With so many new rap albums, mixtapes, EPs and songs dropping every week; knowing which ones are worth your time can be a challenge. But, no worries, we'll help smooth out the process with "Now N' Laters," a column that highlights the hottest new releases of the week and the songs you'll want to listen to now — and later.
This week includes a number of high-profile releases with albums from some of hip hop and R&B's biggest and brightest stars. Continuing this year's hot trend of collaborative albums, R&B superstars Jeremih and Ty Dolla $ign are the latest duo to join forces with the release of their new project, MIH-TY. This is our pick for the hottest release of the week. Looking to close out 2018 on a high note, Canadian crooner/rapper Tory Lanez delivers LoVE mE NOw, his third studio album and second release of the year, which packs features from some of the biggest names in the business. Mick Jenkins also resurfaces with his new album Pieces of a Man, the Chicago rapper's latest long player and one that will strengthen his case for being one of the most lyrically inclined artists on the indie circuit.
With all three releases getting airplay and dominating the conversation, REVOLT shares our critics' picks for the three songs from each album that stand a cut above the rest and should be in heavy rotation. Be sure to let us know what your favorites are in the comments below.
One of the first selections from Jeremih and Ty Dolla $ign's collaborative album to jump out at listeners is "FYT," which finds the pair teaming up with French Montana and substituting wining and dining for shenanigans in the bedroom. Produced by Hitmaka, "FYT" captures the trio delivering a rendition of The Notorious B.I.G. and R. Kelly's 1997 collaboration "Fucking You Tonight." This results in one of the more sultry offerings from MIH-TY.
Jeremih and Ty find themselves on the clock on "Perfect Timing," a sensual selection from MIH-TY that finds the dynamic duo slowing down the tempo. Produced by Hitmaka and OG Parker, "Perfect Timing" is among the more refined grooves on the collaborative album and a worthy addition to your weekend playlist.
Chris Brown lends his vocal talents to "Surrounded," a mid-tempo offering from the album that finds Jeremih and Ty hitting on all cylinders. Bolstered by a guest spot from Wiz Khalifa, "Surrounded" is among the most impressive inclusions on the MIH-TY tracklist and has the makings of being one of this seasons quintessential club bangers.
"DucK my Ex"
Producer Smash David cooks up a heater with the backdrop for "DucK my Ex," a track from Tory Lanez's LoVE mE NOw album that finds the Canadian double-threat avoiding past flames, while on the quest for his next flex. Featuring appearances from Chris Brown and 2 Chainz, both of whom turn in stellar performances that give the song added appeal, "DucK my Ex" packs plenty of replay value and is an early highlight from Lanez's latest long player.
"IF iT Ain'T rIGHT"
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie pops up on "IF iT Ain'T rIGHT," a high-powered collaboration from the album that captures Lanez at the top of his game, crooning over tumbling xylophones and 808 drums. Produced by CashMoneyAP, "IF iT Ain'T rIGHT" is among the more memorable tracks from Love Me Now and thrives off A Boogie and Lanez's collaborative chemistry.
Lanez and Trippie Redd collide on "FeRRis WhEEL," an up-tempo selection from the project that finds the pair turning the strip club upside down. Produced by Dez Wright and OZ, "FeRRis WhEEL" boasts an infectious hook and an introductory verse, courtesy of Trippie Redd, while Lanez anchors the track with a rewind-worthy stanza of his own. This results in an electric offering from LoVE mE NOw that is sure to find its way into your rotation sooner than later.
Among the standout offerings on Mick Jenkins' Pieces of a Man is "Gwendolynn's Apprehension," which features a hypnotic composition, courtesy of Motor City boardsman Black Milk. It captures Jenkins in a carefree zone. Boasting an infectious hook and terse rhyme spills, "Gwendolynn's Apprehension" is a quality offering from Pieces of a Man that is sure to induce copious amounts of head-bobbing and garner multiple replays.
Jenkins cooks up a bit of rider music with "U Turn," a hazy number from the album that leaves you no choice, but to turn the volume up on full blast and put the whip in cruise control. Produced by Ben Hixon and THEMPeople, "U Turn" is a certified slapper and one of the superior songs from the Chicago rep's latest body of work.
While devoid of many guest spots, Ghostface Killah's appearance on the Pieces of a Man cut "Padded Locks" doubles as one of the album's biggest highlights. Produced by KAYTRANADA, "Padded Locks" gives off that vintage boom-bap feel with a soundscape that gives Jenkins and Killah ample room to get off their lyrical wizardry.
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