21 Savage, Rae Sremmurd, Jojo And More Friday Releases You Need To Hear
The holiday parties are coming to an end, and the rest of 2018 is rapidly winding down. Even so, we still have a little more time left for new music releases.
From 21 Savage to Rae Sremmurd and A Boogie, here's what you should be listening to now. Check out our full list below.
21 Savage – I AM > I WAS
After somewhat of a late start, 21 Savage's dropped his new album I Am > I Was. The album was originally supposed to drop earlier this month, but 21 later tweeted that he "forgot" to put it out.
The album includes the pre-released track "Immortal," which was originally debuted on the Mortal Kombat 11 video game.
In celebration of the LP's release, 21 launched an interactive exhibit called "Motel 21" in Atlanta. The exhibit allows fans to explore themed rooms while sipping on Ciroc-based beverages. Each room will feature custom art created by Antwanette McLaughlin and Skye Williams. Fans will also be given a $1,000 gift card provided by Amazon, Get Schooled, Juma and 21's Leading by Example Foundation.
Listen to I Am > I Was below.
Jojo – Jojo (2018)
In a pleasant surprise to fans, Jojo has reworked her debut studio album with new vocals nearly 15 years after the album was originally released.
The singer announced the news in a series of posts on social media on Thursday (Dec. 20). If you remember, the album includes the hit single's "Leave (Get Out)," "Baby It's You," "Weak," and "Never Say Goodbye."
The original 2004 project debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, selling 95,000 copies in its first week. It is also certified platinum.
Listen to the re-recorded version of Jojo below.
Rae Sremurd – Sremm Christmas
Rae Sremmurd are back just in time for the holidays. The rap duo dropped their first holiday album, entitled Sremm Christmas. Producer Mike Will Made-It initially announced the album a few days before its release.
The two previously dropped two singles, including the melodic "Christmas at Swae's" and "Nothing For Christmas" which showcase Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi's individual talent and group dynamic.
The album comes behind the triple-disc album Sr3mm, which the group dropped in May 2018. Rae Sremmurd also teased a Sremm 4 project sometime in 2019.
Listen to Sremm Christmas below.
A Boogie – Hoodie SZN
A Boogie dropped his 20-track album, Hoodie SZN featuring guest appearances from Juice Wrld, Offset, Tekashi 6ix9ine, Young Thug, PnB Rock, Don Q, and Queen Naija.
The album includes the pre-released track "Startender" featuring Offset and Tyga, "Swervin" with Tekashi 6ix9ine, and "The Reaper." The album artwork features Boogie hiding his face under a hoodie as he sits in the pouring rain.
Liste to Hoodie SZN below.
The-Dream – Sextape Vol. 1-3
The-Dream is tackling a rather large feat with the release of his three-part project, Sextape Vol. 1, Vol. 2, and Vol. 3. The album is 40 songs long with no apparent features.
Of the new project, Dream said he wanted to create a body of work that explored the theme of love. "My goal with the start of this series is to liberate the lives of those who seek love, lust and honesty," the singer said in a press statement about the album's inspiration. "This is me and my lover’s ongoing diary – truly an unapologetic treat to the world of R&B."
Listen to Sextape Vol. 1, Vol. 2, and Vol. 3 below.
NBA Youngboy – Realer
NBA Youngboy is back with his new project Realer. The mixtape features appearances from Lil Baby and Plies.
Realer follows the release of his debut studio album, Until Death Call My Name, which dropped in Apr. 2018. NBA Youngboy was reportedly arrested in Feb. 2018, for an alleged assault and kidnapping. Despite his arrest, he promised fans a new mixtape.
Listen to Realer below.
Eric Bellinger – "Kisses On Christmas"
Just in time for Christmas, Eric Bellinger has released his new track, "Kisses On Christmas. Bellinger showcases his vocal range on the sultry, R&B single as he vies for the attention of a special loved one. The song also samples a snippet of Donny Hathaway's 1971 holiday track, "This Christmas."
"Could've splurged out, spent a check / 'Cause I know you like finer things / But you don't want none of that babe / I gave her kisses on Christmas," he sings.
Listen to "Kisses on Christmas" below.