Joey Bada$$ has declared himself an All-Amerikkan Bada$$, his second full-length since two years ago when he dropped his debut LP, B4.DA.$$.
AABA has a few major guest stars including J. Cole on “Legendary,” ScHoolboy Q on “Rockabye,” and Styles P on “Super Predator.” Appearances also include Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution, and Meechy Darko of Flatbush Zombies roll up on “Ring the Alarm.”
The politically-charged effort was preceded by “Land of the Free,” which features a less-than-flattering message about President Donald Trump. It also follows last year’s “Devastated,” which became an anthem for progress.
More recently, Joey told Beats 1 that he became inspired to connect to his “real” side. “I just started feeling responsible,” he explained. “The real side of me, just the human side of me was feeling connected to it ’cause I felt so close to it. The musician side of me started feeling responsible, not responsible for what was happening, but responsible on how we can change it. How we could bring more awareness to certain situations. This project, I’m glad you said it, it’s about my experience as a black man in America, but it’s not just my experience. It’s your experience.”
French Montana releases “Unforgettable” featuring Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee.
Montana rhymes about his stubbornness, his girl, and his wealth. “I got a hard head but her ass soft,” he raps. “She want the last name with the ring on it / ‘Cause I pulled out a million cash, told her plank on it.”
“You are unforgettable,” he sings. “I need to get you alone / Why not? / Oh, like we in a hurry / No, I won’t tell nobody / On your level too / Trying to do what lovers do.”
If the song sounds familiar, that’s because French initially released “Unforgettable” back in November as a birthday gift to fans. Titled “Unforgivable” at the time, the song dropped shortly after MC4 was scrapped.
The Chainsmokers team up with Jhené Aiko on the hypnotic “Wake Up Alone.”
Over a pulsating beat, Jhené reflects on her rise to stardom. “Now I got cars, now I got clothes, now I got money,” she sings. “Now I got crowds singing my name, saying they love me.”
“Will you still care in the morning, when the magic’s gone?” she asks. “Will you be there in the morning, will you stay when it all goes, or will I wake up alone?”
“Wake Up Alone” can be found on the DJ duo’s debut album Memories…Do Not Open, which is out now featuring the chart-topping smash “Closer,” plus appearances from Florida Georgia Line, Emily Warren, and Louane.
Kap G taps Chris Brown for their long-awaited collaboration “I See You.”
Over an infectious bounce, Breezy kicks off the Supa Jefe single, which was first teased in November. “I see you looking my way,” he sings. “I see you back at my place / Ooh girl, I see you back in my bed / Ooh girl, and don’t you fuck with my head.”
Then Kap delivers the first verse. “I’ma fuck you in some style,” he warns. “I’ma fuck you in Supreme / You know I don’t play around, I be balling like Kareem / I be flexing with my team.”
Repping OHB, Breezy comes through with the second verse. “Driving in that new shit,” he raps. “Walked in the house like ‘I Love Lucy’ / Can’t say shit to me / Respect me like Hov girl, I got The Blueprint.”
Kap spoke with Rap-Up earlier this year about the collaboration. “He’s super talented,” said the Mexican-American MC. “He’s very hands-on, he’s a genius. He knows what he’s doing, he knows what he wants. He feels the music. When he’s in the booth, you can just tell that he really feels what he’s saying…I rock with him. It was incredible…When I was young, Breezy had all the girls. Still do now. It’s just crazy for me to be working with him now.”
Fans who want more from Chris and Kap can find them on the road with Fabolous and O.T. Genasis on “The Party Tour,” which is set to run through May 23 in Los Angeles.
Supa Jefe drops April 14.