Over the weekend, four new Kendrick Lamar songs leaked on the internet. A couple of the songs sound unfinished, but it is a clear indication that Kendrick has been in the studio and is most likely gearing up to drop his next album The first song, “Guilty Conscience” leaked on Saturday, September 5th. The song is a flip of Eminem and Dr. Dre’s song of the same name.
The song “Prayer” that was also leaked has actually been on YouTube since late August. It also sounds the more complete of the two. “The price of being iconic was demonic and screwed,” Kendrick raps. “I stood on stage and had to watch my father on the news/Stress on the head of my spirit, I was lost and confused/I knew both sides of the story, but still I couldn’t choose/See, it was more than humiliation and being sued.”
The third and fourth songs “Somebody” leaked as well. A few weeks ago “Gotta Love Me” leaked as well. The song features Kendrick’s cousin and 2020 XXL Freshman Class member Baby Keem.
It is unknown if these were just old songs that didn’t make it on Kendrick’s last album, DAMN. Kendrick seems to do a pretty good job at keeping his songs from leaking but people are starving for new Kendrick music. We haven’t gotten any in a little over two years.
Last week, photos were taken of Kendrick filming a music video in Los Angeles. One photo had Kendrick talking on a payphone while sitting on a crate. The other photo had Kendrick at the beach suspended over water. It’s a long shot but maybe he’s filming the music video for “Prayer?” You never know.
It has been a while since we heard any new music from Nasir and now our dreams are coming true with a new track coming up with producer Hit-Boynext week. We are not sure yet if it will be a single or a full-length album. Nas has been wanting to collaborate with Hit-Boy for some time now and it is finally happening! We should be expecting it soon on August 21.
Peep a snippet of both of the heavy hitters below in the studio.
Nicki Minaj answered ASAP Rocky’s inquiry with one tweet. ASAP Ferg followed with the confirmation. On Sunday, Flacko took to Twitter to encourage his fellow ASAP brethren to drop an anticipated collab with Nicki Minaj.
“SUMBODY TELL @ASAPferg 2 DROP DAT SHIT WIT HIM N NICKI ASAP,” said the “Fashion Killa” rapper.
The tweet led many to think that the track would be coming soon. Despite a lack of response from ASAP Ferg himself, Nicki took to Twitter to respond first.
“Flacko, I heard it was coming Thursday but I could be wrong,” said the Queen rapper.
Less than 10 minutes later, Ferg confirmed Nicki’s notion. Now the anticipated release has taken over Twitter.
“The Queen is never wrong. ‘Move Ya Hips,’ 7/30.”
This is not the first time that the New York natives have worked together. The Barb jumped on Ferg’s remix to his hit single, “Plain Jane” back in 2017. The song has been certified 4-times platinum.
It looks like Nicki is continuing her successful year of features. The mother to be earned her first two number one songs earlier this year with Doja Cat’s “Say So” remix and 6ix9ine’s “TROLLZ.” With that feat, she became the 2nd female rapper after Lauryn Hill with consecutive Hot 100 No. 1 singles.
DJ Khaled has continued to build the hype and momentum for his upcoming singles with Drake. The We The Best Boss was recently posted with a real life Owl in the studio as a teaser. On Sunday, he posted an animated video of an Owl flying with keys. Each video was in preparation for Monday’s big announcement. While many thought he was gearing up for one release, fans had no idea.
The Father of Asahd took to Twitter to announce two new singles featuring Drake. The OVO honcho recently stated that his upcoming album is 80% complete. 2 songs with DJ Khaled will certainly help to usher in a new Drake project. The dynamic duo have teamed up in the past for some of Khaled’s biggest hits, including “I’m On One,” “No New Friends,” “For Free,” and “To The Max.”
Over the weekend, music lovers received new projects from DaBaby, Westside Gunn and more. DaBaby’s new release, Blame It On Baby comes less than a year after his sophomore release, Kirk. On the other hand, Westside Gunn’s, Pray For Paris is his third solo release.
The Griselda rapper took to Twitter to repost a photoshopped picture portraying his album’s quality to be better than DaBaby’s, Blame It On Baby.
Rap’s competitive nature still reigns amongst rappers. Pray For Paris revives the posse cuts missing from Hip-Hop. Of course, the album features his Gunn’s Griselda family, Conway and Benny The Butcher. In addition, Tylerthe Creator, Joey Bada$$, Wale, Freddie Gibbs and more make appearances on the album as well. The album’s cover art and packaging was created by Virgil Abloh. The Off White head honcho played the entire album on Twitch prior to its release.
DaBaby album features an all-star cast including Megan Thee Stallion, Future, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Roddy Ricch, Ashanti and more. The album sparked a number of hilarious memes across social media. Black Twitter did not go easy on Rap’s 2019 rookie of the year. One fan even commented about people criticizing the Charlotte, NC rapper for having one flow.
Despite the ridicule of Blame on Baby’s quality, the album is projected to move over 150,000 units in its first week.
Both Westside Gunn and DaBaby represent different aspects of Hip-Hop, so who do you think had the better album?
Carti amped-up his fans after recently teasing cover art on his Instagram. Almost 2 years have passed since the Atlanta rapper released a project and time has been far spent for famished fans.
Drake has been busy extremely active to start the new decade. So far he has had two songs peak at the top two spots on the Billboard Hot 100. his “Toosie Slide,” his most recent release, currently sits atop the chart. During Quarantine Season, he has previewed a number of unreleased music from his upcoming album. He also urged Playboi Carti to drop their collaboration, which is expected on Carti’s next album, Whole Lotta Red.
With the utmost subtlety, OVO’s head honcho spiced up the momentum by posting a picture on his Instagram story potentially listening to Carti’s new project.
If you look carefully, Drake is playing from Quicktime Media Player, leading many to assume he’s either listening to Carti’s new project or their collab “PAIN 1993.” All we know as of now is Drake is getting an early listen to new tunes from Playboi Carti. Hopefully, we can share the same sentiment by the end of this week.
The groundhog did not see his shadow, and while we are not that keen on superstition, we might have to believe him on this one. The weather is unseasonably warm. Sure, you can say that’s because of the deteriorating ozone layer and global warming— That really is a thing.
But we think there might be another reason.
According to The Source’s MUSIC FRIDAYS, there are other reasons why this winter is unusually warm. Some of your favorite artists are out here throwing flames all over the place and this week there are some fire spitters that we want you to be all the way up on them.
The Source’s MUSIC FRIDAYS presents new releases from your favorite artists.
Already classified as a legend, North Carolina’s own Rapsody released visuals to her song Afeni ft. PJ Morton featuring a classic hip hop hook by the late Tupac. The Roc Nation-signed hard hitter is delivering once again from her album Eve which features songs all named after an influential black woman.
Known for her brilliant bars and moving messages, the natural born lyricist breaks down the relationships between the black man, black woman and child. In the captivating video we witness a young couple in love warp into a single black mother raising her son. Bringing us wisdom and tears simultaneously Rapsody is a true queen in hip hop speaking for a generation of those who go unheard.
[Chorus: 2Pac] Now since we all came from a woman Got our names from a woman and our game from a woman I wonder why we take from our women Why we rape our women Do we hate our women? Now since we all
[Verse 1: Rapsody] My brothers (My brothers)‚ I love you (I love you) I hate to know some of you treat us like Glover (Glover) Black card revoked‚ maybe you could use Discover (Discover) Define yourself, do you feel the same way ’bout your mother? (Mother) Do you overlook our beauty, but you lovin’ on all the others (Others) Hope you teach your daughters all to stay away from suckas Like yourself if you don’t love yourself I’m so Southern (Southern)‚ I was taught to feed the soul with or without hot ovens Here’s a plate, know your hate come from a black man struggle (Struggle) We all in the same shape, so I know I fit your puzzle (Puzzle) Either way‚ we got your back, we only pray you’ll be our muscle (Pray you’ll be our muscle) Strength in the times we all overcome with trouble Every day we pullin’ doubles for ourself and home (For ourself and home) My mom and daddy taught me, early on, protect your own (Protect your own) We never stopped lovin’ you, so turn your love back on (Your love back on) And I pray you feel the same way as that 2Pac song We ain’t your hoes or your bitches, trophies, or meant for pimpin’ Recognize a gift from God outweighs a birthday or a Christmas To protect our lives, you gon’ take it to the limit? (You gon’ take it to the limit?) Rib of my rib, do you still feel us in ya
Lil Mosey’s debut album, Certified Hitmaker, has been shaking things up for a minute. The 14-track collection was propelled to the top of the charts arriving at the #12 spot mostly due to songs like “G Walk” featuring Chris Brown and premier guests like Gunna, Trippie Redd and British rapper, AJ Tracey.
Another thing that is keeping the Seattle, Washington artist in front view, particularly for the new year, is the release of his banging new video directed by Michael Garcia for “Never Scared.”
“Never Scared” stars Redd and primarily conceptualizes in less than six minutes their meteoric rise to the top of the charts.
Michael Garcia has been rocking it out of the box!
While this record remains at the top of the charts. He is still living lovely off the success of his gold debut project, Northsbest which gave the audience several quality singles and the platinum song, “Noticed.” Altogether, this new artist that has performed like is a vet, has exceeded 2.3 billion streams globally.
Mosey is continuing to show us why he is never scared.
Reinvention is often difficult for musical acts, especially those who achieved recognition at a level that may have suffocated their true artistic aims. For Qveen Herby, shaking loose the ghosts of music’s past has come relatively easy and she lands full circle with the release of her latest project, EP 7.
Some might remember Qveen Herby as one-half of the viral YouTube duo Karmin, who blew up after their cover of Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now,” which led to a major record deal. However, the crushing weight of corporate meddling and a burning desire to be true to herself moved Qveen to embrace Hip-Hop music in a more organic fashion that still manages to capture the playful bounce of her past group.
Now in the front all alone, Qveen has dropped her latest set, EP 7, a matter of fact title that illustrates the number of short projects she’s released over the past two years with her ex-Karmin partner and boyfriend Jedii Nick on the boards willfully playing the back while Qveen takes centerstage.
EP 7 is a kaleidoscopic audio journey that has the high-gloss sheen and sound of big pop tunes skilfully meshed with the hard, head nod-inducing bop of trap-influenced Hip-Hop. As a rapper, Qveen’s verbal dexterity and lyrical stylings are at times comically boastful yet entirely believable.
Yes, the pop stylings are audibly present but this time, the music doesn’t feel packaged to only be played in some artisanal coffee joint for college kids who wear thick-soled shoes for an ironic fashion effect. EP 7 sounds like an album from a woman who knows exactly who she’s speaking to and for, all the while paying reverence to those who came before her with a chest-out bravado that her male counterparts in Hip-Hop wield fearlessly.
With its lead single “Cheap Talk,” it would be fair to say that few would know what to expect of Qveen and that’s true across the five-song, 11-minute journey on EP 7.
To go along with the EP’s release, a video for the project’s lead track “Vitamins” was also unveiled to the public.
When asked what Qveen Herby’s aims are with just dropping EPs over a full-length, she answered as confidently.
“I love dropping EPs cuz it’s basically half an album every few months,” Qveen told us. “My team keeps getting tighter, I’m honing my craft, and my artistic vision for Qveen Herby is becoming more refined. Even my visuals have evolved to show more of my quirky persona and lean into my uniqueness. You can hear and see me becoming my true self through my EPs.”
She added in her comments that she hopes to tour in the coming year and reconnect with her legion of fans across the globe, especially those who have stayed along for the ride to the switch from Karmin to Qveen Herby.
In a tweet from last month, Qveen mentioned fellow fierce firebrand Rico Nasty after seeing the “Big T*tties” star in one of her dreams. When asked if their pair will collab soon, it appears that the idea is fresh on Qveen’s mind.
“I have yet to connect with Rico Nasty but she’s so brilliant, saw her perform on tour with my friend/goddess Maliibu Miitch this past spring,” she shared.
Check out Qveen Herby’s excellent EP 7 in the streams below. Learn more about Qveen Herby and cop the six previous joints here.