There were a whopping seventeen rap projects to come out in August of this year. That’s a lot of bangers. So many of them were good too – from the batshit craziness of Travis Scott’s Astroworld to the gangbanging heaviness of Stay Dangerous. Whittling down our favorite picks – not the obvious ones too – was hard, but we came together and did it. Here’s what we got.
ONEPOINTFIVE by Amine
Amine proves he’s more than “Caroline” with the release of his follow up project ONEPOINTFIVE. Instead of being nothing but teenage angst trapped in a mid-20s body, Amine repurposed this aesthetic into something new and exciting. And by that, I mean it to be exciting by being the opposite of what he’s typically known for – which is being exciting in the first place. ONEPOINTFIVE is dark and gloomy with bombastic beats,. Large, sexy beats too, with lush scenery built into their backbones. From front to back, the album is a masterpiece.
Life’s A Trip by Trippie Redd
Trippie Redd is far from a one-trick pony. Life’s A Trip, his debut studio album, chronicles his experiments across different subgenres of rap. He’s a mad scientist, tinkering with his formula in the lab. He delivers his crooning that has gotten him to where he is today, but he also spits with commanding force – chiefly on “Missing My Idols,” one of the album’s highlights. The world’s in for much more Trippie very soon.
Everything Must Go Vol. 1
T-Pain’s new project is full of his attempts to recreate his Golden sound. 9 times out of 10, he succeeds. There’s enough baby-making music here to play a commercial for condom use in between every four songs. The missteps come when Pain tries to rap. It just flat out doesn’t work. When he sticks to the voice runs, that’s when he has his best success.
@Parkway703 gets darker than ever before in “I Can’t Feel My Face”
This is one of the darkest, most beautifully shot visuals that we’ve ever aired. Parkway, hailing from Virginia, is back with a cinematic feast of a video in “I Can’t Feel My Face.” Over some ominous production, Parkway raps with a mysterious kind of angst that’s both inviting and repulsive. He knows how to straddle this invisible line that makes “I Can’t Feel My Face” a worthy video to watch this Tuesday afternoon.
Watch the video below.
Music To Look Forward To Next Week
Thus far, there are only two huge releases to prep for this week. You never know in the age of the surprise album, but here’s what is on track to come out thus far.
Iridescence by Brockhampton – September 21
Brockhampton’s went through some shit lately because of Ameer Vann and the domestic abuse allegations placed against him. But besides the negative energy brought to them because of the debacle, the group’s been on the backburner for quite a while. Iridescence looks to change that, bringing the world something new since last year’s Saturation 3.
Tha Carter 5 by Lil Wayne – September 21
Yes, you read that headline right. Lil Wayne’s fifth installment of Tha Carter series finally comes out this Friday. The legal situation with Birdman has finally been wrapped up. Wayne can focus on the music that he’s been stowing away for years. If Swizz Beatz’s “P.O.M.S. (Pistol On My Side)” is any indicator, it looks like Wayne hasn’t missed a step either.
Music To Look Forward To This Week
This upcoming week for music looks to be pretty barren, save for any suprises. Remember how, in August, and, to some degree, June as well, it felt like everyone was releasing on top of each other? This made for exciting times, seeming as if the listener never knew what to expect. But now, the summer’s winded down. And, with it, the surplus of fresh tunes. Here’s what’s coming out this week, thus far.
East Atlanta Love Letter by 6lack – Sept 14
6lack just unveiled the second wave of promotion for his upcoming album via customized postcards; lucky fans will get them and will be asked to answer a simple question – “what is your definition of love?” This level of detail and creativity shows that East Atlanta Love Letter will be something legendary. 6lack’s been pretty quiet, now we’re going to see just what he’s been working on. The 25-year-old musician’s mesmerizing vocals are some of R & B’s best.
Harverd Dropout by Lil Pump – Sept 14
From bullshitting on SoundCloud, to being Kanye West’s creative anchor for his new single. Lil Pump has come such a long way in a short period of time. It looks like this week will finally yield Harverd Dropout, the highly anticipated follow-up to his self-titled debut. Lets hope that its more of what he gave Kanye and less of the earwormy rap boilerplate found in “Gucci Gang” and “Esketit.”