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Meek Mill, Lil Baby, And More Friday Releases You Need To Hear

From Meek Mill to Earl Sweatshirt, spin the major Friday music drops of the day.

The weather may be getting colder, but Friday music releases are still going strong. After a short break during the Thanksgiving holiday, hip-hop fans are getting several new releases from major recording artists this week. Meek Mill, Lil Baby, and Earl Sweatshirt recently dropped their new projects on Friday (Nov. 30).

So you don't miss a single thing, we're giving you a run down on everything you need to know about the latest releases in hip-hop. Check it out below.

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Meek Mill – CHAMPIONSHIPS

Meek Mill's new studio album, Championships is probably the most anticipated album release this week. The album is the first studio LP Meek has put out since he was released from prison for a probation violation.

Just ahead of the album's release, the Philly native shared the tracklist, which includes an impressive list of features. JAY-Z, Cardi B, Young Thug, 21 Savage, Kodak Black, Ella Mai, and more will reportedly appear on the album.

Most notably, Drake will also be on featured on the single "Going Bad," marking the official end to the duo's previous feud. The two reportedly squashed everything during a stop on Drake's latest tour. Meek and Drake previously worked on 2016's "R.I.C.O."

Lil Baby – Street Gossip

Lil Baby burst on the scene earlier this year and is rapidly becoming rap's breakout star. After stealing the show on recent projects from City Girls and Tory Lanez, Lil Baby dropped his highly-anticipated mixtape Street Gossip.

The album features guest appearances from Meek Mill, Young Thug, and more. Gucci Mane and 2 Chainz are also on the pre-released single "Anyway," while Offset is featured on "Realist In It."

If Lil Baby delivers, his new mixtape will only take his career to the next level.

Earl Sweatshirt – Some Rap Songs

Earl Sweatshirt has also blessed fans with new tunes this week. The rapper dropped his third studio album Some Rap Songs.

Earl leaked the 15-song tracklist earlier this week, and it appears to be a little light on features compared to the other Friday releases. It includes appearances from his parents, Cheryl Harris, and the late South African poet laureate Keorapetse Kgositsile.

The album is sort of a big moment for the rapper, as it's his first studio album in three years. He dropped his last project, I Don't Like S**t, I Don't Go Outside in 2016.

DaniLeigh – The Plan

After creating some buzz with her "In My Feelings Challenge" entry, DaniLeigh just dropped her debut studio album The Plan. The singer has been in the game for awhile, working with the likes of Prince and others, but now she is ready to give it a shot on her own.

The album features 13 tracks and includes guest appearances from YG, Lil Baby, Lil Yachty, YBN Nahmir, and more. It also includes her hit single "Lil Bebe," which she previously performed at the annual Tidal Benefiti Concert in Brooklyn in Oct. 2018.

Ski Mask the Slump God – Stokeley

After some delay, Ski Mask the Slump God has finally released his debut studio album, Stokeley. The album was originally supposed to drop in Oct. 2018, but the deadline was pushed back to perfect the final touches.

The 13-track project features the pre-released tracks "So High," " La La," and "Unbothered," as well as guest appearances from Lil Baby, Young Thug, and Lil Yachty.

Big K.R.I.T. – Double Down

Big K.R.I.T. dropped the phenomenal double disc 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time in October 2017, but he isn't resting on his laurels. Last week he released a surprise three-song EP called Thrice X, and Friday, he's back with a two-song set called Double Down. "Learned From Texas" sees him paying homage to his southern roots as usual with a trunk thumper, while "Pick Yourself Up" is one of the more unique productions that K.R.I.T. has ever rapped over. It looks like the independent life is working out well for the Mississippi king.

 

Kodak Black – "Calling My Spirit"

Kodak Black recently dropped his new track "Calling My Spirit." The track serves as the third single release from his forthcoming, sophomore album Dying to Live. It follows the pre-released tracks, "If I'm Lyin," I'm Flyin," and "Zeze," featuring Travis Scott and Offset.

Dying to Live is slated to drop on Dec. 14.

Chance the Rapper – "The Man Who Has Everything"; "My Own Thing" feat. Joey Purp

Chance the Rapper has been rather quiet lately, but he just gifted fans with two singles on SoundCloud. The first track is called "The Man Who Has Everything" and reflects on materialism that sometimes overshadows the true spirit of Christmas.

The second track, the hype "My Own Thing," features Joey Purp and sees Chano referencing his new engagement to longtime girlfriend Kristen Corley. Chance and Purp previously worked on the 2016 collaboration "Girls." With these tracks and the four songs that Chance dropped earlier this year, fans have something to hold them over until his next solo album and his reported joint project with Kanye West.

Gucci Mane & Quavo – "BiPolar"

Gucci Mane and Quavo recently joined forces for their new song "BiPolar." The track was produced by  Deko, Smash David, and OG ParkeR, and serves as the newest single from Gucci's forthcoming, 13th studio album, Evil Genius. He previously released the singles "Solitaire," "I'm Not Goin'," and "Wake Up in the Sky," featuring Bruno Mars and Kodak Black. Evil Genius is slated to drop before the end of the year.

Migos member Quavo, recently dropped his debuted solo album Quavo Huncho in Oct. 2018. The album peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

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R.LUM.R Shares Visuals For New Single "How This Feels"

With his forthcoming debut album set to drop this fall, R&B artist R.LUM.R released his latest single and paired visual "How This Feels" on Friday (July 12). He recently inked a deal with Island Records earlier this year, and his new track "builds on the momentum" the entertainer has achieved since he first climbed into the music scene with his breakout single "Show Me."

The Florida-born singer delivers vulnerable lyrics and piercing falsettos in the songs hook when asks, "So can we be real/About how this feels?" As he goes back and forth from guitar chords to nocturnal R&B, R.LUM.R's latest melody lights a fire into his next chapter in the music industry.

The opening scene of the visual shows the vocalist staring at a burning old-school Cadillac set on fire. The picturesque film continues into the opening verse on owning up to intimate feelings and connections that could be conflicting or dangerous if pursued. "I don't wanna lead us in the wrong direction/Force or fake a feeling cause we both need affection/End up co-dependent cause we can't deal with depression/The way we need/ So can we be real?/About how this feels," he croons.

"With this first visual, I wanted to make sure to do something more striking and interesting than I've ever done that makes you feel the isolation that is so felt in the music," he said in a statement. "I think we did it with 'How This Feels,'"

His widely successful single "Frustrated" reached Top 10 at Urban AC Radio in 2017. Most recently he released his project AFTERIMAGE, which reached over 100 million global artist streams.

"I really believed in what Erykah Badu used to say about music, ‘Once I release it into the world, it’s no longer my story.’ Once the audience listens to it, it’s their story. I can’t wait to see how people interpret it. There’s growth to be done, and you don’t have to be afraid of it.”

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Premiere: Aja Is Shaping Their Raps With Confident Candor On "I Ain't Left"

Sometimes you have to remind folks you're the s**t. This is heard throughout Aja's latest single, "I Aint' Left."

The track contains their reliable swaggy confident nature along with bits of dominating lyrics. Speaking to VIBE, Aja reveals the track is a response critic who has questioned their pretty successful career. "'I Ain't Left' is about people giving me negative feedback on things they know nothing about and saying I don't deserve to make my dreams come true as an artist," they said.

"A lot of people told me to write about my struggles as an up-and-coming musician who's creating a new blueprint for queer artists coming from reality TV, and this track is what came out of it."

A fan favorite from the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race and the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars Aja captivated screens and unleashed their rap persona in 2017. A self-identified nonbinary queer artist and performer who's pronouns are "they/them," Aja has proved their lyrical abilities while going bar for bar with the sharpest talent in the industry like CupkakKe and Rico Nasty.

Currently, Aja is reading their next EP, ALL CAPS for Friday (June 28). The project is a follow up to their debut album BOX OFFICE. 

The Brooklyn native connects with fans, their struggles as it deals with race, gender and sexual identity, class, and sexuality. They have become an impactful figure in the LGBTQ+ community as well as an international role model.

Aja recently dominated the Wynwood Pride's LGBTQ music festival last weekend.

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Listen to "I Ain't Left" below.

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A$AP Ferg Teams Up With City Girls And ANTHA On "Wigs"

A$AP Ferg is ready to dominate the summer with a new album and twerk-ready jams like his new single, "Wigs" featuring City Girls and ANTHA.

Produced by Frankie P (J.I.D., Cam'ron, Meek Mill), rambunctious single gives us yet another song to add to the hot girl summer playlist. The track is a follow up to "Pups" featuring A$AP Rocky. Collaborations might be the mission for Ferg this year as the rapper and painter teamed up with Redline to release a limited edition BMX-style bike. A$AP Ferg edition apparel will also be sold. The creative has successfully partnered with Adidas twice with his Trap Lord brand. He's also joined forces with Hennessy to sell a cocktail kit inspired by a drink he called the "Hennessy Uptown" in 2018. Tiffany & Co. made the Harlem native the face of its "Believe in Dreams" campaign as well as a brand ambassador last year.

But the rapper isn't the best graces with everyone. Asian Da Brat was originally on the track was reportedly replaced with a verse from Yung Miami. "I got mad love for @ASAPferg but him taking me off “WIG” was a big mistake  I BODIED THIS S**T IN MY SLEEP," Asian said in a tweet early Tuesday (June 25).

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Ferg hasn't said anything about the collaboration but did share with Zane Lowe his music plans for the summer. "I'm just giving you all a little air right now, but the door's about to get slammed open, and it's going to be so much new music, so much new visuals," Ferg said on Beats 1 Radio. "I've been shooting videos, I've been creating music, I've got a whole project done, and finished, and I'm about to unleash. You know, it's going to be crazy, July is looking very nice to release some things."

Listen to "Wigs" below.

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