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This week’s crop of new albums include deluxe editions of past classics, compilation albums, and a slew of EPs.
Every week here at Okayplayer, we round up the best new albums for your listening pleasures. We understand that it’s tough to keep track of all the new music dropping these days, and we’re here to help.
This week’s round of new releases features rare remixes from Busta Rhymes’ debut album, a new album from Conway the Machine, compilation albums from Young Thug and Zaytoven, and a plethora of debuts. Find all your favorites on your preferred digital streaming platform.
Conway the Machine — La Maquina
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It’s only been a few months since we got new music from the Griselda collective, but considering their output in 2020, that’s a noticeable absence. Conway returns with his first release of the year, with a little help from stars like 2 Chainz as well as Griselda newcomers like Jae Skeese.
Young Thug and YSL’s — Slime Language 2
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Young Thug assumes the CEO role to take his second shot at a compilation album with Slime Language 2. Cameos include YSL regulars like Yak Gotti and Lil Duke, as well as major names like Drake and Lil Uzi Vert.
Busta Rhymes — The Coming (25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
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Busta Rhymes honors the 25th anniversary of his debut with brand-new remastered audio, instrumentals, and hard-to-find remixes including J Dilla remixes of “Woo Hah! Got You All in Check.”
Jacquees — QueMix 4
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Love him or hate him, Jacquees’ QueMix series will do numbers regardless. This time around, he recruits DJ Drama to make the occasion the latest in the Gangsta Grillz series.
Zaytoven is one of the pioneers of Atlanta’s trap sound, but the multiplatinum superproducer actually hails from the Bay Area. On Fo15, Zay returns to his roots, celebrating 4/15 Day with local upstarts ZayBang, Lil Bean, Lil Yee, and many more.
LUCKI — Almost Woke
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Chicago stalwart Lucki drops an insular two-track offering EP for fans, and on Twitter promised “hot shit coming like the summer.” Perhaps this is just the prelude to a full-length project.
Vince Ash — VITO (Deluxe Edition)
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Hammond, Indiana MC Vince Ash made waves in 2018 with his understated yet bludgeoning debut Do or Die. In 2020, he followed it up with Vito. On Friday, he dropped the deluxe edition of the project, featuring production from Sledgren, Polyester the Saint, and Fredwreck.
ILOVEMAKONNEN — My Parade
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Upon his release from Warner Records, DIY-trap-emo audio auteur iLoveMakonnen returns with My Parade, a surprise album he described in a statement as “having your own parade even if the world is raining down on it.”
DJ Megan Ryte — DJ Megan Ryte
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Hot 97 DJ Megan Ryte spent the better part of three years making her self-titled album, and the product is a blending of unlikely pairs, genres, coasts, cultures. The Virginia native puts Alabama crooner Yung Bleu alongside Wyclef Jean, Guapdad 4000 next to Flipp Dinero, and Young MA with Skillibeng just in time for what should be a raucous summer.
Caleb Brown — Nevaeh: A Memoir
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Baton Rouge MC Caleb Brown worked four years on Nevaeh: A Memoir. The project is an exploration of his own roots featuring production from Grammy-nominated producers Mike & Keys and My Guy Mars.
Kenny Mason — Angelic Hoodrat: Supercut
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Atlanta MC Kenny Mason blends his local counterparts with his own rock influences on the deluxe version of his Angelic Hoodrat album. This time around, Freddie Gibbs, Angel White and Ambar Lucid make guest appearances.
Big Scarr — Big Grim Reaper
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Gucci Mane’s new 1017 Records roster keeps getting bigger. After his appearances on his SoIcyBoyz compilation album, Memphis MC (and cousin of Pooh Shiesty) Big Scarr drops his debut project with some help from his labelmates.
Yelawolf & DJ Paul — Slumafia
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Blog era alumnus Yelawolf has always cited Three 6 Mafia’s influence on his music. On Slumafia, he links up with half of the legendary group (as well as Hypnotize Camp Posse member Gangsta Boo) for an 8-track project.
Nebu Kiniza — Back2Lyfe
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Atlanta-via-Queens MC Nebu Kiniza returns with a seven-track EP, his first project since 2018. Guests include Lil Tecca, Lil Keed, Future, and Young Nudy. Kiniza handles the bulk of the project’s production, save two tracks.
Hus Kingpin — Threesome 2: The Art of Sex
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New York MC Hus Kingpin revisits some classic samples (The Pharcyde’s “Runnin,” Lil Kim’s “Crush on You,” Adina Howard’s “Freak Like Me”) to continue his Threesome series. Guests include Miles Bonny.
Bound by their love for hip-hop and each other, Eternia and Mr. Lif share “The Story of Us” for the latest single off Eternia and Rel McCoy’s collab LP, FREE. The track boasts Rel’s warm production paired with gripping rhymes from Eternia and Lif who explore their lives leading up to the day they met. It’s a beautiful track made all the more stunning with Eliki’s haunting vocals.
BOSSIP’s Sr. Content Director Janeé Bolden spoke with “Dear White People” stars Logan Browning (Samantha White) and John Patrick Amedori (Gabe Mitchell) about Vol. 4 being a musical season and their reaction when they first found out. Needless to say, the actors were happy about the news.
“We’ve always talked about a musical episode and how fun it would be so when they decided to do a whole season what was I going to say, ‘No’? ” Amedori recalled to BOSSIP. “We were given the opportunity to be in a musical. Come on, let’s do it. ”
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When asked about his favorite song to perform this season he didn’t hesitate to answer with N’Sync’s hit breakup jam: “Bye, Bye Bye.”
“Absolutely ‘Bye, Bye, Bye’!’ Amedori’s co-star Logan Browning chimed in.
“That was also really good too because, Logan and I the way we work together, from the previous recording to the day of shooting we kind of choreographed, well our choreography within the fight, and let us do the scene as a real fight with how we felt, it just felt really good it kind of came together, that’s definitely a highlight for me,” Amedori told BOSSIP.
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For folks who aren’t fans of the show, Browning and Amedori both play film students/filmmakers and much of Vol. 4 revolves around their projects and what they decide to keep and leave out. We had to ask if there were things from the actual show that they were sad to see cut from previous seasons.
“I definitely have things that didn’t make it, but,” Browning paused before telling BOSSIP. ” No that would be a spoiler. There is something — there are things.”
“In general, at least I know joke-wise, I know that nobody was safe ever and I really enjoyed that aspect.” Amedori told BOSSIP. ” There was never a moment of ‘was that too much?’”
“I know, ” Logan interjected. “So we shot episode 8 of season two, part of one scene as a oner — where John Patrick and I and the camera operators were all moving in tandem, which we all thought was going to be one long cut. It ended up being cut up, which worked for the episode, but we were doing it so they wouldn’t have to cut but that’s very ambitious. That was one thing that was very hard to shoot.”
Sounds intense right? Well these two actors are very intense about their craft.
“We loved it!” Browning told BOSSIP.
“We couldn’t wait,” John Patrick Amedori added. “We spent an entire night going over it so by the time we brought the crew in to watch the rehearsal, we went full board we were 110% the entire time. We were ready to go. We were doing a performance.”
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The show is named “Dear White People” after Browning’s character Sam’s controversial radio show. In the final season, Sam continues to catch hell from other Black students for her interracial relationship with Gabe. As “Dear White People,” primary white character we wanted to know what Gabe learned in the show’s four seasons.
“He’s a guy who steps in it along the way,” Amedori told BOSSIP. “He steps in it in a relationship with a girl that he’s madly in love with, he messes it up and she forgives him. To know that he means well. That’s her nature. It’s a good balance for them being in the relationship because when he puts his foot in his mouth he’s essentially putting both of their feet in her mouth.”
Amedori’s unintentional play on words draws laughter both from BOSSIP and Browning, who responds, “That is very John Patrick. I don’t know what made me go back and look at an interview we did at the Paley Center and your answers to this question were so sus, I was like cracking up.”
“I have weird metaphors that start turning in my brain,” Amedori explained to BOSSIP. “They make sense to me and I just hope that they make sense. Which is kind of how I exist as a person.”
Amedori finished his thoughts by saying he didn’t think Gabe would be the person he ends up being (this season also includes a look at most of the key characters 20 years in the future) without having known Sam.
Watch the full interview below:
We’ve really enjoyed watching this relationship blossom over four seasons and can’t wait for the rest of the world to see how Vol. 4 plays out.
New episodes of “Dear White People” arrived on Netflix this Wednesday, September 22!