First Beat: New Music By Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Rod Wave & More

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Bob Metelus

Rick Ross

This week on First Beat, rap titans Rick Ross and 2 Chainz make a splashy return, while rising star Rod Wave gives fans a second helping of his spring album Pray 4 Love. Check out our selections below.

Rick Ross, "Pinned to the Cross" Featuring Finn Matthews

After galloping to victory last night during his Verzuz matchup with 2 Chainz, Rozay treated fans to a preview of his 11th studio album with the release of "Pinned to the Cross." Rather than take the opulent route, Rozay settles for a reflective approach, speaking on the plights of Blacks in America. He also issues a crushing blow to Terry Crews, after the actor's controversial comments made against the African American community. 

2 Chainz feat. Lil Wayne, "Money Maker"

Chainz proved to be a formidable opponent against Rick Ross on Thursday night with his booming catalog and witty banter. Following the battle, Chainz pressed play on his HBCU-inspired single "Money Maker" with Lil Wayne. With triumphant horns anchoring the feel-good track, the Collegrove reteaming encourages women to flaunt their goodies and shrug off the haters. 

Rod Wave, Pray 4 Love (Deluxe)

After debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 last April with Pray 4 Love, the Florida native storms back with a robust 25-track package, including ten new songs. The 20-year-old writes an endearing note to his love on "Letter to Houston," and reworks his Billboard Hot 100 hit "Rags2Riches" with the help of Lil Baby. 

Lil Mosey feat. Lunay, "Top Gone" 

Lil Mosey looks to stay in the driver seat after his biggest Hot 100 hit to date "Blueberry Faygo" climbed to the top ten earlier this summer. His new song, "Top Gone," takes an exciting leap, as he hopscotches his way through the summery beat with Puerto Rican trap star, Lunay. Again, the melodic wunderkind's strikes again, especially his brilliant decision to touch down into the Latin space with his latest record. 

Chika, "U Should"

Earlier this year, Chika won fans over with her impressive debut EP Industry Games. While her poetic wordplay remains her calling card, on her latest single "U Should," Chika flexes her velvety singing abilities. Captivated by her the sight of her crush, Chika writes a charming letter to win her over. 

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