Joey Bada$$ – Let It Breathe

Produced by Statik Selektah, the cut kicks off with a jazzy intro before switching to a bass-dependent beat that hears the Pro Era co-founder look back at his stellar career. “Want you to celebrate me like I’m dead already / Like this crown up on my head is heavy / Put my picture in the dictionary, next to legendary / Swear I’m raising every bar / And it’s like they never ready / They throwing dirt up on my name like I’m already buried,” he raps, creating a strong foundation for the introspective track.


Cardi B – Up

In the Tani Muino visual, which was filmed over two days during Christmas break, Cardi appears atop a sarcophagus in a cemetery in a sexy black outfit, her mourning attire signaling that in this case, she’s celebrating saying goodbye and it’s a kiss-off that’s relatable. The headstone reads “RIP 2020.” The slick video sees the rapper in a number of sleek outfits and locations, joined by dancers.


DaBaby – “More Money More Problems”

DaBaby is putting an emphasis on family in the video for his new single “More Money More Problems.” The artist takes the day in the life approach for the visual, using a fish-eye lens to give fans a tour of his home and property while also spitting about the success he’s had in a short amount of time.


YG – Out On Bail

“Out on Bail” follows two other releases ahead of his album launch. The rapper tapped Day Sulan for his “Equinox” music video and dropped “Swag” alongside a music video dedicated to Colin Kaepernick. The video releases eight months after YG was arrested on robbery charges, just days before he was slated to perform a Nipsey Hussle tribute at the GRAMMYs.


RMR – WELFARE (feat. Westside Gunn)

The visual goes to the projects of numerous cities and contrasts with RMR rapping in a warehouse full of stacks of cash. His crew is dressed in similar ski-masks as the Griselda Records leader supports in the background of numerous scenes. It’s a simple aesthetic offering similar to his original “RASCAL” video that helped RMR burst onto the scene in the first place.

City Girls – Pussy Talk ft. Doja Cat

“Pussy Talk,” featuring one Doja Cat is a gold-drenched music video that backs all the hype the three women rap about themselves as they serve jungle kitty, business kitty, and glam kitty, letting you know exactly what this multilingual “Pussy Talk.” “English, Spanish, and French,” to be exact.

Cardi B – WAP feat. Megan Thee Stallion

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion released their song “WAP” with a music video this morning. People on social media pretty much unanimously agreed that the song and production are overall very, very good. Many also reacted in unison to a surprise cameo by Kylie Jenner in the video.

Juicy J – GAH DAMN HIGH

“Gah Damn High” is classic Juicy J fare, packed with hooks and one-liners that range from goofy to flat-out bawdy. The song arrives with a mockumentary-style music video directed by Joe Weil that shows how Juicy J is passing the time during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Action Bronson – Latin Grammys (Official Music Video)

“Latin Grammys” is a return to form. Action raps with his signature penchant for 90s sports references and obscure nods to the American pop culture lexicon. “I fly the plane better than Tom Cruise/ Drive cars like Dale Sr. with my feet up/ Lotus pose like Shiva on the floor/ For the fight with my seat next to Jeter/ I told that motherf*cker roll the weed up, please.” The beat was created by Tommy Mas, the main producer on Action’s 2011 debut Dr. Lecter.

Joey Bada$$ – The Light

Joey Bada$$ has released three tracks today, accounting for his first new solo music in three years. “No Explanation,” “Shine,” and “The Light” together make up The Light Pack EP, which touches on the rapper’s time away from music.

Will Smith – No Justice, No Peace.

As celebrities from Justin Bieber to Michael B. Jordan step up with statements in favor of Black Lives Matter, another joins the conversation. Will Smith has uploaded several Instagram Stores and a #BlackoutTuesday post, simultaneously linking out to the Obama Foundation in his bio, and his latest initiative is a brief montage of clips in support of the ongoing protests, dubbed No Justice, No Peace in homage to a popular protester chant.

 
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