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Published on July 21st, 2019 | by Lydia Brooks

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Three Best New Hip-Hop Albums Coming Out This Week

There are many expectations that ride on this week’s release day in the hip-hop music genre. Check out the latest in hip-hop below.

Iggy Azalea, In My Defense

Azalea has launched her last full-length project which was also her debut since five years ago. Iggy has taken quite the battering in the public eye while The New Classic was commercially successful. After being accused of cultural appropriation, getting a tour canceled, embracing a newfound aesthetic borrowed from the queens of Drag Race, switching labels, and having an album shelved, Iggy appears ready to come back with In My Defense. Led by “Sally Walker,” Iggy retains her high-fashion swagger; however, now it’s combined with a self-deprecating, campy sense of humor which might just well serve her as she salutes her long-suffering fans and bats back at her critics.

Maxo Kream, Brandon Banks

Although Houston is home to a constantly percolating hotbed of talent, its last brush with widespread acclaim came over about ten years ago, with the Swishahouse associated spitters’ wave that brought chopped-and-screwed culture to MTV. Presently, however, there’s a resurgence of rappers who hail from Houston, from popular stars like Travis Scott to underground heroes like Le$. Somewhere in the middle is Maxo Kream, who debuted with the critically-acclaimed Punken in 2018. On both Punken and Brandon Banks, he masterfully splits the difference between the street-oriented subject matter which keeps him underbelly rooted to Houston’s seedy, and the sort of speaker-thrashing beats which will draw new listeners in droves to hear what he has to say.

Nas, The Lost Tapes II

Original The Lost Tapes compilation from 2004 of Nas has been considered his best album since Illmatic, so The Lost Tapes 2 has such massive shoes to fill. The album not only needs to live up the original’s legacy but also bears the weight of course-correcting Nas’ career after his last year’s Nasir fell short of expectations.

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