This week’s rap releases find a young rapper balancing the weight of the West Coast on his shoulders and a veteran veering from his norm in an attempt to reach new fans.
Kendrick Lamar, Good Kid: M.A.A.D. City
Kendrick Lamar’s highly anticipated fourth album and major label début, Good Kid: M.A.A.D. City, was released on October 23. The project, easily the most hyped since Drake’s début, is meant to justify the California rapper’s newfound popularity while solidifying his position as one of the best new rappers in the oft-disregarded new school. The album features rappers Drake, Jay Rock and MC Eiht and producers Hit-Boy, Scoop DeVille, Pharrell Williams, and Just Blaze.
Stand-out: “Backseat Freestyle”
POS, We Don’t Even Live Here
Rhymesayers Entertainment’s POS will also release his fourth album, We Don’t Even Live Here, on October 23. The album, a follow-up to 2009’s Never Better, finds the Doomtree co-founder exploring a more European club sound with help from Germany’s Boyz Noise, among others, and collaborating with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and mixer Andrew Dawson, who is known for his work with Kanye West. During a recent interview, POS revealed that the concept of the LP was to inspire fans to take a look at their lives, assess them, and make adjustments to find happiness.
Stand-out: “How We Land,” feat. Justin Vernon
In the mixtapes category, the pickings are slim this week. Future’s mixtape Super Future was slated to be released this week, but the Atlanta-based rapper pushed the project back to work on other songs. The release date is now unclear. But DeepSide Ent’s Young A.C. will release his DJ Holiday-hosted mixtape, Tipo815, this week.
Don’t forget about last week’s Best Rap Releases (Oct. 16)!