New Music Friday – New Albums From Lupe Fiasco, Chris Brown, Giveon, French Montana & Harry Fraud + More
New Music Friday Albums coverage, as published by HipHopDX features a stacked lineup of heavy-hitters such as multi-platinum vocalist, Chris Brown and Chicago rap titans, Lupe Fiasco and Lil Durk.
Additional highlighted releases include new projects from artistes such as Giveon, French Montana and Harry Fraud, Roddy Ricch and a host of others.
Check out all of the albums that were released on Friday (June 24), below.
LUPE FIASCO – DRILL MUSIC IN ZION
The 10-track album also captures Lupe Fiasco at a new lyrical pinnacle as the Chicago native challenged himself to complete the recording of the entire project within 24 hours. Some 72 hours later, Drill Music In Zion was completed, and by the standards of Lupe himself, it turned out to be one of his most cohesive, dynamic releases to date.
“Your whole life you’re physically growing, and as an artist, I feel like I’m taller now,” the 40-year-old MC said in a statement about the project. “Soundtrakk is the swordmaker, I’m the samurai, he’s the mechanic, and I’m the driver.”
CHRIS BROWN – BREEZY
In the three years since the release of his multi-platinum Indigo album, Chris Brown fans have without a doubt been patiently waiting for new material from the “No Guidance” vocalist. And following the release of his WizKid-assisted vibe “Call Me Everyday” the excitement of the impending arrival of Breezy season began to set in.
Coupled with an insane press run, which is already yielding neck-snapping headlines instigating a possible future Beyoncé collaboration, in addition to revealing Diddy previously passed up his opportunity to sign CB to a record deal, Chris Brown has captured the attention of the world yet again.
All things considered, Chris Brown’s Breezy album is likely the largest release of the year. But not because of the R&B singer’s monolithic stature, instead, because there are 57-tracks being collectively released between the standard and deluxe edition versions of the project.
For now, enjoy the first 24 songs of CB’s latest release, which includes features from artists such as Ella Mai, EST Gee, Lil Baby, Lil Wayne and more.
GIVEON – GIVE OR TAKE
For starters, the Epic Records artist captivated over 687 million listeners with his love-sick “Heartbreak Anniversary” record. Then he managed to put forth a banner effort in 2021 off the strength of his beloved When It’s All Said And Done…Take Time project. Seemingly energized with an even more earnest and unabashed mantra, vividly displayed by his recent “Lie Again” single, Giveon is ready to unleash his new album Give Or Take.
The 15-track offering also doubles as a coming-out party for his upcoming North American tour, which kicks off midway through August and runs through late October.
FRENCH MONTANA & HARRY FRAUD – MONTEGA
There’s no denying the level of consistency both French Montana and Harry Fraud have maintained throughout their storied careers, thus far.
The Brooklyn-bred producer has notably delivered outstanding LP arrangments for artists such as Benny The Butcher, Jim Jones, Dave East and Curren$y, among others. And French has continued to deliver radio-ready hits year after year with offerings such as his 2021 They Got Amnesia album, which is home to his “Mopstick” banger featuring Kodak Black.
Now, with the momentum of his rap posse cut “Bricks & Bags” assisted by Benny The Butcher and Jadakiss, and co-sign from the Mayor of the Big Apple, French Montana and Harry Fraud join forces for their New York-facing Montega collab project.
LIL DURK – 7220 (DELUXE)
Lil Durk is truly personifying his self-proclaimed moniker as Chicago’s JAY-Z with his dominant run in 2022.
He kicked the year off in March with the release of his 7220 album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and racked up 120,500 total album-equivalent units sold in the first week. Durkio has also remained committed to his purpose as a leader in the Chi and launched an HBCU college program through his Neighborhood Heroes Foundation last month in an effort to help introduce students to an array of career paths.
As he continues to show no signs of slowing down, Lil Durk has also done an exceptional job of keeping his promise to fans by unleashing his 7220 (Deluxe) album, featuring guest appearances from artists such as Moneybagg Yo, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Doodie Lo and more. The album also arrives in conjunction with the announcement of the accompanying tour, which kicks off in September.
RODDY RICCH – THE BIG 3 EP
This article was originally published by Devon Jefferson on HipHopDX