17 New Hip-Hop & R&B Albums You Should Be Listening To (Week of July 9)

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This week’s roundup of new releases includes standouts from Snoh Aalegra, Vince Staples, Mariah The Scientist, Styles P, IDK and more.

You already know the drill, it’s New Music Friday and we’re unleashing the best of the best that our editors and writers have had their eyes and ears on this week. This week we’re offering up a taste of R&B, hip-hop and delving a bit into some releases that are injected with pop and jazz. 

Vince Staples leads the pack with his self-titled release; Snoh Aalegra presents her exquisite release Temporary Highs in the Violet Skies; Femme It Forward shares a collaborative compilation Big Femme Energy Vol. 1 featuring Baby Rose, Rapsody, Tayla Parx, Sinead Harnett and more. Also, out today is Mariah The Scientist’s experimental release: RY RY World

For the hip-hop heads, we recommend you dig into Statik Selektah’s 1982 The Summer EP, Stalley’s Gone Baby, Gone and Styles P’s Ghosting.

We never forget about lesser known artists around these parts, this week we’re really, really into the projects from Dave B., Deem Spencer, and Mayhrenate. Give their releases a spin too, you won’t be disappointed.

Stream this week’s staples below.

Vince Staples — Self-Titled

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Photo Credit: Blacksmith Recordings/Motown Records

Snoh Aalegra Temporary Highs in the Purple Skies

Snoh AalegraSnoh Aalegra

Photo Credit: Artium Recordings/Live Nation Entertainment

Femme It Forward — Big Femme Energy Vol. 1

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Photo Credit: Live Nation Entertainment/Femme It Forward

Mariah The Scientist — RY RY World

Mariah The Scientist Ry Ry WorldMariah The Scientist Ry Ry World

Photo Credit: RCA

Statik Selektah 1982: The Summer EP

Statik SelektahStatik Selektah

Photo Credit: Showoff Records

Stalley Gone Baby, Gone

Stalley Gone Baby GoneStalley Gone Baby Gone

Photo Credit: Blue Collar Gang

Styles P Ghosting

Styles P GhostingStyles P Ghosting

Photo Credit: SHR Records/EMPIRE

Jam & Lewis Jam & Lewis Vol. 1

Jam & LewisJam & Lewis

Photo Credit: Flyte Tyme Productions/BMG



Photo Credit: Warner Records

Dave B. Vista

Dave B. VistaDave B. Vista

Photo Credit: Dave B. Music

Charlotte Day Wilson — Alpha

Charlotte Day WilsonCharlotte Day Wilson

Photo Credit: Stone Woman Music

Joy Oladukun — In Defense Of My Own Happiness (Deluxe)

Joy OladukunJoy Oladukun

Photo Credit: Republic Records

Deem Spencer Deem’s Tape

Deem SpencerDeem Spencer

Photo Credit: Deem Spencer

Mayhrenate — Plush


Photo Credit: Mel B Elder

Sylvan LaCue — Young Sylvan Ep. 3

Sylvan LaCueSylvan LaCue

Photo Credit: Guin Records

Rejjie Snow — Baw Baw Black Sheep

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Photo Credit: Honeymoon/+1 Records/EMPIRE

Space Jam Soundtrack

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Photo Credit: Republic Records