The week’s best new music from T.I., Gucci Mane, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and more.
Today is a good Friday for hip-hop fans, and there is so much new music to run through. This week saw the release of tentpole albums from trap legends T.I. and Gucci Mane, a new PARTYNEXTDOOR album, a handful of YSL songs, a new Benny The Butcher album, a Kanye loosie, and more.
T.I. – “Pardon” (feat. Lil Baby)
T.I. has released his 11th studio album The L.I.B.R.A. (The Legend is Back Running Atlanta), with features from an all-star crew of John Legend, Lil Baby, Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg, Benny the Butcher, Jadakiss, Jeremih, Young Thug, and more.
T.I. recently partnered with AllHipHop to launch the L.I.B.R.A. stimulus package, a sweepstake that gives out $12,000 daily to a lucky winner. The promotion ran from October 6-15.
Gucci Mane – “Meeting” (feat. Mulatto & Foogiano)
While Gucci is mostly known as the incredibly prolific, multi-platinum selling trap superstar with an unlimited catalog of hits, he’s also played the role of the music industry’s top A&R executive. He is personally responsible for the careers of The Migos, Young Thug, Zaytoven, Mike-Will-Made-It, OJ Da Juiceman, Waka Flocka, Nicki Minaj, Rich Homie Quan, Young Scooter, Peewee Longway, Young Dolph, and so many more.
Unfortunately due to a 2014-2016 incarceration, along with problems with drug abuse beforehand, many believed Gucci’s days of creating new stars were over. Gucci Mane, however, has one of the few good 2020s.
After a series of Instagram contests, he has revitalized his 1017 label with a slew of new artists including Foogiano and Pooh Shiesty. Despite its misleading title, So Icy Gang, (Vol. 1) is the second 1017 tape of the year. It follows this summer’s So Icy Summer.
Kanye West – “Untitled Presidential Campaign Theme Song”
In case you missed it, (you didn’t) Kanye West is running for president. Despite a successful effort by most states to keep him off their ballots, Kanye seems to still be shooting his shot. Earlier this week he dropped a new “campaign song,” along with a campaign ad, and some dubious poll statistics.
THE WHOLE TEAM IS SO ENERGIZED THAT I HAD TO RELEASE THEME MUSIC NAH NAH NAH pic.twitter.com/p3NhTV11cN
— ye (@kanyewest) October 14, 2020
Pop Smoke – “Iced Out Audemars” (Remix) [feat. Lil Wayne]
Another week, another Lil Wayne verse… AND more posthumous Pop Smoke. Lil Wayne has put out release, after release, after release the last couple of weeks, and Pop Smoke has managed to stay very relevant despite his untimely passing.
Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon, released several months after his death, is projected to shoot back to no. 1 on the Billboard 200 album charts this week.
Benny The Butcher – “Legend” (feat. Hit Boy)
Benny The Butcher and producer Hit Boy just shared a brand new album Burden Of Proof. Earlier this year, Benny released an album with his BSF crew for DJ Drama’s Gangsta Grillz series titled Black Soprano Family. Hit Boy is also coming off a streak of albums including the latest Nas and Big Sean projects. The tape features appearances from Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Freddie Gibbs, Westside Gunn, Conway, and others.
And there’s still more…
There were enough new tracks dropped on New Music Friday to keep you listening for days. Check out some of the rest below.