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20 New R&B, Neo-Soul & Hip-Hop Albums You Should Be Listening To (Week of September 17)

The week’s top albums feature selections from Tems, VanJess, Sevyn Streeter, Kara Marni, and more.

We’re back again serving up the best albums worth paying attention to this week. Over the course of the past seven days, we’ve kept our ears to the ground for you in preparation for New Music Friday

It’s Tems’ world and we’re just living in it, the Nigerian producer/singer has finally unveiled her newest project If Orange Was A Place. It’s an EP that’s largely emotional but the production is really what sticks out, it feels like a sticky summer night. We're loving the R&B and neo-soul inclinations that are present throughout it (oh, and that Brent Faiyaz feature was perfect). VanJess has rolled out Homegrown (Deluxe); after months of teasing it, Lil Nas X serves up his debut album Montero, and Stokley reveals Sankofa

R&B heads are in for a treat this week! Sevyn Streeter unleashes her sophomore album Drunken Wordz Sober Thoughtz and it doesn’t disappoint; newcomer Kara Marni shares her lush project State of Mine, and though it’s not specifically R&B Moor Mother returns with Black Encyclopedia of the Air

Mozzy’s Untreated Trauma also arrives this week; Curren$y and Kino Beats drop Matching Rolexes; Injury Reserves has shared their newest album By The Time I Get to Phoenix; whiterosemoxie’s TROJAN is now out, and ZillKami’s experimental alt hip-hop project Dog Boy is also available today.

Additional releases that arrived this week include options from PA Salieu, Tion Wayne, Ray Blk, Kyle Dion, and Ann Marie.

Lil Nas X — Montero

Lil Nas X Montero Photo Credit: Columbia Records

VanJess — Homegrown (Deluxe)

Van Jess Homegrown Deluxe Photo Credit: Artist

Tems — If Orange Was A Place

Tems If Orange Was A Place Photo Credit: Since '93/RCA

Sevyn Streeter — Drunken Wordz Sober Thoughtz

Sevyn Streeter Drunken Wordz Sober Thoughtz Photo Credit: Artist

Kara Marni — State of Mine

Kara Marni State of Mine Photo Credit: Artist

PA Salieu — Afrikan Rebel

PA Salieu Afrikan Rebel Photo Credit: Artist

Stokley - Sankofa

Stokley Sankofa Photo Credit: Artist

K, Le Maestro — Whip Music

K Le Maestro Whip Music Photo Credit: Artist

Tion Wayne — Green With Envy

Tion Wayne Green With Envy Photo Credit: Artist

Moor Mother — Black Encyclopedia of the Air

Moor Mother Black Encyclopedia of The Air Photo Credit: Artist

Kyle Dion — Sassy

Kyle Dion Sassy Photo Credit: Artist

Lance Skiiiwalker — Tales From The Telescope: Chapter 1 Rebirth

Lance Skiiiwalker Photo Credit: Artist

Mozzy — Untreated Trauma

Mozzy Untreated Trauma Photo Credit: Artist

Vedo — 1320

Vedo 1320 Photo Credit: Artist

Ray Blk — Access Denied

Ray Blk Access Denied Photo Credit: Artist

Curren$y & Kino Beats — Matching Rolexes

Curren$y Matching Rolexes Photo Credit: Artist

Injury Reserve - By The Time I Get to Phoenix

Injury Reserve Photo Credit: Artist

ZillaKami — Dog Boy

ZillKami Dogboy Photo Credit: Artist

whiterosemoxie — TROJAN

whiterosemoxie Trojan Photo Credit: Artist

Ann Marie — Hate Love

Annmarie Hate Love Photo Credit: Artist