• Matt Brown

#10 - Best New Hip-Hop / Rap Releases from August 28th (feat. The Weeknd, Roddy Ricch, Cordae)

Updated: Sep 1, 2020

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B4 The Storm - Album by Internet Money

Internet Money corrals nearly every single artist that’s considered “new and relevant” in the past year or two for his new album, “B4 The Storm”.

In terms of production, he does an excellent job at creating beats that fit the artists’ specific styles.  

While the production is pretty consistent, not all the artists featured on the project decide to show up to play. Trippie Redd is featured a total of 3 times on this album and he only makes 1 good appearance on “Blast Off”. Lil Skies also butchered his one feature on “Lost Me” and almost ruined that song as a whole. On the positive side of the artists : Lil Mosey, Iann Dior, The Kid LAROI, Swae Lee, Lil Tecca, Juice WRLD (RIP), Don Toliver, and even NAV all make exceptional standout appearances.

The combination of the majority of the artists performing well, with the solid production gives for a smooth listen with not too many skips. 

I’m giving this project a 7.8/10.

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Over Now - Single By Calvin Harris & The Weeknd

With the exceptional help of The Weeknd, Calvin Harris proves why he is and has been one of the better DJ/Producers in the game. A very laid back song with smooth synths and a moody bassline, it’s perfect for The Weeknd, especially when recently coming off of his “After Hours” vibe. 

Not a huge standout song, but it’s quality and as a whole is definitely top tier. It’s most definitely a song that should be added to everyone’s library. 


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Gifted (feat. Roddy Ricch) - Single by Cordae

After dropping YBN from his name, Cordae seems to be moving towards a more mature theme in music. In terms of pen game, he’s always stood out from the whole YBN group, but with this recent move, it appears as if he’s trying to make it more obvious of what he values and stands for in music. This collaboration with Roddy Ricch seems to be a show of where he’ll be heading with his music in the future.

Featuring an Ant Clemons sample at the beginning, the artists trade back and forth about their dream lives effortlessly. It’s a very smooth and relaxed song, with the only noticeable flaw being that it’s quite short.


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Royal Rumble - Single by Lil Tecca

The production on this is very different from what we would normally hear out of a Lil Tecca song. With heavy high tempo bass, dark keys, and dark strings, Lil Tecca bounces over this beat pretty naturally. It’s different from what we’d normally hear, but nonetheless a welcome change. In terms of quality, there are some times where Tecca misses a beat, but not bad enough to ruin the song. There also isn’t too much to go on about this song that will make it memorable.

I’ll give it a 7.3/10.

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Tap In (feat. Post Malone, DaBaby & Jack Harlow - Single by Saweetie

Now this where the controversy may begin. Saweetie makes music for girls who have too much energy, lack a decent amount of brain cells, and aren’t sober. Regardless, she does it well. She seems to find every rhythm and tune that’ll make a girl at a club go absolutely bonkers. But Saweetie still deserves credit because she buys into the niche and she does an excellent job of putting out consistent work. This remix adds a little diversity to the regular song, but still not enough to make me wanna listen to it by myself or with my friends. I respect the craft, but not so much the fans. 

I’ll give this a 6.9/10.