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Asset.Radio is a weekly playlist of new hip-hop releases curated by OGM contributor Aidan Werder (@aidantheasset). See last week’s Asset.Radio.22.8.3 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.

For Asset.Radio.22.8.4 (August 2022, Part 4), we are blessed with Doja Cat’s eyebrow-raising new look – the perfect complement to Nicki Minaj’s new single “Super Freaky Girl,” which became the first female hip hop artist to debut a single at Number One on Billboard since Lauryn Hill. 

Everyone’s favorite underground king, LUCKI, is in full album mode as he continues to drop hard-hitting singles – this week dropping the Lyrical Lemonade visual shot in London for “Coincidence.” As usual, LUCKI captivates listeners with his hypnotic, monotone flow and intensely vulnerable bars like: “I’m in the hood, what’s good. I miss you, what’s up? I’m happy you follow me” that are both deceptively simple and surprisingly relatable. This week, Cole Bennett also reached into the vaults to drop “Double Check,” a long-lost LUCKI visual shot all the way back in 2016. 

In other news, potentially former Migos member Offset continues to do his own thing separate from Unc & Phew with a new solo-single “54321.” Internet Money dropped We All We Got, a new EP featuring many of the most important names to have shaped the new wave – with entries from LUCKI, Lil Tecca, Yeat, Destroy Lonely, Ken Carson and Lil Yachty. And Sonny Digital dropped his first EP under Generation Now, experimenting with a rage-infused sound on tracks like “Guess What” with SSGKobe and “Back 2 Back” with CEO Trayle.

Next, this week saw some dope new releases from some of the hottest rising names in the streets. Mobile, Alabama’s OMB Peezy dropped Misguided, a new Gangsta Grillz tape showcasing his soulful street sound with tracks like “Ronald Reagan” and limited features from G Herbo, NLE Choppa and Morray. Detroit’s hottest new name, Baby Money, set the stage for his new project New Money set to drop this Friday with yet another standout single, “Pyrex.” Real Boston Richey dropped a new single “Where You Been” this week, along with the announcement that he’s finally ready to capitalize on his red-hot streak with his first body of work, Public Housing. And from Chicago, BigKayBeezy enlisted fellow rising star, PGF Nuk for “Blick Talk” – at the same time announcing his new project, Cold Case, also set to drop this Friday.

DC2Trill dropped a super punchy new single “Adventure Time” to set the stage for his own new project, Moe Files set to drop this week – the latest release from Lil Yachty’s Concrete Boys label. 

From the west coast, Larry June dropped yet another new project, Spaceships on the Blade – 20 songs outlining his high-flying west coast style, recruiting Babyface Ray’s complementary laidback Detroit style for “Extra of Um.” MCM Raymond flexed his own cool-confident west coast sound across his new project, Many Cant Maintain – which included some of his most popular songs to date including “Rasta” with AZ Chike and “The Rip” with Remble. 1TakeJay and BlueBucksClan joined forces for “Social Media.” And Ralfy the Plug continues to flex his prolific output, dropping a new video for “Prolific” this week of his recent Skateboard P Deluxe

Additionally, west coast-native super producer Hit-Boy surprised everyone when he jumped behind the mic to drop his own self-produced single, “Fire Proof.”

From the east coast, B-Lovee made the Bronx-Queens connection, enlisting the Chicago-friendly Queens-native Esparo for “Surfin,” knocking their collab out of the park as they trade dense, gritty bars back-and-forth behind an eerie, insanely punchy beat from CallUpTay.

Stunna Gambino continues to shine from the shadows with his smooth melodic approach to the NYC sound on his new project, Vultures Don’t Kry – containing some of his big previous releases like “Man Down” and “Demons” with A Boogie. 

Sexy Drill pioneer Chow Lee dropped “Hornitos,” a super catchy new single with Nu Sace, at the same time throwing his weight behind yet another brand of alcohol (See: Casamigos, Henny, etc.) as he and Cash Cobain prepare to drop the deluxe edition of their joint-project 2 Slizzy 2 Sexy.

Skaiwater continues to release killer remixes of his most popular song to date “#miles,” this time dropping a “Jersey Mix” featuring Riovaz and Bandmanrill. Who better for the Jersey Mix than the Jersey club drill originator himself?

Also in the dance-forward lane, Philly’s 2Rare followed up his recent Drake and Kardashian co-signs and appearance in the “Sticky” music video with a huge feature from Lil Durk on his new single “Q-Pid.”

And finally from the new wave. In addition to Internet Money’s new compilation tape, a lesser-known underground platform called For the Speakers has been gaining some attention for executive-producing a compilation tape to highlight rising underground artists – one of the early standouts being the room-shaking “PHASES” with BIGBABYGUCCI and Lord Sko

Yung Fazo has also been receiving praise all week after debuting his new single “Honest” on DotComNirvan. As has the pop-punk-favoring North Ave Jax for his new project LaZy, but i have goals.

And finally, Yvngxchris dropped what appears to be his debut EP, Virality, which included features from DC the Don, Lil Yachty on their already popular collab “Damn Homie”, and the quickly ascending Xlovclo on “Red Lyte” – who gained her own virality earlier this with her uniquely captivating breakout hit, “WTF” that caught the ears of Lil Nas X and our cover girl, Doja Cat (along with all of TikTok). 

Overall, we saw a lot of strong projects released this week, and even more previews for exciting upcoming projects set to release this Friday or soon after. OMB Peezy, Larry June, Stunna Gambino, MCM Raymond, Sonny Digital, North Ave Jax and Yvngxchris all dropped solid projects – not to mention Internet Money and For the Speaker’s compilations tapes. And looking forward, fans are in for a treat with new upcoming projects from Baby Money, Real Boston Richey, DC2Trill and BigKayBeezy – all set to drop this Friday. 

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