New Music Friday: The Top 6 Albums Out On July 2

Chicago rapper G Herbo's latest album, 25, is one of NPR Music's picks for the best releases out on July 2. Courtesy of the artist

Since releasing his debut album in 2017, Chicago rapper G Herbo has built his reputation on gritty tales of survival on the streets. But his biggest hit was 2020’s PTSD, an album that bared his softer, more introspective side as he admitted that he, too, cries. On his latest album, 25, G Herbo digs deeper into his vulnerabilities, ruminating on the wounds he’s carried and his hopes for the future. On this week’s show, we give a listen to 25 and talk about the evolution of the rapper’s life and music.

We’ve also got euphoric pop from The Go! Team, UK singer Laura Mvula‘s first new music in five years and more. Contributor Christina Lee joins Radio Milwaukee’s Tarik Moody, along with NPR Music’s Stephen Thompson and host Robin Hilton as they share their picks for the best new albums out on July 2.

Featured Albums:

  1. The Go! Team — Get Up Sequences Part One
    Featured Song: “Let The Seasons Work”
  2. G Herbo — 25
    Featured Song: “Demands”
  3. Laura Mvula — Pink Noise
    Featured Song: “Conditional”
  4. Declaime and Madlib — In The Beginning Vol. 1
    Featured Song: “Cool Ways”
  5. boyband — Never Knows Best
    Featured Song: “IRL”
  6. Izzy Johnson — Earth Tones
    Featured Song: “Existing”