It’s the first Friday of 2023 and certain members of the hip-hop community are already back to work. In an effort to narrow the scope on new music releases, here are a few of our favorite songs of the week. From cultural mainstays like YoungBoy Never Broke Again and Kodak Black, to newcomers in Baby Stone Gorillas and Ice Spice, there’s more to unpack here. Check out Dirty Glove Bastard’s full list below.
YoungBoy Never Broke Again, I Rest My Case
After YB randomly invited fans to film a music video outside of his home, the Baton Rouge rapper followed up with a featureless new LP, I Rest My Case. Not to mention, YoungBoy delivered his first visual of the new year as well – “Black,” which features scenes from his impromptu shoot.
Ice Spice, In Ha Mood
It’s getting to the point where Ice Spice has become virtually inescapable, literally. After taking over the net (and TikTok for that matter) with songs like “Munch (Feelin’ U),” the viral sensation with a curly red afro is back and “In Ha Mood” – the title of her latest single. With a Capri Sun in hand and her baddie friend by her side, the Bronx riser is bringing divine feminine energy to drill music, one track at a time.
Kodak Black, Kodak The Boss
Kodak Black is arguably one of the most influential artists in the game. And that’s why he’s the boss, as evidenced in the title of his latest visual aid. With “Kodak The Boss,” (a standout track from Kutthroat Bill: Vol 1), Yak takes listeners on a sonic journey through his past – revisiting the good, the bad, and everything in between.
Young Nudy, Impala
Young Nudy raps with a convincing flow that must feel as bulletproof as it sounds. The dreadheaded rapper from East Atlanta delivers the long-awaited visual to “Impala,” a crime tale on wax off his fourth studio album, EA Monster.
Baby Stone Gorillas, WOP
Baby Stone Gorillas’ chemistry seeps through the music. Whether it’s the group’s infectious energy or their badass demeanor, songs like “WOP” are a constant reminder that rappers just like to have fun – especially when women are involved.