From music by newly-signed artists to long-awaited R&B collections and projects from hip hip vets, check out this week's New Music Friday for the culture's latest & greatest in music.
-- Kehlani, Blue Water Road -- The Oakland singer delivered what they call "a destination in my mind" with their third studio album. The fun, upbeat jams mixed with the calm R&B tracks contribute to singer's emotionally vulnerable body of work.
-- Wale, More About Nothing -- Hip hop's most poetic rapper announced the beloved 2010 mixtape is now available for streaming. With hits like "The Breakup Song" and "Ambitious Girl," fans were excited for the DSP release.
-- Casey Veggies, Since Y'all Forgot -- It's been a good minute since the Inglewood, CA rapper dropped off some music. The new five-track E.P. is a reminder of his catchy rap abilities and West Coast flow.
-- Pooh Shiesty, Shiesty Season: Certified -- Despite his recent prison sentence, the 1017 rapper released a second Shiesty Season deluxe album, with eight new tracks and features including Gucci Mane and Lil Uzi Vert.
--Giveon, "Lie Again" -- After announcing the new make-up-to-break-up single last week, the R&B sensation delivered his latest track, which is said to address the relationship issues with ex-girlfriend, singer Justine Skye.
Hits in Heavy Rotation
-- Jack Harlow, First Class"
-- Gunna, "Banking On Me"
-- Latto ft. Lil Waye & Childish Gambino, "Sunshine"
-- Kay Flock w/ Cardi B & Dougie B ft. Bory 300, "Shake It"
-- Lizzo, "About Damn Time"
-- J. Brown ft. Tank, "Don’t Rush"
Artist on the Rise
Lil Poppa is a 22-year-old rapper from Jacksonville, Florida who recently signed to Yo Gotti's CMG record label. He captured hip hop's attention for his melodic, street-oriented sensibilities, today releasing his first album with CMG, called "Under Investigation 3."