14 New Rap Songs Out This Week
This week gave us one of the very best rap albums of the year so far, Rapsody's Eve, plus anticipated new projects from Brockhampton and Missy Elliott, all three of which I wrote about for Notable Releases. We also got surprise new projects from Little Brother and Elucid (both embedded below), and new albums from Powers Pleasant, G Perico, Jidenna, Jeezy, Raphael Saadiq, and more. On top of all that, we got new singles from Vince Staples, Lizzo/DaBaby, Kemba/Portugal. The Man, Smino, Sampa The Great, Summer Walker, Gallant, Stefflon Don, THEY., and more. Read on for all the hip hop we posted on BV this week...
VINCE STAPLES - "SO WHAT?"
Vince Staples launched The Vince Staples Show today, and each new episode comes with a new original song by Vince. You can watch episode one here, read more about the project here, and listen to the new song below.
LIZZO - "TRUTH HURTS" (REMIX ft. DABABY)
Lizzo's "Truth Hurts" is one of the biggest songs of the year and DaBaby is one of the biggest new rappers of the year, and now those two things have come together for this fun new remix.
KEMBA - "THE FEELS" (ft. PORTUGAL. THE MAN)
Bronx rapper Kemba is one of the more consistently great -- if underrated -- rappers around, so it's exciting news that his new album Gilda is expected soon. Its new single sees him teaming up with alt-pop greats Portugal. The Man, and their styles work together very well on this psychedelic new song.
SMINO - "REVEREND"
St. Louis rapper Smino follows last year's very good Noir with a new single that proves he cannot be stopped and just gets better and better.
SAMPA THE GREAT - "FREEDOM"
African rapper Sampa The Great is back with a soulful new single off her anticipated debut album The Return, due September 13 via Ninja Tune.
SUMMER WALKER - "PLAYING GAMES"
Atlanta R&B singer Summer Walker is back with a new London on da Track-produced single that pays homage to Destiny's Child's classic "Say My Name" but sounds totally modern.
RAPHAEL SAADIQ - "REARVIEW" (ft. KENDRICK LAMAR)
Raphael Saadiq's first album in eight years, Jimmy Lee, is out today, and one of its most anticipated songs is album-closer "Rearview" featuring Kendrick Lamar.
GALLANT - "SLEEP ON IT"
R&B singer Gallant is releasing his new album Sweet Somnia this fall, and today he returned with this tender new slow jam.
BROCKHAMPTON - "HEAVEN BELONGS TO YOU" (ft. SLOWTHAI)
Brockhampton's new album Ginger is out today, and though they don't usually rely on big-name guest rappers, one of its best tracks is this one featuring UK rapper slowthai.
STEFFLON DON - "HIT ME UP"
Fresh off appearing on a song with City Girls on the new Quality Control comp, British rapper/singer Stefflon Don is back with her own new single, and it's a fun, breezy song that pays homage to Stefflon Don's Jamaican roots with some influence from Soca music.
THEY. - "STOP PLAYIN'"
R&B duo THEY. are back with a very nice sounding single that a press release says is "a new chapter for the group leading up to a larger, visionary body of work that will unfold throughout the year."
LITTLE BROTHER - MAY THE LORD WATCH (ALBUM STREAM)
Durham, NC hip hop greats Little Brother reunited last year and today they surprise-released their first new album in nine years. It features Questlove, Black Milk, and others. You can read more about it here.
ELUCID - EVERY EGG I CRACKED TODAY WAS DOUBLE YOLKED
Underground rapper/producer Elucid is back with a surprise new album, Every Egg I Cracked Today Was Double Yolked, and he calls it "a collection of meditations written and produced by E L U C I D composed in 2019 while floating between various hotels, airport terminals and bedroom closets with laptop mics and iphone recordings."
ZONAL (GODFLESH, THE BUG) - "SYSTEM ERROR" (ft. MOOR MOTHER)
Zonal, the new collaborative proejct of Justin Broadrick (Godflesh) and Kevin Martin (The Bug) — who previously collaborated under the name Techno Animal —have announced their new album, which features avant-garde rapper Moor Mother on half of its songs. You can hear one of those now, and read more about the album here.