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5 New Albums You Need to Hear This Week

By Brendan Varan on July 31, 2020

Shoreline Mafia — Mafia Bidness

Two years after their breakthrough mixtape ShorelineDoThatShit established Shoreline Mafia as Los Angeles’ hottest rap group, OhGeesy, Fenix Flexin, Rob Vicious and Master Kato cap off their rise with the release of Mafia Bidness, their long-awaited Atlantic Records debut LP. The guest list is absolutely stacked, with features ranging from LA staples (YG, Drakeo The Ruler, 03 Greedo) and longtime collaborators (Lil Yachty, G.T., Z Money) to rising regional talents (Duke Duece, Q Da Fool, 1TakeJay) and hit-making stars (Future, Wiz Khalifa, Kodak Black).

Reminisce — Vibes & Insha Allah

Reminisce has been a fixture in the Nigerian scene for over a decade. Vibes & Insha Allah, the latest project from the veteran rapper and singer and the first since his 2016 album El-Hadj, is a short-but-sweet six-track EP that features two rising stars in Fireboy DML and Tiwa Savage.

Maleek Berry — Isolation Room

Maleek Berry’s Isolation Room is a satiating appetizer to his upcoming full-length. Featuring seven tracks of polished afropop for both daytime rallies (“Free Your Mind,” “Balance”) and nighttime wind-downs (“One Night,” “Don’t Wanna”), the British-Nigerian artist excels in his first formal collection of songs in over two years.

Ambré — Pulp (Director’s Cut)

Last November, rising New Orleans singer-songwriter Ambré released her major-label debut through Roc Nation, a steamy, cinematic EP named Pulp. Today, we get the full story with the official director’s cut, which adds five new tracks and Smino, Beam and Sons of Sonix to the original guest list of Jean Deaux, G-Eazy and BJ the Chicago Kid.

RJmrLA — Let Me Talk My Shit

I’m really heem, I can talk shit / Spark shit, we off shit / A marksmen in mosh pits / Camouflaged in Valentino, we duck and dodge the R.I.C.O.Let Me Talk My Shit kicks off with a blistering outburst from RJmrLA. Antagonistic shit-talking over bouncy West Coast beats makes for a worthy new mixtape from the South Central rapper, who also shines a light on signees to his OMMIO imprint: Bree Carter, Mike Wayne and Da Nosta.

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