After a week hiatus (if you even noticed), Highsnobiety Music’s award-winning series Best Tracks of the Week is back, baby! Once again, we’ve rounded up only the biggest and baddest beats that have dropped in the past seven days.
This week was a large one for lovers of organized sounds, with Drake dropping a surprise 2 track EP, Migos unleashing Culture II, and A$AP Rocky teasing 3 pre-album studio experiments to mixed internet reviews. Lil Jon (remember him?) reminds us he’s “Alive” with the help of Offset and 2 Chainz and Cadence Weapon reminds us that Drizzy isn’t the only Canadian rapper with bars for days.
More invaluable than Bitcoin to your weekly music knowledge, please find attached this week’s best tracks with a handy-dandy, weekend-ready Spotify playlist, as always.
Alice Glass – “CEASE AND DESIST”
There are few things that make us happier than Alice Glass’s burgeoning solo career, and her first single of the year is yet another reason to smile while smashing things. “They wanna take it all away,” she refrains, ever powerful and screechy in the best possible way.
A$AP Rocky – “MONEY BAGS FREESTYLE” (DEAN BLUNT MEDITATION)
A$AP Rocky casually dropped a whopping three tracks this week via the AWGE SHIT SoundCloud Account (trademark). The people of the Internet were divided on the quality of the first two songs, but we are personally completely obsessed with the third. We’re praying A$AP Rocky goes straight up UK experimental for his entire album à la “MONEY BAGS FREESTYLE,” because freestyling over Dean Blunt is the best rap move of the year (so far), in our humble opinion.
Cadence Weapon – “The Afterparty”
Likening the afterparty to the afterlife, Cadence Weapon spins a tale equally referring to a night out in Montréal and the never ending scuffle that is morality. His just-dropped self-titled album is yet further proof that Edmonton’s former Poet Laureate is not the only Canadian rapper with major bars.
Drake – “God’s Plan”
It’s barely been a week, and the lyrics in Drake’s surprise track is making a major splash in Instagram bios everywhere – from your highschool frenemy to your cool Auntie. Aside from the endless stream of meme-able content he’s inspired yet again, he smashed Spotify and Apple Music first-day streaming records with this one. Ah yes, and it sounds pretty nice, too.
James Blake – “If the Car Behind You Moves Ahead”
Choppy angelic vocals? Check. Incredible yet unexpected R&B production? Blissfully melancholic vibes? Check. Ascension to the next dimension? Check. Thank you James Blake.
Jesse and the Wolf – “Selecta” ft. Ghostface Killah, Juelz Santana, Telli
This is how you incorporate EDM vibes into rap without evoking ad infinitum fist bumping, bad MDMA comeups and comedowns, and champagne sprayed over the crowd. Just a good, clean turn up anthem that refers to The Matrix and Zorro in the same verse with none of the sweaty bros and regret.
Lil Jon – “Alive” ft. Offset & 2 Chainz
Remember Lil Jon!?!?! Well in case you forgot, he’s very much still “Alive” and he’s got Offset and 2 Chainz in case you need further convincing.
LIZ Y2K – “Queen of Me”
Music Editor Jake Boyer said it best of LIZ Y2K’s come back in this week’s Under the Radar…
Sounds Like: “Riding a flying glitter-unicorn through the club a la the magic carousel ponies in Mary Poppins.”
Migos – “Walk It Talk It” ft. Drake
Migos doing their Migos thing, Drake doing his Drake thing. Culture II. 2018.
Tommy Cash – “Pussy Money Weed”
A criminally underappreciated rapper on the global scale, Tommy Cash bestowed upon us a fitting tribute to another criminally underrated rapper Lil Wayne. “Pussy Money Weed” – arguably the only Holy Trinity one truly needs.
In case you missed it, check out our previous edition of Best Tracks of the week right here.
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