New Music


Not long after dropping the Streams of Thought Vol. 2 EP with Salaam Remi, Black Thought is back with a new track produced by the nostalgia-steeped producer and composer Adrian Younge. If you’ve heard Younge’s work with Ghostface Killah (Twelve Reasons to Die), Royce Da 5’9″ and DJ Premier (PRhyme) or more recently Ali Shaheed Muhammad (The Midnight Hour), then you already know what kind of rich production to expect. And who better than Tariq Trotter to deliver a black history lesson in rhyme form?

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Blueface’s club anthem “Thotiana” reached a new peak this week, rising to No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Last month, the rising L.A. rapper dropped a remix to his undeniable banger featuring YG. After Nicki Minaj released her own take on the record, Blueface returns with a new remix. Teased over the past few weeks, the Cardi B version is here for fans to enjoy. With Cole Bennett behind the lens, Blueface and Cardiana bring the fun and antics in their feel good music video.

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Gangster Doodles, aka hip-hop illustrator Marlon Sassy, is following up his awesome 2017 book with a compilation album called Gangster Music Vol. 1. The project, dropping on March 1, features new music from KAYTRANADA, Max B, Jonwayne, Quelle Chris, Blu and more. Sassy’s biggest coup, though, is a collaboration between the elusive, legendary Madlib and his brother Oh No called “Big Whips,” which comes complete with an equally dope video that places Pink Panther in the hood.

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A slice with extra sauce from Dani’s House of Pizza followed by a cruise around Queens — Remy Banks has the perfect first date plans on his Valentine’s Day (late pass, I know) loosie, “Like Me…” KS-13’s horn-laced production is as smooth as the World’s Fair MC.

“Like Me…” is Remy’s first release since Champ Hoody Music Ep. 2, which features Wiki, Domo Genesis, Lansky Jones and ZeeloperZ.

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After joining forces with MF DOOM on last year’s Czarface Meets Metal Face, Czarface — the supergroup consisting of Inspectah Deck and 7L & Esoteric — forge an alliance with another legendary MC, Ghostface Killah, on their latest album, Czarface Meets Ghostface Killah. It’s a collaboration of comic book proportions as Rebel INS, Tony Starks and Esoteric sharpen their lyrical swords over 7L’s face-melting boom bap beats.

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After dropping one of the best albums of 2018 with Care For Me, it appears Saba’s now looking to share some of that spotlight with his crew, Pivot Gang, in 2019. Named after that famous couch-moving scene in Friends, the eight-man Chicago collective (nine before the passing of his cousin John Walt) consists of Saba, his brother Joseph Chilliams, MFnMelo, Dam Dam, Frsh Waters, and producers daedaePIVOT, Daoud and SqueakPIVOT.

Anyway, I’ll go ahead and let the group introduce themselves on their new song, “Jason Statham, Pt. 2.” Clearly these guys like their TV/movie references. Pivot Gang album on the way.

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Lucki has dealt with depression, anxiety and drug addiction since he dropped his debut project Alternative Trap (under the name Lucki Eck$) in 2013, but he’s managed to bounce back while pouring his pain into his music. Nothing exemplifies that better than the release of his long-awaited album Freewave 3.

Arriving three years after Freewave II, the 15-track project “focuses on a year in Lucki’s life as he navigates love, heartbreak, and struggles with addiction, all while acclimating himself to new surroundings in New York City,” as Pitchfork puts it. No guest features, but the album does boast production from Earl Sweatshirt, ChaseTheMoney and more.

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John Legend takes us to church on his new single, “Preach.” Featuring punchy production from Grammy-winning hit maker Greg Kurstin (Kendrick Lamar “LOVE,” Adele “Hello”), the G.O.O.D. Music crooner spreads the gospel of love. However, he also urges to turn these words into action: “I can’t just preach, baby, preach.”

“I grew up in the church and one of the things we talked about was loving our neighbors as we love ourselves,” John Legend explained on Instagram. “My preacher told me that our neighbor wasn’t just the person that lives next door to you but other people whom you might not even know.”

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True to his name, The Alchemist has chemistry with countless rappers: Freddie Gibbs, Curren$y, Action Bronson, Evidence, Prodigy (RIP). Meyhem Lauren definitely belongs in that category, too. After linking up on cuts like “No Mystery God,” “Dragon VS Wolf” and “Four Fifteens,” the pair cook up another heater with “Still Playing Celo,” a classic Queens dope boy anthem punctuated punctuated by ALC’s grimy, piano-laced production. And no, that’s not a typo. If you know, you know.

Catch The Alchemist and Meyhem Lauren on Action Bronson’s White Bronco tour, which continues in Philadelphia tomorrow night (Feb. 16).

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With his new album Rap or Go to the League set to arrive this year, expect to see plenty of 2 Chainz in 2019. Aside from dropping his own singles and starring in television commercials, the Atlanta rapper is back in remix mode, recently appearing on Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings.” Tity Boi continues his remix run, this time adding a verse on Kash Doll’s “Ice Me Out.” The original came out last year shortly after the rising rapper signed a deal with Republic. Stream the updated track produced by FKi1st below.

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