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 collection boasts a slate of blockbuster releases, as one of the most prolific rappers in history, a mouthpiece from the south with a knack for the hustle, and one of the more versatile artists of today all come through with new drops. More than a year removed from liberating Tha Carter V after years of false starts, Lil Wayne attempts to capitalize on the momentum created by his newfound freedom with Funeral, a body of work that finds him lyrically tapping into the fountain of youth. Having proven his staying power over the past decade, Yo Gotti has grown into one of rap’s most reliably consistent veterans, a trend that continues with his latest offering, Untrapped. And last, but not least, Russ unleashes his latest project, SHAKE THE SNOW GLOBE.
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.
Lil Wayne: Funeral
“I Do It”
Previously mentioning having worked with Lil Baby on a song this past summer, the record has finally been unearthed via Lil Wayne’s newest release, and the final product is as good as predicted. Running roughshod over the Rex Kudo and Charlie Handsome-produced track, Weezy and Lil Baby trades couplets along with Big Sean, who also pops up with clever quips of his own, combining their talents for a heater that is worthy of real estate in your playlist.
Tunechi takes the time to adjust his crown and run up a few racks on this lively cut, which includes a not so subtle reference to NBA Laker LeBron James. Featuring Jay Rock, who swoops in with an efficient guest spot, and produced by Bijan Amir, this selection finds Weezy showing off his collection wrist-wear, while Jay Rock brandishes his glock and costars in his own personal action flick.
Shouting out a diverse array of entertainers, Wayne puts together this infectious number that has an appearance from longtime Young Money member Lil Twist, who shines bright with a performance that should put him on the radar of listeners moving forward. Produced by Ben Billions, this track is disarmingly addictive.
Yo Gotti: Untrapped
Yo Gotti puts his hustle on pause to lay his finesse down on this synth-heavy number, which finds the Memphis boss displaying his more charming mannerisms. Featuring guest spots by A Boogie Wit da Hoodie and Ty Dolla Sign, this plush ditty has the trio popping tags, and styling over production by Rock Boy Beats and Yung Ladd.
After recruiting Lil Uzi Vert for the original, Yo Gotti enlists Megan Thee Stallion for the remix for his single “Pose.” Produced by JulianBeatz, Ben Billions and SoundsByBreezy, this booming standout includes Gotti, Uzi and Megan turning in quotable stanzas, all the while letting the camera catch their best side.
When it comes to waxing poetic about the dope game, Yo Gotti is one of the standard bearers, a reputation that is further bolstered by this CuBeatz and Southside produced salvo. Cast alongside fellow street king Rick Ross, Gotti envisions his own version of Coachella, where residue and paraphernalia come with the price of admission.
Russ: SHAKE THE SNOW GLOBE
After collaborating with one another on the Zoo standout “Last Forever,” Russ reconnects with Rick Ross for the silky groove. Batting lead-off, Russ runs down a list of his prized possessions while detailing his various escapades, with Rozay riding shotgun while spouting off cocksure couplets atop production by Boi-1da and Jahaan Sweet.
“All To You”
Matters of the heart are touched upon on this impassioned offering, which finds Russ unraveling his feelings over a guitar-driven backdrop. Featuring Kiana Ledé, with production courtesy of Russ himself, this selection showcases the multi-talents creative range and ability to tap into various moods.
“I Thought You Got Me”
Singing his praises during a recent interview and hinting at the possibility of the two working together, Russ reveals “I Thought You Got Me,” the BENNY THE BUTCHER collab he’s had tucked in the stash. Addressing the disloyalty of the women in their lives, Russ and BENNY are a reminder that opposites do attract, and can sometimes account for some pretty great music.