The amount of music that’s been dropping this summer has been at an all time high. Been waking up to everything from fire singles to 19-track albums. With our favorite rappers to our favorite indie up & comers, music got this summer on a chokehold. What a time to be alive ✨
We’ve gathered some of our favorite projects that have dropped this summer & compiled a must-hear list for your listening pleasure. Some artists you will probably already be familiar with, some are back from hiding in the cuts & stronger than ever. Summer Eighteen, s/o to you!
Bas- Milky Way
Two years since his last release, Too High To Riot album, Dreamville’s Bas is back with his latest project Milky Way. The 14-track project features guest appearances from J. Cole, Correy C, Ari Lennonx, ASAP Ferg, and Lion Babe, among others. This album showcases Bas expanding his sound while still serving up the ‘milk’. Smooth & melodic, yet heavy on the lyricism.
Juice WRLD- Goodbye & Good Riddance
Goodbye and Good Riddance, is an ode to love and the ups & downs of drug-addiction. It’s a vulnerable, intoxicating journey that explores heartbreak as much as it revels in it. Right from the onset, Juice embodies his journey through all that encapsulates love & pain.
VanJess- Silk Canvas
The Nigerian-American R&B duo formed by sisters, Ivana and Jessica Nwokike, released their album, Silk Canvas this past July. The rich fluidity of the album rises from the fusing of two personal journeys with their Nigerian heritage — the connection goes beyond the enduring bonds of sisterhood. There is a sense of some spiritual feeling that was present when Silk Canvas was created, particularly the way in which the album was arranged. The tones and harmonies of the album are private and intimate.
Jamaican dancehall Superstar, Popcaan, returns with an immensely likeable crossover album that pulses with positive energy. His second 17 track LP plays to his familiar strength, that lightly Auto-Tuned voice, w/ a batch of R&B-friendly tunes & minimal instrumentation. This one has been on rotation for us this summer!
KEY! x Kenny Beats- 777
Sometimes, things just align. As it comes to Atlanta veteran rap-star Key! and buzzing LA based producer Kenny Beats, the time was simply right for them to team up. The beats on 777 glint and glide in all the right places, and Key’s flow is effortlessly rich. Our personal faves off this project are include ‘Dig It’ & ‘Kelly Price Freestyle’.
Travis Scott- ASTROWORLD
Without a doubt, one of the best albums of the year. The name— a nod to a now-shuttered Six Flags- amusement park in Houston —represents a staple of Travis’ childhood. His bottled up adrenaline is incorporated it into his long-awaited third album, a body of work that plays out like a 58 minute rollercoaster of thrills pulsating energy. The beats of course also sound spacey and alive, switching & blurring so seamlessly that it’s hard to know what song is actually playing. Mind-blowing!
YG- Stay Dangerous
Stay Dangerous, is YG’s third accomplished album in four years, & features DJ Mustard on over half of its tracks. As a big fan of his last two major projects, we all love us some classic YG. The combination of the Los Angeles rap traditionalism—chiseled lines, punchy hooks & Mustard’s brawny synths turns songs like ‘Big Bank’ and ‘Too Brazy’ into the kinds of adrenaline-high songs that make you want to get up & really move something.