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Projects released by Young Thug, Tyler, the Creator and Little Simz are included in NPR Music's best hip-hop albums of 2021. Photo Illustration by Renee Klahr/NPR; Getty Images hide caption

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Atlanta rapper Young Thug's second official studio album, Punk, is among our picks for the best new releases out on Oct. 15. Brandon Lee/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The top 6 albums out on Oct. 15

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The rapper Pop Smoke, whose posthumous debut album was released July 3, 2020. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Pop Smoke's First And Final Album Falls Between Two Worlds

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From left: Young Thug, Big Boi and 2 Chainz. Young Thug: Peter White/Getty; Big Boi: Scott Legato/Getty; 2 Chainz: Def Jam Recordings (PR)/Getty/Courtesy of Def Jam hide caption

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Young Thug: Peter White/Getty; Big Boi: Scott Legato/Getty; 2 Chainz: Def Jam Recordings (PR)/Getty/Courtesy of Def Jam