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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.

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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.

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On the 26th, The Black Eyed Peas dropped MASTERS OF THE SUN Vol 1, and-- who needs Fergie? I kid, but need I say more? The album is solid expectedly, however I don't think any of us anticipated a traditional Hip-Hop album. The trio has return to the Golden Age of Hip-Hop with MASTERS OF THE SUN Vol 1 incorporating more free flowing verses than anything else accompanied by an occasional kill switch and musical fusion. The whole premise of the album is to wake the masses up. You see, The Black Eyed Peas dropping after a seven year hiatus along side the likes of Nasir and Tribe is an event in itself. Will,i. am, apl.de.ap, and Taboo have returned to encourage humans to pick a side-- metaphorically speaking: choose to take the high road or the low one, or in simpler terms: ascend or continue to live in hell. According to TBEP, if you are not doing your part by aligning you mind, body, and spirit, you are hindering the collective's progression. They remind us to embrace numerology, learn spiritual warfare, kick drug habits, and to love ourselves first, so that we can in return love one another. MASTERS OF THE SUN vol 1 is available on all streaming platforms.
 
A little over a week ago, Lil Wayne dropped a classic visual for his single "Uproar" which features Swizz Beatz. The Single is off his album The Carter V.
 
On the 19th, Future and Juice WRLD dropped a collaborative album, WRLD ON DRUGS. "Transformer" featuring Nicki Minaj is one of sixteen tracks.
 
Buzzing rapper, Kodak Black released a feel good single, "ZeZe" which features Travis Scott and Offset.
 
Migos member, Takeoff, released the official visual for his first solo single, "Last Memory". The song will be featured on his solo album, The Last Rocket, set to drop on Friday, November 2nd.

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Earlier this week, soulful pop artist, Alessia Cara released a visual for her new single, “Trust My Lonely”, a song that celebrates sanity over relational stress. The song is her first original since her break out album Know-It-All, which dropped in November of 2015.
On the 5th, Eminem released the official visual for “Venom”, the closing track of his Kamikaze album. The song itself is the unleashing of Eminem's known dark side, brought on by recent industry "beefs".
RnB-pop diva, Mariah Carey, debuted another new track just weeks after sharing "GTFO". While both singles are love songs, "With You" has a much more pleasant message.
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Maxwell returned on the 5th with his new sensual single, "Shame". These past two years, the soul singer has only sporadically released singles, his last full project, blackSUMMERS'night having been released in July of 2016.
Earlier today, the official visual for Lady Gaga's "Look What I Found" went viral. The single is one of thirty-four that can be heard on the A Star is Born soundtrack. Both the soundtrack and musical are collaborative projects of the director, Bradley Cooper and Gaga, who stars in the film. The chaotic love story of two musicians can be viewed at major theaters.
Buzzing artist, Ella Mai and notorious RnB legend Chris Brown tag teamed a new song entitled "Whatchamacallit". The term is used to disguise an obviously illicit affair.