Saweetie, Nicki/Lil Baby, Fivio Foreign, more

This week in hip hop, we have new projects from Jazmine Sullivan and Cousin Stizz that you can read about in Notable Releases, as well as projects from Mary J. Blige, the new owner of Death Row Snoop DoggRaveena, Wiz Khalifa & Juicy J, $PAS, G Perico, and more. We also have new singles from Saweetie, Nicki Minaj/Lil Baby, Duke Deuce/Rico Nasty, Future, Fivio Foreign (ft. Kanye West & Alicia Keys), Factor Chandelier/Open Mike Eagle, Curren$y/The Alchemist, and more . Plus, the Super Bowl Halftime Show is this Sunday featuring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige. Read on for all the rap and R&B songs we’ve released this week…

SAWEETIE – “CLOSER” (ft. SHE)

Saweetie continues to prepare for her highly anticipated debut album pretty female dog musicand here’s a new single, which features HER and finds the rapper in an airy R&B direction.

NICKI MINAJ – “BUSSIN” (ft. LIL BABY)

Just a week after teaming up on “Do We Have a Problem?”, Nicki Minaj and Lil Baby have reunited once again for another cross-generational rap collaboration.

DUKE DEUCE – “FALL DOWN” (RICO NASTY)

Duke Deuce’s crunk revival meets Rico Nasty’s punk-rap on this fiery, in your face, and seriously awesome new song.

FUTURE – “WORST DAY”

The hugely prolific Future has released their first single of 2022, a dose of slow-paced trap melancholy called “Worst Day.”

FIVIO FOREIGN – “CITY OF THE GODS” (ft. KANYE WEST & ALICIA KEYS)

Brooklyn drill star Fivio Foreign tapped Kanye West and Alicia Keys for an explosive ode to New York (which borrows elements from The Chainsmokers “New York City”), and, especially with Alicia’s involvement, it’s hard not to compare this one to “Empire State of Mind.” It’s off the next Fivio album BIBLEscheduled for March 25 via Columbia.

MOZZY – “THE REAL” (ft. RODDY RICCH)

Sacramento rapper Mozzy has teamed up with the more pop-ish Roddy Ricch for this melodic, soulful ballad.

PAUL WALL & TERMANOLOGY – “NO TOLERANCE” (ft. NEMS & FLY ANAKIN)

Houston rap veteran Paul Wall and Boston rap veteran Termanology have teamed up for a collaborative song, which has a beat from Statik Selektah and guest verses from rising underground rapper Fly Anakin and longtime Brooklyn rapper Nems (who recently gone viral). It is a classic style posse cut that is nodding heads.

FACTOR CHANDELIER – “SLEEPING UPSIDE DOWN” (ft. OPEN MIKE EAGLE)

Veteran hip-hop producer Factor Chandelier is gearing up for release Time invested IIa sequel to his 2002 debut album Time invested, which turns 20 this year, and the new single features Open Mike Eagle. Learn more here.

FANA HUES – “WILD HORSES”

Fana Hues announced a new project, flora + fana, due March 25 via Bright Antenna Records, and here’s lead single “Wild Horses,” which is a minimal, hypnotic neo-soul song (not a Rolling Stones cover). Fana says, “‘Wild Horses’ is a sound version of an old western movie. The music has elements that sound like a train coming down the tracks, and when I first heard it, I immediately saw a woman with all her belongings staring out the window at a passing barren desert. Her eyes are flooded with inner conflict. ‘Wild Horses’ is her story.”

CURREN$Y & THE ALCHEMIST – “TONIGHT’S SHOW”

Curren$y and The Alchemist have revealed that their new collaborative album Continuation will be out next week, and they’ve also released this jazzy, stoned new single.

RAUW ALEJANDRO – “CAPRICHOSE”

Puerto Rican reggaeton singer Rauw Alejandro follows last year’s big hit Vice versa with new single “Caprichoso,” which is fueled by a trap-inspired beat from Jamaican producer Rvssian.

KALI – “UONU” (ft. YUNG BLEU)

Rising rapper Kali follows up recent hits “Do A Bitch” and “MMM MMM” with a more airy, R&B-tinged song.

DÄLEK – “DECIMATION (DIS NATION)”

Industrial rap veterans Dälek have announced a new album, Precipicedue out April 29 via Ipecac, and lead single “Decimation (Dis Nation)” is as dark and abrasive as you’d hope.

For even more new songs, browse our daily “New Songs” lists. For more hip hop news, browse our “Hip Hop News” category.


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