This week on First Beat, we finally get a taste of Big Sean’s Detroit 2, while Ty Dolla $ign drops his latest single with Nicki Minaj and Internet Money releases its debut album. Check out our picks below.
Big Sean, “Deep Reverence” feat. Nipsey Hussle
For the last several years, Big Sean quietly chiseled out his comeback album Detroit 2. Slated to drop next Friday (Sept. 4), Sean Don unwraps his long-awaited collaboration with Nipsey Hussle on “Deep Reverence,” after first previewing the record during Hit-Boy’s Instagram live battle with Boi-1da in April.
Hussle’s street rep and sturdy delivery remain unblemished, as he sets the table for Sean’s most poignant verse in years. From acknowledging his one-time skirmish with Kendrick Lamar to revealing that he lost a baby during his time off, Sean’s valiant approach is beyond commendable, as he keeps fans on their toes with this heartfelt release.
Ty Dolla $ign feat. Nicki Minaj, “Expensive”
After warming fans up with his star-studded single “Ego Death” in July, Dolla $ign recruits Nicki Minaj for another smooth earworm. The guitar-laden track finds the buoyant twosome flexing their bank accounts and high-end purchases. A proven features savant, Minaj swings for the fences again with her latest verse by applying pressure to romantic hopefuls vying for a shot at her love: “a n—a get me, he better lock it.”
Cordae feat. Roddy Ricch, “Gifted”
In 2019, Atlantic Records watched their rising acts Cordae and Roddy Ricch graduate into stardom with their smoldering releases. In 2020, the young hyphenates pair up to embrace their supreme talents on “Gifted.” Grateful for their humble beginnings, Cordae and Ricch carve a tuneful record for dreamers yearning for their big break.
Internet Money, B4 The Storm
Arguably one of the rap’s most elite production conglomerates, Internet Money leaps forward into the artist lane with the debut of their new album B4 the Storm. Not only do they create a melodic superteam with Lil Mosey, Lil Skies, and iann dior for “Lost Me,” but they unearth a silky collab between Juice WRLD and Trippie Redd on “Blastoff.” The 17-track collection also boasts multiple features from Redd, Lil Tecca, and budding star 24kGoldn.
Russ feat. Kehlani, “Take You Back”
Russ’ unrelenting work ethic as an independent artist continues with another Friday release — this time, with the sweet-sounding Kehlani as guest vocalist. “Take You Back” showcases the glowing chemistry between the stars, as they cradle listeners with this gentle lullaby about repairing a broken relationship.
Rockie Fresh, “Hold On” feat. Wale & Arin Ray
The former MMG star reunites with his partner Wale for his new track, “Hold On.” With Arin Ray on hook duties, Fresh looks to squeeze in some personal time with his lover, while Folarin delivers a meaty eight-bar verse filled with quips about hapless lovers and corny rappers.