So, in the last two months, we have been blessed with some amazing music, but what did you listen to this month? Here, at the Black Youth Project, we’ve compiled a small list of the 5 best albums and mixtapes that were released this month, so if you’re not listening to them now, you better get on it!

The Colour in Anything, James Blake (May 6)

downloadThis album is a soothing, experimental switch from his last two albums, which were sonically minimalistic; The Colour in Anything is Blake’s push into chaos in the most pleasing way possible.

Songs to Listen to:

  • Radio Silence
  • Points
  • I Need a Forest Fire

Listen on Spotify or buy on iTunes.


99.9%, Kaytranada (May 6)

Cd1Nir0UAAArpD0The young Montreal-based producer made his official mark on the world on May 6 with the release of his first album 99.9% which is a genre-defying album combining elements of funk, soul, R&B, and dance music into one cohesive project that also brings together many different artists from Goldlink to BADBADNOTGOOD to Craig David.

Songs to Listen to:

  • Got it Good (featuring Craig David)
  • Together (featuring Goldlink & AlunaGeorge)
  • You’re the One (featuring Syd)

Make sure you buy this album on iTunes!


Post Malone, August 26th (May 12)

post-malone-august-26-artworkPost Malone, who gained quick popularity due to his songs “White Iverson” and “Go Flex”, is making quite the splash in the music industry with his acoustic rap freshman mixtape August 26th, which has got some amazing collaborations, and features on it like 2 Chainz, Lil Yachty, and Jaden Smith.

Songs to Listen to:

  • Never Understand (featuring Larry June)
  • Hollywood Dreams Come Down
  • Lonely (featuring Jaden Smith & Teo)

Download the mixtape here!


Coloring Book, Chance the Rapper (May 12)

chance-the-rapper-chance-3-new-album-download-free-stream-640x6401-640x640Are you even surprised that Chance the Rapper is on this list? I mean, with every album he gets better and better from 10 Day to now, he has grown as an artist, and you can tell listening to the production variations, but also this sounds like a full album (…as in I would have paid for it, Chance.) Anyway, this “mixtape” is as comprehensive as we wanted, and Chance takes his throne as the King of Openers.

Songs to Listen to:

(Well, every song on this mixtape is truly something you should invest in.)

  • All We Got (featuring Kanye West and Chicago’s Children Choir)
  • No Problem (featuring Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz)
  • Same Drugs

As of today, May 27, you can now get this mixtape everywhere, make sure you get it!


Hanz, Grey Matter (May 13)

Grey Matter coverOur last pick for our “5 Best Albums & Mixtapes Released in May” list hails from New Jersey, from a rapper named Hanz, who released his debut EP “Grey Matter” which you can now download via Soundcloud. Another multi-genre creation, this EP fuses together hip-hop, rock, and punk influences to create a widespread piece that discusses materialism, addiction, and power hungriness with the help of the LVN Art collective.

Songs to Listen to:

  • Grey
  • Medusas
  • Paranoia Paradise

Make sure you support this artist on the rise by downloading his EP from Soundcloud.

(Photo Credit: Chance the Rapper)

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