Songs of the Summer
Suge (Yea Yea) — DaBaby
North Carolina rapper DaBaby is beginning to make waves in music with his bouncy breakout hit “Suge.” Inspired by Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight, DaBaby puts his bravado on display, claiming he is a young CEO like Knight and declaring himself unafraid to fight anyone. The bold, audacious track features eclectic trap production that has become emblematic of DaBaby’s rise within the rap game.
Go Loko — YG featuring Tyga and Jon Z
Compton rapper YG radiates energy in his Latin-inspired single “Go Loko.” The track features fellow Southern California rapper Tyga as well as the relatively unknown Puerto Rican rapper Jon Z, who delivers a thrilling rapid-fire verse in Spanish. The song has all the staples of a trap hit but also includes distinctive Mexican guitar strings and Spanish ad-libs that set it apart from the oversaturated trap genre to create an incredibly fun listen.
Enzo — DJ Snake featuring Offset, 21 Savage, Sheck Wes and Gucci Mane
French producer DJ Snake continues to grow his list of hit singles with his latest star-studded collaboration. Following his 2018 smash Latin reggaeton track “Taki Taki,” “Enzo” takes a different direction. The song repeats a booming refrain from rising artist Sheck Wes and boasts stand-out verses from rap royalty 21 Savage, Offset and Gucci Mane. Wes’ infectious chorus frames each of the features and glides over the hypnotic trap production.
Cold — Rico Nasty and Kenny Beats
“Cold” comes off Rico Nasty and Kenny Beats’ latest release, “Anger Management.” The song captures Nasty’s fearless approach to rap as she spits out verses with an unrivaled and infectious energy. Nasty makes it clear she is not going anywhere by displaying her passion to change the world of rap with forceful lyrics and a direct, powerful way of delivering them. She asserts with righteous fury, “It be the same thing, just on a different day,” emphasizing her frustration with the status quo.
IGOR — Tyler, the Creator (May 17)
Tyler, the Creator recently announced his new album “IGOR,” set to come out later this month. The project will follow up on the Grammy-nominated 2017 album “Flower Boy,” in which Tyler took a more reflective tone than in his previous work, earning him critical and commercial praise. Although much remains unknown about “IGOR,” rumored collaborations with Playboi Carti and Pharrell Williams will help Tyler, the Creator continue his hot streak.
Ignorance is Bliss — Skepta (May 31)
British grime rapper Skepta is set to release his fifth studio album “Ignorance is Bliss” at the end of May. Skepta launched his international career with his 2016 album “Konnichiwa,” earning a co-sign by Drake for his label Boy Better Know and a spot on the U.S. Billboard 200. As one of the pioneers of the British electronic rap mixture genre known as grime, Skepta will potentially further his prominence in the United States with his upcoming album.
TBA — Chance the Rapper (July)
Chicago rap star Chance the Rapper will release his first debut album after five mixtapes this July as a follow-up to his Grammy-winning 2016 mixtape “Coloring Book.” Although the title has yet to be announced, Chance has continued to drum up hype for the album’s release, changing his Twitter name to “Chance the Rapper Album in July.” Individual releases like 2018’s “65th & Ingleside” and “Wala Cam” have served as a hint at the development of Chance’s sound, but fans wait with excitement to see what direction the rapper will take on his first full-length album.
Fever — Megan Thee Stallion (May 17)
On her new album “Fever,” Megan Thee Stallion reveals a new alter ego named Hot Girl Meg after the success of her 2018 project “Tina Snow.” The Houston rapper released the lead single, “Sex Talk,” in March, and the album promises to showcase her rap prowess and distinct way of reclaiming her sexuality through her candid and sensual lyrics. The album is the product of signing with the record label 300 Entertainment, which recruited her as its first female rapper in 2018.