album and The Beatles White album which caused a bunch of lawsuits over sampling. Since then Danger Mouse production style has grown and with the combine forces of Tariq Trotter aka Black Thought their new collaboration Cheat Code should have hip hop heads rejoicing.
St. Louis Rising
Stringz EMB – Black Summer
St. Louis Rising artist Stringz Emb is back with a new EP titled Black Summer. The seven track project explores Stringz vulnerabilities and journeys through his life joys and pain. On his latest projects Stringz blends his raspy voice with the sounds of EDM/Soul fusion for the upbeat vibe “Loud”. While staying true to his vulnerable side is the track “Save Me” featuring KV The Writer. If you are looking for a fresh voice in the R&B genre, I encourage you to give Black Summer a listen.
Make sure you listen to the playlist for the rest of today’s new entries. As always have a good weekend and be safe.
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