New Music Mondays But For Two Weeks
New Music Mondays here at Rap Aechelon took a bit of a hiatus with Kendrick Lamar dominating the previous week which made it difficult for any music artist to reasonably drop anything that day. However, with an additional week, here are our picks for this edition of New Music Mondays.
Kendrick Lamar – ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’ (LP)
Eighteen tracks of pure goodness that only just saw a release of a physical copy of the album the morning before it garnered an impressive 295k copies sold off streams alone which is impressive. To subject this LP on validity based to just first week sales is ridiculous however with Kendrick’s fourth studio album being his most transparent since ‘GKMC’ and creative to date. It really brings the power of therapy and acceptance tot he forefront as a multitude of feature makes this album a show in for album of the year nominations. It’s personally my favorite.
Leon Thomas Ft. Benny The Butcher – “X-Rated” (Single)
The single marks GRAMMY warding winning songwriter and producer Leon’s debut music under multiplatinum artist, singer, songwriter, producer Ty Dolla $ign’s newly inked EZMNY Records, a joint label venture with Motown Records.
Ty shares his excitement, stating, “Leon’s talent was just a higher level from every other singer or producer that I was hearing, and the fact that he was doing everything himself from playing bass to working Logic and Pro Tools. From the first song I heard, I knew he was one of them ones.”
Quavo And Takeoff (Unc & Phew) – “Hotel Lobby” (Single)
Over the years, Quavo and Takeoff have gone wild once or twice. However, they go wilder than ever on their latest single and music video “Hotel Lobby”—available via Quality Control Music Group/Motown Records. Quavo and Takeoff reveal a woozy and wobbly banger on a whole different level. The airy cinematic production and ominous beat set the tone as Quavo and Takeoff trade one intoxicating bar after another. Co-directed by Keemotion and Quavo, the music video serves as an insane homage to the cult classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas directed by Terry Gilliam and co-starring Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro.
In the clip, Quavo and Takeoff assume the roles of Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo cruising through the desert with a “mobile pharmacy” before pulling up to a Las Vegas hotel and barely passing the doors to check in. All kinds of psychedelic, tripped-out trap madness follows as they deliver the South’s first proper hip-hop homage to the late Hunter S. Thompson. Look for more tracks from them instead of the universally known Migos in the near future.
4PF’s Chalynn – “What You Do” (Single)
Chalynn was handpicked by Lil Baby to be the first woman and R&B singer to join his Four Pockets Full label. Showing off the skill and seduction that endeared her to the industry conquering superstar, Chalynn shares “What You Do,” her sensuous slow jam.
Delivering an understated, but technically impressive performance, the First Lady of 4PF describes the intoxicating feeling of a new relationship, where the chemistry is perfect and thrilling new experiences feel as familiar as breathing. Adorned with flecks of acoustic guitar and blasts of room-enveloping bass, “What You Do” creates a hypnotic soundscape that mimics the dream-like state Chalynn enters when in the company of her new bae.
Johnny Rocket – ‘High Speed’ (EP)
DMV native Johnny Rocket enlists the likes of GG affiliate No Savage and 3OhBlack for his latest EP; ‘High Speed.’ Seven tracks of energetic sounds that are powered by Rocket’s creative puns and outstanding beat selection.
Best known for his award winning sex trafficking awareness single and video “Survive” the Washington, D.C. native reveals a nice, underrated EP drop in 2022 set to position him into potential stardom for the rest of the year.
Big Boi & Sleepy Brown Ft. Scotty ATL – “Do Ya Best” (Single)
Outkast’s Big Boi and Organized Noise’s Sleepy Brown have just released the visual to “Do Ya Best” (feat. Scotty ATL), a standout track on their collaborative album Big Sleepover. The vivacious visuals show Big, Sleepy, & Scotty as the centerpiece of a South Beach-style party and court-side at a high-end fashion show featuring an assortment of beautiful models.
Big Boi spits his laid-back verse sporting a Roman-style headpiece, while Sleepy lays down his smooth hook sitting on a beach surrounded by luxurious cars and the beaming sun. “Do Ya Best” (feat. Scotty ATL) was a crowd favorite from Big & Sleepy’s 2021 critically-acclaimed collaborative album Big Sleepover, and this visual only adds to the swagger and finesse of the funky track.
90Rackss – “Allegations” (Single)
90Rackss continues to dominate the trenches of New Jersey in 2022 with the release of his new music video for buzzing single that follows his potential break “Why Would I Lie” with “Allegations.” Blending his unique vocal snarl and excellent ability to capture drill beats, 90 attacks another eerie beat with much vigor.
He makes his point clear, only loyalty in his circle; and with “Allegations” he wants the single to communicate that message effectively. To go along with the new audio is a Rari Digital shot visual; that has the Jersey native surrounded by his comrades as they trap and rock out the audio.
Diana Ross & Tune Impala – “Turn Up The Sunshine”
Music icon Diana Ross and psychedelic rock band Tame Impala have joined forces for a new summer anthem, “Turn Up The Sunshine.” It’s the first single from the Minions: The Rise of Gru soundtrack.
Produced by Jack Antonoff, “Turn Up The Sunshine” radiates optimistic energy. Ross uses her beautiful voice to inspire the youth to be a light in the world, especially when enduring dark times.
“If this weather makes you frown / And some people get you down / Remember, love’s like sound It’s better when it’s loud / And if there’s no sun in sight We can bring the light together / Day or night We’re shining from inside,” Ross sings on the ’70s-inspired tune.
Any tracks or albums you wanted to see or think we should add? Let us know!