ASAP Ferg, Quality Control Music, Young Thug and other titles from this week’s upcoming hip-hop releases, but there’s a lot more to hear as rappers take advantage of the diminishing summer months to launch their latest projects and spend the last few weeks out of school under the sun. With outputs ranging from ASAP Ferg EP, Floor Seats, to oversized Quality Control, Call Control, Volume 2 compilation, there’s more than enough music to make your speakers sound anywhere and anytime you need them. And while big names will obviously attract the most attention, it’s worth visiting India, as emerging rappers like Los Angeles Rucci and Bay Area P-Lo join cousins Stizz and Currensy in proposing fun, focused projects that will please their unconditional, regional and casual fans. Stizz’s first two singles, “Perfect” and “STP,” are brutal and contagious jams and, judging by “their” trajectory, the rest of their “their” album is definitely in the same direction. Boston rapper Stizz skillfully avoided the weekend crisis by releasing his second album a few days earlier, and with criticism from City Girls, Freddie Gibbs and Smino, it’s worth taking a detour before the flood of new songs arrives on Friday. ASAP Ferg’s last full project was Still Striving in 2017, and although many of the hits that blocked the hit list of the Harlem rapper’s latest efforts still end up in the club, it’s certainly time for him to give up a follow-up to maintain that momentum. The simple “Eyes Closed” and “Right Now” show exactly what to expect: No more lifestyle raps to the drunken rhythms of Nard & B producers. So far, singles like “Pups”, “Wigs” and “Wam” have had an impact, so hopefully this tight collection will last from start to finish. Currensy’s crazy work ethic shows no sign of abandonment as he prepares to launch his amazing fifth project in 2019. Here you will find the best hip-hop albums published this week.
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