10 New Rap and R&B Songs Out This Week
This week in hip hop, we got new projects from Kamaiyah (more on that here), Medhane (more on that below), Royce Da 5'9" (ditto), and more, plus tracks from JPEGMAFIA, R.A.P Ferreira, The Weeknd, RJD2, Rick Ross, Body Count, Kool Keith, and more. Read on for all the rap and R&B songs we posted this week. Rest in peace Pop Smoke.
JPEGMAFIA - "BALD!"
JPEGMAFIA follows his great, psychedelic 2019 album All My Heroes Are Cornballs with more of a hard-hitting, bare-bones rap song, but still in his unmistakable and delightfully weird style.
R.A.P FERREIRA - "LEAVING HELL"
R.A.P Ferreira is another moniker of Rory Ferreira (who also goes by scallops hotel and used to go by milo), and his first album under this moniker, Purple Moonlight Pages, will drop March 6 on his own Ruby Yacht label. The trippy, jazzy "Leaving Hell" from that album is out now.
THE WEEKND - "AFTER HOURS"
The Weeknd's new album After Hours drops March 20 via XO/Republic, and it'll include this new single that starts out on The Weeknd's dark, atmospheric side before turning into a four-on-the-floor banger.
RJD2 - "PULL UP ON LOVE" (ft. STS & KHARI MATEEN)
Veteran underground rap producer RJD2 is releasing his new album The Fun Ones on April 17 via his own Electrical Connections label, and it features contributions from Phonte Coleman, Homeboy Sandman, J-Zone, Kid Koala, Mr. Lif, and Son Little, and more. The first single is the funky "Pull Up On Love."
RICK ROSS - "SEASON TICKET HOLDER" (ft. D. WADE, RAPHAEL SAAADIQ, UD)
Rick Ross has teamed with neo-soul vet Raphael Saadiq, Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade, and current Heat power forward Udonis Haslem for this warm and hazy new jam.
LIL TJAY - "FOREVER POP"
We sadly lost Pop Smoke at just 20 years old this week, and today fellow New York rapper (and Pop Smoke friend/collaborator) Lil Tjay has shared this mournful, touching tribute to him.
BODY COUNT - "BUM-RUSH"
Ice-T's veteran rap metal band Body Count have shared the second single off their upcoming seventh album Carnivore, and it's a political bone-crusher that Ice-T calls "another fast moving Body Count track continuing my attempt to wake people up." It'll take you right back to 1992, but it sounds pretty badass today too.
KOOL KEITH & THETAN - "HALLUCINATIONS"
The insanely prolific and insanely long-running underground rap legend Kool Keith is releasing a collaborative album with Nashville powerviolence duo Thetan, and you can read more about lead single "Hallucinations" here.
MEDHANE - FULL CIRCLE
Medhane is one of the many promising voices in NYC's current underground rap scene, and this week he dropped the followup to last fall's Own Pace, featuring eight tracks of Medhane combining his clear-headed rhymes with hazy, psychedelic beats.
ROYCE DA 5'9" - THE ALLEGORY
Royce Da 5'9" is a true lifer and he's in fine form on this rock-solid, often very powerful new album which is named after Plato’s The Allegory of the Cave and offers incisive critiques of the long history of racism and injustice that still exists today. Guests include Eminem, all three Griselda members, DJ Premier, T.I., Vince Staples, G Perico, Cedric the Entertainer, and more.