7 New Hip-Hop & Neo-Soul Albums You Should Be Listening To (Week of January 27)

Styles P and Lil Yachty have dropped projects on this New Music Friday. Additional releases from Popcaan and Joya Mooi have also surfaced.

Lil Yachty has keyed in on one central sound for his latest Let’s Start Here. and it works. Overall, it’s a psychedelic and trippy ride. The album features Foushée, Justine Skye, Daniel Caesar, and Teezo Touchdown.

In the rap space, Styles P also drops off Penultimate: A Calm Wolf Is Still A Wolf. And Reuben Vincent shares Love Is War. J. Stalin’s Prenuptial Agreement 2 was revealed at midnight.

The neo-soul realm also received some strong releases too recently including Gene Noble’s Feel A Way and Joya Mooi’s full-length What’s Around The Corner.

Popcaan’s Great Is He featuring Drake, Burna Boy, and more also arrived today.

Styles P – Penultimate: A Calm Wolf Is Still A Wolf

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Styles P unleashes a hard-hitting new release today. Since it’s his fourteenth and final album, the rap legend digs deep into his lyrical bag and presents an enjoyable listen from top to bottom.

Standout Tracks: “That’ll Be Enough,” “I Ain’t Doing 2 Much”

Popcaan – Great Is He

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Popcaan is in rare form on Great Is He. After dropping off the single “We Caa Done” featuring Drake he serves up Great Is He, an energetic and nearly perfect dancehall album.

Standout Tracks: “Freshness,” “Skeleton Cartier,” “Abobooya Ft. Burna Boy”

Lil Yachty – Let’s Start Here.

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Lil Yachty’s newest album is funky and it’s packed with a sound that’s far left for the rapper: psychedelic rock. Regardless, he’s in his element throughout the experimental release. (Available for purchase here.)

Standout Tracks: “the BLACK seminole,” “pRETTy Ft. Foushée”

J. Stalin – Prenuptial Agreement 2

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For his latest, J. Stalin leans into the gritty sound once again – the release is a fitting return for the Bay Area rapper. The production is strong, and “Who U Talkin 2” plus “Bricks In The City” are surefire standouts.

Standout Tracks: “The Boss,” “Who U Talkin 2 Ft. June”

Reuben Vincent – Love Is War

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Over production by 9th Wonder, Young Guru, The Soul Council, and himself, Reuben Vincent shines. On Love Is War, his debut he introduces himself as a soulful lyricist.

Standout Tracks: “Butterfly Doors,” “Trickin Ft. Domani”


Gene Noble – Feel A Way

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Feel A Way by Gene Noble is a stunning R&B project. He touches on a bevy of subjects in his latest, but what’s most profound is his golden voice paired with laidback hi-hats and soulful instruments.

Standout Tracks: “The Cost,” “Champagne Jack”

Joya Mooi – What’s Around The Corner

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Joya Mooi’s latest is a narrative-driven compilation where she divulges intimate details on her vulnerabilities, her spiritual life, and much, much more.

Standout Tracks: “Most Frail,” “So Stunning”

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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