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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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T.I. Releases Short Film For "The Amazing Mr. F**k Up"

T.I. keeps himself accountable for his wrongdoings in the cinematic visual for "The Amazing Mr. F**k Up."

Premiered Monday (Dec. 10) on his series T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle, the track featuring singer-songwriter Victoria Monet, is flipped into a 10-minute-short film. Directed by Mike Ho, the short film stars comedienne Britney Elena, Colombus Short, Woody McClain and model Denise Rodriguez.

Starting at a fancy dinner gathering among friends, things take a turn for the worst when the rapper's other partner invades the feast. On the Dime Trap cut, T.I. calls out himself for his past mistakes and deviances with acknowledgment on how he needs to do better.

"It's amazing all the sh*t I done / Such examples I've been setting for my son / All she did was stay down and have my kid / All the time just to realize I ain't sh*t," T.I. spits. In addition to the rapper flexing his acting chops, the album version of the song includes the infamous scene in ATL between Tip and Lauren London, where his character snatches a necklace he gifted for New New.

The rapper is currently closing out the year on an impressive note as it was revealed that his music has been streamed 276 million times on the music streaming service Spotify. "A modest flex to end my 18th year in this sh*t!!!! Multitudes of Gratitude!!! #NextYearWeGoBigger!!!!," the Grand Hustle emcee tweeted on Saturday (Dec. 8).

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Extra thx to @brittneyelena @woody_thegreat @mikeho_ @officialcshort and errrrbody involved in bringing this vision to life!!! #TheAmazingMrFuckUP out @vevo after tonight’s episode of Friends and Family Hustle!!! @vh1

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A modest flex to end my 18th year in this sh*t!!!! Multitudes of Gratitude!!! #NextYearWeGoBigger!!!! pic.twitter.com/7J6FFsUicS

— T.I. (@Tip) December 8, 2018

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Meek Mill Is Surrounded By His Day Ones In Visual For "Intro"

Self-proclaimed "Champion of the United States" and Philadelphia-bred rapper Meek Mill delivers the official music video for "Intro" on Monday (Dec. 10).

Directed by Kid Art, the three-minute visual frames Meek's mental state as he re-enters the rap game as he continues to battle the justice system as a young, black man. Presumably surrounded by those he considers family, "Intro" retrospectively takes a look at the 31-year-old's come up as a notable rapper out of North Philly.

Juxtaposing his current lifestyle with not-so-distant memories of the trenches, the video shuffles scenes of club confetti, bullet holes, poured out bottles of Ace of Spades and dirt bikes– a presumed nod to Meek's unjust jail sentence.

"Pouring champagne 'cause all my n***s dead/ If they ain't in the graveyard, then they in the feds/ I give a f**k if that crown heavy, put it on my head" spits Meek over the instrumental to Phil Collins' "In The Air."

Last week (Dec. 2) music engineers Young Guru and Anthony Cruz spoke to VIBE about Meek's choice to sample Collins' "In The Air Tonight" on the track, stating that "Meek had this vision" to flip the classic track since he first heard it in Paid In Full and was glad to finally make it happen in a standout fashion on "Intro."

If you haven't already, be sure to take a look at the official music video for "Intro" up top.

READ MORE: Young Guru And Anthony Cruz Discuss Engineering Meek Mill's 'Championships' Album

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Noname Tells A Tale Of Black Boy Plight In 'Blaxploitation' Visual

Noname's first music video is better than expected as the artist takes on the topics of dangerous implicit biases toward young men of color.

On Tuesday (Dec. 4), the Chicago rapper/poet released "Blaxploitation," a standout from her critically acclaimed album, Room 25. Directed by Alex Lill (Sampha, Joey Bada$$,  Lil Yachty) and written by Noname, the short film includes homages to Blaxploitation films of the 70s through its the style of multiple frames at once as a toddler wrecks havoc on a small-scale version of Chicago.

The music video gives the metaphorical message of how the black boy is criminalized from the beginning of his life. Even in the joy of imagination, his existence is subjected to a criminal or as the townspeople deem him: a monster baby.

The 27-year-old singer will continue riding high off the critically and streaming success of her debut album Room 25 as she will embark on a 37-city trek across the country and Canada.

The Room 25 tour kicks off in Detriot on Jan. 2nd. Dates can be found here.

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