HipHopDX – Several big names have staged their return to the limelight in this week’s edition of HipHopDX’s New Music Friday Singles coverage.
Among the high-profile group of artists re-emerging are Atlanta-bred trap rap mainstays Quavo and Takeoff, Grammy Award-winning lyricist Lupe Fiasco and Cash Money’s self-proclaimed King Of R&B, Jacquees.
There are also new offerings from artists such as Moneybagg Yo and Kodak Black, 42 Dugg and Arabian, TiaCorine and more.
Peep the full list of singles that were released on Friday (May 20), below.
Quavo & Takeoff – “Hotel Lobby”
Both Quavo and Takeoff have started off 2022 with a burst of momentum via their anthemic singles “Shooters In My Crib” and “Crypto” respectively.
Now the pair of Quality Control rap stars seek to keep pace by joining forces for their Fear And Loathing-themed “Hotel Lobby” collaboration.
Moneybagg Yo f. Kodak Black – “Rocky Road”
Memphis rapper Moneybagg Yo manifested arguably his most successful year thus far in 2021 off the strength of his Billboard chart-topping album A Gangsta’s Pain.
With the help of Kodak Black, the CMG and N-Less Entertainment signee gives his fans a glimpse of the “Rocky Road” he traveled in order to secure a bag and his spot at the top.
42 Dugg f. Arabian “Soon”
Even though he’s currently facing five years in prison, 42 Dugg appears to still be all smiles and focused on returning to the lavish lifestyle he and Lil Baby rapped about on their “We Paid” hit.
Affirming his belief he’ll be back home “Soon” the Detroit MC connects with Arabian for his latest vibe.
Lupe Fiasco – “Autoboto”
After a four-year hiatus, Chicago lyricist Lupe Fiasco snapped out of his Hip Hop hibernation and announced his return on May 18 by releasing the cover art and release date for his eighth LP, Drill Music In Zion.
Ahead of the release of the LP in June, Lupe shares his savvy “Autoboto” single.
Lil Gnar f. Lil Keed, Yak Gotti – “No Reason”
While the Atlanta rap community is still reeling from the untimely death of Young Thug’s YSL protégé Lil Keed, Lil Gnar is rejoicing in the memory of his comrade in music and life.
Utilizing the legacy of the Trapped On Cleveland 3 rapper, Lil Gnar and Yak Gotti turn up on the Die Bout It track “No Reason,” which includes a posthumous verse from Keed.
Jacquees – “Say Yeah”
Cash Money artist Jacquees is on a roll following his connection with CyHi for their heavy “Tears” collaboration.
Adding to the success of his Future-assisted “Not Jus Anybody” single, whic
TiaCorine – “FYK”
TiaCorine is quickly rising in the ranks of the rap game due to her poignant versatility and edgy aura.
Further leaning into the archetype of rap’s punk riot girl, the North Carolina native delivers her spicy “FYL” single.
Jelly & Juicy J – “Bubble Gum”
SOSSHOUSE signee Jelly is gearing up to deliver his Pi’erre Bourne-produced album with the help of a Memphis Hip Hop legend.
In anticipation of his upcoming project, The Wolf of Peachtree 2, Jelly recruits Juicy J for support on his “Bubble Gum” banger.
Leon Thomas f. Benny The Butcher – “X-Rated”
R&B singer Leon Thomas isn’t holding back now that he has a Grammy Award under his belt and has officially joined Ty Dolla $ign’s EZMNY Records.
Taking full advantage of the moment he’s manifested for himself, the former TV star secures a standout feature from Griselda MC Benny The Butcher for his “X-Rated” record.
Armani White – “Billie Eilish”
After weeks of an intensive, yet refreshingly creative and personal TikTok-driven social media campaign, West Philly-bred rapper Armani White has returned with the follow-up to his 2021 EP Things We Lost In The Fire.
Utilizing a sample of the Neptunes’ 2002 song “Nothin,” Armani White has crafted the ultimate name-dropping anthem via his “Billie Eilish” single.
Yung Cracka – “Play Doh”
Fan-favorite internet rapper Yung Cracka is currently on a Hip Hop-themed claymation kick.
Expressing his multi-hyphenate disciplinary affinities, the “Oreo” rapper sculpts a refreshing, vintage-leaning sonic landscape on his “Play Doh” offering.
Elajah Mouhammed – “BTOB”
Rising lyricist Elajah Mouhammed has seemingly adopted a policy ensuring his new music “never misses,” by injecting his handcrafted bangers with high vibrations.
Keeping pace with his luminary 2022 campaign, Elajah Mouhammed unleashes his captivating “BTOB” single.
Don’t forget to check out this week’s Honorable Mentions nominees, which include artists such as Logic and DJ Premier, Ronny J and Xhulooo, Ari Lennox, Faze Kaysan, Fivio Foreign and Sheck Wes and more. There are also several highlights in this week’s New Music Friday Albums coverage, which includes new releases from Lil Durk, Boldy James, and Lil Gnar, among others.
Stay up-to-date with the latest music releases here.
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