Metro Boomin, Babyface Ray, Chinx Drugz, and Others Release New Hip-Hop Projects

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By Andrew Fungai

Metro Boomin announced on Twitter he couldn’t get all the samples on his album cleared in time. So his projects started dropping early December.

The rap game presents a fresh crop of prominent songs for the first wave of new music launches in December.

One of the hip-hop hottest beatmakers from St. Louis releases a highly anticipated LP, a hometown hero from Detroit releases his second album of the year, a beloved Queens rapper who died far too young releases another posthumous album, and more.

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Metro Booming

Metro Boomin’s forthcoming solo album, Heroes & Villains, has been delayed for a month in order to present a “masterpiece as intended,” as he puts it. Before the LP’s original November 4 release date, the St. Louis powerhouse producer did all he needed to do to provide ample advance time to secure the required approvals so that his fans may enjoy the best of what Heroes & Villains has to offer.

The delay in the release of Heroes & Villains was not in vain. Following the release of his wildly popular debut studio album, Not All Heroes Wear Capes, in 2018, Young Metro claims that his next record is “even greater than the first.” Heroes & Villains, narrated by A-list actor Morgan Freeman and including cameo appearances by Travis Scott, Future, and 21 Savage, among others, is nothing short of a film. In fact, Metro released an epic short film to accompany the LP earlier this week, produced by Gibson Hazard and featuring Young Thug, Gunna, Atlanta actor Lakeith Stanfield, and the aforementioned Morgan Freeman.

After promoting Heroes & Villains as the second piece of a trilogy of albums, Metro Boomin’s latest effort has already gotten the rap game excited for his next release.

Babyface Ray

Babyface Ray returns in 2022 with MOB, his second full-length album. Ray’s latest mixtape caps off a breakout year for the Detroit spitter.

MOB features production by Ambezza, Pooh Beatz, and Tommy Parker, among others, and is led by two previously released singles, “Nice Guy” and “Spend It” featuring Blxst and Nija. Other guests on the 18-track album include Lil Durk, Doe Boy, and GMO Stax.

Ray’s latest album follows his critically lauded LP, FACE, which debuted at No. 31 on the Billboard 200 albums list in January and generated outstanding hits including “Sincerely Face” and “Dancing With the Devil” with Pusha T.

Leading up to the release of MOB, Babyface Ray posted a promotional video on Instagram showcasing several people who were invited to preview the album before it was released, all of whom gave the new offering excellent praise.

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Chinx Drugz

Chinx Drugz 6, popularly known as CR6, is his second postmortem album, released just two days before what would have been his 39th birthday. Following the 2016 release of his first posthumous project, Legends Never Die, the late Queens rapper’s estate touts his latest offering as having the “same intensity” that catapulted him to fame.

Singles “Rollin in the Dope” featuring Zack and “On Purpose” featuring Sizzla teased the 12-song set. Benny The Butcher, Offset, Red Cafe, and Chinx’s own brother, JFK WAXX, all make appearances on Chinx Drugz 6. Chinx’s previous manager, Doug Ellison, made a comment on what fans may expect from CR6 when he announced the album’s official release date.

“This project demonstrates his range and poetic brilliance remains unrivaled,” Ellison told Billboard on November 11. “It’s been a four-year adventure filled with some of his most open recordings.” Our goal has been to maintain the integrity of each recording while delivering the end product.”

Chinx was sadly assassinated in his hometown of Queens in May of 2015. The death of the “Thug Love” rapper was recently featured in a WE TV episode of Hip Hop Homicides, which is executive produced by 50 Cent and hosted by prominent hip-hop media personality Van Lathan.

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