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This week brought surprises as well as highly-anticipated albums.
Between digital streaming providers, Bandcamp, and other platforms, it can be extremely tough to keep track of all the new albums that drop on Fridays. Unless you keep a dedicated watch on your favorite artists’ social media accounts, you’re almost guaranteed to miss a release.
We’re here to help out a bit. Every week, we round up the best new projects of the week for your convenience. Playboi Carti finally dropped the highly-anticipated Whole Lotta Red. Lil Durk returned with his second project of the year, while Rubi Rose, Navy Blue, Larry June, and more dropped projects of their own.
Here’s the latest slate of new albums:
Lil Durk – The Voice
Source: OTF/Alamo/Geffen Records
Over a month after the death of childhood friend King Von, Lil Durk returns with The Voice, his second full-length release of 2020. The project features guest spots from Von, 6lack, Young Thug, and YNW Melly.
Playboi Carti – Whole Lotta Red
After over two years of absence, SoundCloud deity Playboi Carti returns with his third album, Whole Lotta Red. The sprawling and frenetic 24-track album features Future, Kid Cudi, and executive producer Kanye West.
Rubi Rose – For the Streets
Atlanta MC Rubi Rose has dropped her first mixtape, For the Streets. The project features names like Future and PARTYNEXTDOOR. After getting a major co-sign from Cardi B, Rubi scored a cameo in the “WAP” video.
Navy Blue – Song of Sage: Post Panic!
Skater-turned-model-turned-rapper Sage Elsesser, also known as Navy Blue, dropped his second full-length project of the year last Wednesday. The project features guest appearances from yasiin bey, billy woods, Maxo, and Zeroh.
Song of Sage: Post Panic! by Navy Blue
Sunday Service Choir – Emmanuel
A year to the date after the release of Jesus is Born, Kanye West’s Sunday Service Choir released its second EP, Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.” The tape is composed of “ancient and Latin-inspired new music.”
Larry June – NUMBERS
Bay Area veteran Larry June returns with his second solo project of the year after March’s Adjust to the Game and numerous joint projects with Cardo, Cookin’ Soul, and Harry Fraud. His latest project closes the year with features from Ro James, Dej Loaf, Jay Worthy and more.
Jay Critch – Signed With Love
Brooklyn MC Jay Critch emerges after a two-year absence after his debut album Hood Favorite. The 11-track project has no features, just production from Alau on singles like “Bronny,” “Outside,” and more.
38 Spesh – Interstate 38
Rochester producer 38 Spesh caps off an extremely productive 2020 with his tenth overall project of the year: Interstate 38. The project features guest appearances from Che Noir, Ransom, Benny the Butcher, and more.
Tink – A Gift & A Curse
Chicago MC Tink returns with her second project of the year. On A Gift & A Curse, Tink flips “Silent Night” into a ballad about heartbreak on her latest: a seven-track, R&B-focused project.
In addition to the new releases, a couple of modern New York classics found their way back to digital streaming platforms.
Roc Marciano – Reloaded
Roc Marciano’s classic second studio album has returned to streaming platforms. Released back in 2012, Reloaded made multiple End of Year lists while peaking at number 13 on the Billboard US Heatseekers charts.
Westside Gunn – FLYGOD
Source: Griselda Records
Another modern classic makes its way back to streaming. Westside Gunn’s 2016 debut FLYGOD featured guest appearances from Roc Marciano, Conway, Mach-Hommy, Danny Brown, and Benny the Butcher.