16 New Rap Songs Out This Week
Two major new rap albums dropped this week, the new GoldLink and Octavian, both of which I reviewed for Notable Releases. We also got a surprise new Your Old Droog album today (read more on that below), and this week gave us new singles from Freddie Gibbs & Madlib (ft. Anderson .Paak), Free Nationals (ft. the late Mac Miller and Kali Uchis), the Dreamville crew, Big K.R.I.T., Kanye West, Burna Boy, Zack Fox & Kenny Beats, Kamaiyah, and more. Read on for all the hip hop songs we posted on BV this week...
FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB - "GIANNIS" (ft. ANDERSON. PAAK)
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib's highly anticipated collaborative album Bandana comes out June 28, and today they've shared another song frmo it, "Giannis." This would already be one of the most instantly appealing songs released from the album so far thanks to Freddie and Madlib alone, but the Anderson .Paak guest appearance is the icing on the cake.
FREE NATIONALS - "TIME" (ft. MAC MILLER & KALI UCHIS)
Before Mac Miller's tragic, untimely death, he had recorded some music that had still gone unreleased, and one of those verses is on "Time," the new single by Anderson .Paak's backing band the Free Nationals that also features a soaring hook by Kali Uchis.
DREAMVILLE - "DOWN BAD" (ft. J COLE, JID, BAS, EARTHGANG & YOUNG NUDY) & "GOT ME" (ft. TY DOLLA $IGN, ARI LENNOX, DREEZY, OMEN)
J Cole's label Dreamville is releasing the Revenge of the Dreamers III compilation this year, and two new songs from it are out now. For head-nodding hip hop with dizzying, classic-style bars there's "Down Bad," and for an R&B slow jam there's "Got Me."
YOUR OLD DROOG - TRANSPORTATION (ALBUM STREAM)
NYC rapper Your Old Droog is back with a second surprise album of 2019, and this one is a semi-concept album based on the NYC subway system. Droog still pretty much does one thing (hard-edged, throwback, '90s style New York rap), but he does it really fucking good, and Transportation is no exception. It's punchline after punchline and Droog sounds tough as nails throughout the whole thing.
BIG K.R.I.T. - "K.R.I.T. HERE"
Big K.R.I.T.'s new album K.R.I.T. Iz Here comes out in July, and we wrote more about lead single "K.R.I.T. Here" here.
KANYE WEST - "BROTHERS" (ft. CHARLIE WILSON)
The new trailer for BET's Tales is out, and it features a new song by Kanye West, "Brothers," featuring The Gap Band's Charlie Wilson (who's collaborated with Kanye before). As you'd probably expect from a song with Charlie Wilson, Kanye explores his soulful side on this one.
BURNA BOY - "ANYBODY"
Nigerian Afro-fusion artist Burna Boy follows up his collab EP with DJDS with the new single "Anybody," a funky, lively song that's a little heavier on the Afrobeat vibes than the EP with DJDS was.
ZACK FOX & KENNY BEATS - "JESUS IS THE ONE (I GOT DEPRESSION)"
Hip hop friendly comedian Zack Fox teams with hip hop producer of the moment Kenny Beats for this new track about mental illness that doubles as stand-up comedy and a pretty damn good rap song. It's got so many good one-liners, and it manages to offer up genuinely good comedy about a genuinely serious topic.
KAMAIYAH - "WINDOWS" (ft. QUAVO & TYGA)
We are still patiently waiting for Kamaiyah to drop her proper debut album, but in the meantime she's back with another single, "Windows," and it's a reminder that her modernized G-Funk bounce is still fun as fuck.
BAD BUNNY & MYKE TOWERS - "ESTAMOS ARRIBA"
Puerto Rican trap giant Bad Bunny continues to be unstoppable, and today he's back with another undeniable new single, "Estamos Arriba." It's a collaboration with fellow Puerto Rican rapper Myke Towers.
DJ SNAKE - "LOCO CONTIGO" (ft. J BALVIN & TYGA)
DJ Snake goes full Latin pop with his new single "Loco Contigo," and who better to bring along for the ride than reggaeton star J Balvin? The song comes with a very colorful, very expensive looking video that stars Snake, Balvin, and Tyga in the desert with luxury cars and outlandish props.
TROUBLE - "SHE A WINNER" (ft. CITY GIRLS)
Atlanta rapper Trouble is gearing up to follow 2018's Mike WiLL Made It-produced Edgewood, and while there's no real word on a new album yet, he did just drop this banger of a new single featuring the currently unstoppable City Girls.
93PUNX (VIC MENSA) - "CAMP AMERICA"
93PUNX is Chicago rapper Vic Mensa's punk/alt-rock/rap band, and following their Cranberries cover released earlier this week, they've now shared their debut original single, "Camp America." A press release points out that the song is "based around ICE director Matthew Albence's comments comparing their immigrant prisons (aka detention centers) to summer camps. The accompanying video, which portrays white kids reenacting real life detention center scenarios, is equally poignant and provocative in its scathing critique of the current administration's family separation policy."
GALLANT - "SHARPEST EDGES"
R&B singer Gallant continues to drop singles ahead of his anticipated, still-TBA sophomore album, and the latest is "Sharpest Edges." Gallant says, "There are two sides to every coin—a bunch of caskets buried underneath every vacation home. I had problems with depression for a long time because even though you get to choose your own outlook on life, it’s hard sometimes to ignore the bad shit, the mistakes you made and the things you could have done better. It’s easier to admit the world is full of sharp edges—and to make a goal to have as many close calls as you can."
KINDNESS - "HARD TO BELIEVE" (ft. JAZMINE SULLIVAN & SAMPHA)
Kindness' new album Something Like A War comes out September 6 via Female Energy, and it includes the Robyn collab "Cry Everything" as well as the just-released "Hard To Believe." This one's got soaring guest vocals from R&B great Jazmine Sullivan, and Sampha is on there too.