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

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Ebony Riley
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Ella Mai and Ebony Riley have dropped R&B projects on this New Music Friday. Additional releases from indie singer RAYE and Memphis rapper Finesse2tymes have also arrived. 

Just in time for sad girl season, lover girl Ella Mai has released the deluxe version of Heart On My Sleeve. It features a few new tracks that expound upon the sound she’s perfected in the modern R&B market. 

Ebony Riley shares her debut self-titled project – known by many as a supermodel, she’s pivoting and we’re impressed. RAYE unleashes her debut album My 21st Century Blues.

Finesse2tymes drops his latest 90 Days, an autobiographical compilation. It features Tay Keith, Moneybagg Yo, Gucci Mane, and Lil Baby.

Ella Mai – Heart On My Sleeve (Deluxe)

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Ella Mai returns and serves up some timely cuts from her memorable 2022 album. “This Is” samples the beloved cut “This Is For the Lover in You” by Shalamar. The new additions are emotional and fitting.

Standout Tracks: “2 O’Clock,” “This Is”

Ebony Riley – ebony

Ebony Riley

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Ebony Riley is starting the year off with her refreshing self-titled R&B EP. It features some slick and punchy production – her voice is self-assured and compelling enough to land her on our radar for the rest of the year.

Standout Tracks: “Open,” “Why”

RAYE – My 21st Century Blues


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Now an indie artist RAYE shares her debut release which is punchy and a smidgen experimental since there are quite a few pop-leaning, electronic cuts – there are also some gospel influences too. Overall, most of the tracks are leaning heavily towards R&B, and the earnest songwriting makes that clear.

Standout Tracks: “Escapism Ft. 070 Shake,” “The Thrill Is Gone”

Finesse2tymes – 90 Days


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You can hear the grit throughout Finesse2Tymes’ latest EP 90 Days. The Memphis rapper is laying it all bare on this project. It’s a solid listen.

Standout Tracks: “Back End,” “If You Still Wit Me Ft. Lil Baby”

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