For the latest in our best new music roundup series, we take a look back at another stellar week of tunes that was dominated by new albums from music’s hottest acts. In addition, the week also saw some unlikely collaborations like Justin Bieber and Jay Electronica who strangely teamed up on a track called “Hard 2 Face Reality” that was actually quite impressive. Meanwhile, Cardi B and Kali Uchis both dropped their respective long-anticipated debut albums this week, as well as controversial rapper Lil Xan who tried to make amends with Tupac fans by performing “California Love” at one of his shows last week.
Check out the best music releases down below and let us know what you think.
A$AP Rocky – “A$AP Forever” Featuring Moby
A$AP Rocky continues his flurry of new releases in preparation of the long-awaited follow up to 2015’s At. Long. Last. ASAP. This week, after dropping “Bad Company” with BlocBoy JB, the Harlem rapper showcased another display of pushing creative boundaries with his new single with electronica legend, Moby.
Yellow Days – “The Way Things Change”"
Nineteen year-old British prodigy Yellow Days shared his first official release of 2018 this week titled, “The Way Things Change.” The song arrives following his 2017 Harmless Melodies EP and the full-length Is Everything Okay In Your World? project – both of which were met with critical acclaim upon release.
Flatbush Zombies – Vacation In Hell (Album)
Following weeks of amusing short film releases to get fans prepared, the Flatbush Zombies unleashed their long-awaited sophomore LP, Vacation in Hell. The album sprawls across 19 records and finds the beloved Brooklyn trio teaming up with the likes of Jadakiss, Bun B, Denzel Curry and Joey Bada$$ amongst others. It’s been a long time coming for FBZ loyalist – listen in below.
Washed Out – “Face Up”
Esteemed singer/songwriter and producer Washed Out returned with his first drop of 2018 this week, following a slight hiatus after his acclaimed Mister Mellow project released on Stones Throw Records last year. As usual, the Georgia creative puts forth some of the chillwave’s finest sublime vibes.
Rae Sremmurd & Pharrell – “Chanel”
Rae Sremmurd and Pharrell hit fans with a new collaborative cut this week titled, “Chanel.” The is presumably one of last releases from Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee until fans get their highly anticipated triple album, Sr3mm, that’s rumored to arrive any day now.
Kali Uchis -Isolation (Album)
The debut album from R&B star Kali Uchis officially arrived this week and despite being pushed back for nearly three years, it might’ve been all worth the wait. The Colombian-born singer’s 15-track LP finds songstress collaborating with a stacked array of music creatives that include Thundercat, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, BADBADNOTGOOD, Jorja Smith and Tyler, the Creator amongst others. This could potentially be one of the best R&B/Indie music projects of the year, but we’ll let you check it out for yourself below.
Kendrick Lamar & Dr. Dre Beats – The Damn. Chronic (Mashup Album)
While Dr. Dre continues to troll us all with his long-fabled Detox album, some of his greatest beats are now being put to good use by DJ Critical Hype. Pairing classic Kendrick verses with some of Dre’s most storied productions, the world was blessed this week with The Damn. Chronic – a mashup project not only captures the aesthetic and culture of the city that produced two of the greatest stars in hip-hop, but also provided a fresh new perspective on the storied catalogs of the Compton duo.
Cardi B & Migos – “Drip”
Prior to the release of Cardi B’s Invasion Of Privacy debut album this week, the “Bartier Cardi” rapper shared an album prelude in the form of a Migos-assisted banger called, “Drip.” Arguably the hardest single of the project, listen in below and stream her new Invasion Of Privacy now on HYPEBEAST.
Saba – Care For Me (Album)
Going off his intriguing motif of life in Chicago, personal relationships and brutal honesty, Saba unleashed his vividly well-informed fifth studio album this week. In addition to features from Chance The Rapper and Taylor Bennett, Care For Me, the 10-track album is filled with introspective solo bangers.
Be sure to check out our previous music roundups for the best drops of weeks past.