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The talk of the hip hop world this week is of course Kendrick Lamar’s new album (read our first listen review), but we’ve also had some great new albums from Leikeli47 and Quelle Chris (read about those in Notable Releases), plus projects from Elcamino, OT the Real x Statik Selektah, They Hate Change, and more. On top of all that, we’ve got singles from Danger Mouse & Black Thought, Post Malone, Vic Mensa & Chance the Rapper, Yaya Bey, Shygirl, Boldy James, Rick Hyde, Namir Blade, Dreezy & Coi Leray, and more. Read on for all the rap and R&B we’ve released this week…

DANGER MOUSE AND BLACK THOUGHTS – “NO GOLD TEETH”

Danger Mouse and Black Thought have finally announced their long teased collaborative album, titled Cheat Codesand you can read more about the first single “No Gold Teeth” here.

POST MALONE – “COOPERATED” (ft. RODDY RICCH)

Post Malone’s new album Twelve karat toothache drops June 3rd and today he’s releasing his new single (and first new track of 2022), “Cooped Up”. Learn more here.

VIC MENSA & CHANCE THE RAPPER – “WRAITH”

Longtime collaborators Vic Mensa and Chance the Rapper have teamed up again for “Wraith,” part of Chance’s songwriting exercise series, and produced by Smoko Ono and Beat Butcha. It’s more of a traditionalist rap song than Chance is usually known for, and it’s a good reminder that he can still pull this kind of thing off.

YAYA BEY – “REPEAT”

Brooklyn R&B singer Yaya Bey has shared another track from her long-awaited new album Remember your North Starand it pairs an intimate vocal delivery with a jazzy backdrop you can’t help but nod to.

SHYGIRL – “FIREFLY”

British experimental pop singer and rapper Shygirl has announced her debut album, Nymphand you can read more about the first single “Firefly” here.

BOLDY JAMES x REAL BAD MAN – “OPEN DOOR” (ft. ROME STREETZ & STOVE GOD COOKS)

As mentioned, Boldy James and producer Real Bad Man are releasing another collaborative project, the don’t kill anything EP, next week. New single “Open Door” features like-minded rap traditionalists Rome Streetz and Stove God Cooks, and they all sound great on RBM’s lead instrumental.

RICK HYDE – “POZA” (ft. ROME STREETZ, prod. THE ALCHEMIST)

Rick Hyde will release his new EP STIMA on May 27 via Benny the Butcher’s BSF label, and it will include this song which was produced by The Alchemist and features fellow boom bap enthusiast Rome Streetz.

NAMIR BLADE – “MEPHISTO”

As mentioned, Namir Blade’s new self-produced album Metropolis releases 6/3 via Mello Music Group. Today he released this nodding new single.

DREEZY – “BALANCE MY LOWS” (ft. COI LERAY, prod. HIT-BOY)

Dreezy, Coi Leray and Hit-Boy have teamed up for this appealing rap/R&B hybrid.

2 ELEVEN & TF – “BLACKOUT” (ft. CONWAY THE MACHINE)

Last year 2 Eleven came out Brainwhich features Freddie Gibs on six of his eight songs, and this year he and fellow West Coast rapper TF released Levels without skin 2the sequel to their 2020 project. Now the two have another new single, this one featuring Griselda’s Conway the Machine, whose gritty East Coast sound adds a nice touch to this song.

BURNA BOY – “LAST LAST”

Afro-fusion great Burna Boy gears up for his new album Love, Damini, which is expected to arrive on June 30 at 7:00 p.m. EST (so midnight on July 1, West Africa time). It will include new single “Last Last,” an immediately satisfying anthem that samples Toni Braxton’s 2000 single “He Wasn’t Man Enough.”

DAVIDO – “STAND STRONG” (ft. THE SAMPLES)

Afrobeats star Davido is gearing up to release a new album this year (details TBC), and his debut single is the polyrhythmic, breezy “Stand Strong,” which is a very promising taster.

MARK RONSON – “TOO MUCH” (ft. LUCKY DAYE)

Mark Ronson and R&B singer Lucky Daye have teamed up to put a fresh spin on vintage disco/funk.

BUCKSHOT – “HEY”

Buckshot of Black Moon and Boot Camp Clik comes out I’m the boss on May 19 via Duck Down, and new single “Hey” finds him true to the gritty, traditionalist rap he’s been churning out for decades.

HEADIE ONE – “CAME INTO THE SCENE”

British rapper Headie One has released his first song of 2022, “Came In the Scene,” and he finds his exercise ominously catchy in top form.

For even more new songs, browse our daily “New Songs” lists. For more hip hop news, browse our “Hip Hop News” category.


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