Asset.Radio is a weekly playlist of new hip-hop releases curated by OGM contributor Aidan C Werder (@aidantheasset). See last week’s Asset.Radio.22.10.1 here.
Tune in weekly for a freshly curated batch of 25 (ish) new releases from the week, or throw on shuffle for a random sampling of new music from some of the most original and compelling artists in hip-hop.
The goal of Asset.Radio is to paint a picture of what the cutting edge looks like, answering questions like: Which artists are bringing something new to the table? What are the cool kids listening to? And who is an asset to the culture?
And keep in mind, all in the humble opinion of Aidan the Asset
The only place to start Asset.Radio.22.10.2 (October 2022, Week 2) is with Lil Yachty’s show stealing insta-hit “Poland” (produced by F1lthy). Not dissimilar to the way he originally entered the mainstream with his 2015 hit “One Night,” Boat took over the entire internet this week with a 5 second clip that is both hilarious and nearly as addicting as the song’s subject – simultaneously creating a wildy catchy hit and revealing far too much about the inside baseball of one hip hop’s coolest (and most dangerous) drugs. He also turned it in to DSPs and shot a Lyrical Lemonade visual with Cole Bennett in record time. To honor the moment, it’s reflected in both the top spot on the playlist and the accompanying artwork featuring a dramatic depiction of Boat’s now legendary trip when he “Took the Wok to Poland.”
Yachty’s “Poland” was such a big moment that it nearly overshadowed some major releases. G Herbo finally dropped Survivor’s Remorse a stellar two-sided project boasting a dream list of features (including Jeremih on “Flashbacks” and Kodak Black on “All That” ). Across 25 songs the project takes listeners through a full range of emotions outlining Herbo’s struggle, ascent, and the long list of consequences that come with rising out of the deadly streets of Chicago as one of its few modern-day heroes left standing.
Quavo and Takeoff (aka “The Migos Minus One”) made waves of their own with the highly anticipated release of their new project, Only Built For Infinity Links. The newly formed duo included some of their recent hits like “Hotel Lobby” and “Nothing Changed”, got extra messy on “Messy”, and enlisted a small group of top-tier features in NBA Youngboy, Summer Walker, Gucci Mane and Birdman – as well as Young Thug and Gunna on early standout “Chocolate.”
Rich Homie Quan, another Atlanta mainstay who’s been making a long-awaited comeback in recent months, dropped a new EP Family & Mula. With his new project the once red hot hometown favorite shows he hasn’t missed a step with standouts “Krazy” and “Risk Takers” – and in fact has revamped his beloved signature crooning style for 2022.
On Monday Lil Baby, yet another ATL legend, foreshadowed the upcoming release of his new album It’s Only Me with a new single “Heyy.”
Out of Fort Lauderdale, FCG Heem also dropped a project this week. Titled Shallowside Baby, Heem flexed his hybrid rap-sung style and unmistakably Florida-laden vocal across 18 songs, enlisting features from his peers in some of the hottest young artists out of Florida including Hotboii, Yungeen Ace and Lil Poppa – as well as relative newcomer Loe Shimmy on sleeper standout “Not Lit.”
From NYC, A Boogie released “B.R.O.” a new single with Roddy Ricch and appears to finally be gearing up for the release of his much-anticipated (and much-delayed) new project, A Boogie vs Artist (also known as AVA.)
Also from the towns, although behind bars Kay Flock celebrated a big win this week for both himself and for Bronx Drill as he earned a highly-coveted Gucci Mane co-sign with their new collab track, “Geeked Up.” And newcomer Maiya the Don has been making waves with her new single and ode to the popular black-owned accessory brand “Telfy” – the winning premise accompanied by an infectious video and quotable bars like “This dress look good cause I’m in it.”
SleazyWorld Go continues to capitalize on his viral success with a new single, “Creepers.” Sleazy and producer Rage Santana are proving to be a formidable pair, this time pulling off a pretty interesting move with production that is essentially a slowed and stripped down version of Sleazy’s viral breakout hit, offering a fresh take that stands alone while double-dipping on the original beat’s undeniable catchiness.
Money Man feels like he’s gearing up to drop a new project as he drops his second single intwo weeks with “Get Right.”
From the South, Jackson, Mississippi’s SipTee scored an EST Gee feature on his new single “On 10.” And Georgia-native Glokk40Spaz continues to feed his growing a cult-following from behind bars with a new single “Beneficial For Anybody”
From the midwest, midwxst continues to spread his wings beyond the hyperpop super subgenre as he slides on his new, almost pop-punk single, “Slide Den.” And Detroit’s Baby Smoove reminded everyone he’s still serious with a new project Im Still Serious 2. Across the beefy and impressively versatile 22-song project, he successfully fuses the signatures sounds of Detroit production with different elements of trap, plugg, and the increasingly fashionable eerie and understated approach to gangster rap – one of the best examples being the ENRGY-produced “Muffin Man.”
From across the pond, Lancey Foux has also been on an absolute tear lately, continuing his run this week with a new single “All Night Long.”
Fellow Londoner and total newcomer Highlyy has come out of nowhere to make a splash with her hugely catchy debut “Single” – cleverly following the A1xJ1 blueprint as she creates a fresh-sounding, genre-bending sound infused with a Caribbean (and/or Afrobeats) feel, feeding the insatiable appetites on both sides of the pond for catchy, radio-friendly sound with broad appeal. On her first-ever song on DSPs, Highlyy floats over an infectious, highly polished beat by JRocs, incorporating Yoruba and French and earning a huge co-sign with a feature from Tion Wayne on the remix.
No matter what anyone thinks, it’s time to admit that “dance music” is having a moment. Ever since Drake’s full-on dance album Honestly Nevermind, followed by Beyonce’s similarly-themed Renaissance, artists from every walk of life have been trying their hand at bass-bumping, dance friendly jams: from Jersey Drill’s Bandmanrill, to Philly’s 2Rare, to Skaiwater’s viral TikTok smashes. Examples from just this week include NLE Choppa’s “Do It Again” with the Philly’s aforementioned and newly signed phenom 2Rare, Skaiwater and Impoorasl’s “Slowly,” and Destin Laurel’s catchy, gospel-infused “Walkin.”
From the underground, we saw new releases from several young ATL legends including the plugg-father MexikoDro’s “Losses” and Tony Shhnow’s “Life N Hard Times” – and UnoTheActivist’s long-awaited Limbus 3 released last week continues to climb. Florida native smokingskul builds on his newfound momentum with “Nina.” And on the heels of his recent interview with OGM’s Hakeem Rowe, NYC’s Pasto Flocco dropped of a new project this week TWLG, including a remix of his breakout hit “Shawn M!”
And finally from the mom-friendly section, Jordan Ware and Joony dropped a groovy new single “IDC”, and the always-intriguing Jean Dawson dropped a super interesting new project called CHOAS NOW* – blending the lines between genres with his experimental pop style and unusual choices like the inclusion of Earl Sweatshirt on “Bad Fruit*.”
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