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.22.9.1 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
This week, while the world reacted (in a variety of ways) to the death of Queen Elizabeth, the new releases kept on coming. Thank you to the always-clever Natenumbereight for his tongue-in-cheek tribute to the Queen that serves as the cover for Asset.Radio.22.9.2 (September 2022, Part 2).
At long last, the universally-beloved Trap Soul artist is finally back “Outside.” This week, Bryson Tiller emerged from beneath a pile of accolades to finally drop a new single as he gears up to release his long-awaited new album, set to drop sometime this fall.
Some notable link ups from the week include G Herbo and A Boogie’s “Me, Myself & I,” complete with a split-faced visual that could hint at a new projects from both of these hometown favorites. EST Gee enlisted Future despite assurances that he will “Shoot It Myself,” another new single ahead of Gee’s own upcoming project. And finally “No Limit,” an unlikely four-way link up between Money Man, Key Glock, BLEU and Babyface Ray to be featured on the new Madden 23 Soundtrack.
There were also several new projects that came out this week worth taking note of. It wouldn’t be right to not mention Yeat, the divisive new wave frontrunner’s new project Lyfë – led by the fairly undeniable “Talk” as well as “Flawlëss” with Lil Uzi and “Out thë way.” He also seems to have won the pseudo-competition fans were having online against the equally-divisive NAV, who’s new project Demons Protected By Angels included a bunch of big features (notably missing one from Champagne Papi).
Houston’s Lil Jairmy dropped his new project Gas God 2 with some big features from Moneybagg Yo, EST Gee and Lil Keed (RIP) – led by single “On Me” with Future. As did rising Florida newcomer Goldenboy Countup, showing his preference for Detroit-style production on his new project Chicken Man 3 with standouts like “Deland FL,” “Decatur” and “Dog Shit” with Cleveland, OH’s Doe Boy.
In addition to G Herbo’s new single – and young veteran Calboy finally getting back in his groove with a new single “If You Know You Know” – the new generation of Chicago artists have been making noise. O-Block native Shoebox Baby fittingly branded himself as the The Kid That Came Out of Nowhere with the title of his new project, enlisting several fellow rising Chicago stars like PGF Nuk and Lil Zay Osama as well as a somewhat surprising feature from Polo G’s comparatively soft-spoken signee, Scorey on “Grave Digger.” And the city’s hottest new duo, the DCG Brothers were the latest beneficiaries of PGF Nuk’s prolific feature run on their new collab “WYO.”
From NYC, Cash Cobain and Chow Lee continued their Sexy Drill takeover this week with the release of the 2 Slizzy 2 Sexy Deluxe, celebrating its release with a sold-out headling show in Brooklyn. Some notable stadnouts include follow-ups to fan favorites “JHoliday 2” and “Wavy Lady 2,” some genius samples from the Sample God with “Don’t Wait” and “Orgasam,” and the electric “Watergun” with Jersey drill forefather, Bandmanrill. And Chow Lee’s “Hornitos” feat. Nu Sace (previosuly featured on Asset Radio) deserves its own special shout.
Also from the towns, Bronx Drill phenom Sha EK dropped his debut project last week including “Who You Touch,” a new collab with Bandmanrill to follow up their popular “Jiggy In Jersey” joint-track. Sleepy Hallow release “2 Mins of Pain” following the likely painful announcement that he had recently been locked up and is currently fighting old charges. And the NYC-adjacent Coi Leray continues to ignore the hater as she dropped a catchy new single “Fly Sh!t.”
From the West Coast, RJMrLA and OT Genasis dropped an undeniably catchy and characteristically irreverent new single, “Aye Bitch.” South Central’s G Perico and Gotdamitdupri dropped a joint-project LASUMMERS2, with the early-standout “10 Digits.” Also from South Central, BlueBucksClan continues to stamp their place in the new west coast scene with “Jeeezy WYA.”
And just a few days after a hairy encounter with an pesky Youtuber, Paramount’s Swifty Blue dropped a surprisingly understated (borderline pluggnb) new single with Kodak Black, “Swap for a Swap,” notably produced by new wave veteran producer, Bighead.
And finally from the new wave, Midwxst, the face of hyperpop dropped another new EP Back in Action 3.0, and with it the hugely surprising Babytron collab “223’s” – sounding like a Flint native as he steps out of his well-defined hyperpop/digicore sound to go toe-to-toe with the slick talking Prince of the Mitten over a ENRGY-produced beat.
TiaCorine dropped her own project I Can’t Wait with her own eyebrow-raising collab, doing her best (and super successful) impression of the one-of-a-kind Tony Shhnow on “Boogie.”
Additionally, Eem Triplin dropped a yet another new self-produced single “Just Friends” featuring his distinct signature sound as he continues to carve out his own unique space in the new wave. Dro Kenji dropped a new video for “Shallow,” a standout off his recent project Anywhere But Here. This week also saw new singles from new wave favorites including Field Trip’s SSGKobe and Onlybino!, DMV-native Kashdami, and Really Rich veteran Kankan.
And lastly, the ever-entertaining Lawsy continues to capitalize on his viral “Hotel,” showing he’s really “Like That” with a new single showcasing his groovy approach to the new wave.
To sum up, Bryson Tiller is back. Yeat is here to stay (and seems to have beaten NAV). Chicago officially has a new crop of tough-talking rising stars. The West Coast stays dropping west coast bangers. The sound of NY seems to be evolving, and Cash and Chow are leading the charge. And the new wave continues to pump out hits and new stars. Long Live the Queen.
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