5 new albums to listen to: February 18, 2022

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This article was previously published on Audiomack World.

Skales — sweet distractions

Skales has been in the music game for over two decades, growing from songwriter to solo artist, to one of Nigeria’s biggest entertainers. His 2020 project healing process saw him adopt a more sensitive and introspective tone. On his sweet distractions back, collaborations with Davido and Blaqbonez (“Pants on Fire”) see the veteran artist return to innovate on the Nigerian pop that made him famous. There is a euphoric tone to these tunes; every verse of Skales beats with the life and polish of a superstar. Other features include Zlatan, Stonebwoy, etc.

Yeah – 2 Alivé

Prolific Portland rapper Yeat releases his 2022 debut album. The “10 Rappers You Should Know” alum takes standard rage beats and contorts them even further with a booming, hysterical delivery. It changes streams with speed and ease, a human cascade rushing through a canyon of digital sound. With features ranging from Young Thug and Gunna, 2 Alivé marks the arrival of Yeat as a mainstream competitor.

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Raveena’s music is a gift

Warner Records recording artist Raveena breaks down her 2022 concept album, “Asha’s Awakening,” for Audiomack World.

Great KRIT — Digital roses don’t die

A titan of the blogging era, Big KRIT made a career out of being the rowdy southern man of underground rap. Seminal KRIT Wuz Here in the perfect circle of Krit is here in 2019, it’s obvious the rapper has a keen eye on legacy. Digital roses don’t die continues the Mississippi rapper’s trend of looking at the fleeting nature of the present and envisioning his future in the game. The Southern bounce is here (“Just 4 You”) alongside soft introspective cuts (“More Than Roses”) and classic and funky tracks (“Show U Right”).

Curren$yx The Alchemist — Continuation

What a pair. The veteran New Orleans spitter and one of the best working producers connect for another consistent buffet of bars and nasty beats. From the classic secret hitthese two have revitalized and kept alive the art of making everything sound effortless. Continuation features Curren$y’s signature lax flow and the cascading keys and curious samples that are Alc’s calling card. Boldy James, Babyface Ray, Wiz Khalifa and others lend guest verses.

DC The Don — my own worst enemy

At the intersection of emo rap ballads and rockstar trends sits California artist via Milwaukee DC The Don. His 2020 debut on Rostrum Records come as you are established him as a rising indie star. His last album my own worst enemy ups the ante, adopting a concept of the warring personalities within DC. Melodic angst and rage do battle with those emo riffs we’ve loved in hip-hop since ancient times: Lil Peep, Juice WRLD, Lil Uzi Vert.

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