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21 Savage, Rae Sremmurd, Jojo And More Friday Releases You Need To Hear

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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.

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Jay-Z's 'Reasonable Doubt' Available On Most Streaming Platforms

In 1996, Jay-Z released his debut studio album Reasonable Doubt. Twenty-three years later, the Brooklyn native's widely-celebrated project finds a new home on several streaming services. Since 2015, Reasonable Doubt was solely available on TIDAL.

On Friday (Aug. 16), the billionaire's independent distribution company, Equity Distribution, announced the decision that allows the soundscape to be streamed on Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Napster, Slacker, SoundCloud, Tesla, iTunes, Google Play Music, Pandora, and YouTube Music Premium. Spotify and Apple Music aren't listed in the deal.

"Reasonable Doubt is one of the preeminent albums in history and we're thrilled to distribute this classic body of work to music lovers worldwide," Krystian Santini, president of Equity Distribution, said in a statement. "This is a landmark milestone for Equity Distribution and we look forward to continuing to expand our platform and collaborate with talented artists from different backgrounds." Equity Distribution also allows artists to share their projects while remaining the sole owner of their masters.

'Reasonable Doubt' is the debut studio album by #JAYZ @s_c_ released on June 25th 1996, by Roc-A-Fella Records. Today, 'Reasonable Doubt' is distributed by #EQDistro. What’s your favorite record from the album? Footage courtesy of @TIDAL https://t.co/maQg1GryJD pic.twitter.com/umWlsADEr7

— EQDistro (@EQDistro) August 16, 2019

Dubbed an album that Jay-Z said "literally saved my life," the 14-track body of music boasts singles like "Can't Knock the Hustle," "Ain't No Ni**a," "Dead Presidents II," and other melodies like "Can I Live," "Regrets," and "22 Two's." According to photographer Jonathan Mannion, who captured the album's cover, Reasonable Doubt was originally titled Heir to the Throne. In a 1997 interview that resurfaced around the album's 20th anniversary, Jay-Z explained how the title came to be.

“We named the album Reasonable Doubt because you know, with anything you do in life, people will judge you," he said. "Whether it be interviews or radio or whatever you do in life people will judge you. The album is like basically on trial. You either going to like it or you don’t.”

This album literally saved my life........ I can't thank you all enough.

— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) June 25, 2016

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Kelly Rowland, Kehlani And More Shout Out Normani For 'Motivation' Video

Normani is ready to show the world who she is. The former Fifth Harmony member's video for her latest single "Motivation" features pleasant touches of 2000s nostalgia, paying homage to videos by Beyonce, Britney Spears and more. Besides the nostalgia, the Internet hasn't been able to get over the sheer fire emitted from the 23-year-old.

Throughout the Dave Meyers-directed video, Normani performs choreography with ease, doing not just hip-hop, but does turns, flips and splits. Superstars such as Kelly Rowland, Kehlani, Lizzo and more have been singing her praises since the video dropped in the wee hours of Aug. 16. Check out some reactions below.

all i want to see on my timeline today is @Normani. please&thank you!

— Ella Mai (@ellamai) August 16, 2019

Houston girls are just..... 😗👌🏾

— |L I Z Z O| (@lizzo) August 16, 2019

I’m just gonna keep eating these jalapeño chips and kit kat bar while watching Normani kill every moment in her video. Now give her, her things. All of em’. Chocolate girls doing it. Society just funny actin’.

— Tika Sumpter (@iamtikasumpter) August 16, 2019

sooo proud to be a woman rn. we doing the damn thing 👏🏽👏🏽

— chloe x halle (@chloexhalle) August 15, 2019

i love this normani movement cuz we ain’t had our own superstar triple threat girl to stan over as a generation. we grew up on them but she’s OURS. and she’s BLACK mwuahahahaYES. 😈

— Kehlani (@Kehlani) August 16, 2019

this is that shit i want my daughter to have posters of in her room type shit

— Kehlani (@Kehlani) August 16, 2019

this is that shit i want my daughter to have posters of in her room type shit

— Kehlani (@Kehlani) August 16, 2019

Let me be your Motivation!! Loved it babe!! https://t.co/wiid5g7rqM


wowwwwwwwwwwwww @Normani is THE girl. THEEEEEE girl. Bye! https://t.co/bp3lDmj9dD

— h (@halsey) August 16, 2019

Somebody find me a damn gate to climb!!!!!! @Normani #Motivation pic.twitter.com/mT56V0k5R0

— Isis King (@MsIsisKing) August 16, 2019

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Normani Turns Back The Clock In “Motivation” Music Video

Normani pays homage to the early 2000s in the new music video for “Motivation,” the first official single off her forthcoming debut solo album. The nostalgic visual, released Friday (Aug. 16), finds Normani going all out in the choreography department, and sporting an unofficial uniform from the turn of the millennium complete with a studded belt, rhinestone belly button ring, and low rise jeans.

The New Orleans native teased the visual all week, and fans have been getting in the spirit sharing throwback trinkets like bedazzled flip phones, and airbrushed sweatshirts. Speaking of New Orleans, the “Love Lies” singer honors her NOLA music roots in the video by way of a jazzy dance break.

Although Normani has been mostly mum about her new music, she did reveal that Ariana Grande helped write “Motivation,” and has been “very supportive” as she embarks on releasing her debut.

“I talk to her about the creative process,” Normani told Rolling Stone. “I’m like, ‘When did you know your album was done.’ She was just like, ‘Honestly, you’ll know. Nobody will have to tell you. You’ll feel it. Just trust your instinct; trust your gut. And listen to that voice inside of you, and it’ll tell you that you’re done. Just take your time, too, and have fun in the process and make sure that it’s something that you love. She’s dope. She also has a part in the record that I’m releasing, too. She wrote on it.”

Watch “Motivation” in the video above.

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