Benny the Butcher, Tana Talk 4
One-third of the Buffalo rap crew Griselda, Benny The Butcher is a reliable source for classic-minded yet timeless-sounding New York hip-hop. Tana Talk 4 is produced entirely by The Alchemist, who has worked on a series of fantastic albums in the last few years. J. Cole, Diddy, Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine, and more feature on the record.
Jenny Hval, Classic Objects
The galaxy of Jenny Hval spans planets of art-pop and experimental work that burns like the sun. Classic Objects is her latest project and comes a year after Menneskekollektivet her collaboration with Håvard Volden (one of our favorite albums of 2021). Listen to Hval discuss the album in detail with Raphael Helfand on this week's episode of The FADER Interview.
Nia Archives, Forbidden Feelingz> EP
The Jamaican artist's new project enlists Tyga, 21 Savage, Megan Thee Stallion, Offset, Beenie Man, and Sean Paul, one of the ways she hopes to showcase her range. "Shoot," she told Apple Music recently, "you going to have to put me in every single category, which is my aim. I want them to know that I'm versatile and also accept it. Not wanting me to stick to one genre or one style of music."
Fly Anakin, Frank
Frank is billed as the debut studio album from the Richmond rapper Fly Anakin, but he's got a number of projects under his belt, including two LPs with Pink Siifu, FlySiifu's and $mokebreak. His latest contains the singles "Sean Price," "Ghost" featuring Nickelus F, and the Madlib-produced "No Dough."
Pink Siifu, Gumbo’! Deluxe’!!
One of the most consistently captivating figures in rap, Pink Siifu graciously adds a bunch of new songs to last year's excellent Gumbo'!. Ever the pioneer, he's found a way to get us excited about rap deluxes again. Valee, Zelooperz, Remy Banks, and many more all show up on the new songs.
I may be physically incapable of not reading Ho99o9's name exactly as it is written, but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate the New Jersey duo's fusion of hardcore rap and metal textures. Blink-182's Travis Barker, one of the key figures behind the pop-punk revival, produces the record with features from Slipknot's Corey Taylor, Bun B, Saul Williams, and more.
Lucky Daye, Candydrip
Lucky Daye was an in-demand R&B songwriter for artists like Boyz II Men and Keith Sweat before sharing his debut full-length Painted in 2019. On Candydrip, an album with a cover referencing Honey by The Ohio Players, Lucky Daye sought to give listeners a different perspective on his music. “Candydrip focuses mostly on flavors,” he said in a press release, “and the idea of flavors versus Painted, which was about colors. These are a bunch of different flavors of songs, giving you ear candy in different ways.”
Alex Cameron, Oxy Music
Despite cultivating the image of a caddish raconteur, Alex Cameron's latest veers away from the sly and into the depths of the opiod crisis. "The album is a story, a work of fiction," he says in a press relase, "mostly from the perspective of a man. Starved of meaningful purpose, confused about the state of the world, and in dire need of a reason to live - a person can, and according to the latest statistics, increasingly will, turn to opioids. This is one of those people.”
Rex Orange County: Who Cares?
An abbreviated tour behind his project Pony and an escape from the U.K. to Amsterdam led English singer-songwriter Rex Orange County to his latest project. The 11-song tracklist features the singles "Keep It Up" and "Open A Window," a collaboration with one of Rex's biggest early advocates, Tyler the Creator.