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1) ” Stay Woke (feat. Miguel)” by Meek Mill
This is one of my favorite tracks of the year. Meek has been released after a long time struggle with the United States court system and this song gives us an insight to how he has been feeling, along with addressing a lot of other political fallacies, specifically police brutality. I don’t think there should be any shortage of political based songs until these changes that need to happen actually happen. The production is a classic Dreamchasers beat, plus a little more. Miguel kills this hook too, it’s a very hard yet emotional track.
2) “Mob Ties” by Drake
I’m sure you have all listened to Scorpion and although I don’t think it’s his best work, there is quite a bit of great songs next to the fillers. This is one of them. Mob Ties shows that Drake is experimenting with new sounds and vocals that we see more in the current rap scene, and he kills it. Similar to If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Drake comes in hot with his confident, banger rapping ability which I definitely prefer a lot more than his emotional, insecure side that we see in a lot of his music. Hardest song on the album.
3) “NICE” by The Carters
Beyonce and Jay-Z released this album a few weeks ago, but I have yet to fully listen to it all. I came across this song the other day and absolutely love it. The feature of Pharrell automatically gives it a happy vibe. It’s filled with all kinds of references to their old discography and just has be feeling real nice. Beyonce raps a lot on this album too, and surprisingly enough, it works and sounds ever better with her husband splitting the verses. They all old as hell but this track just proves that legends never die.
4) “Ridin (feat. Landon Cube & YBN Nahmir) ” by Yung Bans
Yung Bans recently dropped his project titled Vol. 5 which is probably the most anticipated one of his short lived career so far. He was able to secure Landon Cube and YBN Nahmir in this chill vibe song and to my surprise they all work really well with it. They already got a music video directed by Cole Bennett for this song too which I recommend watching it’s lowkey funny. It’s cool to see Nahmir on this type of beat and his flow works really well on it. Unfortunately, the rest of Yung Bans new project wasn’t that great, but this song is definitely unique.
5) “GHOST” by Jaden Smith
Something about monotone Jaden Smith rapping on a hard beat is just so sinister. This is first single from his upcoming album releasing on July 8th, and if you know me, I think Jaden Smith is very slept on as a musician, so I was for sure excited to hear a taste of what it’s going to be like with this song. Very short song and honestly there isn’t a lot of substance but it slaps and has Jaden flexing about his rap influences and the life he lives in general. Very reminiscent of the song “Breakfast (feat. A$AP Rocky)” from his last album.
6) “Talk to Me (feat. Rich the Kid)” by Tory Lanez
Tory Lanez has been poppin’ up on the charts everywhere lately, and we all know his voice when we hear it. He kills hooks everywhere and has the vibe that will get ya girl in bed real quick and this song is no exception. Plus, the addition of Rich the Kid adds a lot to it too, even though he strictly talks about cars and his girl giving good head. This is a good, soft track and just slightly better than the other popular song right now with Tory Lanez by Shy Glizzy “Do You Understand?”
7) “Bigger Than You (feat. Drake & Quavo)” by 2 Chainz
This lowkey just a classic 2 Chainz song but the addition of Drake and Quavo help add to it’s overall effect a lot. 2 Chainz appears to pop up on every single album with a feature these days so I surprised when I saw his own track that slaps. Drake definitely got the better verse in this song and Quavo for sure works his addictive hook magic. Just a good vibe song for the summer.
8) “Wow Freestyle (feat. Kendrick Lamar) ” by Jay Rock
Man, I still haven’t fully listened to the new Jay Rock album but this song has no doubt been replayed many times in my car. You really can’t argue that whenever Kendrick hops on a track, especially with his fellow TDE member, that it won’t go in. They both alternate back and forth changing flows and working really well together with that TDE chemistry. Production is also fire, and I probably need to listen to Jay Rock’s new project real soon because if it’s anything like this song then I’m already a fan.
9) “Ghost Busters (feat. Ski Mask the Slump God & XXXTentacion)” by Trippie Redd
Rip X. I love that Trippie and Ski dropped a track with him in it after his death and it’s even greater that this song is so fire. Bunch of the best new school rappers on one track headed by Trippie Redd and all three of them bring something unique to the song. I think a lot of people sleep and doubt new school rappers, but they all have only been around for 2 years or less and show that they definitely have skill. The beat is real ominous and mix that with some cartoon references such as Danny Phantom and Caspar than you already got me loving this track.
10) “Us (feat. Gunna)” by Dave East
Both of these guys are on the verge of come ups at the moment and this track helps to shine on their individual talent even more. I’ve been listening to Dave East for a while and have been very impressed with his style and Gunna seems to be homies with all kinds of rappers, catching features on what seems like half of new tracks these days. I’m not complaining though, he also has a really unique delivery and both of them together is for sure a deadly combo. I think Dave East got a new project dropping too so keep an eye out.