Dope Aural: July’s Coolest Records

The summer thus far has been ripe with new music from Black artists, and July has definitely offered some great sounds to vibe to.  Check out this list of R&B, hip-hop, jazz, gospel and dancehall albums/EPs that you may have missed this month.  Just click the album art and take a listen to find your new fave.


  1. Jade Novah – All Blue 
  2. Taylor Bennett – BE YOURSELF 
  3. The Internet- Hive Mind 
  4. Cameron J – Heartless Romantic 
  5. Jaden Smith – SYRE: THE ELECTRIC ALBUM 
  6. Summerella – First Day of Summer 
  7. Jorja Smith – Lost & Found 
  8. Koryn Hawthorne – Unstoppable 
  9. Jor’dan Armstrong – Blsd and 2 Blsd 
  10. Kamasi Washington – Heaven and Earth 
  11. Black Thought – Streams of Thought Vol. 1 
  12. Buddy – Harlan & Alondra 
  13. Popcaan – Forever 

Don’t forget to check out July’s playlist Sunglasses & Sangrias and follow me on Spotify for access to more music mixes.


Trey Payadue is a contributing blogger and curator of music for The Black Unicorn Project. He was raised on the west bank of the New Orleans Metropolitan Area in the small town of Marrero, Louisiana. Brought up in the Black Catholic church, Trey was completely immersed in New Orleans music and Black culture through local fairs and famous celebrations like Mardi Gras, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the Essence Fest. He was also exposed to various styles of music, such as gospel, pop, rock, funk, hip-hop, bounce and his first love, rhythm & blues, at a young age. His inherent love and appreciation, paired with his exposure to New Orleans Culture and events, ignited an infectious passion for music. Trey quickly became known as “The Music Man”, amateur house party DJ and the mixtape go-to guy for new music. Currently, Trey juggles a 9-5 while moonlighting as a curator of good music, a patron of popular music and Black culture, and a student of where all three intersect. Follow him on Instagram & Twitter @SumthinSevere and get access to shared playlists on Spotify.

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