Here’s some overload for your Monday blues. Check out what went down this past week, 5/28 - 6/3.
With his seventh album on the way (scroll down), Ne-Yo releases another single from Good Man. Just in time for the summer, stream Ne-Yo’s “Summertime” above and stay plugged for more from Ne-Yo.
How the hell did I miss this?! So after dropping a response, “Duppy Freestyle,” to Pusha’s “Infrared,” - nearly 24 hours later - Drake returned just a day later with “I’m Upset.” Serving as the third single from Scorpion. Is this a ploy? Nope, as he said on Instragram, “Anyway… back to this album.” But hold up, Push had the time this week to respond back. Pusha T strikes back at Drake’s “Duppy Freestyle” with a swift kick to the balls in “The Story of Adidon.” Taking over Jay-Z’s “The Story Of O.J.,” Push gets a bit cut throat:
“You are hiding a child, let that boy come home
Deadbeat mothafucka playin’ border patrol, ooh
Adonis is your son
And he deserves more than an Adidas press run, that’s real."
So apparently, Drake has a line with Adidas coming out soon called Adidon where supposedly he would be revealing that he has a son named Adonis. Eh, okay. The pornstar in question is Sophie Brussaux, who apparently lives in Canada with their son… get it? “Playin’ border patrol” - yikes. Push also goes into his arsenal for an attack on Drake’s long time friend and producer E40, and Drake’s parents.
While Push had to explainthat these were not photoshopped, Drake then took to social mediato explain that the photos was back in 2007, “a time in my life where I was an actor… working on a project that was about young black actors struggling to get roles, being stereotyped and type cast.” He goes into how he and a friend were simply trying to "bring awareness to the issues we dealt with all the time as black actors at auditions.” Good enough explanation but Push took with it and ran, making this a Drake - 1, King Push - 2.
While we’re on the topic of Drake and disses, Quentin Miller seems just about tired of being connected to all the drama. While he doesn’t take any shots, he does chime in with “Destiny:”“I’m more than just a prop, you know? Or a pawn. I’m a person too, you now? I didn’t ask for none of this.”Take a listen to the “Destiny” freestyle, and hear how Quentin has just about had enough. I mean, while we are still on the topic, take a listen to Saba’s version of Drake’s “Nice For What."
With Superfly, the soundtrack and film both on the way, Future drops another single off the album - “Bag.”
With Redemption right around the corner, Jay Rock releases a new visual off his upcoming album for “Win.” By his side in the Dave Free-directed visual (of course), is Kendrick and the rest of his TDE family. Watch the video for the leading single off Redemption above, and stay plugged for the more from Jay Rock.
After dropping last week’s “Be Careful” and joint track with J.Lo “Dinero,” Cardi has now released her own spanglish video for her joint track with The Bad Bunny and J Balvin, “I Like It,” and also stars in Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You.” Directed by David Dobkin, the visual gets appearances from J.Lo, Mary J. Blige, Tiffany Haddish, Ellen DeGeneres, and several more in celebration of women. Watch it here.
With G.O.O.D Summer in full effect, we should remember that G.O.O.D Music started all of this last month with Desiigner’s seven-track project - L.O.D. While he’s already dropped two visuals off the album, Desiigner is back now with another one for “HOOD.”
But back to G.O.O.D Summer… After kicking it off (and stirring some shit with Drake), Pusha T headed to Jimmy Kimmel Live!to perform the first track off of DAYTONA, “If You Know You Know.” A jarring performance, definitely a must watch so check it out.
Shortly after releasing the track, Belly comes out with a visual for his joint track with The Weeknd, “What You Want.” Stay plugged, Belly’s upcoming Midnight Zone is expected to drop sometime this summer.
DJ Megan Ryte released a video for her first song, “On & On,” since signing to Interscope. The song features Tory Lanez and Hoodcelebrityy, while starring Smoke DZA, Desiigner, Westside Gunn with an intro by Sway Calloway.
Kehlani linked up with Hayley Kiyoko for Hayley’s newest visual treatment, “What I Need.” Directed by Hayley herself, she and Kehlani play as best friends who run away together and realize they want more than just friendship. Kehlani praised Hayley via Twitter, “Hayley is a genius.” Check out the visual for “What I Need."
Where do I begin?
Kanye West released his eighth studio album, Ye. Coming in at seven tracks, Kanye recruited the likes of Kid Cudi, Ty Dolla $ign, Valee, Jeremih and a few more.
On production, while he did handle it himself, Kanye did team up with Mike Dean for majority of the album's production. As far as the album's content...you'll just have to stay plugged for the review. Pick your poison above.
And another highlight, because…well, because I can.
Black Thought dropped his solo debut EP, Streams of Thought, Vol.1. And I’ll say that this is long overdue. Thank you Rap Gods! A collaborative album with 9th Wonder, The Roots co-founder recruited the likes of KIRBY, Rapsody, and Styles P. Coming in at only five tracks, the EP is solid gold. Pick your poison above, and let’s pray that there’s a LP on the way.
Dizzy Wright dropped a new EP, Don’t Tell Me It Can’t Be Done. With seven tracks, the EP only comes with four features: Kid Ink, Lazr, Logic and Don Rich. On the production tip, Wright recruited Reezy, ISM, Kato On The Track, and SDot. the Vegas native told XXL that his fans should be expecting a more precise Dizzy Wright:
“I’m trying new things and finding better ways to get my point across with the perfect production for the summer. I think my versatility will really highlight how creative I can really be. Not to mention the bars are definitely there.”
Curren$y and Harry Fraud released their joint project, The Marina EP. Coming in at eight tracks, the project is sonically pleasing as Fraud provides the perfect soundscape for Curren$y’s lyricism. Pulling in guest appearances from Smoke DZA, Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, and a couple more, check it out via Apple, TIDAL, or Spotify.
Tierra Whack realized a visual album, Whack World. She creatively in 15 one-minute clips goes through various scenes. All scenes are different, the Philly native takes you through an emotional rollercoaster with some added humor to lighten the mood. Check it out.
Eric Bellinger also dropped an EP this past week, Meditation Day.
The third release of G.O.O.D summer from Kids See Ghost (Kanye West and Kid Cudi). The self titled album is set to release this Friday, June 8th. The next release will be from Nas on June 15th. “Nas sounds like 2028 Nas,” Push told Angie Martinez. Following is Teyana Taylor with the fifth G.O.O.D Music drop on June 22nd. In an interview after his listening party, Kanye did hint that there may be more new music even after Teyana's scheduled released. Stay plugged for that.
Jorja Smith and Ne-Yo are both set to release on June 8th as well, with Lost and Found and Good Man respectively. Check out Ne-Yo's album cover above and his newest single from the album.
And another one for June 8th. The Future-produced soundtrack, Superfly, is set to release June 8th, with the movie out the very next week on June 15th.
Jay Rock took to Instagram to announce that Redemption, his highly-anticipated album, is all set to release on June 15th. With “King’s Dead” and “WIN,” the TDE member has been gearing up for some time now and finally it’s his turn. Also set to release June 15th is Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, with Post Traumatic.
Classified announced that his upcoming album is slated for a June 22nd release date.
Gunplay is gearing up to release Active June 22nd. He’s already revealed the tracklist, which features the likes of Lito, Rick Ross, Sam Sneak, and a couple others. Available for pre-order, cop yourself a copy now.
And of course at some point, Drake’s Scorpion is set for a June release date. So any day now...
After eight years, Swizz Beatz finally gives a release date to Poison, the album he first announced late last year. Set to drop July 20th, Swizz already dropped the album’s first single (scroll up). While nothing else is set in stone, it is rumored that J. Cole, Lil Wayne and Chance The Rapper are potential features. Stay plugged.
After releasing some new music, The Internet have announced they have come back together and will be putting out an album. HIVE MIND is set to release July 20th. In the meantime, scroll up for that new joint.
With her single, “Chun-Li,” just been certified Gold, let’s still keep in mind that Nicki Minaj’s Queen is out August 10th.
While admitting he wasn’t in a good space for True To Self, Bryson Tiller now has taken to Twitterto announce his next album, Serenity: “the serenity project is full of summer vibes and songs that make me happy. so summertime sounds about right, if all goes as planned of course.” Stay plugged for more updates.
Check This Out
In April it was announced that Kendrick Lamar was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for DAMN. In a unanimous choice from the Pulitzer music jury, the 30-year-old is the first rapper to win a Pulitzer Prize. He is also the first winner who is not a classical or jazz musician. On Wednesday (May 30th), Kendrick accepted the honor. While not commenting during his acceptance, Kendrick shared his feelings afterward:
“It’s an honor. I’ve been writing my whole life, so to get this type of recognition - it’s beautiful.”
Dancing around themes of religion, love, social injustices, and the circle of life, DAMN. is a genius piece of work that the board has called “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.” Check out the video of Kendrick Lamar accepting the Pulitzer Prize above.
The line up for the 2018 Made in America Festival has just been revealed. In the 7th annual show, it has been announced that Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, Meek Mill will be headlining. Get your tickets now for the Philly-based show on September 1st and 2nd. Also performing will be Ty Dolla $ign, Belly, 6LACK, Miguel and several more.
That sums up this past week in Hip Hop. Come back next week for more.