NEW MUSIC FRIDAY’S: KODAK BLACK RELEASES ‘PROJECT BABY TWO’ / DAVE EAST SUFFERS FROM ‘PARANOIA’ / A$AP FERG IS ‘STILL STRIVING’ / LIL B IS THE ‘BLACK KEN’

Kodak Black hits the scene with Project Baby 2.

Four years after dropping his debut mixtape Project Baby, the 19-track effort features Migos’ Offset, XXXTentacion, John Wicks, and JackBoy.

Black shares some of his struggles including his rise from poverty with his fans.

“It seems like I lost more than I ever gained,” he raps on the opener “Versatile.” “Ain’t get nothing out these streets but pain / Ain’t get nothing out these streets but hard times / ‘Cause in these streets, it ain’t nothing but hard times.”

“Now, I got more problems than I ever did,” he says on the closer “Me for Me.” “I’m getting so much money these days, it’s hard to figure out who love me for me.”

Project Baby 2 follows Kodak’s March debut Painting Pictures, which opened at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

Stream Kodak Black’s Project Baby 2 below.

Dave East releases his first album on Def Jam, Paranoia: A True Story.

Following last year’s Kairi Chanel mixtape, East features some heavy-hitters including his mentor, Nas (They Hated), Chris Brown (“Perfect”), Jeezy (“Paranoia”), Wiz Khalifa (“Phone Jumping”), and French Montana (“Maneuver”).

According to East, the project is meant to explain what he’s been going through lately and his journey to as an MC.

“It’s my first release with Def Jam,” he told Power 105. “It’s not my debut album. It’s just really bringing people up to date, from me being signed with Mass Appeal, Nas’ label, to me doing the partnership with Def Jam.”

“I feel like I’ve been really just exploring me and different sounds,” he told Billboard. “I’ve worked with different producers that I hadn’t worked with before. So it was really just me like just growing in life and you know, my music is gon’ grow with me.”

Stream Paranoia: A True Story below.

 

A year after dropping his sophomore album Always Strive and Prosper, A$AP Ferg is Still Striving.

The Trap Lord has star-studded including the Migos-assisted “Nasty (Who Dat)” and the jam-packed “East Coast (Remix),” which features Busta Rhymes, A$AP Rocky, Dave East, French Montana, Rick Ross, and Snoop Dogg.

The 14-track set also includes guest appearances from Meek Mill (“Trap and a Dream”), Cam’ron (“Rubber Band Man”), Dave East (“Olympian”), Lil Yachty (“Aww Yeah”), Nav (“What Do You Do”), and MadeinTYO (“One Night Savage”).

“The concept was to just have fun,” Ferg told Highsnobiety. “There were so many introspective songs on Always Strive and Prosper. Yes, it was the album of my dreams to create, but I also understand that my dreams may not always fit into the realm of society. It was a headache getting music cleared and making people believe in the vision enough to stand behind it completely and even put it out. I was completely drained from that and just wanted to party and turn up so that’s what inspired this project.”

Still Striving is set to be followed by A$AP Mob’s Cozy Tapes, Vol. 2: Too Cozy compilation, which drops Aug. 25. After that, the crew will launch their “Too Cozy Tour” with Ferg on select dates.

Stream Still Striving below.

 

The Base God his the scene with his surprise album,  Black Ken.

The 27-track release was even a surprise to the Berkeley native, who shared his dismay on Twitter just one day before his 28th birthday.

“WOW SAD DAY YALL,” he wrote. “DATPIFF STOLE MY MIXTAPE AND THEN LOCKED ME OUT OF MY DATPIFF PROFILE..AND UPLOADED BLACK KEN WITHOUT MY KNOWLEDGE.”

Either way, Black Ken is available on other streaming platforms and includes a guest spot from iLoveMakonnen on “Global,” marking the album’s only feature.

Lil B’s anger turned into a celebration – hours later he tweeted, “History.” “LIL B HAS THE #1 hip hop album on iTunes right now!!!!! Yes that’s the #1 hip hop album in the world! Black Ken! Be apart.”

Unfortunately, B was dethroned by Jay-Z’s 4:44 album which has tended to shift up and down on the charts. “Congrats to jay z and Roc nation for 4:44 being the #1 hip hop album on iTunes,” he wrote. “Lil B black Ken mixtape is #2 hip hop on iTunes!!”

Celebrate The Based God’s birthday with Black Ken below.

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