Artists like Drake, 21 Savage, Rhianna, Juice Wrld, Baby Tron, and others are reportedly set to release this week. Here’s a rundown of who is confirmed to be dropping and what you should listen for. With so much music dropping each week it can be hard to listen to all the best, so we are here to make sure you don’t miss a single one.
Lift Me Up – Rhianna (Black Panther 2 Soundtrack)
The comeback of the Black Panther film franchise or Rihanna is difficult to quantify. Regardless of whether you prefer one of these two events, they will almost certainly happen at the same time. It was announced on Tuesday (October 25) by Marvel that Rihanna is coming back to music after six years, with a new song for the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack on Friday (October 28).
On Wednesday (October 26), Rihanna confirmed that the new single will be titled “Lift Me Up.” The film will be released on November 11, and it is unclear whether Marvel will release an entire album of original music as they did for the first Black Panther film in 2018. It seems that the Black Panther series doesn’t mess around when it comes to recruiting superstars to soundtrack their flicks, seeing as artists like Kendrick Lamar, SZA, 2 Chainz, Swae Lee, and Vince Staples collaborated the first time around.
We have already confirmed the likes of artists like Tems, Amaarae, and Santa Fe Klan to be included in the soundtrack as shown in trailers, but the full tracklist is yet to be released. The movie release is still over 3 weeks out but the support from fans and the celebrity community is very strong, especially when you have artists like Rihanna included in such a monumental event.
Shirt – SZA
Tomorrow (October 28), SZA will release ‘Shirt’ as her new single.
The song will be available for download tonight at 12 pm EST (9 pm PST). In addition, Dave Meyers’ film, which features LaKeith Stanfield from Sorry to Bother You and Atlanta, is being shared. The clip features SZA sitting opposite the actor and telling him “energy is everything,” before she pulls a gun on another diner at their table.
You can watch the trailer here.
TBA – Juice Wrld
Lil Bibby claims there is more music on the way. On October 28, he will release “unreleased Juice WRLD,” but its content remains unknown. Bibby seems to be prepping to drop grails in “Rush Hour” and “Biscotti” as he releases Juice’s vault to all fans. A 30-second snippet of “Rush Hour” was uploaded to Spotify on Monday, further confounding Bibby’s new master plan.
The Juice leak “Off The Rip” inspired Bibby to shut down the group buy. However, Maxlord has been mixing and mastering a lot of unreleased Juice material on Instagram in order to expand his third posthumous album.
Bibby’s recent tweets concerning the revived existence of TPNE, writing “Before Halloween We Party” on Friday (Oct. 7). Additionally, he has been listening to unheard Juice, which is not the first time Bibby has tried to release TPNE. It was initially slated to be released in Fall 2021 “before the weather gets cold,” he said via Instagram DMs to a fan.
The album was not released last summer as promised, because Fighting Demons took its place. Juice’s devastating HBO docudrama last December precipitated the release of the album instead. To honor Juice on his birthday (December 8), the album contained somber-sounding tracks rather than the party tracks Bibby had promised for The Party Never Ends.
All I Never Wanted – ZZZ
Lil Bibby has the ability to recognize groundbreaking talent wherever he looks, and in Zzz’s case, he has everything he needs to become another loud voice for our generation. Grade A Productions and Lil Bibby just signed Zzz as their third artist. Leading to Z’s life going from making music in his dorm room at the University of Florida-Gainesville to riding around Los Angeles making hits with Bibby and G Money in a matter of days.
Grade A will premiere Zzz’s debut single, “All I Never Wanted” (Oct. 27), which will alleviate fans of a seven-month wait for new music, in addition to documenting his journey on TikTok. Grade A’s next hitmaker Zzz is just at the cusp of what he will be able to achieve, thanks to his emotive love-torn soundscape, which appears to have been inspired by Juice and LAROI. With only five tracks on SoundCloud, he has already collaborated with Internet Money, Taz Taylor, Bakkwoods, and Benny Blanco, all of whom are historically star-powered.
Bin Reaper 3 – Baby Tron
Baby Tron has been relentless with his releases since his rise to stardom late last year, flooding his discography for his newly-acquired fanbase.
Tron is prepared to release Bin Reaper 3, his third album as part of his trilogy following last October’s Bin Reaper 2. Fans were excited to see BR3’s Halloween-themed cover as a teaser for his upcoming 2022 album, the up-and-coming star’s fourth full-length work. Tron and his team have been making parodies of religious messaging and hijacking billboards to reveal the Oct. 28 release date of the upcoming Bin Reaper movie trilogy.
Prior to Lyrical Lemonade videos and numerous co-signs from his peers, his insane rise was evidenced by his inclusion on the 2022 XXL Freshman List. In recent days, Tron has been featured on Midwxst’s “223’s” scam rap track, which is one of his first collaborations outside of his usual pocket—and it prompts us to question when we’ll see more individuals riding the wave he’s building.
Luv 4 Rent – Smino
Every time Smino shares new music with the world, it’s certain to be something special. The St. Louis-based rapper Smino is readying his Luv 4 Rent album, which will be released on Oct. 28. On Thursday (Oct. 20), the 15-track album’s artwork and tracklist were revealed. The album features Lucky Daye, Doechii, Lil Uzi Vert, Reggie, and J. Cole among others.
Smino also announced the release of “Matinee” as the second single from the album, which features his unique slant rhymes and enthralling flow over contemplative keys and perky percussion. He entices the whole world to pull down their masks and get active over Kal Banx’s production on the track. This single alone showed us how special this album is and how it is likely to become his Album Of The Year contender.