Summer moves slowly, but new releases from some of hip-hop’s favorite seasoned and emerging artists are not. Take a look below for some warmth to help you finish your work week and kick off the weekend.
DJ Khaled hinted at receiving singing artists for weeks. And now his last offering, Khaled khaled, arrived. The 14-track album features an iconic collaboration with New York rap greats Jay-Z and Nas alongside singer / songwriter James Fauntleroy and Harmonies by the Hive for “Sorry Not Sorry”. The Miami-based producer teased the sultry yet contagious offer and accompanying video via Instagram on Wednesday, April 28. Cardi B’s last minute vocals also made the album for their joint effort called “Big Paper”. Expect appearances from other big hitters like Drake, Lil Wayne, Jeremih, Migos, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Baby, DaBaby, Big Sean, Meek Mill and more. Khaled Khaled is the charismatic beatmaker’s 12th LP and the sequel to Father of Asahd, named after his eldest son, who fell in 2019.
Shelley, formerly DRAM, presents its new nickname on its first album in about five years, Shelley FKA DRAM. The effort, which features 10 titles and feature films from Summer Walker, HER, Erykah Badu and more, follows on from his 2018 EP. It’s a girl’s name, but it’s also his first album since his debut, Big Baby DRAM, in 2016.
In the Spring 2021 issue of XXL, the Virginia-born singer explained life in the span of a few years between his first solo album and his new sophomore album. “When the first album came out I was new, but I was still around a bit for a few years, just doing ‘Cha Cha’ and ‘Broccoli’,” he says. “I still wasn’t really trendy what life was like at the highest level, with so much visibility, so much attention, so much stuff. Everything was fine. It was fine or whatever, but at the same time time, all these other things just started to happen. The point is, they don’t really show up as signs like, “Hey, this is the problem that’s coming right at you, move on. to the left or treat it. “He just slides in. And so, I just let things slide because I was on a roll.”
New to North Carolina Morray also released a new mixtape this week titled, Street sermons. The tape arrived on Wednesday with 13 melodic and soul-only tracks from Morray himself. The effort, which received a co-sign from J. Cole via social media, includes the songs “Trenches”, “Can’t Use Me” and his hit “Quicksand”. This is the Fayetteville, North Carolina native’s debut project, but prior to release he delivered a number of singles including “Switched Up”, “Big Decisions” and “Kingdom”.