13 New Hip-Hop & R&B Albums You Should Listen to Right Now (Week of April 30)

This week’s batch of new albums features a debut from a viral star, a the official Yasuke soundtrack, and more.

It’s harder than ever to keep track of new albums nowadays, and here at Okayplayer, we want to make it a bit easier for you. Every Friday, we round up the best hip-hop, R&B, and more for your listening pleasures. Take a look at the new projects and stream any standouts below.

This week, Fayetteville, North Carolina singer Morray released his 13-track debut album Street Sermons. The 28-year-old was admittedly close to quitting music before his “Quicksand” video took off. As the story goes, the track came about after his wife convinced him to take a more earnest, heartfelt approach to his music. Just a few months later, the project currently has over 61 million YouTube views, and has hit number 71 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Elsewhere, Brooklyn producer/DJ J. Period released his debut album Story to Tell. This first release, Chapter One, features narration from Dave Chappelle, as well as guests like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Black Thought, and Jemele Hill. Roc Nation singer Maeta drops a new EP, Habits, featuring production from Kaytranada, DJ Mustard, and Skrillex, and features from Buddy.

Virginia singer Shelley (formerly known as Big Baby DRAM) is back after a three-year absence. His new album, Shelley FKA DRAM, features guest appearances from Erykah Badu on “’93 Acura Vigor,” H.E.R. for “The Lay Down,” and Summer Walker on “All Pride Aside.”

Dawn Richard – Second Line

Source: Merge Records

The Alchemist – This Thing of Ours

Source: ALC


Source: We the Best/Epic Records/Sony Music

Flying Lotus – Yasuke

Source: Warp Records

Morray – Street Sermons

Source: Interscope Records

Shelley FKA DRAM – Shelley FKA DRAM

Source: EMPIRE/Atlantic

J.Period – Story to Tell

Source: Truelements, LLC / RBC Records

Q Da Fool – Rich Shootas 3

Source: Artist

Ola Runt – Atlanta’s Most Wanted

Source: Cinematic Music Group

Maeta – Habits

Source: Roc Nation

Rochelle Jordan – Play With the Changes

Source: UNDRGRND Records

Lil Haiti – The Big Zoe

Source: Que Global Entertainment

Los Retros – Looking Back

Source: Stones Throw Records

Torry Threadcraft

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