7 New Hip-Hop & R&B Albums You Should Be Listening To (Week of January 20)

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Ice Spice and Gloss Up have dropped projects on this New Music Friday. Additional releases from Vedo and Coco Jones have also surfaced. 

Ice Spice surprise-dropped her debut EP Like…? Drill lovers are in for a treat, on the release which is on brand for the Bronx rising rapper, she shines. 

Trippie Redd unleashes his latest album MANSION MUSIK. The project is jam-packed with features from Future, Lil Baby, Ski Mask The Slump God, Nardo Wick and more. It’s also executive produced by Chief Keef. Gloss Up drops off Before The Gloss Up featuring her close friend GloRilla in addition to the crew (Aleza, K Carbon, Slimeroni) who played a part in Hitkidd’s viral track “Set The Tone” 

Tha God Fahim releases Chess Moves. Oddissee captures our attention with his new project To What End.

In the R&B space, we’re paying attention to Vedo’s recently released EP, Mood Swings and Coco Jones’ deluxe edition of her EP What I Didn’t Tell You

Keep scrolling for standout tracks from each EP.

Ice Spice – Like…?

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Ice Spice burst into the rap game with guns blazing when she dropped “Munch (Feelin’ U).” Capitalizing off of the hype of her viral single, she returns with her strong project Like…? She’s in rare form on this release too – on each track she flexes her knack for slick, memorable phrases.

Standout Tracks: “Princess Diana,” “Munch (Feelin’ U)”

Trippie Redd – MANSION MUSIK

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Trippie Redd’s MANSION MUSIK is a mind trip. It’s an energy-filled album that is worth a listen especially if you’ve never dove into his thematically dark sound. “KRZY TRAIN” with Travis Scott is a fun listen.

Standout Tracks: “PSYCHO Ft. Future,” “TOILET WATER Ft. Ski Mask The Slump God”

Gloss Up – Before The Gloss Up

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Memphis, Tennessee’s Gloss Up is Quality Control’s newest signee. On her QC debut, she’s fiery and braggadocious. Tracks like “Lemon Peppa” provide proof that she’s one of the hottest rappers out of the South right now.

Standout Tracks: “Pussycat,” “BestFrenn ft. GloRilla”

Tha God Fahim, NicoJP – Chess Moves

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Tha God Fahim offers up laidback rhymes which pair well with NicoJP’s lush production.

Standout Tracks: “Tha Fog,” “Picking Bones”

Coco Jones – What I Didn’t Tell You (Deluxe)

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Coco Jones unleashes a few additional tracks for the deluxe edition of her recently released project. These additions further emphasize that she’s ready to be embraced as a face of modern R&B.

Standout Tracks: “Fallin,” “Simple Ft. Babyface”

Vedo – Mood Swings

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On Mood Swings, Vedo showcases his vocal prowess. He pours his heart out over the 13 tracks – the intro on the album “Waterfalls” is stunning and salacious.

Standout Tracks: “Waterfalls,” “Consistency”

Oddisee – To What End

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For his latest project since 2017, Oddisee pulls from his experiences. The diary-esque release is moving and provides his distinct perspective on the pressures he faces and adversity.

Standout Tracks: “The Start of Something,” “Choices Ft. BeMyFiasco, Phonte & Kay Young”

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