Somehow, left field MCs Jpegmafia and Danny Brown had collaborated only sparingly before “Lean Beef Patty,” the lead single from their first joint album, Scaring the Hoes. The rappers have been teasing the project for over a year, with fans anticipating a collaboration for even longer. The album includes the recently released title track, as well as an appearance from young artist Redveil on “Kingdom Hearts Key.” Certain titles reference big-name artists—some revered, others maligned (see: “Shut Yo Bitch Ass Up / Muddy Waters,” “Run the Jewels,” and “Jack Harlow Combo Meal”).
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Ben Sloan: Muted Colors [New Amsterdam]
Muted Colors is the debut album from Ben Sloan, a percussionist, producer, and visual artist who has worked with the National, Moses Sumney, Beth Orton, and others. The spectral, collaged full-length features some of Sloan’s prior collaborators, such as Sumney, Serengeti, Liz and Josiah Wolf of Why?, and Felicia Douglass of Dirty Projectors. In a press release, Sloan referred to Muted Colors as “an abstracted diary” in which “each track is a vignette. A little colorful, sensational world to briefly indulge.” Sloan toyed with the album’s 10 songs for nearly a decade, splicing samples, voice memos, and field recordings together in vivid tableaus.