As the dog days of summer continue to bring the heat, so does the rap game in the form of new music releases. In the first wave of August drops, a Louisiana rhymer with a rabid fan base finally puts out his highly anticipated new album, one of the greatest lyricists ever offers his second greatest hits LP, a Brooklyn native finally drops a project after a lengthy prison bid and more.

Just weeks after being found not guilty in his recent federal gun case, YoungBoy Never Broke Again is back for what is technically his fourth project in 2022 with the release of The Last Slimeto. The full-length album follows Colors, a mixtape YB dropped back in January, Better Than You, a 12-track joint effort with the DaBaby the two put out in March and Never Broke Again: Green Flag Activity, a compilation album from YoungBoy's label imprint, which features signees like Quando Rondo and NoCap.

The buzz around The Last Slimeto has been building since NBA YoungBoy's primary audio engineer, Jason "Cheese" Goldberg, announced the album in March of this year. The lengthy LP was prefaced by The Last Slimeto Sampler, a unique promotional technique in which 11 of the album's 30 songs were released in April, including "Loner Life," the Vadebeatz-produced "Mr. Grim Reaper" and "I Hate YoungBoy," a diss track in which YB throws shots at Lil Durk and Gucci Mane.

In addition to the sampler pack, YoungBoy's fourth studio album also includes a number of previously released singles that dropped over the past few months such as the Quavo-assisted "Don't Rate Me" and "Vette Motors," which were produced by OG Parker.

As if the "Goals" rapper hasn't had enough of a wild ride throughout 2022, YoungBoy Never Broke Again looks to accompany The Last Slimeto with a large-scale tour that has yet to be officially announced.

Twenty-five years after first crossing paths with Dr. Dre, a linkup that would change the landscape of hip-hop forever, Eminem comes through with his second greatest hits compilation, Curtain Call 2. Serving as the sequel to 2005's Curtain Call: The Hits, the 34-track offering showcases Slim Shady's most beloved songs from 2009 right up to the present day.

In addition to two previously released singles from this year, "From the D 2 the LBC" featuring Snoop Dogg and "The King and I" featuring CeeLo Green, Curtain Call 2 contains the best of the best from the latter half of the Detroit legend's career. Notable hits that appear on the compilation include "No Love" featuring Lil Wayne, off 2009's Relapse, "Love the Way You Lie" featuring Rihanna from 2010's Recoveryand "Lucky You," which first appeared on 2018's Kamikaze and features a guest appearance from Joyner Lucas.

Curtain Call 2 is accompanied by a companion podcast series, Paul Pod: Curtain Call 2, hosted by Marshall's longtime manager, Paul Rosenberg.

Just about a full year-and-a-half after being released from prison and doing a six-year bid that all but stopped his budding career dead in its tracks, Bobby Shmurda has finally unleashed his second EP, Bodboy.

Serving as a way to gas up fans ahead of his upcoming full-length album, Ready to Live, the nine-track project finds the "Hot Nigga" spitter enjoying his independence. Bodboy has been released through Bobby's own label, GS9, following Bobby's recent departure from Epic Records.

Bodboy features guest appearances from Houston rapper Fat Tony and Shmurda's longtime collaborator Rowdy Rebel, and is led by the previously released track "Hoochie Daddy." Bobby Shmurda's twist on 2 Live Crew's 1995 song, "Hoochie Mama," falls in line perfectly with the Brooklyn native's newly discovered, fun-loving-yet-raunchy social media persona.

Check out projects from DoechiiYella BeezyKalan.Fr.Fr and more below.

  • The Last Slimeto

    YoungBoy Never Broke Again
    Never Broke Again, LLC/Atlantic Records
    Never Broke Again, LLC/Atlantic Records
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  • Curtain Call 2

    Eminem
    Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records
    Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records
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  • Bodboy

    Bobby Shmurda
    Bobby Shmurda
    Bobby Shmurda
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  • She / Her / Black Bitch EP

    Doechii
    Top Dawg Entertainment/UMG Recordings/Capitol Records
    Top Dawg Entertainment/UMG Recordings/Capitol Records
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  • Bad Azz Yella Boy

    Yella Beezy
    Asylum Records
    Asylum Records
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  • Suno Mode

    Ron Suno
    SBL/Empire
    SBL/Empire
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  • Touché

    Lou Phelps
    Stand Up Guy Records/Rostrum Records
    Stand Up Guy Records/Rostrum Records
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  • Last Train 2 Marrs

    Metro Marrs
    Quality Control Music/SinceThe80s/Playbook LLC
    Quality Control Music/SinceThe80s/Playbook LLC
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  • moMINTs

    Tobe Nwigwe
    The Good Stewards
    The Good Stewards
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  • 222

    Kalan.Fr.Fr
    Roc Nation Records
    Roc Nation Records
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  • Trifecta 2

    Shitty Boyz
    The Hip Hop Lab Records/ShittyBoyz/Empire
    The Hip Hop Lab Records/ShittyBoyz/Empire
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  • Divine Timing (Deluxe)

    Kamaiyah
    Kamaiyah
    Kamaiyah
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  • Life of a Trapper

    Blacc Zacc
    South Coast Music Group
    South Coast Music Group
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  • You Take the Credit, We’ll Take the Check

    Jay Worthy & Harry Fraud
    SRFSCHL, LLC
    SRFSCHL, LLC
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  • Lost in Here

    Dro Kenji
    Internet Money Records/MiraTouch/10K Projects
    Internet Money Records/MiraTouch/10K Projects
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