With production from Pete Rock, Sango, Mndsgn and more.
Happy Friday, good people. And a righteous Release Day unto you. This week’s haul features gems from rap’s underground, a pool of pop experimentalists and r&b’s farthest reaches. So let’s get to these drops.
Anna Wise tops the bill with her polished and potent debut album, As If It Were Forever. Homeboy Sandman‘s Dusty is a twisted and testing ghost-loop gauntlet from a venerable Queens MC. MAVI‘s Let The Sun Talk is a powerful introduction to slow-rap royalty in the making. Meanwhile, Benny The Butcher and Smoke DZA‘s Statue of Limitations is a warp-speed tour of NYC’s golden era(s), produced entirely by Pete Rock.
The year’s closing quarter gets a bit clearer on the singles side. Gang Starr officially announced the posthumous Guru album we hoped was in the works with the razor-sharp single “Bad Name.” Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge‘s The Midnight Hour flips from quiet storm lull to dance floor dagger on “Harmony.” Noname, Smino, and Saba are an unholy trinity on their debut single as Ghetto Sage. Waldo and Rexx Life Raj turn in a pair of Sango-blessed burners, respectively. And that’s just half the script.
Hear it all in this week’s episode of The Round-Up below. Hit the link to subscribe to Okayplayer’s Spotify channel to keep the heat in rotation