Swedish rapper Jireel kicks off the year with a fourth album, while West Coast producer Myka 9 stuns with restless burst of hip-hop, and Jazmine Sullivan’s long-awaited release is an ode to female empowerment
While you let that soak in, R&B artist Jazmine Sullivan has dropped her first album in five years. Like the didactic concept albums of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and the visual version of Beyoncé’s Lemonade, Heaux Tales is about “today’s women standing in their power and owning who they are,” as the Philadelphia singer put it in a press release. Spoken-word interludes from six women are followed by songs that flesh them out as character studies to magical effect. Elsewhere, Swedish rap prodigy Jireel drops his fourth studio album, while West Coast producer Myka 9 stuns with a restless burst of off-beat conscious hip-hop on Teleported 2.