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 fresh releases as artists continue to get acclimated to the new year. After enjoying what many rap fans and critics pegged as a comeback year in 2018, Big K.R.I.T. continues to build on that progress with his latest release, TDT. As two of the hottest young talents to come out of Florida in recent years, Wifisfuneral and Robb Bank$ join forces on Conn3ct3d, the pair's new collaborative project that runs the gamut from amped turn-up anthems to emo-rap. And last, but not least, Illinois rep Comethazine looks to further raise his stock with Bawskee 2, the sequel to his breakout 2018 project.
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 now -- and later. Be sure to let us know what your favorites are.
1) "Learned From Texas"
Big K.R.I.T. pays homage to the Lone Star State on this syrupy tune from the Mississippi native's latest long player. Produced by Tariq Beats and DJ Khalil, the song includes nods to influences like UGK and DJ Screw, as well as the overall vibe and way of life in Texas.
2) "Pick Yourself Up"
A motivational anthem is delivered with this inclusion, as Big K.R.I.T. urges listeners to get on their grind and better their situation. Featuring a sample of Isley Brothers' "Between the Sheets," D'Town Tha Great and Rico Love rework that classic with 808 drums and other wrinkles, which K.R.I.T. crafts into a feel-good ditty.
3) "1 Oh Oh"
Matters of the heart are broached on this lovelorn composition, which finds Big K.R.I.T. reminiscing and lamenting love lost. Produced by Jim Jonson and having additional vocals from Nathan Fouts, the track provides a change of pace on the Mississippian's latest collection and serves as a reminder of his versatility.
1) "Save A Hoe"
"How many thots think that they gon' get to heaven?" Wifisfuneral ponders on the lead-off cut from his and Robb Bank$ newly released collaborative effort. Cascading over 808-driven production from Cris Dinero, the two Floridians kick off Conn3ct3d in seamless fashion.
2) "Can't Feel My Face"
Wifisfuneral and Robb Bank$ exchange couplets on this offering, which finds the pair volleying bars over a sparse backdrop. Bouncing off one another, Wifi and Bank$'s chemistry is put on full display on this standout track.
The energy on Conn3ct3d ratchets up with this selection, which captures Wifisfuneral and Robb Bank$ talking heavy over relentless percussion, courtesy of Cris Dinero. Delivering an infectious hook, Wifisfuneral takes centerstage, while Robb Bank$ turns in his own highlight performance, all of which translates into an undeniable banger.
Comethazine assures listeners he's getting to the bag on this piano-driven number from the rapper's latest release. Styling over flutes, kicks and snares, Comethazine delivers this quick-strike selection, which thrives off the strength of its catchy refrain.
2) "How Do You Do?"
The essence of Comethazine's unbridled energy is captured on this song from the rapper's sequel to Bawskee. Rife with tumbling xylophone keys, 808 drums, and enough bass to spare, producer Divanand provides a backdrop that coaxes an engaging performance from Comethazine. This translates into one of the more rambunctious salvos on the rapper's latest effort.
3) "Demar Derozan"
Numerous NBA shooting guards are referenced on this track inspired by a certain Toronto Raptor turned San Antonio Spur. Produced by NYOMBO, this single finds Comethazine mixing musings about his lavish lifestyle with idle threats, and has the makings of being a signature song for the Illinois native.
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