September brought some big news for hip-hop fans. The new Danny Brown album started leaking, Gang Starr announced their first album in 13 years (RIP GURU), and we got some really dope new cuts from a few of my favorites (Free Nationals, Xavier Omar, & Paraoe Monch). While the end of the year tends to be when we see releases slow down, it seems like things are still heating up as a few major projects are still on the way from the likes of Kanye West, Gucci Mane + more! I'm sure we will see a few other surprises drop before the end of the decade as well and with that being said, let's dig into last month's picks and rap up what you might have missed.
1. Danny Brown - Dirty Laundry (Produced by Q-Tip)
Danny's new album "UKnowWhatI'mSayin?" dropped on October 5 but in September we got a first taste of the project with the Q-Tip produced "Dirty Laundry." This song is straight-up fun with a very upbeat energy that Q-Tip really brings with the instrumental.
2. Xavier Omär & Sango - Thief
Hearing these two on a song again makes me incredibly happy. As a fan of their previous tracks (really anything these guys touch seems to be straight fire) I have been fiending for these guys to get back together and now the wait is over. This track is a serious vibe that you need to get on right away.
3. Bishop Nehru - I Miss
Bishop Nehru takes a trip back to all the things that he misses the most in his life on his latest single "I Miss." In true Nehru fashion, his bars are way up as he bounces back and forth between memories.
4. Gang Starr - Family and Loyalty (feat. J. Cole)
We all knew that Premo was sitting on some amazing unreleased hip-hop artifacts from his days as one half of the legendary duo Gang Starr. And 9 years after Guru left this world and 13 years after their last album came out, it looks like we will get one more project from one of hip-hop's most important groups. Tapping J. Cole for the lead single "Family and Loyalty," this project is off to a great start.
5. Benny The Butcher, Conway The Machine, 38 Spesh - Never Seen A Man Cry - (Produced By 38 Spesh)
Flipping a classic from Scarface, the whole gang is here to really give this song an OG vibe. If you're a fan of that drug deal, street hustling, big boss style of living, then this track has everything you could ever want. Plus this beat again is just a perfect match for everyone on it.
6. Joyner Lucas - ADHD
While it's very apparent that Joyner Lucas can rap his ass off, I would say that my favorite quality of his would-be his ability to adapt his flow and style to different beats he raps on. In this case, "ADHD" takes you on a ride that comes directly from inside of Lucas' mind. I don't know if that would be a place I'd really want to hang out in there for too long but it does translate well on this song which is worth a spin or two for sure.
7. Eric Bellinger - Champagne (feat. Wale & Guapdad 4000)
Eric Bellinger comes correct with two strong features on his latest single "Champagne." I honestly can't get enough of Guapdad 4000 which is why you are seeing him on this chart so often. If you haven't checked out his work with Dreamville guys yet then you need to wake up!
8. Consequence Feat. Conway The Machine - Complex Con
While I wouldn't be surprised to see an artist take a check to make a song promoting the event which shares the same name as this song, "Complex Con" is actually the first single from Con's new project Make up For Lost Time. He not only raps on the track but he also produced it.
9. Th1rt3en - Palindrome
TH1RT3EN is Pharoahe Monch, Daru Jones, and Marcus Machado. Combined the trio brings nothing but pure heat with crazy vocab and infinity bars over a grimy beat that you would expect Pharoahe Monch to handpick for himself. Fun Fact: They dropped it on Palindrome September 13th.
10. Big Cousin ft. Evidence - Bleed Respect" (Produced by Nottz)
Just in case you are wondering who Big Cousin was, I was too had no idea who this guy was before I got my hands on this track. The London based rapper makes his Magnetic debut with the help of LA's own Evidence and production genius Nottz. All of the pieces on this song really fit together. BC and Ev's flows blend together and keep your head going from start to finish.
11. Free Nationals, JID, Kadhja Bonet & MIKNNA - On Sight
Still no official word on Free Nationals' upcoming album but if the project is anything like this track featuring JID, MIKNNA, & Kadhja Bonet, then I would say we are in for something pretty special. Their previous release featuring Daniel Cesar was featured in one of our previous charts and I wouldn't be surprised to hear more from the band next month as well!
12. Big Boi & Sleepy Brown - Intentions (Feat. CeeLo Green)
Slapper Alert - There is a whole lot of funk coming from the joint effort of Big Boi and Sleepy Brown. Last month they dropped the first track from their upcoming album The Big Sleep and who better to bring some funk on your record then the man himself CeeLo Green?
13. Future - What It Do
While on tour last month, Future decided to release a new single with "What It Do." While there is no official word on if this is part of a particular project, if you are a fan of Future's music then this will be right up your ally. Simple beat, simple lyrics and lots of autotune, big mood.
14. Godfather of Harlem - Business is Business (feat. A$AP Ferg & Dave East)
Another track from the new show Godfather of Harlem starring Forest Whitaker. This time it's A$AP Ferg and Dave East who tag team the hell out of "Business is Business." I love it when a TV show really builds a proper soundtrack with current, relevant music. It's also a marketing tool that I do not mind at all and if you haven't seen the show yet, I highly recommend it.
15. RetcH - On Me (feat. ScHoolboy Q)
RetcH is another fairly new artist for me but anybody with the plug to get ScHoolboy Q on a record either has to have some chops in the game or just a whole bunch of money. There is a good chance that RetcH has both here and if you like a dose of West Coast vibe with your rap songs then "On Me" should be just what you need right now.