6 New Hip-Hop & R&B Albums You Should Be Listening To (Week of February 17)
Nappy Nina, Eric Bellinger, and Philadelphia-based rapper and producer Matthew unleash new albums that caught our attention this week.
Nappy Nina drops Mourning Due, an inward-looking album held together by intense emotions and succinct lyricism. The release features Moor Mother, MAVI, maassai, JusMoni, Stas THEE Boss, and more.
Philly rapper and producer Matthew also drops off LOVER MAN CAN. MadeinTYO shares NEO TYO. Eric Bellinger releases his latest album 1(800) HIT-EAZY: LINE 2 featuring Blxst, Muni Long, and a few others. And newbie Neek Bucks reveals his debut album BLESSED TO THE MAX.
Jay Critch also drops Jugg Season.
Nappy Nina – Mourning Due
Mourning Due by Brooklyn-based rapper Nappy Nina is an introspective listen. Over the course of 14 tracks, she paints vivid pictures of a myriad of topics. There are hints of Nina’s spoken word background all over this project. Also, the features on this release are handpicked expertly as they flow perfectly alongside Nina.
Standout Tracks: “Smug Ft. maassai,” “Tucked In Ft. MAVI” and “Prayer Posture Ft. JusMoni”
Matthew – LOVER MAN CAN
This entire Grilchy Party project by underground rapper and producer Matthew features bits and pieces of soul music but it mainly focuses on rap. In its entirety, the release is thorough and packed with a raw sound that makes it worthy of being highlighted this week.
Standout Tracks: “Freak Bul,” “Day 8 of my hangover”
Eric Bellinger – 1(800) HIT-EAZY: LINE 2
Eric Bellinger is a singer that often doesn’t get enough praise for how he constantly breathes life into modern R&B. His latest album produced by Hitmaka is jam-packed with a bevy of R&B sounds that are compelling and emotional.
Standout Tracks: “Decide,” “Patterns”
MadeinTYO – NEO TYO
MadeinTYO excels when he blends trap rap with alternative beats. NEO TYO has the feel of SoundCloud rap of the aughts, and it works. He slowly ethers in and out of the production that doesn’t feel overly done. “Stunt” is a fun listen.
Standout Tracks: “So Many,” “Jazzy”
Neek Bucks – BLESSED TO THE MAX
There’s a grittiness that rings loudly throughout Neek Bucks’ debut album BLESSED TO THE MAX. Produced by Hitmaka, the project is a great start for the emerging rapper.
Standout Tracks: “DESERVE IT ALL [INTRO], “MASK UP Ft. 2 Chainz”
Jay Critch – Jugg Season
Brooklyn drill rap has another contender that's breathing life into the sub-genre, Jay Critch. On his new album, he shares tracks where he offers his perspective on fast money, his tastes, and how hard he's hustling to uphold all of his newly found success.
Standout Tracks: "That Was Random," "Cargos" and "Still Wavy Ft. Max B"