Whenever anyone asks me who my favorite rapper is I always give the same answer without any hesitation, Nas. I have listened to Nas religiously since I was 13. His lyrics have been a source of inspiration for my own writing and pursuit of knowledge.
I am really excited for Nas’ album The Lost Tapes 2 which is dropping this Friday. “Jarreau of Rap” is the first single from the album and it is a jazz track that features legendary musician Al Jarreau. Check it out below.
I’ve been discovering a lot of great new music from artists that I have instantly become fans of. “Open Wide” is a mellow track from Spencer. that features a hip hop and dream pop sound. Check it out below.
I am a little late to Goldlink. I heard his name pop up on several tracks from artists that I like but I never listened to his own work. Now, I feel like I slept on his music and have been listening to him nonstop. “Zulu Screams” is a glorious track from his new album Diaspora. The dancehall and house song is made for these summer days. Check it out below.
KOTA The Friend creates some of the most mellow and thoughtful songs including the new single “For Colored Boys.” On the jazzy track, KOTA gives advice to black boys on how to exit in this world. Check it out below.
Lil Nas X has been catapulted into the spotlight with his amazing hit song “Old Town Road.” The rapper released a music video with the track that features Chris Rock, Vince Staples, Billy Ray Cyrus, and others. Check it out below.
A$AP Ferg and A$AP Rocky team up for new single, “Pups.” Check it out below.
Los Angeles rapper YG continues to impress with his diverse range of music. He has dabbled in gfunk, trap, and now Spanish guitar on the track “Go Loko.” Check it out below.