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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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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.