HipHopDX returns with another edition of New Music Friday Albums coverage featuring new album releases from Lupe Fiasco, Giveon, French Montana & Harry Fraud and more.
HipHopDX New Music Friday - New Albums From Lupe Fiasco, Chris Brown, Giveon, French Montana & Harry Fraud + More Published on:Jun 24, 2022, 2:01 AM by 2 HipHopDX Now that summer is officially in full swing, multiple mainstream artists are stepping up to the home plate with new releases in hand, with intentions of batting a home run to start the season. As a result, this weeks edition of HipHopDXs New Music Friday Albums coverage features a stacked lineup of heavy-hitters such as multi-platinum vocalist Chris Brownand Chicago rap titans Lupe Fiascoand Additional highlighted releases include new projects from artists such as Giveon, French Montanaand Harry Fraud, Roddy Ricchand more. Check out all of the albums that were released on Friday (June 24), below. Lupe Fiasco Drill Music In Zion As veteran lyricist Lupe Fiascoprepares to deliver his eighth studio album Drill Music In Zion, its as if he is both looking to the future and remarking on the past all at once. With his debut album Food & Liquor celebrating its 15th anniversary last year, its endearingly nostalgic to see Lupe join forces with Soundtrakk the producer behind his seminal Kick, Push hit for the entirety of his latest project. The 10-track album also captures Lupe Fiasco at a new lyrical pinnacle as the Chicago native challenged himself to complete the recording of the entire project within 24 hours Some 72 hours later, Drill Music In Zion was completed, and by the standards of Lupe himself, it turned out to be one of his most cohesive, dynamic releases to date. Your whole life youre physically growing, and as an artist, I feel like Im taller now, the 40-year-old MC said in a statement about the project. Soundtrakk is the swordmaker, Im the samurai, hes the mechanic, and Im the driver. Chris Brown Breezy Chris Brown fans have without a doubt been patiently waiting for new material from the No Guidance vocalist. And following the release of his WizKid-assisted vibe Call Me Everyday the excitement of the impending arrival of Breezy season began to set in. Coupled with an insane press run, which is already yielding neck-snapping headlines instigating a possible future Beyonc collaboration,in addition to revealing Diddy previously passed up his opportunityto sign CB to a record deal, Chris Brown has captured the attention of the world yet again. All things considered, Chris Browns Breezy album is likely the largest release of the year. But not because of the R&B singers monolithic stature, instead, because there are 57-tracks being collectively released between the standard and deluxe edition versions of the project. For now, enjoy the first 24 songs of CBs latest release, which includes features from artists such as Ella Mai, EST Gee, Lil Baby, Lil Wayne and more. Giveon Give Or Take Even though the beginning of his career was somewhat boosted by the Drake effect, following the popularity of his and Drizzys anthemic 2020 Chicago Freestyle collaboration, Giveon has since created his own vibrant buzz. For starters, the Epic Records artist captivated over 687 million listeners with his love-sick Heartbreak Anniversary record. Then he managed to put forth a banner effort in 2021 off the strength of his beloved When Its All Said And DoneTake Time project. Seemingly energized with an even more earnest and unabashed mantra, vividly displayed by his recent Lie Again single, Giveon is ready to unleash his new album Give Or Take. The 15-track offering also doubles as a coming-out party for his upcoming North American tour, which kicks off midway through August and runs through late October. French Montana & Harry Fraud Montega Theres no denying the level of consistency both French Montanaand Harry Fraud have maintained throughout their storied careers, thus far. The Brooklyn-bred producer has notably delivered outstanding LP arrangments for artists such as Benny The Butcher, Jim Jones, Dave East and Curren$y, among others. And French has continued to deliver radio-ready hits year after year with offerings such as his 2021 They Got Amnesia album, which is home to his Mopstick banger featuring Kodak Black. Now, with the momentum of his rap posse cut Bricks & Bags assisted by Benny The Butcher and Jadakiss, and co-sign from the Mayor of the Big Apple,French Montana and Harry Fraud join forces for their New York-facing Montega collab project. Lil Durk 7220 (Deluxe) is truly personifying his self-proclaimed moniker as Chicagos JAY-Z with his dominant run in 2022. He kicked the year off in March with the release of his 7220 album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and racked up 120,500 total album-equivalent units sold in the first week. Durkio has also remained committed to his purpose as a leader in the Chi and launched an HBCU college program through his Neighborhood Heroes Foundation last month in an effort to help introduce students to an array of career paths. As he continues to show no signs of slowing down, Lil Durkhas also done an excep