It's the last days of summer, so it's a perfect time to promote the color green. It's a reference to the synonym to youth and young. The featured artists this newsletter has a low average age, hence the topic.

Overall, it's been an insane amount of hip hop that has been released this year so far, and more is to come. 

Brockhampton

 

This is the sixth or seventh time that Brockhampton is featured on this newsletter. But there's no stopping this "boyband" from keep producing excellent music. This track is as soothing and catchy as all their previous ones. New album is (again!) on its way.

Listen to 1999 WILDFIRE.

Denzel Curry

 

Franklins featured Denzel Curry a while ago. I took a trip down memory lane by listening to old personal playlists the other day and found some Denzel Curry here and there. He was decent back in the day; creating a new heavy type of sound with an angle that wasn't popular in hip hop previously (he has a somewhat "rage" brand to his name). He's grown musically and with his latest album he flexes his ability to create an A and B-side to an album. There's a perfect balance of fast, uptempo tracks influenced by trap, to creating smooth tracks. 

 

Listen to CLOUT COBAIN and SWITCH IT UP.

Kendrick Lamar - ELEMENT.

Not just a great track, but the video is biblically good. Jonas Lindström, the director, is known for his minimal footage style and the use of light.

Buddy (feat. Khalid)

 

Buddy made huge numbers when his collaboration with Pharrell Williams was announced. He has also worked with the super-talented Kaytranada. With this latest track, he has linked with the top-chart kid Khalid who's flavouring this track with a great melody. 

Listen to Trippin'.

YG (feat. Mozzy)

 

YG has been peaking for years with his modern gangster sound. It's ridiculously bouncy and to add even more of the California vibe, he has added Mozzy who elevates the track even further. (Don't miss out on Mozzy if you haven't heard him before!)

I wonder if YG ever found out who shot him? I'm glad he survived the drive-by because his latest album was as good as his previous releases.

Listen to TOO BRAZY.

Chaz French

 

TI featured Chaz something like a year ago. He had a hit with his track "Ready" some time ago, but he's back with a new song to get back on track to his road to success. He's at 81k listeners a month so there's some work to be done... He's come a long way from homelessness. 

Listen to Can't Stop Us.

Baauer, AJ Tracey & Jae Stephens

 

I've featued the young british rapper AJ Tracey previously, but now he's back as a featured artist on a Baauer track, alongside Jae. It's not the regular Franklins track with a more house/electro-type sounding beat but it's always nice to expand from time to time and to see how hip hop is stretching more and more into all other genres.

Listen to 3AM.

Young Thug, Gunna, Lil Baby

 

Young Thug recently sent a snake (literally) to the XXL office. It wasn't ment to be seen as a death threat (although it does seem like it), but rather a marketing stunt to promote his own, new label.

His first step for the label was to release an album, Slime Language (hence the snake). This track exhibits Gunna, who've we've seen on a lot of Thugger tracks throughout the years as well as Lil Baby who had one of the larger hits last year with the track Yes Indeed.

Listen to Chanel.

Travis Scott

 

TSo the perhaps biggest album release this summer was Travis Scott's ASTROWORLD. An album that he has teased for what seems like an eternity. Anyhow, it's finally here and the first three tracks stands out from the rest. Whatever reason I can find to feature Frank Ocean, I take, so here's the track where Frankie featured.

Listen to CAROUSEL.

Chance The Rapper

 

Another huge artist, Chance The Rapper, recently released a couple of tracks. The EP was short but pure quality. He's had a couple of years defined by xanax unfortunately. He released the most popular mixtape of all times, and I guess the sudden stardom creates a huge amount of pressure that you really can't prepare for... But now he seems to have everything in order: married, kid and all (perhaps a house in the suburbs is next?).

This track highlights the more calmed down feeling that his aura is transferring at the moment. 

Listen to 65th & Ingleside.

Amir Obe

 

Amir Obe is gaining more and more listeners each month and with this track he's showing off his talent to create a mix of rap and R&B.

Listen to NATURALLY.

Joey Purp

 

Joey has been part of the Chicago crew that used to be in a group, with some famous members today: Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, Towkio, Alex Wiley, etc.

Joey has constantly been on the road to develop his own sound, which always isn't the most trending kind of sound, but rather a more timeless type of instrumentals. Let's see where he's heading next.

Listen to March 12th.

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