11 New Hip-Hop & R&B Albums You Should Listen To Right Now (Week of May 14)

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This week’s batch of new albums features new releases from J.Cole, 21 Savage, Jorja Smith, and more.

We here at Okayplayer understand just how hard it is to find new music nowadays. There’s an endless stream of artists making waves on each and every social media platform, and if you’re not connected or actively searching, it’s tough to keep up. That’s why every Friday, we take the time to round up the best new albums for your listening pleasures. Feel free too add a few standouts to your streaming library.

This week featured some noteworthy projects from A-listers, deluxe editions, movie soundtracks, and more. Nicki Minaj has brought her classic Beam Me Up, Scotty tape to streaming services, along with a few bonus tracks including a Young Money reunion with Lil Wayne and Drake. Jorja Smith returns with Be Right Back, a brief offering for fans before her next full-length release. The list also includes releases from upstarts like Akai Solo and Navy Blue, Marlon Craft, MK xyz, and Lord Jah-Monte Ogbon.

J. Cole released his long-awaited new album, The Off-Season. 21 Savage and Slaughter Gang provide the official soundtrack for Spiral: From the Book of Saw. The project features guest appearances from Young Nudy, Gunna, Young Thug, and more.

J. Cole – The Off-Season

J. Cole fire basketball

Source: Dreamville

21 Savage – Spiral: From the Book of Saw

Source: Slaughter Gang

Jorja Smith – Be Right Back

Source: FAMM

Nicki Minaj – Beam Me Up Scotty

Source: Republic Records

Babyface Ray – Unfuckwitable (Deluxe)

Source: Wavy Gang/EMPIRE


Source: Break All Records, Freedom Sounds

Lord Jah-Monte Ogbon – Too Little, Too Late

Source: Jewelry Rap Productions

TiaCorine – The Saga of 34Corine

Source: South Coast Music Group

MK xyz – Sweet Spot 

Source: Epic Records

Kodak Black – Haitian Boy Kodak 

Source: Atlantic Records

Marlon Craft & Yusei – Space

Source: Marlon Craft

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