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Pro Era's Nyck Caution & Kirk Knight drop off their new self-titled EP.
Pro Era’s Nyck Caution and Kirk Knight have been releasing new music as the duo Nyck @ Knight over the past couple months, and now today their back with their debut self-titled EP.
Laced with 8 tracks in total, the project contains features from fellow Pro Era rappers, who appear only on the track “Audiopium,” meanwhile the rest of the project is handled solely by Nyck & Kirk.
"It wasn't making an album, it was making an experience," Knight said of the collaborative project. "We were working together on a song, and before we knew it we had a full project. Nyck @ Knight wasn't a plan but it came out of us.”
Nyck added: "We always talked about doing something like a project and that it would happen when the time was right, and once we started working we realized the time was finally right to get it done. Kirk is definitely my favorite producer to work with so it makes the project even that more special to me.”
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On Friday (July 21), Nav and Metro Boomin will drop their long-awaited Perfect Timing project via Republic Records. Now, they’ve revealed the tracklist for the project, and it features guest appearances from Playboi Carti, 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert, Offset, Gucci Mane and Belly. Peep the entire tracklist below.
Last night, Nav hopped on Instagram to preview one of the two Uzi collabs on the project.
Earlier this year, Nav released his self-titled project. Metro Boomin also recently dropped his “No Complaints” single with Drake and Offset.
Nav and Metro Boomin’s Perfect Timing Tracklist
2. “I Don’t Care”
4. “A$AP Ferg” Feat. Lil Uzi Vert
5. “Held Me Down”
6. “Minute” Feat. Playboi Carti & Offset
7. “Did You See Nav?”
8. “Bring It Back”
9. “Both Sides” Feat. 21 Savage
10. “Call Me”
11. You Know” Feat. Belly
13. “Need Some” Feat. Gucci Mane
14. “I Am”
15. “NavUziMetro#Pt2″ Feat. Lil Uzi Vert
Read More: Nav and Metro Boomin Reveal 'Perfect Timing' Tracklist - XXL | http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2017/07/nav-metro-boomin-perfect-timing-tracklist/?trackback=tsmclip
Meek Mill's new album "Wins And Losses" has arrived.
Following the success of a couple Meekend Music EP’s this year, MMG rapper Meek Mill decides to come through today & finally release his highly anticipated third studio album Wins & Losses.
Laced with 17 tracks in total, the follow up to 2015’s Dreams Worth More Than Money features guest appearances from Rick Ross, who serves as the project’s executive producer, Quavo, Ty Dolls $ign, Future, Young Thug, Chris Brown, Lil Uzi Vert, Yo Gotti, & more. Meanwhile, production is handled by the likes of Honorable C.N.O.T.E, Cardiak, DJ Mustard, !llmind, Wheezy, Maaly Raw, & Dougie among others.
Led by the singles “Whatever You Need” & “Young Black America,” fans can now stream the album in its entirety via Apple Music. Hit play and let us know what record you’re feeling the most?
Nigeria’s WizKid has been a star abroad for years now, but it’s taken a few strategic moves to make his leap to the U.S. look effortless. The man known as StarBoy (yes, he had the moniker before The Weeknd) takes another step into the pop and hip-hop spotlight with his latest project, Sounds From the Other Side, out now.
Hip-hop fans first caught wind of the singer-songwriter’s talent back in 2015, when his 2014 track “Ojuelegba” was remixed by Drake and Skepta and subsequently racked up millions of streams on Spotify worldwide. While the remix was one of the more slept-on songs of the year, it showed WizKid’s major crossover appeal. As dancehall and afrobeat began to influence rappers more in 2016, for their summer bangers, Wiz popped up on tracks with Chris Brown and contributed to the biggest song of Drake’s career, the 2016 chart-topper “One Dance.”
This new project is WizKid’s first official release since signing to RCA Records in spring and is hitting just in time for the summer turn-ups. Pulling out all the tops feature-wise, Wiz teamed up with Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign, Drake and more to blend afrobeat, R&B, hip-hop and house into one offering. Fresh off the release, WizKid chopped it up with XXL about his favorite features off the project, touring with Future and dropping more hip-hop collab tracks this year.
Read More: WizKid Breaks Down His Hip-Hop Collabs on 'Sounds From the Other Side' Project - XXL | http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2017/07/wizkid-sounds-from-other-side-project-interview/?trackback=tsmclip
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When history ranks 2017 among hip-hop's wonder years — and from the sounds of the previous six months it certainly qualifies — Vic Mensa's long-awaited full-length debut will be a big part of the reason why. The Chi-town native has created a work in The Autobiography that's equal parts confessional and confrontational, gut-wrenching and uplifting. Steeped in a personal story arc that envelopes Mensa's hometown, it echoes with the pain of a generation.
It only makes sense that the LP is executive produced by No I.D., who's already responsible for another of the year's more revelatory LPs in Jay-Z's 4:44. But while his Roc Nation mentor adds new vitality to hip-hop's aging demographic, Mensa finds himself cheating death on this coming-of-age narrative. He plows the highs ("Rollin Like a Stoner") and lows of barely-averted drug addiction ("Spread My Wings") with sobering honesty: "A portrait of the artist formally known as Vic / I read the signs, I was close to overdose like Prince." Then, on "Heaven on Earth," he memorializes a friend's senseless murder from multiple points of view — including that of the killer, who only realizes the impact of his actions after Mensa posts a R.I.P. photo of his friend on Instagram: "I recognized the face from somewhere / Then I realized / D***."
The Autobiography is available for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon.
It's a tragic reminder of the reality that led Mensa to curse out Complex's "Everyday Struggle" co-host DJ Akademiks last month for trivializing the violence that has ravaged Chicago and reinforced the city's controversial drill rap scene. "I never drowned / Stayed down / Sang songs for my hometown / Made homes for the broke kids stepping over needles in the playground," as he raps on "The Fire Next Time." That sense of loyalty and fierce protectiveness is to be expected from the Southside native who counts Common as an inspiration, Kanye West as the big homie and Chance the Rapper as fellow alumni of the YOUMedia open mics that nurtured a class of rising teen MCs at Harold Washington Library.
Mensa reciprocates the love by featuring fellow natives Chief Keef and Joey Purp on "Down For Some Ignorance (Ghetto Lullaby)." Yet, the rest of the album's guests — from Weezer ("Homewrecker") to Syd of The Internet ("Gorgeous") and The-Dream ("Heaven On Earth") to Saul Williams ("Spread My Wings") — are as eclectic as his own musical palette. Whether wailing from the depths of his soul over racial injustice ("We Could Be Free" feat. Ty Dolla $ign) or raging over the futility of life ("Rage"), Mensa reaches each epiphany by running through his demons rather than away from them.
Indie rock artist Benny Okay releases his first single of the year titled, 'Risky Business'. Benny Okay celebrates the one year release of his debut mixtape, Calamity's Hors d'oeuvres, found here, by giving his fans a new track.
Risky Business is the perfect song for relaxing on a nice summer day. Enjoy the new track and let us know your thoughts. You can buy & stream the track on Itunes and Apple music here.
Listen in and let us know if you are messing with the new Benny Okay!
Skooly delivers an ode to the ladies with "Flawless."
Atlanta's Skooly has shared a new track called "Flawless." Over some Big C production, the 2 Chainz affiliate delivers one for the ladies, singing the praises of a particular time and praising her beauty, both inner and outer. The vocals sound surprisingly low-budget, and Skooly's performance comes off as hella raw.
There's a decent mix of rapping and crooning, and the latter half of the track finds Skooly pushing his vocals until his voice is hoarse. The joint could probably use a better mix, but if you're a fan of Skooly's sound, you'll probably vibe to this.
This is my diary, baby don't lie to me
Baby don't lie to me, you better not try to be
Nothin' you not to be, I got a lot of cheese
Ciscero links up with Jay Prince and FoggieRaw to deliver "Rio."
After linking up with Goldlink for his track "Fall In Love," Ciscero has steadily been rising and massively improving his game with each take. On his latest track he links up with British gem Jay Prince and fellow DMV rapper FoggieRaw to deliver "Rio."
A track about the confidence and swagger each artists finds themselves holding on to, the three switch back and forth skillfully through their verses. Each showcasing just how talented they are, and why it is they are this confident in the first place.
Take a listen to "Rio" right here.
Young hot n*gga in the streets,
I’m a wiz. Young hot n*gga
we ain’t friends, y’all suspicious
New York stand up.
South Bronx rapper Fred The Godson has returned from a lenghty hiatus, teaming up with Dave East for the arena-friendly "G5." The vibes are pure New York, even before the rapping begins. Over a beat from DJ Kool-B, both Fred and East come through heavy on the punchlines, delivering something raw for the lyrical heads.
Godson described the track to XXL, calling it "straight gutter, New York City hip-hop. The beat calls for that, I had to get my boy Dave East on this!” And East goes in, kicking off his verse with a dexterous flow and double entendres for days. Check it out now.
I'm Raekwon when it come to cheffin'
This 911 got nothin' to do with 9/11
This Porsche remind me of Heaven
Sage the Gemini is back with his new track "Handle."
Sage the Gemini has dropped another track off of his upcoming mixtape Morse Code, this one called "Handle." It features Lil Yase on the track as well.
The song follows "Now or Later" and "Reverse" as the third offering from the soon-to-drop project, which will be available for public consumption as of July 21st. Sage told HipHipDX that Yase's contribution is invaluable to the success of the song. "This song came from a beat I made real quick and it made my inner Hyphy 2005 come out," he said. "I felt it needed Lil Yase on there because of his energy and style, so I reached out and went crazy."
It's a nice offering from Sage and his team and should ratchet the anticipation level for the mixtape up even higher.
I just knocked a bitch up at Sunday's
Hit my whip, make a n***a be like, "One day"
You turned me down, now it's too late
All these diamonds got me ex's saying "Touché"
If you're reading this, it's "To Late."
Trae Tha Truth's upcoming album Tha Truth Pt. 3 is set to drop on July 21st, and the Houston rapper has dropped a new single called "To Late," featuring Post Malone. The Mook Beats produced instrumental is eerie in ambiance, with a minor key arpeggio like somebody playing piano in the dark. The trap inspired drums simultaneously propel the track forward and slow it down, giving the whole thing a distinctly underwater feel.
Trae impresses with his flow, mirroring the beat and dividing his rhymes between relaxed and double time. Post does his thing, and if you're a fan of Malone, you'll most probably dig this one.
I feel like I'm livin' to lose,
Who the fuck gon' fit in my shoes?
I been patient for twenty years, put some respect when I move
Listen to Wave Chapelle's new record "Why Wait."
Wave Chapelle is getting ready to release the sequel to his It’ll All Make Sense Soon project this Friday, July 21st, but before he does so he’s got one more record to share with us ahead of time. Following up last week's “Waves” release, the rising Milwaukee rapper decides to return to the scene today & liberate the new song “Why Wait.”
Take a listen to the Greedy Money-produced track & let us know what you think.
Boss up be great
Only lame niggas hate
I would never wanna be ‘em
I’ma need mention to be ‘em
Got your B in my DM
I just DM, you gon' feed ‘em
Helen Keller on you hoes, I don't hear 'em or see 'em
K. Forest returns to the scene with the new song "Two Twos."
It’s been a minute since we last heard from rising Toronto crooner K. Forest. In fact, the last time he impacted our site was back in November when he released the song “Before You Go,” but thankfully that drought ends here today. With no warning at all, the Toronto singer decided to come through & share a new song on his soundcloud page called “Two Twos,” which we presume will see life on his upcoming album Pray for A Beautiful Sky.
Produced by dF, take a listen to the new single & share your thoughts on it (below). If you’re a fan, be sure to show your support on iTunes.
Girl I'm not holy (no, no)
I see what I want and I'm focused (baby)
I try to stay holy
But its so hard when you wearing the sundress
Girl come ride this pony (yeah yeah)
I'm Ginuwine, I mean I'm genuine
What a gentleman, that I have been
I let you situate, then settle in
Lloyd Banks drops off a new song called "Overload."
With exception to his feature on Vado’s “Lee TV," Lloyd Banks has been relatively quiet ever since he stopped doing his #BlueFriday series back in January, but thankfully that all changes here today. Keeping his word from earlier, the G-Unit spitter decides to come through tonight & release a new song on his YT channel called “Overload.”
It’s unclear at the moment on where this record will end up, or if it’s just something for the fans, but we’ll gladly take it either way. Take a listen to the Q-Will produced heater & share your thoughts on it (below).
Bank will prep for war ready
Clean out the storm petty
Half my life anticipating, 15 years been touring heavy
Rappers in the mortuary, don't get your drawn deli
Victim files are more than plenty, ring on the semi
Ski Mask showcases his double time chops on a track from his new tape.
Ski Mask The Slump God is one of a few South Florida artists making some noise this year, and his new tape YOUWILLREGRET suggests he's here to stay. "JustLikeMyPiss" showcases the rapper's versatility, as he delivers a goofy, animated, supremely catchy hook, only to bust into some blinding double time moments later. Though he's become synonymous with the "SoundCloud rap" generation, Ski's rapping here is decidedly out-of-step with the rhythms we've come to associate with the sound -- which is not to say he can't bust into an "aye!"-punctuated flow over a distorted instrumental when he wants to. Joining him on the track is recent XXL Freshman Madeintyo, whose energy is much different but highly complementary, as he floats over the beat with a skipping flow that that's immediately striking and catchy. Listen to the full tape here.
Left pocket Venus
'Cause I'm thumbing through racks
Right pocket need a waist
Trimming that fat
I like my girl pussy fat, Garfield cat
Stomp a hole in 'em like a welcome mat
Kehlani and Yachty take Harris' new album in a different direction.
Calvin Harris and DJ Khaled releasing albums within a week of each other means there are many potential hits floating around. Harris' new album has already given us some serious radio potential in its singles, but its deep cuts are similarly strong. Towards the end of the album enters "Faking It," a more reserved record that trades in the disco funk that has defined much of the album for a smooth pop gem that nods to Atlanta Bass music. Kehlani is a strong lead, giving the breezy track an emotional edge with some personal lyrics, while Yachty proves once again that he's an effective supporting role on crossover records. The outro finds Boat losing his mind over Kehlani's performance and range in a candid moment which establishes further chemistry between the two vocalists.
Listen to Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 here.
Nowadays, I'm just a bitch to everybody else
I don't need no shoulders
I'm good crying by myself
Moving on's a chore
'Cause you know I still adore ya
An unrequited love is just a lover's hell