Now N' Laters | Drake, Lil Durk; and Rich The Kid, Famous Dex, and Jay Critch
Peep the new music releases to blast all weekend long!
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 lineup includes a mix of fresh projects from an array of star talent. As the music world waits with bated breath for Drake’s next studio album, the megastar looks to tide fans over with a collection of loose cuts released throughout his illustrious career titled Care Package. In the midst of his legal troubles, Lil Durk drops off Love Songs 4 The Streets 2; which features appearances from Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj, 21 Savage, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Key Glock, and King Von. And last, but not least, is Rich Forever 4; a project that finds Rich The Kid, Famous Dex and Jay Critch forming like Voltron with yet another riveting collection of tracks.
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.
Drake: Care Package
“How Bout Now”
Drizzy looks back on the past on this loosie from 2014, which finds the rapper basking in his newfound glory. Produced by Boi-1da, this track was originally released to stir up anticipation for Drake’s Views album and it’s among the more revered bangers in the Canadian’s vault of lost tapes.
Syk Sense, Ducko McFli, The Fam and Boi-1da helm the boards on this celebratory heater that was released prior the 2014 NBA and NFL drafts. Reeling off slick couplets, Drizzy pays homage to Johnny Manziel and Andrew Wiggins, two prized prospects who mirrored the OVO star’s image as a phenom.
“Paris Morton Music”
In 2010, Drake hijacked Rick Ross’ “Aston Martin Music” beat for this freestyle, which found the new kid on the block volleying witty metaphors and one-liners over production by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and 40. Following its release, a portion of Drake’s verse was tacked on the official remix. It has since become one of the more revered collaborations in Drizzy’s catalog.
Lil Durk: Love Songs 4 The Streets 2
Lil Durk comes out the gate swinging with this aggressive number from his latest offering. Produced by DY, this track finds Durk running roughshod over the beat, resulting in an enticing tune that has the makings of a fan favorite.
Chopsquad DJ provides the backdrop on this murderous composition that captures Durk with blood in his eyes. Boasting an appearance from 21 Savage, this salvo finds the two co-conspirators trading couplets and the track serves as one of the superior moments on Durk’s latest long player.
Lil Durk gets high maintenance on this track from his latest body of work, which features a guest spot from Meek Mill. Produced by Jahlil Beats and The Beat Bully, this rollicking tune finds the pair at the height of the powers and continues their collaborative chemistry.
Rich The Kid, Famous Dex, Jay Critch: Rich Forever
Rich, Dex and Critch join forces on this amped up selection from Rich Forever 4. Rhyming over a hypnotic soundscape, the trio find themselves in a festive mood and turn in one of the more infectious songs on their project.
This composition finds A$AP Ferg teaming up with Rich The Kid and Jay Critch to get their flex on. Spitting over bouncing 808s, the New York natives put forth a stellar track that is worthy of real estate in your daily playlist.
“Off The Loot”
Famous Dex and Rich The Kid brandish their wealth and status on this lavish selection from Rich Forever 4. Doing their bidding over a woozy instrumental, they get ostentatious on this boisterous cut.
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