New Music Highlights

RTJ4

Run The Jewels
Label: Jewel Runners/BMG
Release Date: June 3, 2020

The free 11-track album, which was originally slated to drop on Friday (June 5), came two days early and with one simple request from the group: If you can, donate to the National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Fund, which provides legal support for political activists, protesters and movements for social change (via Billboard). “F–k it, why wait? The world is invested with bullsh-t, so here’s something raw to listen to while you deal with it all,” the duo said in a statement. “We hope it brings you some joy. Stay safe and hopeful out there and thank you for giving 2 friends the chance to be heard and do what they love.”

now, more than ever

Flatbush Zombies
Label: Glorious Dead Recordings
Release Date: June 5, 2020

Brooklyn rap trio Flatbush Zombies return with “now, more than ever,” their first official music drop since their Vacation In Hell release in 2018. The six-track EP includes the lead single, “iamlegend,” and a feature appearance by singer-songwriter Sophie Faith on the closing track, “when i’m gone.”

Soulfidelity

Jansport J
Label: All Attraction, No Chasin' Co.
Release Date: June 5, 2020

Covina, California-rooted soulful hip-hop artist Jansport J has dropped his latest 15-track project, Soulfidelity. The musician has cited Timbaland, Madlib, and Swizz Beatz among his musical heroes and early influences. This latest release evokes the same nostalgic vibe that Jansport has been credited with achieving on past albums, as he has aptly characterized his production sound as “a modern continuation of legends such as Pete Rock and J Dilla.”