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Megan Thee Stallion - Suga
Megan Thee Stallion’s Suga

New Music Friday: nine albums to hear this week

Stream new records by Megan Thee Stallion, Riz Ahmed, and more

It’s out: Megan Thee Stallion’s Suga has landed today in the midst a legal dispute between the rapper and her label, 1501, that played out very much in the public eye. Earlier this week, Megan put the label on blast, alleging that they were preventing her from releasing new music while she attempted to renegotiate the contract she’d signed at the start of her career. It ultimately resulted in a lawsuit that saw a judge grant the rapper a temporary restraining order against the label, allowing her to release Suga. The nine-track project, a follow-up to last year’s mixtape Fever, opens with three hard-and-heavy hitters, before things become slower and sweeter after “Hit My Phone”, which features a guest vocal from Kehlani. Although it’s still unclear what will happen between Hot Girl meg and the label in the future, right now, fans can simply enjoy Suga on its own terms.

Elsewhere this week, actor-rapper Riz Ahmed dropped The Long Goodbye, his first release under his own name, and U.S. Girls’ Meg Remy looks inwards with new album Heavy Light. Take a listen below.

Ani Glass, Mirores

Anna Calvi, Hunted

Jhené Aiko, Chilombo

Lil Uzi Vert, Eternal Atake

Megan Thee Stallion, Suga

Planet 1999, Devotion EP

Riz Ahmed, The Long Goodbye

Stephen Malkmus, Traditional Techniques

U.S. Girls, Heavy Light