2018-2019,  Arts & Culture

Autumn: Big Season for (T)rap

Big releases in the music industry are constant news, and September and October aren’t any different.

Hip hop had a boom in the past two months. Lil Wayne released the highly anticipated Tha Carter V after a Sept. 25 announcement that the album would drop on his birthday, Sept. 27. When the album dropped, social media was abuzz, causing many students to post on their Instagram stories about hit tracks like Mona Lisa, which features Kendrick Lamar, and Don’t Cry, which features the late XXXTentacion.

Another big release in rap was the drop of Iridescence, Brockhampton’s new album, Sept. 21. The album is the first album of the 14-person collective that is not a part of their Saturation trilogy, all of which were released in 2017. Besides the social media frenzy from the album’s release, and that of tracks like NEW ORLEANS and J’OUVERT, the group had already announced the title of their album to follow IridescenceThe Best Years of Our Lives–on the Tonight Show in June.

Migos member Quavo released his first solo album, Quavo Huncho. The album has many features from famous rappers like Drake, 21 Savage, and Cardi B. Some of the more popular tracks from this release include WORKIN ME and PASS OUT, which features 21 Savage.

Some waves were made in other recent releases. Rapper Lil Baby dropped his fifth mixtape, Drip Harder, in collaboration with Gunna on Oct. 5. Anderson Paak dropped a single featuring Kendrick Lamar, Tints, on Oct. 4, and is teasing a future album release under the name Oxnard, which is set to drop this month.

On Oct. 5, alternative duo Twenty One Pilots released their fourth studio album, Trench. The concept album addresses themes of mental health and doubt, and was preceded by four single releases–Jumpsuit, Nico and the Niners, Levitate and My Blood.

With the newest rendition of the movie A Star is Born released Oct. 5, the accompanying soundtrack has made its way to the number one spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The soundtrack features a notable arrangement of I’ll Never Love Again.

By Sophia Clapacs, Staff Writer

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