Kevin Gates, YBN Almighty Jay, Skepta and More: Bangers This Week
Welcome to another week of new hip-hop. This is a particularly packed post, with seemingly every rapper out having a new song to offer. That's a positive for rap fans, so there are no complaints on this end. Enjoy the genre's latest and let XXL get you up to speed with this week's roundup.
There aren't too many rappers who can outwork Kevin Gates; his latest single further solidifies that point. On "Yukatan," he spins a tale about a drug deal gone south while also describing the ins and outs of hustling and how to stay safe in that wild world. He runs through a variety of flows on the track, sounding as sharp as ever.
Just about two months removed from dropping off "Let Me Breathe," YBN Almighty Jay continues his transition into focusing on more serious subject matter in his music. Jay's new song, "In Love With a Dream," is about a loving relationship with fellow rapper DreamDoll. On the track, Jay talks about their ups and downs and shares how important she is to him and how much she's changed him for the better. The song is good, while also being different from most of his previous music.
Taking things across the pond is Skepta, whose return to the rap game is imminent. He signaled that this week by dropping "Bullet From a Gun," the first single from Ignorance Is Bliss, which is his new album that drops on May 31. On the new song, he reveals his current, more freewheeling mindset. The chorus references some friend and relationship issues, but he pushes on, looking ahead to the future. Skepta is intensely focused on this one and his forthcoming work is shaping up to be impressive.