August has been a pretty rewarding month for Hip Hop & Urban music lovers with multiple projects dropping within in the month
August saw the likes of Rapsody, Young Jeezy & the return of Missy Elliot & Little Brother as well as local dynamic duo Rick Jade & Ginger Trill all release projects within the month.
Kool Out takes a look back at some of the biggest drops that featured in August.
*Disclaimer* We may have missed a few drops? If so let us know what projects released in August you felt should have received a mention?
Rapsody – EVE
Rapsody’s project“EVE” is considered a astounding & triumphant release. The North Carolina MC’s third studio album is a “love letter to all black women,” with 16 songs named specifically for her heroes, from Nina Simone, Oprah Winfrey to Sojourner Truth & Afeni Shakur. The album also features guest appearances from J. Cole, D’Angelo, GZA, JID, Queen Latifah, K.Roosevelt, SiR & many more..
YBN Cordae – The Lost Boy
YNB Cordae has steadily been building a name for himself since dropping his first project Anxiety in 2014 under the moniker Entendre before joining LA crew YNB Collective in 2018 & changing his stage name YNB Cordae. His debut album “The Lost Boy” received widespread acclaim from music critics & featured the likes of Anderson .Paak, Chance The Rapper, Pusha-T, Meek Mill & Ty Dolla $ign on the project that contains the hit single RNP (Real N*gga Problems) produced by J Cole.
Little Brother – May The Lord Watch
One year ago, Little Brother’s reunion seemed improbable. Phonte publicly said it wasn’t something he was even interested in doing. After an impromptu performance at the 2018 Art Of Cool Festival, Phonte & Rapper Big Pooh officially announced their reunion. The groups first album together since 2010’s The Left Back, unfortunately does not feature co-founding member & group producer 9th Wonder (although 9th would give the project his blessing) to some of the LB fan’s dismay but what they did get was an album moulded in the classic Little Brother format that sees the group return their hilarious UBN skits made popular on their classic 2005 sophomore album The Minstrel Show. “May The Lord Watch” is a celebration of the cultural lands Blackness is touching in 2019, with the synergy between Phonte & Rapper Big Pooh still as tight as ever.
Young Jeezy – TM104: The Legend Of The Snowman 1
It was fourteen years ago when Young Jeezy began his Thug Motivation series with the release of his major-label debut, Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101. Jeezy released his ninth studio album & the final edition in his TM series with TM 104: The Legend Of The Snowman
On TM104, Jeezy showcases why he’s considered to be a trailblazer for trap music. He has a star-studded cast of artists to aid him on his goodbye to Thug Motivation including CeeLo Green, Ball Greezy, Meek Mill, Rick Ross, Queen Naija, Gunna, Ty Dolla $ign, John Legend, and Noah Scarf.
Missy Elliot – ICONOLOGY
Missy ‘Misdemeanour’ Elliot is easily considered one of Hip Hop’s most innovative artist ever to grace the urban music platform, so it was rightly understandable that the world came to a near stop when she announced she would be dropping a surprise EP on the 23rd August. Titled “ICONOLOGY” the five-track project is a versatile mixed bag that allows listeners to pick out their favourite version of Missy.
Rick Jade – D.N.A (Da New Africa)
Back in February power couple Bontle Modiselle & Priddy Ugly, decided to form a new collective known as Rick Jade & released their debut 2 track EP I Want Something New. Fast forward just a few months & the duo have unleashed their full debut album “D.N.A. (Da New Africa)” consisting of 10 songs with guest features from Forcalistic, KLY & members of their crew Frsh Citizen. The album dabbles with multiple genres from Pop, Trap, Afrobeats & even kwaito with the duo describing their sound as world music.
Bas – Spilled Milk Vol.1
Dreamville artist Bas picks up where Milky Way left off, continuing his pattern of lactose-themed albums with another new chapter. “Spilled Milk Vol 1” is the first in a series of releases that will find him collaborating with other artists. Vol 1 sees the Fiend team up with fellow label mates EarthGang, J.I.D & Ari Lennox as well as Falcons, B. Lewis & Nigerian artist Kiddominant. The Spilled Milk series will see Bas drop a new volume episodically throughout this & next year.
Ginger Trill – PIF (Paid In Full)
SlikourOnLife “2017 Lyricist Of The Year” Ginger Trill dropped a conceptual masterpiece in early August titled “PIF (Paid In Full) .” A 6 track EP that serves as an ode to the 2002 crime drama Paid In Full as well as the classic Hip Hop album of the same name by Eric B & Rakim.
Jidenna – 85 To Africa
Jidenna’s sophomore album “85 To Africa” units the sounds of booming contemporary hip-hop & dancehall to feather-light afropop highlighting Jidenna’s west African roots. Consisting of 11 tracks 85 To Africa is a vibrant, afrobeat-centric project that features the likes of Goldlink, Fela Kuti’s son Seun Kuti, Mr Eazi, St. Beauty & Mereba.
Manu Worldstar – Young African Story
Manu Worldstar right now has to be considered one of Africa’s rising stars. The Nalingi singers debut EP “Young African Story” is a well blended mix of feel-good Afro pop with sprinkles of Afrobeats and hip-hop throughout the 5 track project that features the aforementioned hit single Nalingi.
Young Thug – So Much Fun
Young Thug dropped his debut album “So Much Fun” this month. Known for his unique squeal and incomprehensible delivery, Thugger shows us a more free-spirited version of himself throughout the19-track record & what he’s learnt over the years as one of rap’s most revered innovators. The album contains features from Future, 21 Savage, Gunna, Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert & more.
A$AP Ferg – Floor Seats
Possibly the hardest working member in the world famous A$AP Mob crew (in terms of musical content) A$AP Ferg delivers a brand new EP titled “Floor Seats.” Consisting of 9 songs with features from A$AP Rocky, Ty Dolla $ign, Rico Nasty, Asian Doll, MadeinTYO, and Brent Faiyaz.
Floor Seats is ideal for an end-of-the-summer party that goes off the rails, going from being boastful to vulnerable, from a party to a vibe. The EP is an invigorating, crowd-pleasing affair.
BROCKHAMPTON – GINGER
13-member collective BROCKHAMPTON dropped their fifth album apply titled “GINGER.” The pan-racial, non-heteronormative, self-proclaimed “boy band,” showcase an impressive amount of emotional depth on the album & although some fans of the group fell GINGER is not their best offering, the album is a very emotional and introspective project that shows BROCKHAMPTON is still a force to be reckoned with.
Quality Control: Control the Streets Vol. 2
The Atlanta label home to Hip Hop stars such as Migos, Lil Yachty, Lil Baby, Stefflon Don & City Girls, unleashed their 2nd volume in the labels Control The Streets series. Although the Control The Streets Vol 2 contains a few bangers here & there the album seems to be filled with with lackluster raps from stars who seem to be stuck in a loop, with the lesser known acts standing out on this 32 song compilation. QC is helped out by some stellar features from Meek Mill, Travis Scott, Young Thug, Meagan Thee Stallion, Gunna & Play Boi Carti but it’s not enough to save the project as a whole. Its not a terrible compilation but its not great either & could have used some real quality control to help it out. Most probably the weakest release of August?
Curren$y – Hot August Nights
Curren$y is no stranger to hard work, releasing project’s left, right & center but somehow still finds time to line up a full-fledged solo EP just in time for Spring. “Hot August Nights” comes in hot on the heels of last months collaborative album with Berner titled Pheno Grigio & is comprised of seven songs with no features & production being handled by the duo Nard & B.
Raphael Saadiq – Jimmy Lee
Raphael Saadiq returns to the musical spotlight with the release of his newest album “Jimmy Lee.” The former Tony! Toni! Tone! & Lucy Pearl member describes Jimmy Lee is his passion project. Dedicating it to a brother lost to drugs, and three other dead siblings, Saadiq serves up a series of brutally honest, occasionally impressionistic meditations on addiction and loss, with just enough positivity leavening the sorrow and cynicism. He uses melody and space beautifully over radio-friendly rhythms, slipping between genres with authority and authenticity with features from Rob Bacon, Reverend E. Barker, Ernest Turner & Daniel J. Watts.
Jimmy Lee is a honest & in depth look at the current life & story of Raphael Saadiq, helplessness in his tales, but defiant in his ability to tell them.