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14 New Hip-Hop & R&B Albums You Should Be Listening To (Week of October 8th)

This week is jam-packed with a wide selection of albums, featuring releases from legends like Tech N9ne, Atmosphere, James Blake, and more. We also have one more Aaliyah rerelease.

New Music Friday is back, once again. And there are more than a dozen new albums that should be on your radar. 

We’re going to start with The Alchemist’s new EP, This Things of Ours 2, which features appearances from Mavi, Vince Staples, Mike and more. Within the underground rap world, we also got new releases from Guilty Simpson, Curren$y, Dreamville’s Lute, Detroit spitter BandGang Lonnie Bands, underground legend Atmosphere, and more. 

Outside of rap, James Blake returns with his particular style of blues on his fifth studio album Friends That Break Your Heart. Blackground records adds Aaliyah’s posthumous compilation album, I Care 4 U, to DSPs; and Toronto group BadBadNotGood released their sixth studio album

But that’s only the start. There are also new releases from Tech N9ne, Don Toliver, Sleepy Hollow, and more. 

The Alchemist — This Thing Of Ours 2

Photo Credit: ALC

Aaliyah — I Care 4 U

Photo Credit: Blackground Records

Don Toliver — Life of Don

Photo Credit: Atlantic

Curren$y — Still Stoned on Ocean

Photo Credit: Jet Life Recordings

Lute — Gold Mouf

Photo Credit: Dreamville

Sleepy Hallow — Still Sleep? (Deluxe)

Photo Credit: Ryan Dylan Selkirk (Aylo), Kirby “Kurve” Esquea, Nick Baran and Sleepy Hallow

Roc Marciano & Bronze Nazareth — Ekphrasis

Photo Credit: Black Day in July

 

Guilty Simpson & Gensu Dean — EGO

Photo Credit: Mello Music

James Blake — Friends That Break Your Heart

Photo Credit: Miles Johnston

BadBadNotGood — Talk Memory

Photo Credit: XL Recordings

BandGang Lonnie Bands — Hard 2 Kill

Photo Credit: TF Entertainment

Atmosphere — Word?

Photo Credit: Rhymesayers Entertainment

AzChike & Rucci — Kourtesy of Us

Photo Credit: EMPIRE

Tech N9ne — ASIN9NE

Photo Credit: Strange Music

Dimas Sanfiorenzo

Dimas Sanfiorenzo is the Managing Editor for Okayplayer. He specializes in coverage centered around music, pop culture, and politics. Email: Dimas@okayplayer.com

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