With so many new rap albums, mixtapes, EPs and songs dropping every week; knowing which ones are worth your time can be a challenge. But no worries, we'll help smooth out the process with "Now N' Laters," a column that highlights the hottest new releases of the week and the songs you'll want to listen to now — and later.
This week includes a number of high-profile releases, with albums from some of hip-hop's biggest legends and rising stars. With more than 30 years in the game to his credit, Oakland deity Too $hort further bolsters his resume with The Pimp Tape, the rapper's twentieth solo studio album and one that has been billed as the last of his career. Another project that found its way on our radar is Signed To The Streets 3, the latest installment in Chicago rapper Lil Durk's mixtape series and a release that speaks to the heart of the streets. This week's edition of Now N' Laters is rounded out by Trippie Redd, who delivers A Love Letter To You 3, which looks to further brand him as one of the more polished leaders of the new school.
With all three releases getting airplay and dominating the conversation, REVOLT shares our critics' picks for the three songs from each album that stand a cut above the rest and should be in heavy rotation. Be sure to let us know what your favorites are in the comments below.
Too $hort, The Pimp Tape
"Aint My Girlfriend": Drumma Boy cooks up a pulsating backdrop for this selection that finds Too $hort back to his philandering ways. Featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Jeremih, French Montana and Joyner Lucas, it's a certified banger and makes for one of the LP's more memorable moments.
"Give Her Some Money": Too $hort makes it rain on this track that finds the Oakland legend empowering the ladies. Produced by Helluva Beats, the cut is his latest strip club anthem and among the LP's more addictive offerings.
"Save All That Love": The rapper skips the small talk and gets straight to the point on this cut, a salvo from the album that's steeped in Bay Area flavor. Produced by P-Lo, the track pairs the rapper with Mozzy, Nef the Pharoah and Mista F.A.B. and finds all participants laying their mack down.
Lil Durk, Signed To The Streets 3
"Spin The Block": Produced by Southside and ATL Jacob, the opening track is a high-octane offering that commands listeners' attention. Featuring a guest spot from Future, who provides a verse and lends his vocal prowess to the hook, the cut continues the pair's collaborative streak and captures Lil Durk at the top of his game.
"Is What It Is": One selection that hits on all cylinders is "Is What It Is," which finds Lil Durk at his most boisterous. Produced by ChopSquadDJ and Southside, the track mixes reality rap with an ample amount of bravado, resulting in it being one of the mixtape's superior inclusions.
"Rockstar": Lil Durk closes out his mixtape with this rollicking track that captures the Chicago native's flair. Produced by Young Chop and boasting a guest appearance from Lil Skies, "Rockstar" finds the pair sauntering over electric guitar riffs and is among the effort's more potent collaborations.
Trippie Redd, A Love Letter To You 3
"Can't Love": Guitar strings and percussion greets listeners on this melodic offering from that tackles matters of the heart. Produced by OZ, "Can't Love" thrives on Trippie Redd's vocal stylings, as the rising star lets the emotions spill on one of the project's superior cuts.
"A.L.L.T.Y. 3": Baby Goth joins Trippie Redd the title track. Produced by Dez Wright & OZ, it's one of the more boisterous offerings from the LP and captures the Ohioan in his zone.
"Elevate & Motivate": Krischordz and OZ helm the boards on this standout cut from that finds Trippie Redd on a triumphant note. Featuring appearances from YoungBoy Never Broke Again and newcomer Nel-Denarro, the cut rates as the project's most enticing collaborative effort.
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