It’s August my dudes. Forgive us, it’s now officially called AWGEST. A$AP Mob is set to take over the next few weeks, starting with A$AP Twelvyy’s debut album that just dropped today. Ferg also dropped a hella dope remix of “East Coast” featuring your favorite rappers from both coasts: A$AP Rocky, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, French Montana, Dave East, and Busta Rhymes.
Aside from kicking back with the Mob this week, you can bliss out with BOSCO, turn up with Lil B, casually reference Greek mythology with Rae Sremmurd, and keep it cool as a cucumber with a surprise new song from Kelela. Check out these picks and more in our latest edition of best tracks of the week.
A$AP Ferg – “East Coat Remix”
“East Coast,” Ferg’s single with Remy Ma that came our way this past May, was already a jam. But Ferg was faced with the age-old adage of ‘how can I make this into even more of a jam? How do I turn this into the ultra-jam?’ Hiring A$AP Rocky, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, French Montana and Dave East to hop on the track seems a good start.
A$AP Twelvyy – “A Glorious Death”
Twelvyy’s long-awaited debut seriously delivered, making good on the promising sounds first issued in excellent lead-up singles “Diamonds” and “Yea Yea Yea (Maps).” And though our opinions on the just-arrived album are fresh, it goes without saying that “A Glorious Death” is a stand-out. True magic happens when the A$AP Mob let Flatbush Zombies into their world, and this spooky jaunt is no exception.
bladee & Yung Lean – “Gotham City”
Longtime collaborators Yung Lean and bladee link up for more melancholy, creating a shoegaze rap anthem with that emotional guitar riff sample from Stereophonics’ “Daisy Lane.” In true Sad Boys fashion, there’s a grainy visual accompaniment showcasing Yung Leandoer’s latest purchases, in this case, a Fendi backpack.
BOSCO – “Cruel”
A jam so smooth you could spread it on toast, BOSCO’s latest track is a psychedelic trip, an incredible blend of ’70s funk and ’90s R&B vibes. “Cruel” sounds exactly like cruising on your bike after smoking a cheeky spliff, ideal listening as summer winds down.
Four Tet – “Planet”
An impending Four Tet full-length seems imminent, which is about as exciting as news gets for the more electronic/dance minded of us. “Planet” follows beautifully on the single “Two Thousand and Seventeen” dropped last month, but where the latter was a brief moment of reflection, “Planet” is a weighty, seven-minute dance epic, containing the full emotional scope a dance track can offer.
Kelela – “LMK”
As frustrating as hookup culture can be, Kelela makes it sound sublime in her latest track. The Los Angeles chanteuse casually croons things like “It’s ain’t that deep, by the way” over an expansive, space age R&B sonic palette. October 6 (when she drops her just announced debut album Take Me Apart) can’t come soon enough.
Kodak Black – “Boost My Ego” ft. Future
This isn’t the first time Kodak Black and Future have teamed up for a track, but it is certainly the best. Over a beat that resembles an even more skeletal version of Kanye West’s “Wolves” with a trap snare thrown on top for good measure, the two artists snap and slur their way through the most hopping funeral dirge you’ve ever heard. And thank you, Future, for using Louis Vuitton as a verb.
Lil B – “Young N****z”
Based God is back. His Black Ken mixtape finally has a release date (August 17), and he graciously dropped seven tracks from the project in advance. Unlike most of his #based and #rare songs, “Young N****z” is a pure nihilistic turn-up anthem with lines like “I don’t give a f*** if I die” and filthy, trunk-rattling bass. Here for it.
Ugly God – “No Lies” ft. Wiz Khalifa
The XXL Freshman’s highly-anticipated The Booty Tape has arrived, but the brief mixtape’s crown jewel arrived earlier this week. “No Lies” is a classic kiss-off track, but what sets it apart from the pack is the rumbling bass line, a force of nature that glides through the song, providing its sonic backbone while simultaneously sounding like the noise that seismic plates must make during an earthquake.
Be sure to check out last week’s edition of Best Tracks of the Week right here.