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Offset, Kehlani, And More Friday Music Releases You Need To Hear

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As Black History Month nears the end, a handful of hip-hop and R&B artists are treating fans to some new music. Among the list includes Offset, who just dropped his highly anticipated solo album, Kehlani's latest mixtape, and Gunna's new project.

Just so you're on top of things, we've compiled a list of all the new Friday music releases you should be listening to. Check it out below.

Offset – Father of 4

Offset's highly-anticipated solo album is here. Father of 4 features guest appearances from Cardi B, Travis Scott, 21 Savage, J. Cole, Gucci Mane, Quavo, and more.

The Migos member has been teasing the album since late 2018. It was originally expected to drop in Dec. 2018, but was delayed. During the 2019 Grammy Awards, he shared a teaser online, which shows footage of Cardi B giving birth to their daughter Kulture. In past interviews Offset revealed that this album would get personal and discuss his struggles with infidelity, marriage, and fatherhood.

Father of 4 is the final solo album to release amongst the Migos. It follows Takeoff's The Last Rocket and Quavo's QUAVO HUNCHO, both of which released in 2018.

Stream Offset's new album below.

Kehlani – While We Wait

Kehlani is back with a new mixtape that is bound to get the streets talking. While We Wait features guest appearances from Ty Dlolla $ign, 6lack, Dom Kennedy and more.

Ahead of the tape's release, Kehlani teased fans with the single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy. She also dropped the accompanying video, which showed Kehlani rocking all-white ensembles in a very earthy environment.

As Kehlani previously noted, While We Wait is just the beginning of a  music-filled year. Stream the new project below.

Gunna – Drip or Drown 2

Gunna is back with the second installment of his Drip or Down series. Drip of Drown 2 contains 16 tracks long and features Young Thug, Lil Baby, and Playboi Carti.

Of the project, Gunna told Coveteur: "It’s me. It’s a project that’s a lot of me, not a lot of features. I’ve been working on it for a while, so I got a lot of hits on there. Like hits, not just a one, two, three thing. Hits."

He added: "I feel [the inspiration behind it is] the whole year of 2018 and how everybody just dripped—new songs, new drip. This album inspired me to let you know what I live and die by. I be fresh every day. I’ve been doing it since a child, no exaggeration [laughs]. So that’s me. I’m explaining a little bit about how I feel about my drip."

Stream the new project from Gunna below.

ELHAE – Trouble In Paradise

ELHAE has released his new project, Trouble In Paradise. The 13-track project features, Wale, Sevyn Streeter, O.T. Genasis, Big K.R.I.T., and more.

The album features the pre-released track, "Hennessy." Of the single, ELHAE said: "It's the beginning... The kid is just going through it. When we go through things, we tend to drink. So, he's asking all of these questions as he's throwing them back. It happens when anybody goes through turmoil in a relationship. It feels like all hope is lost in the beginning. 'Hennessy' captures that."

Check out Trouble In Paradise below.

Lil Pump – Harverd Dropout

After a long wait, Lil Pump's sophomore album, Harverd Dropout is here. The 16-track project include a rockstar features list, including Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Quavo, 2 Chainz, YG, and more.

The album features the pre-released single "I Love It" with Kanye and "Eskeetit." Lil Pump was supposed to go on tour in support of the album, but it was cancelled earlier this year. It's unclear if he intends to announced new dates anytime soon.

Check out Lil Pump's Harverd Dropout below.

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Soul Icon Bill Withers Known For Hits "Lovely Day" And "Lean On Me" Dies At 81

Bill Withers, whose songs like "Lean On Me," "Just The Two of Us," and "Lovely Day" are staples in soul music and beyond, has died from heart complications, his family told The Associated Press on Friday (April 3). He was 81.

In the statement, his family praised the legendary singer-songwriter for his work and dedication to his loved ones. “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father. A solitary man with a heart-driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other,” the family statement read. “As private a life as he lived close to intimate family and friends, his music forever belongs to the world. In this difficult time, we pray his music offers comfort and entertainment as fans hold tight to loved ones.”

Between 1971 and 1989, Withers released eight studio albums, one live album and garnered three Grammys for his powerful songs that gave hope and love to fans to this day. Born on July 3, 1938, he overcame a stutter as the youngest of six children in Slab Fork, West Virginia. The death of his father at 13 would later inspire him to join the Navy at 18 but a gleam of wonder followed him as he grew curious about songwriting.

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In 2015, Withers was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Stevie Wonder. “I’m not a virtuoso, but I was able to write songs that people could identify with. I don’t think I’ve done bad for a guy from Slab Fork, West Virginia,” Withers told Rolling Stone that same year.

He is survived by his wife, Marcia, and children, Todd and singer Kori.

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