Every month, different artists put out new music which makes it hard to keep up with the hottest hip hop releases. From Migos to Brockhampton, June 2021 was a hot month for hip hop. With long-awaited albums finally being dropped, last month holds a strong variety of new releases. Here are the top 5 releases from June.
1. Culture III – Migos
Released on June 11, Migos returned from their 3-year album hiatus with Culture III. The album consists of 19 songs. The album features 8 different artists – Cardi B, Justin Bieber, Pop Smoke, Polo G, Juice WRLD, Drake, Future, and YoungBoy Never Broke Again. The album has the expected ‘Migos’ vibe to it which was well worth the wait. The album features the 13-month-old song ‘Need It’ that features YoungBoy Never Broke Again which was unexpected. The features with 2 recently deceased artists were tasteful, and did them both justice.
2. The Hustler’s Catalog 2 – Smoke DZA
The Hustler’s Catalog 2 is a follow-up album to Smoke DZA’s release in 2011 with the same name. The album boasts a healthy list of features with Dom Kennedy, Steven Young, Dave East, Benny The Butcher, and many more. The album is full of hits and misses, however, is better than his previous work.
3. Sin City The Mixtape – Ski Mask the Slump God
Another rapper who released a long awaited album is Ski Mask The Slump God. This album was also the first time the rapper had released new music in 3 years. Sin City The Mixtape is his second album, the first being Stokeley which was released in 2018. The album consists of only 9 songs which keeps up with Ski Mask the Slump God’s aggressive persona.
4. Hall of Fame – Polo G
22-year-old rapper Polo G released his third album last month titled ‘Hall of Fame’. The album boasts 20 songs, with a variety of features such as Pop Smoke, Young Thug, and G Herbo. ‘Rapstar’ is featured on the album, which became viral on TikTok and is now his top song on his Spotify page. Polo G provides a perspective of his upbringing in Chicago, Illinois in a manner that is self-aware. He uses his lyrics to help listeners better understand, rather than glorify violence from his childhood.
5. Ice Daddy – Gucci Mane
The rap legend has returned with yet another album, which he titled ‘Ice Daddy’. The album has 17 songs with features from 2 Chainz, Young Thug,and Pooh Shiesty. You can expect the typical cliche Gucci Mane vibe in Rich N***a Shit, Trap Shit, and Top of Shit.
Despite having some strong hits within the album, the cliche of ‘I have a lot of money and women’ is noticeably repetitive throughout the album. Regardless, the album is filled with songs that are strong individually, rather than as a whole.
June 2021 was an exceptional month for hip-hop. Many long awaited albums finally released. Most albums hold a healthy variety of features which gives us the pleasure of the mix between different rappers.