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The 8 projects you should stream right now

New releases from Kevin Gates, Mr. Eazi, Your Old Droog, and more.

February 19, 2021
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Kevin Gates, Only The Generals Part II
The 8 projects you should stream right now

The rapper also known as Luca Brasi is hot right now thanks to 2018 song "Me Too," which has resurfaced on TikTok as a viral dance challenge. So the time is perfect for a surprise album release: Only The Generals Part II is 12 tracks full of the passion, vulnerability, and grit that keeps the Baton Rouge rapper a force all these years into his career.

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Your Old Droog and Tha God Fahim, Tha YOD Fahim
The 8 projects you should stream right now

The full-length follow-up to this month's Tha Wolf on Wall St from the venerable NYC duo is here. Pharaohe Monch and Left Lane Didon feature across the 14 tracks of sample-heavy production and polished-yet-classic lyricism.

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SG Lewis, times
The 8 projects you should stream right now

The English producer's long-awaited debut album is a dance party, and the guest list is stacked: Rhye, Lucky Daye, Nile Rogers, Channel Tres, and more help keep the vibes alive.

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Mr Eazi, Something Else EP
The 8 projects you should stream right now

The Nigerian artist, a pioneer of a dancehall-tinged form of Afropop he calls Banku music, shares a new EP containing five songs. In a press release, he says it's the “calm before the storm.”

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Ghetts, Conflict Of Interest
The 8 projects you should stream right now

Ghetts is one of the OGs of grime, earning plaudits for his appearances on Lord of the Mics. With Conflict Of Interest, his major-label debut, Ghetts is clearly angling for crossover success: features include Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Skepta, and Dave.

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Cassandra Jenkins, An Overview on Phenomenal Nature
The 8 projects you should stream right now

The NYC artist's latest album spans field recordings, jazz, Joni Mitchell, Dinosaur Jr. shreds, and that's just from the first listen.

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Lil Zay Osama, Trench Baby
The 8 projects you should stream right now

Chicago's Lil Zay Osama's new mixtape enlists G Herbo, Lil Tjay, Jackboy, and more to run point during Zay's emotional, violent raps. "My mindset when I was recording Trench Baby was I had to give my fans the real me again, so they feel it in their heart," Zay said in a press release. "Just because I got money and fame, doesn't mean the problems stop. We're still going through a lot of pain and struggle."

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Katy Kirby, Cool Dry Face
The 8 projects you should stream right now

To celebrate the release of her debut album, the Nashville singer-songwriter made a limited run of miniature vinyl LPs. It's sold out, sadly, but you can still enjoy the finely crafted work of the indie folk album itself.

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The 8 projects you should stream right now