This week in hip hop we got new albums from Conway the Machine, Young Thug's Young Stoner Life comp, AJ Tracey, Gotham (Talbi Kweli & Diamond D), Bronze Nazareth & Recognize Ali, and more, plus new songs from the late DMX, MIKE, Dave, ALLBLACK, CupcakKe, Saweetie, Redman, Andra Day/Anderson .Paak, Dawn Richard, and more. Read on for all the rap and R&B we posted this month...
DMX, SWIZZ BEATZ, FRENCH MONTANA - "BEEN TO WAR"
The first new DMX song since the rapper's tragic, unexpected death has been released. It's called "Been To War" and it's a collaboration with Swizz Beatz and French Montana, and it was recorded for season two of Epix's Godfather of Harlem. Read more here.
MIKE - "EVIL EYE"
Experimental NYC rapper MIKE announced a new album, Disco!, and shared this new song. Read more about it here.
DAVE - "TITANIUM" & "MERCURY"
UK rapper Dave is back with two new singles that are his first releases since his Mercury Prize-winning 2019 debut album: the steely "Titanium"; and the more smoothed-out "Mercury."
ALLBLACK - "EGO" (ft. DRAKEO THE RULER & KENNY BEATS)
Oakland rapper ALLBLACK announced his anticipated new album TY4FWM (Thank You 4 Fuckin’ With Me), and shared this very promising new single ft. Drakeo the Ruler and Kenny Beats. More info here.
PETER COTTONTALE - "BREATHE MY NAME" (ft. JAMILA WOODS)
Fresh off appearing on a new OddCouple song, Jamila Woods has hopped on a track by another great Chicago musician, Peter CottonTale. It's a breezy, soulful song that takes a few unexpected twists and turns.
CUPCAKKE - "MOSH PIT"
Prolific rapper CupcakKe is back one week after "Mickey" with new single "Mosh Pit." The song is a little more mid-tempo than you might expect from something called "Mosh Pit," but it does work in some punk-infused gang vocals.
SAWEETIE - "RISKY" (ft. DRAKEO THE RULER)
Saweetie is still gearing up for her highly anticipated debut album Pretty Bitch Music, but first she released the Pretty Summer Playlist: Season 1 EP, which finds her hopping on tracks by Bbyafricka and Loui, and also delivering her own new new single ft. Drakeo The Ruler, "Risky."
YOUNG THUG & GUNNA - "SOLID" (ft. DRAKE)
Young Thug put out a star-studded Young Stoner Life compilation today, and one of those stars is Drake, who appears on the very Drake-y "Solid."
REDMAN - "80 BARZ"
Ahead of his "How High 4/20 Special" edition of Verzuz with Method Man, Redman announced a new album, Muddy Waters 2, and dropped this new late '90s / early 2000s-sounding song.
IDK - "SHOOT MY SHOT" (ft. OFFSET)
Maryland rapper IDK goes in a little more of a pop-rap direction than usual on "Shoot My Shot," which was produced by T-Minus (Drake, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, etc) and features Offset of Migos.
ANDRA DAY - "PHONE DIES" (prod. ANDERSON .PAAK)
Fresh off her acclaimed role as Billie Holiday in The United States vs. Billie Holiday, Andra Day has released a new Anderson .Paak-produced song that finds her blurring the lines between classic jazz-soul and modern atmospheric R&B.
KENNY MASON - "MUCH MONEY" (ft. FREDDIE GIBBS)
Kenny Mason released the expanded "supercut" edition of Angelic Hoodrat today, and it includes this new single which features an in-the-pocket guest verse from Freddie Gibbs.
CAUTIOUS CLAY - "KARMA & FRIENDS"
Cautious Clay has announced full-length debut album, Deadpan Love, due June 25 via The Orchard, and it'll feature the airy, syrupy R&B of new single "Karma & Friends."
MR. JUKES (BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB - "BLOWIN STEAM (OPEN UP YOUR MIND)" (ft. BARNEY ARTIST)
Bombay Bicycle Club frontman Jack Steadman has released a new song with his solo project Mr. Jukes. It features UK rapper Barney Artist, and it swirls together '90s-style boom bap and futuristic, jazzy electronics.
DAWN RICHARD - "MORNIN | STREETLIGHTS"
Dawn Richard has shared another song off her anticipated Merge debut Second Line, and this one's chilled-out, soulful R&B.
DEAN BLUNT - "STOOZY" (ft. A$AP ROCKY)
Past collaborators Dean Blunt and A$AP Rocky have linked up again for this hazy, psychedelic rap song.