Featuring Gunna & Lil Baby, Sheck Wes, Mozzy, and T.I..
Finally, the week’s drawing to a close. Not only does that mean that the majority will celebrate two days free of work, it also means that we’ve got another chapter of “New Music Friday” to enjoy. Today’s edition is a loaded one: Gunna and Lil Baby have come through with their highly-anticipated collab album, Drip Harder; Mozzy has given us a dose of his Cali-infused perspective on Gangland Landlord; the exuberant fan-favorite, Sheck Wes, has released his debut album, Mudboy; T.I. has returned with his 10th solo studio LP, Dime Trap.
The Gunna and Lil Baby offering, Drip Harder, comes in at 13-tracks, 38-minutes, and while it’s mostly a balancing act between the two main artists, they’ve managed to secure aristocratic features, like Drake, Young Thug; Nav and Lil Durk are featured on the album as well. Given Gunna and Lil Baby’s label placements, Drip Harder is released through Quality Control–under exclusive license to Universal Music Group–and Young Thug’s YSL–a division of 300 Entertainment.
Malcolm Gladwell famously wrote in his 2008-published book, Outliers, that one must dedicate approximately 10,000 hours towards perfecting their craft. Sacramento’s Mozzy is well-accustomed with that notion, as Gangland Landlord is the 21st project for the 31-year-old artist. Forging a relentless pursuit towards his materializing his musical dreams, Mozzy has intrepidly navigated the independent circuit for the majority of his career, leading to his partnership with the San Francisco-based distributor and label Empire, who collaborated on his Gangland Landlord release.
Few upcoming artists have garnered as much excitement as Harlem’s Sheck Wes. Enjoying an unconventional rise–predicated on a friendship with NBA’s Mohamed Bamba, which lead to Sheck’s infectious single, “Mo Bamba”–there’s still much uncertainty surrounding the enthralling 20-year-old, whose sparse catalogue has finally been supplemented with the release of his 14-track debut album, Mudboy. The jury is out on whether or not Sheck’s presence has been a product of novelty or if he has the staying power to maintain longevity.
One man who is the prime embodiment of longevity is the self-proclaimed trap music originator, T.I., who released his 10th solo studio LP, Dime Trap, today. A 15-track project, Dime Trap is a testament to T.I.’s durability and influence on the game, as it features an eclectic mix of guest artists, like: Young Thug, Yo Gotti, Anderson .Paak, Jeezy, YFN Lucci, Meek Mill, Teyana Taylor, among many more.
Get right for the weekend by bumping all of today’s “New Music Friday” albums below: