Kid Cudi, Westside Gunn, SSGKobe and More – New Hip Hop Projects
As summer rolls on, hip-hop is delivering new vibes in the form of project releases. This time a moon man delivers a collection of his greatest hits, a respected spitter who helped put Buffalo, NY on the map releases his first mixtape of the year, one of the hottest teen rappers in the rap game releases new EP and more.
Before Kid Cudi embarks on his To the Moon World Tour next month, he’s taking fans on a trip down memory lane with his greatest hits collection, The Boy Who Flew to the Moon, Vol. 1. The compilation contains tracks from eight of his albums, starting with his 2009 debut album. The Man on the Moon: The End of the Dayand ending with three 2020s songs The Man on the Moon 3: The Chosen One. The only loose song on the LP is a bonus track titled “love”.
Ahead of the release, Cudder made a surprise announcement on Monday, July 5 via Twitter that he was releasing a greatest hits LP. The Cleveland rapper posted the black and white cover art showing him wearing The North Face x Gucci overalls, a flannel shirt, sneakers and sunglasses. In the caption, Cudi simply wrote “7/8”. The next day, he followed up with a tweet of the LP’s track listing featuring a peace sign, heart and rocket emojis.
In another tweet, Kid Cudi added that Vol. 2 will be released before the end of the year with more bonus tracks. “Vol 2 Best of is coming at the end of the year. I’ll try to add a little more bonus sauce for you,” he wrote.
Although Westside Gunn is preparing for his next michelle records project, the Griselda co-founder still found time to hit fans with his new mixtape, fly god of peace. Boasting that the tape was prepared within 48 hours, fly god of peace features guest appearances from Stove God Cooks and Estee Nack. The beats for the 10-track project are produced by Madlib, Daringer, Bandleader Williams and Don Carrera. This combination of rhymers and beatmakers sees fly god of peace delivering the same gritty street music that the entire Griselda crew is often revered for.
After teasing the mixtape since June, Gunn just announced the project’s official release date on social media less than a week ago. On Sunday, July 3, the Buffalo, NY native took to Instagram to let his 584,000 followers know that Peace “Steal” God wasn’t fully mixed or mastered prior to release and he likes it that way. Tipping both Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga in the photo, Flygod used the film’s caption to make the announcement.
“I’m back in state and the homies shot me, now the tape is over,” Westside Gunn wrote. “IDGAF about the mix or the master. I want to keep this AF dirty shit, so I’m dropping that on Friday. Shit. This ain’t the album, it’s a work of art before Michelle Records, and it’s not shit with that. Made in 48 hours.”
As SSGKobe fans eagerly await his debut album U4EYAthe 18-year-old Louisiana rhymer releases his new EP, Relapse. The six-song offering includes the lead single, “Getcha,” which was produced by the trio of Zetra, Nami, and Wasa.
Ever since he started teasing the release of Relapse Last June, SSGKobe consistently promoted the EP through cryptic yet visually striking social media posts with no official date. Then, on June 28, Kobe revealed the project’s official cover art, tracklist, and release date in a tweet that has since racked up more than 1,200 likes.
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