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Honorable mentions from mainstream music this week are 21 Savage’s I AM> I WAS and The-Dream’s three-sided Ménage à Trois. The-Dream’s album is centered around physical intimacy, while 21’s album is more personal in the aspect that the rappers speaks on experiences that inspired his growth in certain area in life, while choosing to remain true in other areas— necessarily so.Both albums are pretty diverse in sound, 21’s album being more so trap and The-Dream’s RnB.

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Wu-Tang members appear along side Teyana Taylor in her latest visual for "Gonna Love Me" remix, available as single, separate from her album, K.T.S.E.
 
Russ Dropped another Zoo visual, this time for "Missin You Crazy".
 
A$AP Rocky dropped the official visual for his single "Tony Tone" from his album, Testing, released in May.

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This week mainstream received a very transparent single for Kodak Black, two new albums from southern rapper, Gucci Mane and East Coast Legend, Ice Cube along with a number of visuals, most notably Sean Paul’s Naked Truth featuring Jhené Aiko, and Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” which caused a massive upheaval with its “Mean Girls” movie concept.

Gucci's Evil Genius is predictable, but that doesn't make it bad. It is expectedly centered around money and sex, which makes it great trap. The album is a great listen if you need to get a into a money mindset or if you just to need feel yourself (trap keeps my ego healthy). My favorite tracks on Evil Genius are "Cold Shoulder", "Father's Day", "Lost Ya Mind", and of course "Wake Up in the Sky".

Ice Cube's Everythangs Corrupt is a rendition of its title. Cube uses this unexpected album as a release and personal response to everything he's taken taken in during his hiatus, slandering the social and political system, and speaking up against the increase in drug abuse, as well as the decline in morality. He also flexes his inner-G sporadically; however, Cube's perspectives and delivery come as no surprise considering his music catalog. What I enjoyed most about Everythangs Corrupt is the sonic variety, more specifically the incorporation of funk, so assumably my favorite tracks are "Can You Dig It?" and "That New Funkadelic".

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Travis Scott dropped another subtly "woke" visual for "YOSEMITE", my favorite track off his album ASTROWORLD. Since its release, I have grown to appreciated the album more.
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On the 30th, rapper Meek Mill released his album, Championships. On the 19 track album, Meek covers everything from what sent him to the pin to getting out and questioning what it really means to be free. He talks humble beginnings, guns, crime, and dilemmas of the heart. Championships, in a way, is a personal celebration of beating the odds and coming into clean money. On the project, Meek gets flashy with his lyrics and to really do it big, he drafted artist like of Jay Z, Drake, and Rick Ross, all "Big Tymers" of today. My favorite songs off the project are the intro, "What's Free" and "Dangerous". Championships is available on major streaming platforms.
Nicki released yet another dope visual, this time for her single "Good Form" which feature Lil Wayne. The song can be heard on her Queen album.
On the 30th, Alessia Cara released her sophomore album, Pains of Growing and it is solid. As the title eludes, the project discusses life's experiences that force growth upon us, focusing heavily on love, heartbreak and the depression that may swoop down to overtake us shortly after. On Pains of Growing, As a result, Alessia was forced to overcome abandonment and a wavering self-esteem. The young singer even cries out to the Creator in confusion about ongoing strife over money, fame, and race on "7 days", a song I really enjoy amongst others such as "I Don't Want to", "All We Know", "Comfortable", and "Nintendo Game". The album is surely Pop, but Alessia's rich husky voice and the projects instrumentation gives Pains of Growing a 60's edge. The album is available on major streaming platforms.
Days ago, Chance The Rapper released two singles "My Own Thing" which features 2 Chainz and "The Man Who Has Everything". From the sound and look of it, both songs are tracks from Chances infamous album in the works.
Trey Songz released a sexy double sided album entitled 11/28, side 11 for slower vibes and side 28 for more up tempo vibes.

#MainstreamMonday: Kelly

Kelly, former Destiny’s Child member turned solo artist, is finally back with new music and the wait was definitely worth while. Kelly’s new self-titled single is a celebration of her life to date that showcases her beautiful tone. It is unclear if the single will remain a standalone or not, but rumor has it, she and former group mate, Beyoncé have a joint album in the works. Whatever the case may be, I am here for it.

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On the 16th, Creed II: The Album was released by well-known producer, Mike WiLL Made-It, who was recruited to curate the project. For the most part , the Creed II soundtrack is reminiscent of early 2000's rap music which was provocatively "gudda", assumably foreshadowing all of the eye-gashing goodness in the movie. With that being said, my favorite tracks on the album are actually the more soulful ones (because I am a lover) such as "Shea Butter Baby" performed by Ari Lennox and J. Cole, and "Bless Me" performed by Ama Lou; my favorite rap track is "Runnin" (mostly because of Nicki). Creed II:The Album is out on all major platforms and the movie will be viewable in theaters this Thursday, November 21st.
Earlier this week Juicy J dropped the official visual for his single "Neighbor" which features Travis Scott. A full project may not be too far off.
 
Little Mix continues to drop anthems for women with the release of their visual accompanied single, "Strip". The song, which empowers women to take pride in their natural beauty, is one of nineteen tracks on their album, LM5, released on the 16th.
Gucci dropped the official visual for his single "Not Goin'" which features buzzing rapper Kevin Gates.

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The Black Eye Peas released an attention grabbing visual for their single, "YES OR NO", which is already a political statement on its own. The single is feature on their album, MASTERS OF THE SUN Vol. 1.
Ariana Grande released another Sweetener visual, this time for her single, "Breathin", a song about finding comfort in another's encouraging words.

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On the 2nd, legendary producer, Swizz Beats, released his highly anticipated album Poison, a metaphor for the longstanding effects of growing up in a project environment. On the album Swizz merges each coasts allowing Kendrick and Wayne to join some of East Coast most influential Hip-Hop artist; however, the project as a whole has an upstate sound. On Poison, each artist is given the mic rehash their hood tragedies and to shed light on how PTS shaped their minds. The album itself (and music in general) is their place of refuge. Poison is available on major streaming platforms.
Earlier this week, Tyga dropped his single "Dip" which features his label mate, Nicki Minaj.
Jay Rock released a visual for "Wow Freestyle" which features label mate, Kendrick Lamar. The single is off Jay Rock's Redemption album released on June 15th.
 
Pop princess, Ariana Grande, unexpectedly released "thank u, next", an introspective hit on which Ariana explains that her split from ex-fiancé, Pete Davidson is a result of her needing to focus on herself and heal from their split as well as her and Mac Miller's.
 
Gucci, Bruno, and Kodak teamed up to gives us the visual for their super smooth, feel-good trap single entitled "Wake Up In The Sky". In the visual, the unofficial trio channels 60's music.