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The 7 new albums you should stream right now

New music from 03 Greedo, Burna Boy, Kathleen Edwards and more.

August 14, 2020
The 7 new albums you should stream right now (L) photo by G L Askew II for The FADER (M) photo via Dualtone Records (R) photo by Nicolas Gerardin  
Burna Boy, Twice As Tall
The 7 new albums you should stream right now

Global superstardom is at the Nigerian artist's doorstep thanks to hard work and nods from other artists like Drake. His skill at blending Afropop, dancehall, and hip-hop doesn't hurt, either. Twice As Tall is executive produced by Diddy, and features Coldplay's Chris Martin, Stormzy, Youssou N'dour, and more.

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03 Greedo & Ron Ron, Load It Up Vol. 01
The 7 new albums you should stream right now

The latest album from 03 Greedo was recorded as he was evading law enforcement in 2016, who sought the California rapper on drug trafficking charges, as well as rivals who shot up his house. "I was pulling up [to the studio] with the glocks and the choppers every day," he explains on the intro to Load It Up, his latest album and collaboration with producer Ron Ron. "I knew I had to protect myself while securing the bag." This injection of dramatic stakes gives the music a rare degree of urgency, but it's no fig leaf — 03 Greedo knows how to make you hang on every lyric, sing-rapping about violence, luxury, and sex with vivid clarity. Key Glock, Sada Baby, Chief Keef, and more all feature.

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Kathleen Edwards, Total Freedom
The 7 new albums you should stream right now

The quietly beloved Canadian singer-songwriter returns with her first album in eight years. If you're interested in anything that can be approximated as "indie rock music," you owe it to yourself to give Total Freedom a spin.

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Black Noi$e, Oblivion
The 7 new albums you should stream right now

Oblivion, the second album from Detroit producer Black Noi$e, is the first non-Earl Sweatshirt album to be released on the rapper's label Tan Cressida. His sound is akin to a blend of J Dilla and Clams Casino, and the rappers and singers chosen to vibe over the beats are A1: Danny Brown, bbymutha, Pink Siifu, Liv.e, Duendita, MIKE, and Earl Sweatshirt himself all feature.

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Whitney, Candid
The 7 new albums you should stream right now

The Chicago indie band's latest album is a series of covers. New renditions of Kelela, David Byrne & Brian Eno, John Denver, and more. “When we were thinking of ways to change a song," Whitney's Max Kakacek recently told The FADER, "we would take on the role of being a studio band for a second, just to get out of our own heads,”

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Dave East, Karma 3
The 7 new albums you should stream right now

The classically trained, smoky-voiced New York MC returns with the third installment of his Karma series. Featured artists include Popcaan, Young Dolph, Mary J Blige, A Boogie, Trouble, and more.

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Young Dolph, Rich Slave
The 7 new albums you should stream right now

After scoring a hit with Dum and Dummer, his 2019 collaboration with his protégée Key Glock, Young Dolph takes a victory lap in a foreign with his new solo album Rich Slave. It's safe to say that the game has missed his unique yelps and unmatched ability to backend bars with syllables and make it look tailored. Megan Thee Stallion, Key Glock, and G Herbo feature.

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The 7 new albums you should stream right now