This week revolved around the release of Kendrick Lamar's fourth album. This morning brought a mixture of frustration that the album didn't release on April 7th, as Kendrick had hinted, and relief that the album will definitely be released on April 14th.

The hubbub surrounding Kendrick somewhat obscured what was an all-around strong week for hip hop releases. This week included releases from French Montana, Wale, A$AP Ferg, and many other top-tier rap stars. In this week's installment of SoundCloud Staff PIcks, our staff spotlights a series of releases from predominately lesser-known artists. 

Check out each staff member's picks and stream the playlist below. 

Rose Lilah: T-Pain "Pull Up Wit Ah Stick" (Remix); Eli Sostre "Hold You Close"

Danny Schwartz: Garren "Wrong Way"; Ron Grams "Location" feat. JK The Reaper

Shaun Michaud: Dave East "Free Smoke" (EastMix)

Kevin Goddard: Eli Sostre "Glass"

Mitch Findlay: Allan Kingdom "The Fusion" feat. Denzel Curry; Training Season "Margarine" feat. Mick Jenkins 

Carver Low: Brodinski "Slo Mo" feat. Drug Rixh Peso; Drayco McCoy "Dirty Money" feat. Lucki