It’s Friday again, my dudes, and that means another healthy serving of pipin’ hot tracks! This week’s best new songs see Young M.A reassuring us that she goes hard (in case you dare forgot), Kehlani linking up with KYLE for the incredibly sweet “Playinwitme,” referencing both Johnny Cash and the Spice Girls, and Liana Bank$’ telling us all about her “Bad Manners.”
Who else? Waka Flocka Flame dropped a bangin’ mixtape with Zaytoven and Atlanta OG Big Bank called The Brick House Boyz. BlocBoy linked up with 21 Savage, who also appears on Lil Pump’s ridiculously stacked “Gucci Gang” remix.
All of those and more can be found in the latest edition of Best Tracks of the Week:
Aisha Devi – “Dislocation of the Alpha”
We highly suggest getting familiar with Aisha Devi, if you haven’t already. She’s taken the world of underground electronic music by storm with her avant-garde beats and electrifying live audiovisual performances. “Dislocation of the Alpha” is the latest dark and rumbling track from her upcoming album DNA Feelings, which is set to be released May 11.
BlocBoy JB – “Rover 2.0” ft. 21 Savage
BlocBoy JB has been on a serious roll lately with his high profile collabs (“Look Alive” featuring Drake, anyone?), and “Rover 2.0” does not disappoint. It features, 21 Savage, who’s quicky becoming one of our fave guest artists, and sometimes all you need is a slightly sinister beat, some decent bars, and the occassional “skrrt” thrown in for good measure.
KYLE – “Playinwitme” ft. Kehlani
Although our boy KYLE is going off on a girl that’s been playin’ with him, we’re loving how upbeat this one is. The staccato piano riff is wonderfully uplifting, and Kehlani delivers some honey-sweet verses that reference both the Spice Girls and Johnny Cash.
Liana Bank$ – “Bad Manners”
We were lucky enough to premiere Liana Bank$’ latest banger – “Bad Manners.” Bank$ struts her Scorpio stuff over a wonderfully wavy beat with some amazing 80s synths, waxing poetic about “trynna ride you like a Chevrolet.” We’re extremely down, and extremely ready for her APT. 210 album dropping later this year.
Lil Pump – “Gucci Gang” Remix ft. Bad Bunny, French Montana, J Balvin, 21 Savage, Gucci Mane, Ozuna, Remy Ma
Clocking in at a whopping 8 minutes and 28 seconds, Lil Pump’s “Gucci Gang” has got more rappers on it than your average BROCKHAMPTON track. How do you improve upon 2017’s most infectious rap song? Enlist the some of the best in the game spitting bars in both English and Spanish and make the song over four times as long.
MJ Cole & Kojey Radical – “Soak It Up”
UK underground music pioneer MJ Cole linked up with East London’s Kojey Radical to bring us a dose of magic in time of the weekend. The production is simply sublime, as is Kojey’s vocals… What’s not to love about this track? We’ll be soaking this one up all weekend.
Saba – “LIFE”
Saba is truly giving us life with this one! His flow is unstoppable, the bars are stacked with layers of clever references, the piano floating on top of those beats. It’s got us feeling pretty stoked about life, despite the ups and downs.
Waka Flocka Flame – “Today”
Flocka dropped his Brick House Boyz mixtape today, and its closing track “Today” is the low-key optimistic banger we didn’t know we needed. He blessed us with the wonderful line, “put on all my jewelry, make a hater furious,” and raps about how no one is going to steal his joy. Words to live by.
Young M.A – “Praktice”
In case you forget, Young M.A goes hard. On “Praktice,” the Bronx rapper makes a very strong case for “Get Cheques and Chill,” instead of Netflix, and needless to stay, we’re studying up on her words, delivered in a off-beat way that we’re absolutely loving.
Yhung T.O. – “Misunderstood”
Yhung T.O. of SOB x RBE fame will soon be stepping out with his debut solo project Misunderstood. We’re digging his melodic flow and incredibly sincere sentiments on the title track, and we can’t wait to hear the rest!
In case you missed it, check out last week’s best tracks right here, and let us know what you think of our picks in the comments below.
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