The big release in this installment of the latest rap joints is Drake’s Nothing Was the Same, which has drawn mostly positive reviews and generated both radio hits (“Started from the Bottom,” “All Me” and “Hold On, We’re Going Home”) and mixtape hits (“Pound Cake,” which has inspired a number of freestyles from other rappers). Danny Brown’s Old may not be as zany as his last album, but it’s a solid follow-up that lives up to expectations. Pusha T’s My Name Is My Name confirms that the Clipse vet remains a force to be reckoned with.
After three volumes, Self Made 3 suffers a bit from diminishing returns, but it has a few memorable cuts, like Meek Mill’s “Levels.” The same could be said for 2 Chainz’ BOATS II sequel, which hasn’t generated a memorable single yet. Elsewhere, we have long-awaited comebacks from Devin the Dude, Deltron 3030 and J-Zone, while DJ Khaled continues his surprisingly durable career of … actually, no one’s sure what he does on his albums, but they seem to sell really well.