Hip-Hop

First Beat: New Music From YG, French Montana and Brandy

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Alexandra Gavillet

YG photographed on April 10, 2019 at Poppy in Los Angeles.

Another Friday in quarantine means jam-packed music in the hip-hop and R&B world for us to sit back and enjoy. Led by Drake's surprise project Dark Lane Demo Tapes, fans will have a multitude of options today. See some of our favorite picks below.

YG, "Laugh Now, Kry Later" 

YG's consistency can't be understated. His first four albums made him a West Coast cornerstone. Will his fifth have him enshrined in California greatness? We get a sneak peek with his new single "Laugh Now Kry Later." Brimming with confidence, YG shines on the stormy record. Despite his grapples with fame, family struggles, and failed relationships, he still manages to "keep it playa" on the candid track. 

French Montana feat. Tory Lanez, "Cold" 

This collaboration is anything but frosty. After competing in a hit-for-hit battle last month, Montana and Lanez team up to make a fun tandem, gliding over the tropical-tinged tune. Montana thrives in his double-duty role, serving up a hook and punchy verse, while the Toronto hybrid swoops his way in with a show-stealing feature. 

Lil Baby, My Turn Deluxe 

Though hip-hop's supernova Drake came and left social media in shambles with his surprise project Friday morning, Lil Baby's My Turn Deluxe still found its way down people's timelines and for a good reason. Over the last two years, Baby's unexpected growth has allowed him to become Quality Control's crown jewel, and today, he continues his upward trajectory with six new songs. "All In" and "Humble" are shining examples of Baby's evolution. 

Mahalia, The Isolation Tapes 

The U.K. songbird enjoyed success last year with her debut album Love and Compromise. Mahalia's penchant for moody tracks finds a home on her three-pack, Isolation Tapes. "BRB" and "Too Nice" are the perfect jams for dispirited lovers struggling with their relationships during quarantine. 

Brandy feat. Chance the Rapper, "Baby Mama" 

What a timely ode to single mothers! Brandy's vocals are as crisp and mesmerizing as when she arrived on the music scene over a quarter-century ago. As for husband of the year candidate Chance The Rapper, he gives the track a nice jolt with his slinky verse. 

Smoove'L, Boy From Brooklyn 

As the Brooklyn drill sound continues to govern New York rap, another disciple flourishing under the winning system is Smoove'L. His debut major label mixtape Boy From Brooklyn via Interscope Records, is smothered with hard-hitting heaters such as "Ghetto Gospel" and "Yippie Yay." Smoove makes sure to live by his namesake on the radio-friendly "Questionable Love," quashing any doubts about his versatility.