Despite City Girls‘ fans clamoring for more music, Yung Miami and JT have only issued one album proper — 2018’s Girl Code — alongside a series of singles and appearances, like Quality Control: Control The Streets Volume 2, but a new record has been in the works for some time. City on Lock, the new record, has finally arrived but, unfortunately for the Miami rappers, it’s arrival isn’t exactly what City Girls wanted.
Late on June 19, leakers issued City on Lock to surprised fans, who had been forewarned of the album’s arrival by City Girls themselves, though no release date had been offered by the duo. In response, City Girls dropped the music video for would-be teaser single “Jobs,” which was imminently followed by the full album as a middle finger to the leakers. A series of now-deleted Instagram Stories revealed the rappers’ frustrations at the unexpected leak, though the album’s swift rise in the Apple Music charts likely offers some satisfaction.
The extensive, 15-song album is rich with trap anthems, amplified with a hint of Miami bass-inspired production. Features aid in breaking up the sound and highlighting stylistic flair; Lil Baby’s melodic hook on “Flewed Out” is accompanied by delicate violin samples, while the Doja Cat feature, “Pussy Talk,” utilizes stark production to highlight the plethora of puns and playful bars. A similarly tongue in cheek attitude informs the video for “Jobs,” which humorously situates Yung Miami and JT as antagonistic fast food employees, but there’s an air of resilience in there as well. In a press release, the duo explain that the video and its accompanying track are about “independence and trying to have fun when the system or world feels like it can be working against you.”
Watch “Jobs” above and stream City Girls’ City on Lock in full below.
Meanwhile, Lil Baby is enjoying his own wave of success as “My Turn” continues to hold strong as Billboard’s #1 album.