It’s Monday, again. As we hit the ground running with a new week, hip-hop continues to reign supreme when it comes to moving the rhythmic needle. By the look of things, there’s no lapse in creativity as a lot of newer acts are showing up and showing out, delivering caption-worthy bangers and experimental efforts that traverse genres.
For starters, DC The Don tested the waters with his radical overhaul of pop-leaning soundscapes on FUNERAL. The 16-track project proves how unpredictability can be useful, serving as a telltale sign of the Milwaukee rapper’s constant evolution. Elsewhere, Maryland rapper IDK delivered his fourth studio album F65, pumping out 22-tracks of provocative, jazz-inspired music that makes you want to dance or storm the Capitol (again, haha). It’s also important to note that Atlanta hellraiser Anti Da Menace teamed up with German trio KitschKrieg to merge trap with Afrobeats on “Really Rich.”
Despite the new kids on hip-hop’s block, leave it to mainstays like Charlotte rapper DaBaby to remind critics that he can deliver a viral score at will. This time around, the Grammy-nominated MC had some help from comedian Kevin Hart, who introduced “Shake Sumn” to TikTok by doing what Kevin does best: make people laugh.
Still, there’s more to unpack here. With so much new music in rotation, new announcements being made, and the everyday struggle of trying to keep up with all of this in real-time, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the newness. But rest assured, DGB has you covered.
Instead of focusing on every new song or video that released recently, we’ve curated a list of the hottest drops to keep on your radar. More new music will have probably released by the time this list goes live. In return, that just means we have more ground to cover heading into the weekend. So, if your song didn’t make the cut this time around, there’s a chance we’ll see you next week. Stay tuned.
DC The Don — FUNERAL
DC The Don celebrated Cinco De Mayo with a new album. Clocking in at 41 minutes total, FUNERAL is a featureless effort from the hybrid rapper, leaving more room for DC to explore the full breadth of his artistry over ethereal soundscapes.
IDK — F65
The man born Jason Mills proves that there’s a growing demand for Jazz rap in the world. F65 is consistent with IDK’s approach to defy convention as it relates to how his music is supposed to sound. He’s established himself as a driving force in the fashion space, too. So, the Formula 1 theme for this album cycle is very on-brand.
DaBaby — “Shake Sumn”
DaBaby is heating up just in time for the warm weather. This time around, the often controversial rapper takes on Jersey Club with his twerk-ready banger, “Shake Sumn.” Simple and effective, the fan favorite bop arrives alongside two additional tracks — “Ghetto Girls” and “Selling Crack” feat. Migos’ rapper Offset.
Highway — Monochrome
Highway knows how to work a pocket. The Geffen Records signee drops off his highly-anticipated Monochrome mixtape, and he delivered in the truest sense. Spanning 13-tracks, Highway’s latest record features Ty Dolla $ign (“All U Needed), Seddy Hendrix (“Wake Up Early”), and recent collaborator jetsonmade (“Sin City”).
Taleban Dooda — “Going Global“
Taleban Dooda is the closest thing to weathering the storm is human form. His emphatic lyrics makes for relatable music, and “Going Global” is further proof that pain makes for good material — especially when it comes to the art of self-expression.
Fmb Dz — “With A Bang” feat. Skilla Baby & The Glockboy
Fmb Dz is starting off the second quarter of the year “With A Bang.” The Midwest mainstay links up with fellow Detroiters Skilla Baby & The Glockboy to rap about rapper stuff like getting money, plush whips, and everything in between.
SleazyWorld Go — “Off The Court” (feat. Polo G)
SleazyWorld Go knows how to stick and move on and “Off The Court.” In his latest collaboration, the trigger-happy rapper teams up with Chicago luminary Polo G to offload basketball analogies over a nimble trap beat.
KITSCHKRIEG — “Really Rich” feat. Anti Da Menace
In a live performance setting, Atlanta riser Anti Da Menace raps with a sense of urgency over an afrobeats-inspired instrumental helmed by KitschKrieg.
Kenzo Balla — “Enough Is Enough” feat. Rayy Balla & Cito Blick
Kenzo Balla raps like his opps are in for a rude awakening. Leaning on his signature style of drill, Kenzo joins forces with Ray Balla & Cito Blick to scream their point across over a piano-heavy beat with “Enough Is Enough.”
PGF Nuk — “Instakill“
PGF Nuk raps about every problem you can imagine that comes with growing up in the trenches. Although “Instakill” is filled to the brim with gun-positive one-liners, Nuk is consistent where it counts — even if he’s putting everyone through hell to prove a point.
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