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16 New Hip-Hop & R&B Albums You Should Be Listening To (Week of September 3)

This week’s top albums feature selections from Drake, Jenevieve, Duckwrth, JMSN, L’Orange and more.

Kanye West and Drake have finally delivered their albums ahead of the change of seasons: Donda and Certified Lover Boy.

These two releases which are leading our New Music Friday selects have been at the forefront of the music conversation for months. Even if you’re annoyed by these two figures you have to admire the lengths they’ve gone to, to dominate discussions amongst music lovers, hip-hop heads, and more.

Both of these artists deemed their albums worthy of a bunch of collaborators. We don’t hate that, especially since it provided some time for artists with cult followings to get some shine. We’re looking at you Giveon, Yebba, Masego, Don Toliver who appeared on Certified Lover Boy. Over on Donda, it featured a different range of artists but, the collabs were equally impressive: Playboi Carti, Baby Keem, and Westside Gunn. Lastly, before we move on, Jay-Z appeared on both releases and so did Kid Cudi.

Now that all that’s out the way, it’s time to share additional albums that deserve some shine too. Duckwrth dropped off his newest album SG8* and it’s an eccentric yet well-produced compilation; Jenevieve releases her debut album, Division, a creative project proving why she’s a shining star in the R&B lane; JMSN offers up Heal Me, a release featuring rich textures of R&B; and Pell’s Floating While Dreaming II is a damn good listen.

More releases worth giving a shout include Damu the Fudgemunk’s Conversation Peace; then there’s Asher Roth’s The Greenhouse Effect Vol. 3; also out today is Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz; and L’Orange serves up The World Is Still Chaos, But I Feel Better

Keep scrolling for a look at the top selects of the week.

Kanye West  — Donda

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Drake  — Certified Lover Boy

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Various Artists — Romeo Must Die: The Album

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Damu the Fudgemunk  — Conversation Peace

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Asher Roth  — The Greenhouse Effect Vol. 3

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Duckwrth  — SG8*

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Little Simz  — Sometimes I Might Be Introvert

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H31R (maassai x JWords)  — ve.lo.ci.ty

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L’Orange  — The World is Still Chaos, But I Feel Better

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Jenevieve  — Division

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Shy Glizzy x Glizzy Gang  — Don’t Feed The Sharks

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Van Buren Studios — BLACK WALL STREET

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Big 30 — King of Killbranch

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Pell — Floating While Dreaming II

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JMSN — Heals Me

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Mercury — Merc Tape+

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Robyn Mowatt

Robyn Mowatt is a Staff Writer at Okayplayer where she covers culture, music, and fashion. You can see what's on her mind on Twitter at @robyn_mowatt.

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