Atlantic Records‘ fresh-faced rapper-singer and songwriter, YBN Cordae, stupefies listeners with his debut solo album The Lost Boy – a bona fide and impassioned project well beyond his years.

YBN Cordae, born Cordae Amari Dunston, first made a name for himself as part of the YBN gang, the young “internet rap clique” that went viral. Now, Cordae rightly sets him self apart as an independent artist with the very aptitude to rewrite the rules of the game.

Cordae is undeniably unique by nature, flipping the switch from witty (“RNP” feat. Anderson .Paak) and somewhat comical, to gritty and gripping (“Broke as F**k“), everywhere from spitting full-hearted bars (“Nightmares Are Real” feat. Pusha T) , to delving into soul with mellow vocals; this is one upcoming artist the industry’s bound to watch.

The Lost Boy also features Chance the Rapper, Ty Dolla $ign, Meek Mill, and Arin Ray.

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J. Cole, together with fellow Dreamville Records‘ artists EARTHGANG, Ari Lennox, J.I.D, Omen, Cozz, Bas, and Lute, present Revenge of The Dreamers III, and it’s nothing but the dream compilation we’ve all been waiting for. 

Dreamville Records, founded by J. Cole and his manager Ibrahim Hamad, has finally released the next chapter, a long-awaited follow-up to part II (2015). The album also features guest artists Kendrick Lamar, Buddy, Ty Dolls $ign, Vince Staples, Dreezy, and much more greatness.

Revenge of The Dreamers III (ROTD3) is the ultimate euphoria for hip-hop and alternative R&B fans alike, placing listeners within a realm of rapture; an epic line-up of astounding artists, an unrivalled lyrical flow, bustling bars, heavy-hitting hooks, fresh beats, honey-like melodies, and of course, topped off with the quintessential soul samples to have you hypnotised from the very start until end.

This 18-track marvel is simply incalculable; the procured result of both a collaboration and a community of artists that no one other than J. Cole could bring together.

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Five years ago, the Soundcloud world was shaken by the 90s boom-bap of an anonymous EP titled “Your Old Droog,” an extended play rumoured to be Nas‘ follow-up album to legendary hip hop classic Illmatic.

Little did the world know that the EP was actually self-titled; not the voice of Nas, but instead Ukrainian-American rapper, Your Old Droog.

While his real name still remains a mystery, his masterly sound is far from a secret – in fact, its heavy resemblance to Nas continues to bewilder audiences. Now, Brooklyn’s very own, Your Old Droog (Y.O.D.), simply soars above and beyond as an independent artist (Droog Recordings) in his fourth studio album Transportation – a hip hop locomotive just as thrilling as it is impressive.

 

Transportation, a 15-track album, employs every form of transportation within his hometown of Brooklyn, New York, as a stupendous metaphor for the gritty movements and surroundings of its natives.

If you consider yourself a true fan of 90s underground hip hop, then this is an album you need to hear.

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