As 2018 Winds Down, Atlanta Rappers Aim To Finish The Year Strong

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The holidays may still be some weeks away, but 21 Savage plans to give out his gifts early.

The Atlanta rapper behind Billboard hits like “Bank Account” and the chart-topping Post Malone¬†duet “Rockstar” appeared today to announce¬†on Twitter the release date of his new full-length project. If his brief tweet is to be taken at face value, the¬†as-yet untitled solo follow-up to last year’s RIAA gold certified¬†Issa¬†Album¬†would arrive on December 7.

After leveling up from the trap mixtape circuit to the¬†Hot 100¬†in 2016, 21 Savage swiftly became¬†one to watch in rap. Since then, he’s logged 18 appearances on that chart as a lead or featured artist, including singles off 2018 albums¬†by Cardi B and Quavo. Without Warning, his collaborative¬†mixtape with producer Metro Boomin and Migos rapper Offset, was released just shy of a year ago, making this apparent December release his first project of 2018. This past Friday, he appeared on a trio of tracks off Metro’s¬†Not All Heroes Wear Capes,¬†stoking excitement for his own upcoming work.

While the return of 21 Savage has already proven well-received, with at least 2 of his¬†Not All Heroes Wear Capes songs expected to impact the Hot 100 next week, he’s not the only Atlanta rapper bringing heat to the post-Thanksgiving¬†chill.

Riding high off the success of this year’s Harder Than Ever¬†and¬†his more recent Drip Harder joint mixtape with fellow Atlanta¬†artist Gunna, Lil Baby revealed plans to release a third project before the year is out, entitled Street Gossip. The ascendant rapper¬†shared the title and November 30¬†release date via Instagram yesterday, with official label confirmation provided today. With his “Drip Too Hard” still contending in the Hot 100’s top 10 this week and “Never Recover” with Drake charting as well further down the ranking, the new solo project will¬†arrive via¬†Quality Control Music, Wolfpack Global Music, Motown and Capitol Records.

Even prior to October’s release of¬†Drip Harder, which landed 8 of its tracks on the Hot 100 in its opening frame, Lil Baby was already having a tremendous year. Following his 2007 breakout hit “My Dawg,” he debuted two¬†Harder Than Ever¬†songs there in May, “Life Goes On” with Gunna and¬†Lil Uzi Vert and the solo cut “Southside,” and landing his first top 10 placement with a third, the Drake-infused “Yes Indeed.” Lil Baby also appeared on Young Thug’s “Chanel,” which peaked at No. 78 on the Hot 100 back in September.”Yes Indeed” also earned him a platinum plaque, the first RIAA certification of his career.

And then there’s Offset. There’s a very strong likelihood that the erstwhile 21 Savage collaborator and Lil Baby labelmate will drop a full-length effort before the end of the year.¬†Over the past few weeks, his cohorts Quavo and Takeoff both put out solo albums via Quality Control,¬†Quavo Huncho¬†and¬†The Last Rocket, and online¬†speculation¬†pegs December 14 as the anticipated date for his own proper album. Either way, Migos’ label is in undeniably the midst of an aggressive period of productivity, with new projects already out or confirmed coming soon from City Girls, Jordan Hollywood and Lil Yachty, as well as Lil Baby’s aforementioned¬†Street Gossip.

Beyond what’s expected from 21 Savage, Lil Baby and Offset, the thriving Atlanta trap scene will assuredly have more to offer before December 31 wraps, thanks in no small part to the city’s consistent flow of mixtapes.¬†Additionally, Gucci Mane’s announced yet delayed¬†Evil Genius¬†studio album seems one potential prominent entrant. Though the city’s trap godfather typically unleashes multiple mixtapes in any given year, he hasn’t dropped¬†a full-length since last December’s¬†El Gato: The Human Glacier for Atlantic, yielding his preferred October 17 release date this time around to 1017 Eskimo signee Asian Doll’s So Icy Princess.

While the final tracklisting hasn’t been shared,¬†Evil Genius¬†promises to feature work by leading scene producers like Honorable C.N.O.T.E., Metro Boomin and Southside. In recent months, Gucci Mane has released two official singles as a lead artist, “Kept Back” with Lil Pump and “Wake Up In The Sky” with Bruno Mars. That latter track came out in September and has spent a total 7 weeks on the Hot 100 to date, which certainly bodes well for¬†Evil Genius arriving sooner rather than later.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/garysuarez/2018/11/05/lil-baby-21-savage/

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