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15 New Hip-Hop Albums You Should Listen To Right Now (April 16th)



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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 & Fo15 — Zaytoven Presents: Fo15 Zaytoven

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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.


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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.

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Jay-Z Is Suing Dame Dash. These former friends have real issues.



Jay-Z Is Suing Dame Dash. These former friends have real issues.  And, unfortunately, this news may make things worst.

Jay is suing over Roc- A- Fella NFT

You would think by now Jay and Dame would have buried the hatch, so to speak. But that does not seem possible.

According to Entertainment News Jay’s “Reasonable Doubt” may be sold at auction by Dame. However, it appears Dame may not have the right to sell the NFT.

Because Jay’s attorney disputes any ownership rights by Dame. The NFT was scheduled to be sold at auction on June 23 but it was canceled.

So, now the rumor is Dame is frantically trying to find another auction to sell it. Of course, that is the account from Jay’s attorney.

On the other hand, Dame responded with this:

According to TMZ’s new report, Dash said that in March Jay-Z tried to buy his one-third share of Roc-A-Fella at “a price I deemed unacceptable.” Dash is now looking for a new buyer, according to TMZ. Dash told the outlet: “Under the terms of the deal with a potential buyer, the buyer would buy my share of Roc a Fella Records and Jay-Z will have exclusive administration rights.”

It appears to be a discrepancy in who owns what. When these sorts of things happen the court usually decides. This is why attorneys are now involved.

Here is a major reason why Jay and Dame parted ways

Roc-A-Fella Records were formed because Jay and Dame were having difficulty with someone signing artists. In 1995 the young men decided to create their own label.

In an article by  Robert Blair on Hot New Hip Hop he talked about the issues that led to the demise of the label.

Both men had differences in their approach to business. Also, both men didn’t have the same vision for the label. In addition, there was contention among the artist, as well.

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Check out the video above for more details.

For more Hip Hop Entertainment News check us out at Hip Hop News Uncensored. It’s the best Hip Hop YouTube channel.

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Queen Of Vibe&B Alex Isley Is Soul-Soothing Self-Care In Music Form



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When she’s not touching the sky with heavenly vocals, Queen of Vibe&B Alex Isley is making you feel like the best possible you as one of music’s most intriguing Indie gems.

Whether it’s elevating energy, backspacing toxic texts or inspiring you to drink more water, Alex is the vibe of all vibes who floats on her very own cloud on soul-soothing EP “Wilton.”

Since her stunning debut “The Love / Art Memoirs” in 2012, the enigmatic singer/songwriter has thrived under the radar with a golden catalog and loyal fanbase.

Born and raised in the presence of music royalty, the daughter of legendary guitarist Ernie Isley was drawn to performing at an early age.

From performances in the living room to elementary school talent shows, she developed a passion that would lead to a career as a musician.

At 12, she began classical vocal training and would later attend the LA County High School for the Arts where she discovered her love for Jazz music.

Inspired by Jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald and Kurt Elling, she incorporated the timeless sound into her performances as a Jazz Studies major at UCLA before eventually releasing her self-written and produced debut EP.

“Right when I was graduating from UCLA in 2009, it seemed like the music industry had a pretty dramatic shift, mostly in part to new technology and the rise of DIY and already having a buzz in order to get attention from labels,” she said in an interview with VoyageLa.

I remember feeling discouraged at times because of that, but I also remember that my love for creating and performing is what fueled me to not give up. That’s what always drives me. I really love this, and I’m reminded of that in tougher moments.”

Featured on the block party episode of HBO’s “Insecure” and STARZ’s “Run The World” opening theme, the emerging phenom continues to inch closer to mainstream stardom with good vibes only.

Stream her latest single “Good & Plenty” here and watch her essential Tiny Desk concert here.

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Illnes – “Deja Vu” | UndergroundHipHopBlog



Rising Santa Ana, CA based underground Hip Hop artist Illness is back, releases his new single “Deja Vu“, off his upcoming album “Straight Outta Quarantine” dropping July 1st 2021. Make sure to follow him on Instagram @illnesinfection.


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