Stream The Week's Best New Albums: Pop Smoke, Willie Nelson, Boris, More : All Songs Considered The best new albums out this week include the posthumous debut studio release from the rapper Pop Smoke, Willie Nelson's 70th solo album, a surprise release from the Japanese experimental band Boris and more.

Featured Albums:
1. Keleketla! — Keleketla!
Featured Songs: "Future Toyi Toyi" and "Freedom Groove"
2. Denai Moore — Modern Dread
Featured Song: "Don't Close the Door"
3. Willie Nelson — First Rose of Spring
Featured Song: "Don't Let the Old Man In"
4. Pop Smoke — Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
Featured Song: "Got It On Me"
5. Mulatu Astatke & Black Jesus Experience — To Know Without Knowing
Featured Song: "To Know Without Knowing"
6. Boris — NO
Featured Songs: "Temple of Hatred" and "Interlude"

Other notable releases for July 3: Cuddle Magic — Bath; Dream Wife — So When You Gonna; Gucci Mane — So Icy Summer; Lamin Fofana — Blues; Paul Weller — On Sunset; Too Much — Club Emotion.
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New Music Friday: The Top 6 Albums Out July 3

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Around this time last year, the Brooklyn rap phenom Pop Smoke was celebrating the release of his debut mixtape, Meet the Woo. He quickly followed it with Meet the Woo 2 just this past February. But less than two weeks after it dropped, Pop Smoke was shot and killed in a home invasion. Now, his family has released the rapper's debut studio album, executive produced by 50 Cent, with features that include Quavao, Future, Lil Baby and more. On this week's New Music Friday, we spin Shoot For the Stars, Aim For the Moon and talk about the young artist's legacy.

Also on the show: At 87 years old, country legend Willie Nelson has just released his 70th solo album; the Japanese experimental band Boris has surprised fans with a roaring, rage-filled catharsis simply titled, NO; plus singer Denai Moore, a stunning collaboration between the British electronic duo Coldcut and a sprawling group of South African artists and more. Host Robin Hilton is joined by Nate Chinen of WBGO and Jazz Night in America, NPR Music's Lars Gotrich, Radio Milwaukee's Tarik Moody, John Morrison, host of XPN's Culture Cypher Radio and the podcast Serious Rap S***, and NPR Music's Ann Powers as they share their picks for the best new albums out on July 3.

Featured Albums:

  1. Keleketla! — Keleketla!
    Featured Songs: "Future Toyi Toyi" and "Freedom Groove"
  2. Denai Moore — Modern Dread
    Featured Song: "Don't Close the Door"
  3. Willie Nelson — First Rose of Spring
    Featured Song: "Don't Let the Old Man In"
  4. Pop Smoke — Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
    Featured Song: "Got It On Me"
  5. Mulatu Astatke & Black Jesus Experience — To Know Without Knowing
    Featured Song: "To Know Without Knowing"
  6. Boris — NO
    Featured Songs: "Temple of Hatred" and "Interlude"

Other notable releases for July 3: Cuddle Magic — Bath; Dream Wife — So When You Gonna; Gucci Mane — So Icy Summer; Lamin Fofana — Blues; Paul Weller — On Sunset; Too Much — Club Emotion.