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Indie Roundup: Five New Albums to Stream Now

Here's what to listen to this week.

If you're anything like us, you're probably overwhelmed by the sheer number of albums being released on a weekly basis.

Popdust's new weekly column, Indie Roundup, finds the five best albums coming out each week so that you don't have to. Every week, we'll tell you what's worth listening to that might not already be on your radar.

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Wiz Khalifa's albums have never been as good as his mixtapes.

On his earlier efforts, the Pittsburgh emcee's breezy attitude and malleable delivery made him a perfect poster child for weed rap. His bars were never steeped in metaphor or even necessarily clever, ("Groupies wanna leave the club wit' me/Ain't nothin' to a G'/Let your hair blow in the breeze/ Roll some bomb-a** weed,") but gliding instrumentals and a splash of melody made his discography the perfect soundtrack for an afternoon smoke sesh in the 2010s. Where his mixtapes thrived in their cruise-control chilled-out vibes, Wiz Khalifa's albums have always suffered from a strange stiffness he's never been able to escape.

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These Are 6ix9ine's Worst Songs

The rapper releases TattleTales tomorrow

In general, Tekashi 6ix9ine's music is pretty terrible.

The Bushwick emcee's biggest singles– from the nasally autotune grumbles of "Fefe" to "TROLLZ's" relentless "ye, ye, ye, ye, ye, ye"– have often bordered on unlistenable and generally tasteless. "What's the difference between me and Tupac Shakur? I never caught a rape charge – ever," 6ix9ine (born Daniel Hernandez) told The New York Times in a recent interview. Joe Coscarelli rebutted that Shakur was also an artist who translated his pain into his music, and he spoke on Shakur's versatility, while 6ix9ine only has "one kind of record." "I got to feed the masses," 6ix9ine replied. "There's no difference between me and Tupac Shakur."

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