As the first month of 2019 winds down, a handful of hip-hop artists dropped new projects and singles. From Future to Chief Keef and Logic, we've compiled a list of Friday music releases you should be listening to.
Check out the full list below.
Future – The WZRD
Future's latest project The WZRD is finally here. The 20-track album features guest appearances from Young Thug, Travis Scott, and Gunna. It also serves as his seventh studio album.
Ahead of the album's release, Future dropped a documentary, entitled Future Hndrxx Presents: The Wizrd, which previewed the LP and discussed his views and artistry. It also included commentary from Andre 3000, DJ Khaled, Rico Wade, Metro Boomin, Southside and others.
Chief Keef – The Leek 7
Chief Keef has delivered the seventh installment of The Leek series with The Leek, Vol. 7. The 12-song project features only one feature from Gucci Mane on the single "Jet Li."
Listen to The Leek 7 below.
Logic – "Keanu Reeves"
Logic is paying his respects to actor Keanu Reeves in his latest single. The Maryland artist dropped the track nearly nine months after he debuted it during the Movin' On Festival at Penn State University.
"Did you know I'm mixed like Obama?/It ain't a project if Logic ain't talkin' 'bout being biracial," he brags on the track. "When them soccer moms pull up in they van while I rid/Like, ‘Oh my God, children, it's the 1-800 guy!"
Listen to the new song below.
Ariana Grande "7 Rings"
Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next album turns a Broadway classic on its head with her latest single “7 Rings.” The resident princess of pop, Grande takes plunges into the world of hip-hop and R&B with a reworked sample of “My Favorite Things,” classicly sung by Julie Andrews from the musical, The Sound Of Music.
The 25-year-old pays homage to Lil Mama’s “Lip Gloss,” with a Soulja Boy-sized flow reminiscent of his “Pretty Boy Swag” days. A follow-up single to her smash hit “Thank U, Next,” Grande’s outer good girl gets replaced by her inner savage as she sings “Been through some bad sh*t, I should be a sad b***h/Who woulda thought it'd turn me to a savage?/Rather be tied up with cuffs and not strings/Write my own checks like I write what I sing.”
Instead of feeling like an inauthentic nosedive into edgier music, “7 Rings” fits Grande like a glove as a testament to her evolution.