New Music Friday

 |  August 3, 2018
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ASTROWORLD is here.

It might have seemed like any other week, but it certainly isn’t ending that way. Today’s edition of New Music Friday is unlike any other so far this summer. Not only has Travis Scott finally released the years in the making Astroworld, which is engorged with heaters, but YG has also come through with Stay Dangerous and Mac Miller has released Swimming.

Travis’ Astroworld is a 17-track, nearly one-hour endeavor that seems to only gain energy and momentum as the album unravels. With a decorated tracklist, including features from Drake, Frank Ocean, Juice Wrld, The Weeknd, and more, coupled with the invigorating production and Travis’ staple energetic aesthetic, Astroworld doesn’t only meet the hype, it exceeds it. While Travis is providing strong sonic doses of cocaine to the listener, he raps with a certain lucidity that he hasn’t captured since Rodeo and the mixtape days. It’s a beautiful melding of old Travis and new, creating a challenging, progressive soundscape.

YG’s Stay Dangerous is the official follow-up to his successful 2016 release, Still Brazy. It comes in at 15-tracks, and features an eclectic artist mix, including A$AP Rocky on the single “Handgun”, in-demand hook man Ty Dolla $ign, Quavo, YoungBoy NBA, and plenty more.

Mac’s Swimming follows his 2016 album, The Divine Feminine. A featureless effort, it is a 13-track offering that spans nearly one-hour.

Listen to all of the projects below: