new music friday

Not every week is as busy as the one before. Last week may have been loaded down with projects from the likes of Lil Yachty, Styles P, Popcaan and more, but this edition of New Music Friday is a bit more spare.

That doesn’t mean there’s nothing worth streaming, so don’t be disappointed by the lack of entries – each of the projects below pack a punch.

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Kicking things off this week is 2KBABY with his latest EP Scared 2 Love. From there we head to Louisiana to check out Kevin Gates’ latest project THE LUCA BRASI STORY (A DECADE OF BRASI). Also included this week are fresh tapes from Ella Mai and Killah Priest.

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2KBABY – Scared 2 Love

Louisville, Kentucky rapper 2KBABY rose to prominence through songs such as “Old Streets” and it’s Lil Durk-helmed remix, “Dreaming” and “Like This” with Marshmello. He’s now back with his latest EP, Scared 2 Love.

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Scared 2 Love continues the rapper’s vision of melodic trap with songs like “Mood Swings” and “Don’t Love Me Now” featuring charlieonnafriday, making it the perfect album to get prepared for Valentine’s Day.

Kevin Gates – THE LUCA BRASI STORY (A DECADE OF BRASI)

He has plenty of competition, but Kevin Gates may just be the most singular rapper in all of Hip Hop. His absurd antics, endlessly enjoyable anecdotes and his passionate, booming music make him truly one-of-one.

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With his first release of 2023, Gates continues his obsession with the mafia and Luca Brasi as he just dropped THE LUCA BRASI STORY (A DECADE OF BRASI).

Brian Brown – Two Minute Drill

Wale the Sage – RUNNING FROM TIME

Wale the Sage is likely a name you’re not familiar with, so jump on the train while there is still time. Born in Nigeria, Wale the Sage eventually moved to Kentucky at 15 years old. He’s known for clever raps backed by a soulful grooves.

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His latest project, RUNNING FROM TIME, is now out, and finds Wale grappling with new forms and sounds. The level-up is happening in real time, so keep an eye on Wale as he continues to grow.

Afroman – Famous Player

Ella Mai – Heart On My Sleeve (Deluxe Edition)

GRAMMY Award winning R&B singer Ella Mai has just released the deluxe edition to her 2022 album Heart On My Sleeve.

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Adding three brand-new tracks in “2 O’Clock,” “This Is” and “Our Song,” Mai expands on the themes of love, damaged relationships and keeping track of yourself throughout.

Killah Priest – Ragnarok Remixes

Be sure to stream Da Hottest by Hotblock JMoe, Mistah F.A.B.’s Gold Chains & Taco Meat 3 and Dragonfly by LaRussell and Dom Bailey, this week’s Honorable Mentions.