Hip Hop: Spring 2023

Monarch HipHop Recommendations

Nav 2

Navraj Singh Goraya, known to the world as Nav, is a true renaissance man who has manifested a brilliant future for himself. The Canadian-grown musician has dropped “Lately,” the first track from his forthcoming album, NAV 2, an album that was fully written and produced by Nav. “Lately” is his first song since last year’s Demons Protected by Angels, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop and Rap charts, marking Nav’s third album to reach the top spot. The album would go on to become the second most streamed rap album of the year on Spotify. More details on NAV 2 coming soon.


The song, “Raining,” features multiplatinum producer Murda Beatz laying down an ominous, otherworldly soundscape as G Herbo candidly opens up about the push and pull of a relationship and life in pursuit of his dream: “Whining and dining and shit, damn. Now, it’s just crying in the whip, damn.” It culminates with a hypnotic hook by Grammy Award-nominated phenomenon Yung Bleu, who observes, “It’s raining on my window, but I can’t see the clouds. I want more than affection. You haven’t been close to me in a while.”

This new song arrives ahead of G Herbo joining the Future and Friends One Big Party Tour presented by AG Entertainment. With Grammy-winning rapper Future Headlining, the tour will also include a star-studded lineup with Don Toliver, Mariah the Scientist, and Dess Dior in addition to G Herbo.


Yvngxchris is one of rap music’s most promising rising stars. Turning up the wire for a flex-heavy banger, the Virginia native drops off “Walk,” featuring tana, his latest single. Accompanied by a brand new music video directed by Keats, the fast-paced, trippy, high-energy video takes fans on a whirl of viral, enigmatic moments by yvngxchris and tana, all wrapped up in an unorthodox infomercial. Produced by Dylvinci, “Walk” benefits from an immersive instrumental that mixes aggressively catchy bars with dynamic 808s, creating a bass-boosted canvas for tana and Chris. Kicking off 2023 strong, “Walk” comes as the second collaboration between the two teen titans, who exhibit a chemistry well beyond their years. “Walk” is available now on all streaming platforms.

Kant Nobody

Clocking in just over three minutes, Lil Wayne incinerates the record, which features a classic freestyle from the late DMX, who punctuates how the greatest rapper alive feels. Lil Wayne also dropped a visual accompanying the track. Directed by Taj vs Taj, this video featuring Lil Wayne and Swizz Beatz includes nostalgic black and white imagery that exudes classic hip hop with a refreshing modern twist. Lil Wayne rewrote the entire game in his image.

Welcome to the Disco

Tyler Okonma, also known as Tyler, the Creator, is one of the most frequently mentioned names in modern music and for good reason. His previous three albums have been incredible works and have found great commercial success as well. Okonma has released an album every two years since the beginning of his career as a solo artist, and since his last release was in 2021, Okonma has confirmed that he is working on his next project, tentatively titled Welcome to the Disco.