Music summer school: A guide to recent rap/hip-hop releases
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LOS ANGELES, Aug 13 — Been too busy to stay up-to-date on the latest music? Now that summer is here, bringing more relaxation time, we’re helping you catch up, suggesting a selection of albums in a handful of genres for your listening pleasure. This time: rap and hip-hop albums you may have missed.
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Lamar’s fourth studio album drew almost unanimous praise with its wide-ranging tracks, showcasing the sharp storytelling of a rapper at the top of his game.
Drake, More Life
Called a “playlist” rather than an album, the latest from Drake is true to form, packing emotion and expression into 82 minutes and 22 tracks.
If you haven’t yet listened to Jay-Z’s new LP, you’ve likely to at least have heard about some of its big reveals, the personal and introspective album offering a response to Beyoncé’s Lemonade.
The sophomore album from the Atlanta group was perhaps the year’s most-anticipated hip-hop release, and it saw the trio up their game with hits such as Bag and Bougie.
Remy Ma and Fat Joe, Plata O Plomo
Remy Ma ended Nicki Minaj’s winning streak as best female hip-hop artist at this year’s BET Awards. Ahead of her next solo LP, get to know her via this collaboration with Fat Joe.
Vince Staples, Big Fish Theory
The 24-year-old rapper from Long Beach, California, this year released his second album, an ambitious and lyrically skilled LP that covers new electronic ground. — AFP-Relaxnews