23 New Releases You Need in Your Rotation

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Let me make this very clear; Reason is going to be a household name very soon.  Artists with this much talent, writing ability, and as the title of his debut track suggests, Soul, do not slip through the cracks.  Listen to this man spit and tell me that it doesn't sound like TDE's newest signee has Kendrick-caliber potential.  I'll wait.



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After a two year hiatus from releasing any solo content, my personal favorite artist made his return with a 4 pack of absolutely incredible songs.  "65th and Ingleside" in particular stands to age as one of Chance's best songs with it's introspective lyrics describing previously unheard aspects of him and his fiance's relationship.  



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Chance continued what seems to be his comeback season with a feature on the newest bop from fellow Chicago based rapper Reeseynem.  This happy-go-lucky banger envokes a perfect end of summer vibe.



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It could easily be argued that these past weeks have been owned by Travis Scott, as he released one of the best projects of the year.  In what is in my opinion easily his best work to date, Travis shows an incredible amount of growth in his sound with the off the wall production value and ambitious organization of the album.  This is fully on display in both of the bangers above.  



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Ariana Grande makes a strong case for video of the year with her newest hit.  It flat out doesn't get better than the well thought out visuals she gives us with this one.



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Mac Miller also released an amazing overall project in "Swimming" this past week, the entirety of which is worth a listen as well.  It is clear his feelings on his split with Ariana played a part in the content of the project, as evidenced by two of the standout songs here.



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Everything 6lack does is innovative and refreshing to me, and I don't think I'm the only one who feels that way.  As he always finds a way to do, 6lack presents the point of view of the internal mental struggles an artist can sometimes face in a relatable way on his newest tracks.



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H.E.R. has evolved from an obscure faceless artist with a great voice to a downright superstar in a matter of a few years.  As the great ones tend to do, she has seized the opportunity by releasing some of her best work to date with her newest EP "I Used to Know Her: The Prelude."



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The announcement of A$AP Rocky & Tyler The Creator's upcoming joint project "WANG$AP" grabbed the attention of the hip hop world, as a collaborative project between two artists of their stature is a rarity.  It came accompanied by a visual for the first song off the project "Potato Salad."  It shows the duo letting their natural chemistry shine through as they bounce bars back and forth, and highlights the potential this release has.



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Freddie Gibbs has steadily released some of the best street music out there for a few years now. He may get the recognition some of us believe he has deserved as he joined the list of artists whose most recent body of work is also their best to date with "Freddie."



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Mick Jenkins has been one of the most underappreciated artists out there for nearly half a decade now, and with his latest efforts to vamp up the pace of his releases, it seems like he may finally change that.  In typical confident Mick fashion, he reminds us why he is one of the most respected young lyricists out of Chicago with his latest release "Bruce Banner."



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Giving his newest release the name "BeastMode 2" set the expectations through the roof for Future's follow up to the notorious original mixtape.  This standout, which highlights Future's ability to be vulnerable, demonstrates that he did not disappoint. 



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After canceling some tour dates amid the removal of key original member Ameer, it was unclear what Brockhampton's next move would be after taking the industry by storm.  They gave us our answer quicker than expected with a slew of recent releases that show they are not going to allow their momentum to slow down at all.



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Add Buddy to the list of those who seem to be really finding themselves as an artist in 2018.  The Compton rapper put out his debut album "Harlan & Alondra," which stands as his best work yet, and has a hit on his hands with the Ty Dolla $ign assister "Hey Up There."



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Taylor Bennett's new EP "Be Yourself" is easily his best work, and the title track shows that his brother Chance may not be the only one with a bright future in hip hop.



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Whether you are unaware of Starlito, you just got hip recently (like me), or you've been on the bandwagon for the decade he has been putting out music, his new tape "At WAR With Myself Too," is worth checking out.



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G Herbo continued his rise as one of Chicago's new generation of stars with his Southside produced album "Swervo."  It's hard to remember that this dude is 22 years old when he puts out tracks tracks like "100 Sticks," where he snaps along with Thug and shows why Chicago is standing so firmly behind him.



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Back in March when I interviewed Tobe Nwigwe at South By Southwest, I had a sinking feeling that he was going to blow up at any minute.  It turns out, the talent I saw in him was also recognized by Erykah Badu, Dave Chappelle, and thousands more that are now aware of one of Houston's rising star.  Get on the bandwagon now, because it's filling up fast.



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YG's "Stay Dangerous" flew a little bit under the radar because of the slew of artists who also released projects the same weekend, but that does not mean that the Compton native did not deliver, as evidenced by one of the album's standouts "Cant Get In Kanada."

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