The Sniper Gang leader revealed on Thursday (May 18) that his fifth LP Pistolz & Pearlz will arrive next Friday (May 26), which creates a stacked day of rap releases as Durk’s Almost Healed and Bagg’s Hard to Love: Heartless Edition are also dropping that same day.
“PISTOLS & PEARLS – 5/26/23 THANX to EVERYONE THATS BEEN ON THIS JOURNEY WITH ME LUVIN & THUGGIN ! I COULDNT FIND PEACE WITHOUT ALL THE VIOLENCE @atlanticrecords It’s Been Well,” Kodak wrote on Instagram while sharing the album’s cover art and tracklist. “Nothing But Gratitude & The Utmost Respect.”
Featuring appearances from EST Gee, Loe Shimmy and a host of other Sniper Gang artists, the 21-track album will serve as Yak’s final release on Atlantic, where he’s called home since 2017’s Painting Pictures.
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Following the release of Pistolz & Pearlz, Kodak Black will take his talents to Capitol Records, who he agreed a deal with last October.
The project follows up 2022’s Back For Everything, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 60,000 first-week sales. It was home to his smash hit “Super Gremlin,” which enjoyed similar success on the Billboard Hot 100 while being certified platinum by the RIAA.
Lil Durk’s Almost Healed was originally supposed to arrive on May 12 in a face-off with his bitter rival NBA YoungBoy, but he elected to push the project back at the last minute and dropped his J. Cole-assisted “All My Life” single instead, which should make a lofty debut on the Billboard Hot 100 next week.
There’s no beef between Durkio and Kodak, though, as the pair will be hitting the road together this summer as part of the former’s recently-announced Sorry For The Drought Tour.
Moneybagg Yo, meanwhile, announced Hard to Love: Heartless Edition earlier this month, penning a heartfelt letter that explained his two-year absence from music.
“I gained and lost more than I ever thought I would and had no other safe outlet for all the emotions and dark thoughts that came with that other than making music,” he wrote.
The mixtape is just one of two projects the Memphis rapper is planning to drop this year along with his fifth studio album.