With new releases from 38 Spesh, Lil Loaded and Skooly among others
Taylor Swift has returned, again.
The sister album to folklore, evermore, is all the internet can talk about, and if you're a rap fan, Kid Cudi's highly anticipated Man on the Moon 3 has finally landed alongside Jack Harlow's debut That's What They All Say.
"The Boy With The Bars" – Skooly<iframe src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:album:5fmbCpYNVZpAGFQUKPybQ9" id="be740" frameborder="0" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="0cb5319b0b1b0cd82e02bc478624eb16" expand="1" height="480" width="100%"></iframe><p>T.R.U. emcee Skooly has always had an ear for curating fierce melodic trap music. 2 Chainz loves him, and he's been featured alongside many A1 contemporaries like Young Thug and Lil Baby. Still, the question has remained whether Skooly's brand of melodic rap would stand on its own. Despite having <a href="https://pitchfork.com/thepitch/in-praise-of-skooly-who-changed-the-way-atlanta-rapped/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">influenced most of today's singer-rappers</a> at least somewhat, Skooly has kept to himself, mastering an impressive output of projects all while maintaining a low-key profile. But on <em>The Boy with Bars</em>, the ATL rapper's latest collection of syrupy trap ballads are infectious ear candy and find Skooly as open and transparent as ever. </p><p>The project offers a few moments of levity, but mostly the tape serves as an emotional testament for Skooly, who uses the project's expansive 15-tracks to warble words of wisdom ("4rmdawestsidewidluv6ix") and roll his eyes at the sleepers who haven't given him his flowers ("Thank Me Later.") His frustrations are warranted; he is responsible for a massive movement in Atlanta rap, and <em>The Boy with Bars</em> merely reaffirms what we already know: He's the most influential melodic rapper out of ATL.</p>
"Double O Baby" – Hotboii<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="df3488e5e925c689da153d4f1684d3af"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_APihTzas7U?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>A brooding new talent, Hotboii's glitzy swagger may have the appearance of youthful exuberance, but the South Florida emcee instead creates emotional rap music that often reflects on a childhood full of trial-by-fire experiences.<a href="https://www.xxlmag.com/hotboii-interview-the-break/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> Incarcerated at a young age</a>, Hotboii's music is transparent and melancholic, revisiting traumatizing experiences with wisdom beyond his years. </p><p><em>Double O Baby</em>, the rapper's debut album and second effort of 2020, is made up of more of these somber melodic trap ballads. "Out of the Mud," a particular highlight that features recent XXL freshman Lil Mosey, reminisces on the stints that landed him in a youth correctional facility in the first place. Hotboii pines to escape his past, which has stuck to him like glue. </p><p>"Soon I'll be out of reach," he raps with a tone that is both cautiously optimistic and full of yearning. Hotboii knows he's on the path to greatness and just hopes for now to stay the course.</p>
"Zaystreet" – Young Scooter<iframe src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:album:4SflERwxTOuSS2VqKEJizf" id="c4f86" frameborder="0" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="988b65288853c0385df766ef58aba7be" expand="1" height="480" width="100%"></iframe><p>For years, the Freebandz emcee Young Scooter has been one of Atlanta's most reliable street rappers. He's repeated time and time again that he makes "counting music" – music to count money to – and has fed the ATL underground with a reliable and consistent stream of street rap over the years. On <em>Zaystreet</em>, the emcee's collaborative tape with Zaytoven, Young Scooter still raps with his signature slow burn droll, but his bars carry more weight than before, even after more than a decade in the game. </p><p>Even though the project remains stacked with high-profile guest features (2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Young Thug, and Future obviously), Scooter isn't as bogged down by his superstar friends this time around. He rides through the sludgy instrumental on "24 hours," but his voice cracks with urgency on "Pressure" and takes off on a great melodic tangent on "Want More." But after all this time, some themes will never change" "A trap rapper, if it ain't 'bout money, I don't wanna rap," he chirps on "Black Migo."</p>
"Don't Play" – Anders<iframe src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:album:6xWw24oa3FVpU4Q30quSBK" id="01158" frameborder="0" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="5b9f4e7164b8f935f41129b024e0d65c" expand="1" height="480" width="100%"></iframe><p>Canadian R&B crooner Anders has been slowly building up a reputation throughout his city as the country's next big popstar. With a brief discography to his name, Anders has relied on slick loosie singles to keep his momentum afloat, as fans collectively yearn for the singer to put forth a debut project. "Don't Play" doesn't necessarily signify that a project is on the way, but it's still a catchy new track that shows Ander's has a bonafide talent for curating bouncy contemporary R&B.</p>
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