December has officially arrived, and while the cold winter months are now upon us, the world of hip-hop and R&B decided to come through this week with some fire.
If you’re stuck in a post-Thanksgiving malaise, look no further: There are plenty of hits for every type of fan represented on this week’s edition of HipHopDXNew music Friday.
Kicking things off this week are Latto, GloRilla and Memphis legend Gangsta Boo with their collaborative single “FTCU.” From there we head north to Harlem where we link up with A$AP Rocky for his latest drop “Shittin’ Me.” Also included this week is the generational mashup of 21 Savage and Nas on “One Mic, One Gun,” Corda’s “Feel It In The Air,” and more.
What’s getting your first spin this week? Tell us in the comments.
Latto, GloRilla & Gangsta Boo – “FTCU”
Latto, GloRilla and Gangsta Boo are an unexpected but deeply welcome trio. Three standout MCs, two from this generation and one from the era that helped pave the way, their latest effort “FTCU” was designed to inject some heat into December.
Latto, the hard-spitting Atlanta rapper known for hits like “Big Energy,” also appeared on the remix to Glorilla’s ultra-viral “FNF (Let’s Go)” alongside JT of City Girls. Meanwhile, Gangsta Boo has been active lately, releasing “Big Momma” with Hannah Monds last October.
A$AP Rocky – “Shittin’ Me”
For years, A$AP Rocky has hardly been active in the rap world. You had to go back to 2018 to find a new album from the New York rapper. And while he’s dropped a few singles and features since then, namely “DMB,” “Arya” with BAPE founder Nigo, and “Doja” with $NOT, Rocky has been relatively silent.
His latest single “Shittin’ Me” just arrived and hints that there may be more to come from the “Sundress” MC.
Nas & 21 Savage – “One Mic, One Gun”
One of the pitfalls of social media is that any error or mistake spreads like wildfire, obscuring or even changing the intent of the person who originally spoke. 21 Savage can speak directly to this as his comments about generational great Nas were blown out of context and used in an attempt to spark a non-existent beef.
In an effort to combat that false narrative, Nas and 21 Savage teamed up for “One Mic, One Gun,” a booming song of mutual respect.
IDK – “Coal”
Cordae – “Feel It in the Air”
Don’t let his age fool you: Cordae’s journey in hip-hop may seem sudden, but it was truly a strategic and concerted effort from one of the hungriest young rappers in the game.
After the release of Cordae’s From a bird’s eye view, which was met with mixed reviews, the former YBN member continued to push his nostalgic sound with singles like “Unacceptable” and “So With That,” as well as featured verses on songs like Bazzi’s “Only Fan” and “Spinnin'” with Dougie B and B-Lovee. Less than a month after his last verse dropped, Cordae is back with “Feel It In The Air.”
Coi Leray – “Players”
Coi Leray receives a lot of unnecessary hate in the hip-hop landscape. Known for its exuberant and playful feel, her music is often more well-executed than people give it credit for. Take, for example, the liveliness of tracks like “Blick Blick” featuring Nicki Minaj or “TWINNEM.”
Leray’s latest offering “Players” is a fun take on a classic sound, with the “No More Parties” rapper borrowing a sample from the famous “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five and adding his own bubbly texture.
Allstar JR & BabyTron – “MMA”
$UICIDEBOY$ – “My Swisher Sweet, But My Sig Sauer”
$UICIDEBOY$’s gruesome and angsty sounds have been blending genres for nearly a decade. Comprised of cousins Ruby da Cherry and $crim, the New Orleans-based duo draws influence from a variety of sources, including the grime of Three 6 Mafia, heavy rock bands like Korn and more.
Their latest single “My Swisher Sweet, But My Sig Sauer” is a mix of their previous work: hard raps over heavy, southern drums.
Lil Skies – “RAGE!”
Don’t forget to stream “Hoodwinked” by TOBi, this week’s Honorable Mention.