July was another busy month for hip-hop and while not all of the releases were home runs (sorry Chance), there were a few projects and quite a few singles that really stood out to me which means they might be worth keeping on your radar. Whether you're a fan of mainstream, SoundCloud rap rap or just good old underground, the chart this month has a little bit of everything to keep you going, so let's dig right in.
1. YBN Cordae - RNP (feat. Anderson .Paak)
YBN Cordae brought the biggest surprise of last month when he released his debut album The Lost Boy. The entire project was WAYYY more listenable than I expected and the whole world now knows not to count out the most talented member of the YBN crew. Anderson has been killing it with the features in 2019
2. Roc Marciano - Not One
Roc does it again both on the beat and with the rhymes with "Not One." You won't find this track on Spotify or Soundcloud (since it will be on his next EP The Prequel which will only be released on vinyl) so enjoy it here while you still can.
3. Kanye West – Brothers Ft. Charlie Wilson
While this track hasn't been officially released yet, the internet went crazy in early July when it was played with the trailer of the new BET show "Tales," which digs into the stories behind some of the most infamous tracks in hip-hop. If you love the old Kanye, then this one is really for you.
4. Jaden Smith - On My Own ft. Kid Cudi
The son of the Fresh Prince has teamed up with the Lonely Stoner, Kid Cudi, for Jaden Smith's latest single "On My Own" which was featured on his latest album ERYS. Jaden channels his inner Mos Def on this one and it actually works.
5. Nas - Jarreau of Rap (Skatt Attack) feat. Al Jarreau, Keyon Harrold
Nas also dropped a new project last month The Lost Tapes II and with it came this single which in my opinion is not very Nas-like. While I personally prefer Nas over some gritty sounding street beats, he still delivers some crazy wordplay on "Jarreau of Rap."
6. Future - 100 Shooters (Audio) ft. Meek Mill, Doe Boy
7. Thurz - One (Prod by Dem Jointz)
The momentum continues to build for Thurz as he dropped yet another dope track for us with "One." Like I have said in previous months, this new music from Thurz continues to get better and better and it doesn't look like he will be slowing down any time soon.
8. Lil Baby, DaBaby - Baby
Lil Baby and DaBaby are both enjoying quite a bit of hype right now and this track (also called "Baby") hits pretty damn hard! The hook has been stuck in my head since it came out so if you are looking for a mainstream banger to bump in the ride on your way to work, we got you right here!
9. Hit-Boy - "No L's" ft. Saweetie
Hit-Boy and Saweetie team up on "No L's" which will be exclusively released on the Madden 2020 soundtrack. Hit-Boy's production is always smooth and it pairs with Saweetie's voice & flow quite nicely.
10. A$AP FERG - Floor Seats
While Rocky was locked up in Sweden, Ferg was dropping tracks. "Floor Seats" might not be a complete banger but that simple beat is brought to life when Ferg is actually rapping on it! You also have love how they flipped those D&B drums.
11. Rico Nasty - Time Flies
We all know that Rico Nasty can rap her ass off but sometimes it can be hard to really vibe to her tracks. "Time Flies" does not have this problem and once again, it's the beat that really drives this song for me. That vintage NES sound gets me every time.
12. Rick Ross - Gold Roses ft. Drake
Two of the biggest names in hip-hop have joined forces on "Gold Roses," which is featured on Rick Ross' recently released project. I honestly find Drake's verse a bit dull but it's hard to ignore a track with names like this on it and Ricky does his thing. Port of Miami 2 is out now.
13. Black Milk - Black NASA feat. Sam Austins
Just before the end of the month, Black Milk dropped "Black Nasa," which was the single for his latest project DiVE. Black Milk has always been one of my favorite producers and he does not disappoint here.
14. The Alchemist - W.Y.G.D.T.N.S feat. Schoolboy Q
There is just something about the way The Alchemist produces that transforms whoever is rapping over his beats into a super hero. Schoolboy Q is a hell of a rapper in his own right and I would love to see him rap over a full albums worth of beats like this. Perfectly chill.
15. Young Chop & Future - Ammo & Juice
Closing out the chart this month is another solid track from Future produced by Young Chop. I don't know why it seems like everybody is putting high pitched autotune all over their songs right now but what I can say is that Future is the MVP on this one either way. He seems to have a ton of music to put out right now and I wouldn't be surprised to see another full project or two drop before the end of the year.