9 New Rap Songs Out This Week
What an incredible week for hip hop. Solange surprised us with her highly-anticipated followup to 2016's already-classic A Seat at the Table, 2 Chainz returned with a deservedly hyped new LP, and Little Simz put out an album that's less popular but might be the year's best rap album yet. I wrote about those three (and more) in Notable Releases. Plus, this week gave us a second new Tierra Whack single, and plenty more. Keep scrolling for all the new hip hop and rap songs we posted on BV this week…
SOLANGE - "ALMEDA"
Solange's awesome new album When I Get Home arrived last night with little warning (she announced it just hours beforehand). There's so much to unpack on it -- and we're still unpacking it -- but a clear highlight is "Almeda." When I Get Home pays as much tribute to jazz as it does to the chopped n screwed genre of Solange's birthplace of Houston, and this psychedelic yet trunk-rattling song is especially reliant on the latter. It's also an instantly-addictive ode to black excellence and black culture ("Black waves, black days, black baes, black days / These are black-owned things / Black faith still can't be washed away," Solange sing-raps to breathtaking effect). It's the perfect mix of forward-thinking music that's a thrill to listen to, and a powerful message.
2 CHAINZ - "FORGIVEN" (ft. MARSHA AMBROSIUS)
The new 2 Chainz album Rap Or Go To The League is out now, and an early favorite is its opening track "Forgiven," which is one of the most soulful and politically conscious 2 Chainz songs to date. It features neo-soul great Marsha Ambrosius, and she and 2 Chainz performed it on Fallon last night with an orchestra and a choir. It's a moving performance and you can watch it below and stream the full album here.
LITTLE SIMZ - "SHERBERT SUNSET"
The new Little Simz album GREY Area is out today and it may very well be 2019's best rap album yet (read our review). It's got so many great tracks, but one non-single worth highlighting is "Sherbert Sunset," the penultimate track that kinda sounds like Simz' own spin on a late-album Kendrick Lamar ballad (Kendrick himself has said Simz "might be the illest doing it right now"). It's a very political record, but "Sherbert Sunset" is a breakup song, and Simz' personal music is as devastating as her political music is.
TIERRA WHACK - "CLONES"
Following last week's "Only Child," Philly rapper Tierra Whack returns with her second single since releasing her 2018 breakthrough Whack World. This one goes a little harder than "Only Child" and takes shots at all the people trying to cop Tierra Whack's flow.
QUEEN KEY - "CAN'T TAKE IT"
Queen Key's new album Eat My Pussy Again drops in a few weeks (3/22), and it features the just-released "Can't Take It." Key often goes for in-your-face bangers, but this is more of a soulful throwback that should get your head nodding instantly.
BURNA BOY - "DANGOTE"
Nigerian Afro-fusion artist Burna Boy is gearing up to come to the US for Coachella and a few other shows, and while we wait for that, he's got a new single. "Dangote" the kind of chilled-out, good vibes song that's gonna sound great in the desert this summer.
DABABY - "BABY SITTER" (ft. OFFSET)
North Carolina rapper DaBaby had his biggest breakthrough yet with this year's "Walker Texas Ranger" single, and now he has released his first full-length project (and Interscope debut) since that single. The whole thing is solid, and this bass-heavy song featuring Offset is not surprisingly one of the highlights.
BLU & OH NO - "POP SHOTS"
Two underground rap greats, Blu and Oh No, put out the collaborative album A Long Red Hot Los Angeles Summer Night this week via Nature Sounds. Its newest single "Pop Shots" is head-nodding and cinematic and a great taste of the LP.
MEREBA - "SANDSTORM" (ft. JID)
No, it's not that "Sandstorm." It's the new single by rising R&B singer Mereba and it features sung harmonies from Atlanta rapper JID, whose involvement gives the song an extra boost.