For this week’s music releases, we saw an assortment of new drops from all spectrums of music including singles, albums and mixtapes. In addition, Migos announced the official release date for the much-anticipated Culture 2 album, while 50 Cent made headlines saying JAY-Z’s 4:44 album made him feel “like Carlton Banks when listening to it.” Meanwhile, the two surviving members of iconic rap group, Beastie Boys, will officially be releasing their memoir in 2018 that will not only tribute their fallen members, but also provide a cultural history of how the group formed. Speaking of tributes, the annual 2018 YAMS Day festivities took place last night in the Bronx but was unfortunately shutdown after shots rang out from an alleged dispute between Tekashi69 and A$AP Bari. Luckily, no one was harmed last night, but concertgoers did miss out on just about every headliner that was scheduled to perform.
Check out the best new music releases from the week down below and let us know what you think in the comment section.
21 Savage & Metro Boomin – “Pause”
21 Savage had himself a monster year in 2017 — much in thanks to the release of his debut album, Issa, that was stacked with tracks that landed on Billboard charts. Now with 2018 underway, the Atlanta rapper is looking keep things moving with his go-to guy Metro Boomin, as they unveil their first collaborative cut of 2018 titled, “Pause.”
Craig David, Kaytranada, & Goldlink – “Live in the Moment”
It’s been a long time since the days of “Fill Me In,” but Craig David continues to reinvent himself and churn out the bangers. This week, ahead of his January 26 album release, the esteemed British crooner called upon two of music’s hottest acts in Goldlink & Kaytranada to join him on his latest single, “Live in the Moment.” The result is a toe-tapping dance track that fits the motifs of all artists involved. Listen to the track down below.
Rich Brian, Trippie Redd, Kris Wu, Joji & Baauer – “18”
Rich Brian, Trippie Redd, Joji, Kris Wu and Baauer linked up for a brand new posse cut this week titled, “18.” For those not familiar, Joji spearheaded the viral “Harlem Shake” trend back in 2013, which was soundtracked by Baauer’s breakout track of the same title. Meanwhile, “18” is also the second song Rich Chigga has released under his government name, “Brian.” Stream below.
Carnage & Lil Pump – “i Shyne”
The track made its rounds on social media last month after a leak, but as of this week, Carnage has liberated gus Lil Pump-assisted single, “i Shyne.” The high-energy, turn-up friendly track finds the buzzing Florida rapper showcasing his rapid fire rhymes over Carnage’s hard-hitting, siren-sampling production. We’ll be hearing this one for weeks to come. Stream below.
Lil Uzi Vert – “200 on My Dash”
Lil Uzi Vert continues to make feature appearances in 2018, this time dropping a brand new song titled “200 on My Dash” on the DJ Plugg’s new mixtape, DJ Plugg Birthday Playlist 4. “200 on My Dash” is Uzi’s second track of the year, following “Mood” with producers TM88 and Southside.
Cashmere Cat featuring Major Lazer & Tory Lanez – “Miss You”
Cashmere Cat, Major Lazer, and Tory Lanez teamed up this week for what’s likely to be a smash hit. Aside from the track combining a multitude of sounds into a cohesive dance record, it also features contributions from proven hitmakers Ed Sheeran and Benny Blanco. Bump it down below.
Juicy J – ShutDaF*kUp (Mixtape) Produced by $uicideboy$
As promised, Juicy J delivered his new $uicideboy$-produced mixtape this week aptly titled, ShutDaF*kUp. The project arrives with a staggering 21 tracks, with notable features from Lil Pump, Lil Peep, Cardi B, Wiz Khalifa, Project Pat and more. In addition, the project also featured a couple of beats from Mike WiLL Made-It and Murda Beatz. Stream below.
SiR – “Summer In November”
Following a major year for Top Dawg Entertainment with highly-respected releases from Kendrick Lamar and SZA, the label is looking to carry on the momentum into 2018 with Jay Rock and singer-songwriter SiR. This week, the latter dropped off his new November album which included a silky-smooth single titled “Summer In November.” Listen to it below.
Leven Kali & Syd -”Do U Wrong”
This week, Santa Monica bred singer, songwriter and producer Leven Kali released his new single, “Do U Wrong” featuring Syd — following years of working behind the scenes with the likes of Playboi Carti and Drake. Now with 2018 in full swing, he’s gearing up to release a project and make some serious noise in 2018.
Be sure to check out our previous music roundups for the best drops of weeks past.