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New Music Friday: Alicia Keys, Rick Ross, Juice WRLD, and Birdman & Youngboy Never Broke Again


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Alicia Keys released her eighth studio album, a double album, simply titled, KEYS. The 26-track project features Khalid, Lucky Daye, Lil Wayne, Brandi Carlile, Pusha T, and Swae Lee. The 15-time Grammy winner offers a dual audio experience; an Originals side with new songs, and an Unlocked side which samples the original tracks. Alicia also dropped a new video, “Old Memories,” on Friday, and performed via livestream at the Dubai UAE Infinite Nights concert series. 

Rick Ross dropped his 11th studio album, Richer Than I Ever Been, the follow-up to his 2019 Port of Miami. Wiz Khalifa, The-Dream, Bennie the Butcher, Wale, Future, and DreamDoll are among the stars featured on the 12 tracks. Also on Friday, Ricky Rozay released the video for “Outlawz” featuring Jazmine Sullivan and 21 Savage.   

Following the first Juice WRLD Day Thursday which was livestreamed from the United Center in Chicago, Fighting Demons, WRLD’s fourth studio album, dropped Friday featuring collaborations with Justin Bieber, Trippie Redd, SUGA of BTS, and Polo G. This second posthumous album is the follow-up to 2020’s Legends Never Die which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. The late Juice WRLD will be remembered with the HBO documentary, Into the Abyssdebuting December 16. 

Finally, Cash Money Records co-founder Birdman and YoungBoy Never Broke Again have teamed for the 13-track duo mixtape, From The BayouBirdman, who launched the careers of Lil WayneDrake and Nicki Minaj, recently predicted that YoungBoy can be the best MC in five years, saying, “I think NBA YoungBoy might be the biggest rapper.”

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