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’s slate of new heat includes the debut of one of the most celebrated young lyricists in rap, a sophomore set from one of Cali’s breakout stars, and a long player from one of ATL’s finest. Having built his reputation as one of the most formidable spitters over the past few years, Dave East unveils Survival, his long-anticipated debut album. Looking to cap off a landmark year, Doja Cat completes her victory lap with her latest album, Hot Pink. And last, but not least, Young Scooter crashes the party to drop off Trap Hero, which includes appearance from Young Thug, Lil Baby, Lil Keed, and more.
With all three releases getting airplay and dominating the conversation, REVOLT shares our critics’ picks for the three songs from each project that stand a cut above the rest and should be in your heavy rotation now -- and later. Be sure to let us know what your favorites are.
Dave East: Survival
J-Black serenades listeners with his vocals on this offering that finds East spouting off bars from the vantage point of the top floor. Produced by Mike N Keys, the track includes posthumous ad-libs from Nipsey Hussle and is just a sample of the brilliance of the album.
2. “Need A Sign”
East delves deep into a state of introspect on this salvo. Produced by CT, S.Dot, Boogz and AraabMUZIK, with guest vocals courtesy of Teyana Taylor, this gem accounts for one of the more awe-worthy moments on the project.
Jodeci’s 1993 hit “Feenin’” gets reworked by the rapper for this sensuous selection. Produced by Major Seven, KINGBNJMN, Dylan Graham and Boogz, this track, which is bolstered by an appearance from Jacquees, has the potential to increase East’s approval rating and garner radio airplay.
Doja Cat: Hot Pink
1. ”Won’t Bite
Things get frisky on this string-friendly salvo. Produced by Yeti Beats, with freelance bars from Smino, this early standout arrests ears from the moment play is pressed and is worthy of immediate inclusion on your playlist.
Guitars and percussion power this enticing number. Navigating production by Dr. Luke, Danielle Alvarez, Salaam Remi and Ben Billions, Doja Cat turns in a flawless performance that’s indicative of her ability to dominate any sonic backdrop.
3. ”Like That”
Gucci Mane pops up for a guest stanza on this standout, which finds Mr. LaFlare and the Cali native joining forces. Produced by Dr. Luke and Mike Crook, this salvo is highly deserving of real estate on your phone.
Young Scooter: Trap Hero
1. ”Drug Lord”
One of the first offerings from Young Scooter’s latest to pique the listener’s interest is this rollicking number. It finds the ATL rep showing reverence to the plug. Produced by Indo Beats and Jay Cornell, this track shows Scooter name-checking the most notorious kingpins in history and makes for a highly entertaining spin.
Yung Lan and Versace Beatz combine their talents to cook up this catchy tune. Featuring a guest appearance from Lil Baby, this track is among the superior inclusions on the project and is a sure bet to garner a nod of approval.
3. ”Trap Bars”
Tumbling 808s set the tempo on this selection, as Scooter phones in Young Thug and VL Deck for added reinforcement. Boasting production from Jay Cornell, this highlight stacks up well alongside any performance from Scooter.