It’s safe to say that March has been a good month for music. Lately there’s been an assortment of artists from a variety of breakout artists to mainstream acts that have released back to back projects and albums that have caused us to not only please our ears, but also extend our palette for music. Whether it’s Saweetie’s latest EP or Tory Lanez’s recent album, check out the artists and projects that matter to us this month below.
Whether you love it or hate it, females are here to stay in Hip-Hop. Right now, we live in a time where there isn’t just one way that females can express themselves and be visible in hip hop and we’re here for it. One female in particular who caused a lot of excitement amongst social media was female rapper Saweetie. Saweetie’s “ICY GRL” anthem dropped late last year and in addition to her success of her single, she released her debut EP just days ago entitled High Maintenance. The EP consists of nine tracks (including ICY GRL ) where she incorporates her west cost influences (Too $hort’s “Shake That Monkey” as the sample for “High Maintenance”) and sounds and references from female MC’s like Khia (for ICY GRL) and Missy Elliot (for the “hot boyz” reference). This breakout artist’s debut EP clearly makes us want talk designer, boys, and securing the bag, while also making all girl and guy squads pull up to the club feeling icy. Check out all this Agua on her latest project here.
In addition to female MC’s, Detroit’s Kash Doll is definitely one to pay attention to. Many people grew familiar with Kash Doll back in 2015 with her project K.R.E.A.M, then another mixtape that followed entitled Keisha vs Kash Doll. Fast Forward, Kash Doll appeared on Big Sean’s “So Good” track featuring Metro Boomin then her own tracks like “For Everybody” and “Actin Funny” which lead to her latest mixtape release of Brat Mail. The mixtape includes nine tracks and features artists like Scrilla and Natasha Mosely. Tracks that are definitely faves include “Check” and “Fastest Route”. This project not only shows that Kash Doll is not only about the Dividends but that she’s definitely someone in the game to take Serious. Check out how Kash Doll is on her Nene Leaks with her latest project here.
The next artist that definitely excited us over the weekend with his album release is XXXTentacion‘s ? album. Although this release might have came as a surprise to many, just three weeks ago XXX released two singles, one being “Sad” which has reached #17 on the Billboard 100 and “Changes”. Following up these drops, the talented artist released his ? album that has many talking….talking up to the point where this album could be positioned at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart . In addition to this release, he was the most streamed artist this past Friday, totaling in 26.2 million streams on Spotify. The album not only channel hip-hop (such as “infinity” ft. Joey Bada$$), but also he gives us metal infused sounds on tracks like “Pain=BESTFRIEND” featuring Travis Barker. Last but not least, XXX also gave us a Latin influenced banger entitled “I don’t even speak Spanish lol” featuring Rio Santana, Judah, & Carlos Andrez. If you ever thought XXX was all about having one sound, the album is available here to prove you wrong but before you explore the album be sure to open your mind as it is instructed in the intro.
Next on projects that matter this month is Tory Lanez‘s Memories Don’t Die album, which was recently named the #1 album in Canada. It seems like Tory Lanez is never not working due to the fact that he was just on Dave East’s latest project for “Woke Up” and even collated with the UK’s Mabel for “Fine Line (Remix)” so 18 tracks definitely exceeded our expectations. The album consists of topics like old friends to story lines of love and connections, while incorporating artists like Fabolous, 50 cent, Wiz khalifa, Future, Mansa, and NAV. Check out Tory’s latest R&B adventure here.
Last but not least, we have the ever so poetic Wale. Wale has been putting in work already this year including rapping on YFN Lucci’s debut album (that also released earlier this month) for “Too Much”. In addition to laying bars for that track, Wale released his own EP entitled It’s Complicated. The four track EP jumps from topics of loyalty and love to the overall appreciation for his “Black Bonnie”. This EP also plays with a range of sounds, features Jacquees’s amazing vocals, and of course Wale’s poetic play on words in which Wale can only express so well. Check out D.C’s poetic perception on his latest project here .