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The Best New Hip-Hop This Week

Rephrase my Getty Image/Merle Cooper
The best new hip-hop this week includes albums, videos, and songs from GloRilla, Latto, Little Simz, and more.
This week in hip-hop was light but action-packed. Obviously, the biggest news this week had nothing to do with music, but that doesn’t mean that there weren’t plenty of new releases to get excited about.
Schoolboy Q made his long-awaited return with two new singles, “Back In Love” and “Blueslides”:

GloRilla kicked off her album rollout with the self pep talk, “Yeah Glo!“:

And Latto took off on some of her biggest haters with “Sunday Service“:

Here is the best of hip-hop this week ending February 9, 2024.
BabyDrill — ScoreGod
Burgeoning Atlanta star BabyDrill, who was recently given a leg up by Latto, couldn’t wait a full year to drop the follow-up to 2023’s MadMan, instead opting to get a jump on the summer months best suited to his laid-back blow and nihilistic street anthems. Speaking of: Hunxho, Luh Tyler, and Rob49 are all equally perfect guest additions.
Fivio Foreign — Pain & Love 2
Fivio Foreign
A quick-and-dirty release from the 33-year-old Brooklyn native, Pain & Love 2 still finds him toying with the UK drill sound, pushing its boundaries to see just how malleable it can be sonically while sticking to the street-struck lane he’s most comfortable in lyrically. He wisely diversifies the guest spots to provide the variety he does not, bringing in crooners like Popcaan, Swae Lee, and Vory to balance the tough-guy raps of Lil Tjay, Meek Mill, Rowdy Rebel, and Sheff G. The album’s brevity is its strength; the replay switch will be staying on.
Little Simz — Drop 7
A cool thing the British rapper has done throughout the course of her career is drop these little EPs between her full-length albums — and somehow, they’ve always been even more ambitious. This time, Simz tries on a diverse array of dance music sounds, from funky house to dembow to jungle to amapiano. This is far afield from what many rap fans are used to but giving it a chance is a great way to broaden your horizons. (There’s also the more conventional “I Ain’t Feelin It” to anchor things firmly in familiar rap sounds, if you need a break from jet-setting.)
AG Club & IceColdBishop — “How To Cry”

This is something different from AG Club. While you might know the Bay Area band from rowdy jams like “Memphis,” they took their placement on Pigeons & Planes’ See You Next Year 2 compilation to try something different and much more soulful. I like it.
Bryson Tiller — “Get Dis Money” Feat. Big Sean

Is this an official release? I don’t know. Didn’t it come out in January? Absolutely. Why am I including it here? Because Wednesday was J Dilla’s birthday and I can’t think of a more perfect tribute to his memory and legacy. Plus, it’s the first time we’ve heard Big Sean rap in like a year, and its on one of his fellow for better SEO. 

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